December 17, 2012
This week from Israel
Local Testimony- 2012
The 2012 World Press Photo exhibition opened last week at Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum. The traveling international exhibition is accompanied by the thrilling Israeli Local Testimony exhibition, presenting the best of Israeli photojournalism. Dozens of photographers from Israel and abroad are participating in both exhibits, presenting a sequence of events in selected pictures from the past year on topics related to war and peace, politics and society, culture and art, nature and the environment, sports, portraits, multimedia presentations, etc.
The findings of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) for 2011 indicate a rise in the achievements of Israeli pupils. According to the TIMSS, which examined the level of eighth graders in math and sciences, Israeli students scored 516 points in math, well above the 467 point average, and 516 in science, above the 477 point average.
New British Tech Ambassador to Israel
UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced this past Tuesday the appointment of Saul Klein, as the UK's tech envoy to Israel, as a part of the UK-Israel Tech Hub. The Tech Hub was launched in October 2011. It is tasked with promoting economic growth and innovation in the UK and Israel, by creating a partnership in the field of technology. Klein will lead the UK tech mission to Israel and will also bring Israeli start-ups to Britain.
The 9th Israel Conference: Global Mobile & More
Last week, the 9th Israel Conference: Global Mobile & More took place in NewYork and in Philadelphia. The Conference afforded leading industry professionals, investors, customers, integrators and strategic partners an opportunity to meet with Israeli mobility companies. It was hosted by Greenberg Traurig LLP, in conjunction with the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, and the Israel Economic Mission, with the support of Mobile Monday Midatlantic.
On our way to the Academy Awards…
Two Israeli documentaries have been included on the shortlist of 15 films eligible for consideration for an Academy Award nomination for best documentary film. From this shortlist, only five films will be selected for the nomination for Best Documentary Feature in the Academy Awards ceremony which will take place on February 24, 2013. The two Israeli magnificent (and somewhat controversial) documentaries are Dror Moreh's The Gatekeepers, and Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's 5 Broken Cameras
Israeli playwright Anat Gov succumbs to cancer at age 59
Gov chose to not undergo any treatments, and fought the deadly disease with humor. Gov is one of the most appreciated Israeli playwrights, and she stands behind many Israeli cultural milestones. Her creations usually revolved powerful, cynical women, and some of them contained many taboo topics. Her latest creation, the musical-play: "Happy ending", told the story of women fighting cancer with humor. It was based on her own experiences, and won many theater awards. In an interview she once said: "Humor is the best remedy, more than any scientific medicine. And it is free." At her request, the song "Always Look at the Bright Side of Life" was played as she was lead to eternal rest.
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Netanyahu's reaction to the Palestinian resolution at the U.N General Assembly, caused some radical reactions from State leaders in Europe. But as it turns out, the world of music also suffered from the consequences.
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Check out the Eye2Israel students in a flash mob video shot at the Zichron Ya'akov Pedestrian Mall ("Midrachov"), during the 2012 Hanukkah Seminar.