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White Night TLV, futuristic transportation, feeding the hungry and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

June 30, 2014 | 8:34 am

White Night Tel Aviv, 2014! Best night of the summer.

Welcoming the Douglas family to the Holy Land

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones arrived in Israel on Thursday for the weekend bar mitzvah of Dylan Michael Douglas. The family stayed in the presidential suite of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. They toured Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount tunnels, according to the Forward, which noted that Zeta-Jones has considered converting to Judaism.

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White Night Tel-Aviv, 2014!

On Thursday night, Tel Aviv held its annual all-night culture and entertainment event, running from the early evening hours to the break of dawn. Thousands of people from all around the world enjoyed the many events, which were free of charge or at a discount price. On the menu: music concerts, parties, art exhibitions, multimedia theatre, dance performances, fashion, shopping and more.

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Going on Birthright, earning high-tech internship!

For the fourth year, City Israel, the local subsidiary of the multinational financial giant, along with nearly three dozen other companies, is working with interns who came to Israel in June as part of the Birthright Israel Excel Business Leadership Program. The program includes 40 students from top universities in the US and Canada, who are interning with companies like Amdocs, General Motors (at their Herzliya Advanced Technical Center), Microsoft Ventures, Tnuva, Giza Venture Capital, Wix, along with Citi, and many more. Goodluck!

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Israel joins an influential financial group

Israel joined an influential group of rich nations that help poor indebted economies, giving the country an international boost of recognition for its economic accomplishments. The news that Israel had been accepted into the Paris Club of creditor nations was welcomed by Israeli policy makers, who are facing calls to reduce high levels of poverty and inequality even as the country’s economy hums along.

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Jersey want Israeli startups

Jersey City hosted a conference last Monday for eight Israeli startup companies, with participants saying they hope the showcase will lead to more businesses choosing New Jersey and Jersey City in particular as a home base. Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York, said the conference was a way to introduce Israel's "competitive edge" and "enormous degree of creativity" to American investors

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Israeli startup that can feel third-world hungry won an award

An Israeli-developed “mini-farm” that can grow vegetables anywhere with a self-sustaining “closed loop” of energy and nutrition and help feed a billion needy people has won a prize as the most promising project to help developing countries improve their economies. For developing the “mini-farm” named Livingbox, the creators won the $20,000 top prize in the Pears Challenge, a competition held by the international Pears Foundation and Tel Aviv University aimed at encouraging Israeli start-ups to connect with the needs of Africans, developing solutions in areas like agriculture, health, water, ICT, education, and renewable energy.

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Anoter summer of hot concerts

The musical summer which has brought majors stars like The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake to Israel is far from being over, and it appears that we still have a lot to look forward to next year. Yedioth Ahronoth learned that British rock band Coldplay and singer Robbie Williams are holding advanced talks to perform in the Holy Land next summer, and this is just the beginning…

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Israel’s 8th World Heritage site

The UN cultural agency has designated a network of ancient, man-made caves outside of Jerusalem a World Heritage site earlier this week. The 2,000-year-old caves are comprised of chambers and networks with various functions, and are situated below the ancient twin towns of Maresha and Beit Guvrin. Israel now boasts a total of eight World Heritage sites; the White City of Tel-Aviv, the Biblical Tels of Megiddo, Hazor, Beersheba, the Incense Route and Desert Cities in the Negev, the Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee, Masada the Old City of Acre and the Carmel caves.

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Futuristic “Sky-Train” to be built near Tel-Aviv

The Israel Aerospace Industries campus near Tel Aviv will soon host an experimental new method of urban travel, developed by a company that wants to change how people get around large cities. The skyTran system uses high speed two-person ‘pods’ that levitate on a magnetic field to keep them floating above a track.

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In for some Water Hiking?

Israel’s summer is hot, very hot, and if you’re planning on visiting, you must make time in you schedule for some refreshing water- hiking. From the Dead Sea to the Jordan Valley, ISRAEL21c made a list of the top 10 water hikes in Israel.

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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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