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  • If an app can make you cry

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 15, 2014 | 7:51 am

    Yes, that’s a direct “steal” from Daniel Gordis’ memoir of life in Israel, If A Place Can Make You Cry. http://www.amazon.com/Place-Can-Make-You-Cry-ebook/dp/B000QCSA1S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405435927&sr=8-1&keywords=gordis+make+you+cry

    Along with every other feeling known to...

  • 60,000 Israelis download app to notify of abduction

    July 1, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    Some 60,000 Israelis have downloaded a free app designed to assist in the event of an abduction.

    Using the free United Hatzalah SOS smartphone app, subscribers can inform the emergency organization that they need assistance and provide their exact location via GPS technology. The...

  • Boys’ kidnapping inspires ‘SOS Israel’ app

    June 18, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    In response to the kidnapping of three boys last week, some Israelis have prayed. Some have voiced support on social media. And some have done what they do best: they made an app.

    Prompted by the kidnapping and set to launch in the near future, the SOS Israel app will allow...

  • New Israeli cooking app takes off

    April 24, 2014 | 11:23 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    When Cindy Flash wanted to make eggs benedict a few days ago, she turned to a new cooking app developed in Israel, called Look & Cook.

    “It’s a great idea – you set up your tablet in the kitchen and you can see all the...

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  • New apps help people avoid unwanted encounters

    March 31, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Trying to avoid an awkward encounter with an ex? Fearful of an embarrassing meeting after an argument? New apps can help people avoid bumping into others and provide escape routes if they do.

    By logging on to Facebook and other social networking sites, users can choose people...

  • BDS fail, Jerusalem 200 years ago, new apps, Sochi and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 17, 2014 | 9:52 am

    Beyond belief

    If you’ve ever been to Israel, I assume your heart missed a beat when you first encountered the unique Israeli atmosphere and beautiful sceneries.  The same thing happened Caitlin and Arthur on their Israeli trip. Watch their video, where they talk about their...

  • Beyonce’, aid to Goa, high-tech innovation, the Israelis at the NBA and more- This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 4, 2013 | 11:24 am

    A late Bat-Mitzvah

    Singer and reality- show judge, Paula Abdul, visited Israel this week to make a lifelong dream come true:  After a delay of almost four decades, she celebrated her Bat-Mitzvah at the Western Wall. Abdul made that visit formal when she met with President Peres,...

  • Atoning in the digital age, there's an app for that

    September 3, 2013 | 9:56 am

    The digital age is changing the way we approach all aspects of life — including repentance. 

    There is a catharsis in release, especially public release, and that’s what the founders of a slew of new digital programs and apps have tapped into during the High Holy Days. From...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 29, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    A Nazi themed café. In 2013

    The Soldaten Kaffee ("The Soldiers' Café"), named after the popular hangout for soldiers in Germany and occupied Paris during World War II, is all Nazi-themed. From waiters wearing shirts with swastikas, to a Hitler wax figure, the small café sparked...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 15, 2013 | 5:33 am

    One place, endless possibilities

    Have you checked the new Israel Tourism Ministry's mini-website? Under the slogan "One place, endless possibilities," the Tourism Ministry is marketing Israel as an international conference hub. The new mini-website describes Israel as a unique...

  • There’s no app for humanity

    By David Suissa

    June 26, 2013 | 4:39 pm

    Every time I turn around, I hear about a new app that promises to make my life easier, get somewhere faster, find things quicker. This is the golden calf of the digital era: speed. We’re desperate for any clever gizmo that will make things go quicker — including our brains.

    But...

  • Practical app-lications

    June 19, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    Apps entertain, make life easier, provide a way for us to stay up to date on current events and much more. Some are vital, others less so, but the best are the ones that strike that balance between simplicity and innovation and leave us asking, “How did I ever get by without this?”...

  • What is it with Israelis and high tech?

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 19, 2013 | 11:14 am

    The Israel Conference held at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset Boulevard May 30-31 was the largest gathering I’ve ever seen of … Israelis in suits. 

    Beyond that, the two-day event was a persuasive showcase of Israeli innovation and how companies from all over the world — including...

  • Google buys Israel’s Waze to protect mobile maps lead

    June 11, 2013 | 10:11 am

    Google Inc bought Israeli mapping startup Waze on Tuesday for an undisclosed sum, acquiring an online real-time mapping service to safeguard its own lead in one of the most crucial aspects of smartphone usage.

    A source close to the matter told Reuters on Monday that the Internet...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 4, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Joan Rivers jokes about the holocaust and refuses to apologize

    On the Febuary 25th episode of the E! show: Fashion Police, Joan Rivers made a remark on Heidi Klum's dress, saying: : “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” The...

  • With an eye on Twitter, StandWithUs releases app for pre-fab pro-Israel messages

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 1, 2012 | 5:12 pm

    To celebrate the 64th anniversary of Israel’s founding, StandWithUs released a new social media application that the pro-Israel educational nonprofit hopes will help expand its impact on Twitter and Facebook.

    ShareIsrael, an app designed for iPhones, iPads and devices running the...

  • Coming to a seder near you: A haggadah on your iPad

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 4, 2012 | 11:10 am

    This Passover, Jews can still reliably be called “the people of the book.”

    If sales of newly published versions of the haggadah are any indication, on the first night of Passover, when it comes time to tell the story of the Exodus, most people sitting at seder tables will be...

  • iPad app for Reform prayer book is launched

    March 20, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    The iPad app for the Mishkan T’filah, the Reform movement’s daily prayer book, was launched.

    The new application, which costs less than $5, was launched at the annual gathering of the Central Council of American Rabbis that began Sunday in Boston. More than 500 rabbis from North...

  • The Jewish Journal announces iPhone/Android apps

    By JewishJournal

    January 26, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    The world of Jewish news is now available for both the iPhone and Android.

    These new smartphone apps build on the JewishJournal mobile platform launched late last year with the world’s first Jewish news app built specially for Apple’s iPad. Today, JewishJournal is the number one...

  • Lawsuits dropped after Apple drops ‘Jew or Not Jew’ app

    November 25, 2011 | 12:13 am

    French anti-racism groups dropped lawsuits against Apple, Inc. after it removed an iPhone app called “Jew or Not Jew?” from online stores around the world.

    The made-in-France app had been removed from Apple’s on-line store in France in September following an outcry in that country. ...

  • New app teaches about Zionism

    October 5, 2011 | 1:51 pm

    A new mobile app provides a database of information about Zionism and Israel.

    The free “Zionation” app for iPhone and Android devices, developed by the World Zionist Organization’s Department for Diaspora Activities, includes a Zionist calendar that marks and provides background...

  • The Jewish World: there’s an app for that

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 3, 2011 | 6:40 pm

    TRIBE Media Corp., parent company of The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, has launched the first Jewish news app designed specifically for the iPad.

    The Jewish Journal app, which became available for download from Apple’s app store on Oct. 2, offers readers a new way of...

  • Apple removes free ‘Thirdintifada’ from App Store

    June 23, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    Apple Inc. removed the Arabic-language “Thirdintifada” application from its App Store following a request from the Israeli government.

    The application was removed June 22, a day after Israel’s minister of public diplomacy and diaspora affairs, Yuli Edelstein, wrote to Apple founder...

  • Israel asks Apple Inc. to remove ‘third intifada’ app

    June 22, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Israel’s government has asked Apple Inc. to remove an application called “ThirdIntifada,” which encourages uprising against Israel, from its App Store.

    Israel’s Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein, made the request Tuesday in a letter sent to Apple...

  • iPhone app brings Western Wall closer

    December 30, 2010 | 9:25 am

    Using a new iPhone application, the Western Wall is only a touch away.

    The new application, the Kotel Application, which was released this week in Hebrew, English and Russian by the Western Wall Heritage Center, permits users to see a live video feed of the Western Wall Plaza. They can also send a note to the wall and use the application’s compass to pray in the direction of the wall.

    The application is free at Apple’s iTunes store.

  • iPhone app explores, reveals Israeli settlements

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 20, 2010 | 1:20 pm

    Want to know exactly where in the West Bank the city-sized settlement of oft-discussed Ariel is located? How about when it was established, or how many Israelis live there? There’s an app for that.

    On Monday, Sept. 20, Americans for Peace Now (APN) unveiled “Facts on the...

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