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  • Gene Simmons: Rock god turned business tycoon

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    Gene Simmons has made a career out of doing a lot with a little. 

    His band, KISS, featured members with little or no formal musical training but went on to become one of the nation’s biggest rock acts. Growing up in Haifa, he sold cactus fruit to workers at a local bus stop to...

  • Israel’s “Fourth Sector”

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 1, 2014 | 6:15 am

    Integration into the Israeli job market is difficult not only for asylum seekers, Arabs and Haredim, but also for those with disabilities, including individuals with mental illness. Typically, the disabled are pushed out of the job market and into 'supported employment' positions...

  • Free HIV treatment for asylum seekers, the art of makeup, Israman and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 26, 2014 | 11:55 am

    A wounded Syrian couple received emergency treatment in Israel

    As the blood continues to pour in the streets of Syria, Israel continues to provide treatment to wounded civilians.  Last week, Israel Defense Forces troops brought a wounded Syrian couple to Poriah Hospital near...

  • BDS, the best of Hanukkah, TripAdvisor awards, Christmas and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2013 | 7:30 am

    Connected by sea


    Just because there is an official conflict, does not mean the two sides cannot work together. Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority inked an agreement to build a long-anticipated pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, part of an initiative that would...

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  • A realtor with Knack

    November 20, 2013 | 4:00 pm

    Sharona Alperin “sold” her first home while still in her late teens. 

    At the time, Alperin was several years away from gaining her Realtor’s license, and both the circumstances and the client were a bit unique. Doug Fieger, the lead singer of the rock group the Knack, was looking...

  • Justin Timberlake, a new Israeli export to Hollywood, World Cup and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 11, 2013 | 11:47 am

    Wix goes public

    Israeli startup Wix, had a 119 million dollar IPO launch this Wednesday. The company, based in Tel-Aviv, helps users build their own customized website and works to make website design easier. It's available in multiple languages in 190 countries and is growing at...

  • Is Israel pulling down the shutters for business?

    October 30, 2013 | 10:50 am

    High-tech entrepreneur Eyal Waldman decided he had had enough of Israeli investors when they told him to choose between his titles of chairman and chief executive at the company he co-founded, Mellanox Technologies.

    So in August, Waldman delisted the chip designer - Tel Aviv...

  • Comverse in Israel has new round of layoffs

    October 23, 2013 | 9:52 am

    Comverse let go of dozens of workers in Israel in a new round of layoffs.

    The layoffs this week were announced a month ago. Hundreds of workers had been let go previously by Comverse, according to Ynet.

    The company, which develops and markets telecommunications software, was...

  • Tel Aviv eyeing way to let businesses open on Sabbath

    September 4, 2013 | 10:16 am

    The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality is working to change a city by-law that bans businesses from opening on the Jewish Sabbath.

    City officials told the Israeli Supreme Court late Tuesday night that the municipality would not fine businesses that until now have opened consistently on...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • His party line

    By Ryan Torok

    November 20, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    In a world of cutthroat businesses, Eric Elkaim still believes the “more you give, the more you receive.”

    As the founder of Los Angeles-based party vendor PartyWorks Interactive, which rents out premium rides, games, entertainment and attractions to companies and individuals...

  • Don’t launch a startup till you play this game

    October 26, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Starting a company can sometimes be likened to a game of chance. Coming up with the right idea at the right time, when the market is neither saturated nor in financial free-fall, isn’t always under the business owner’s control, no matter how crack the team.

    Ronen Gafni aims to...

  • Don’t launch a startup till you play this game

    October 26, 2012 | 2:25 pm

    Starting a company can sometimes be likened to a game of chance. Coming up with the right idea at the right time, when the market is neither saturated nor in financial free-fall, isn’t always under the business owner’s control, no matter how crack the team.

    Ronen Gafni aims to...

  • Scraping the sky in upscale Tel Aviv

    By Meredith Price

    October 26, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    As Yigal Zemah, CEO of Berggruen Residential, stands on the seventh floor of the new Meier-on-Rothschild skyscraper set in the epicenter of Tel Aviv at 36 Rothschild Blvd., a wide smile crosses his face. The luxurious new building slated for completion in 2014 will be the tallest...

  • A bed of roses

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 26, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    In person, Larry Miller, president of Sit ’n Sleep, is less “Crazy Eddie” (fast-talking,  exuberant salesman) and more “Uncle Larry” (the gregarious, warmhearted, favorite family relative). When I went to visit him in his executive offices in Gardena, next to his...

  • Tackling the Job Search

    October 24, 2012 | 12:19 pm

    After some 40 years in the business world, Gordon Steen never thought his morning would start outdoors with hyenas, elephants and monkeys.

    But that was more than six years ago, before he had closed his 17-year-old shipping-and-packing business. While contemplating his next career...

  • Harvesting solar power in Negev Desert

    September 27, 2012 | 11:19 am

    Yosef Abramowitz is running out of time. 

    With only minutes to go until he has to speak to a group of donors at the Jewish National Fund (JNF), Abramowitz looks like he just finished a workout. He’s wearing sneakers, shorts and a white T-shirt featuring an outline of David...

  • Israeli water power that doesn’t give a dam

    September 27, 2012 | 11:13 am

    You don’t have to build dams to get hydroelectricity from water flowing through municipal pipes, says Dr. Daniel Farb, the Los Angeles immigrant who previously shook up the Israeli clean-tech power scene with his Leviathan Energy company’s award-winning Wind Tulip.

    The...

  • ‘Like’ this Israeli site for jobs

    September 27, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Here’s a dirty little secret in the job-recruiting business: All those Web sites that help employers and potential employees match up don’t really work that well. Despite all the bells and whistles, the automatic résumé builders and the ability to search on keywords for specific...

  • Iced Tea, Mastery and the Plight of the Internal Editor

    By Peter Himmelman

    August 29, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    This question comes from Alan Roscoe of Olympia, Washington and it addresses a fundamental challenge of being human.
    “Lately, every time I start something new, whether it’s a business proposal or a birthday card to my wife, I’m assailed from within. It’s like I hear a voice...

  • Rami Levy: Israel’s new grocery store king

    August 16, 2012 | 10:40 am

    The corporate offices of Rami Levy, Israel’s nouveau riche supermarket mogul, sit atop one of his grocery stores in southern Jerusalem. It’s not a busy neighborhood, nor is it easily accessible by public transit. But once the building comes into view, there’s no mistaking that...

  • Cookies for a Koz: How mom’s cookies made a difference

    By Rebecca Steinberger

    August 15, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Audrey Koz was a pharmacist, but her best medicine was the love she baked into her chocolate chip cookies.

    “The cookies pack my mom’s magic in every bite,” said her daughter, Roberta Koz Wilson.

    They were so good, Audrey Koz credited her cookies for launching the musical...

  • Legal & Inspiring Thievery 101

    By Peter Himmelman

    August 8, 2012 | 11:01 am

    I got this question from Loretta Ruiz of Tempe, Arizona and it got me thinking about how far we need to go to stretch our imaginations and fire up our thought processes.

    “Peter, I consider myself a pretty accomplished songwriter except for one big problem. I find it extremely...

  • Romney: U.S. ‘not a kibbutz’

    August 8, 2012 | 10:26 am

    America is not a kibbutz, Mitt Romney said in a bid to underscore his commitment to individual liberties.

    “It’s individuals and their entrepreneurship which have driven America,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said at a Chicago fundraiser Tuesday in remarks first...

  • A Perspective Large Enough to Swallow Our Own

    By Peter Himmelman

    July 25, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    A year ago I received a letter from a distraught man. He had every reason to be: his wife (“she really loves your music…”) was diagnosed with breast cancer. He was writing to me to ask if there was any chance I might send her a note of encouragement since she’d soon be...

  • Israel’s whiz kids

    July 11, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Mickey Haslavsky of Holon is only 18, but he’s already on his second startup.

    “When I began my first startup at 16, I thought I was the only one creating Web sites at this age, but I was amazed to discover a huge community between [the ages of] 10 and 18 around the world, and I...

  • Lauder to acquire control of Israeli news Web site

    July 9, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    Ronald Lauder is expected to acquire complete control of an Israeli news Web site and has plans to establish a new English-language Web site about Israel.

    The American businessman and philanthropist’s company JCS, which operates Jerusalem Capital Studios, has finalized a deal to...

  • Israel cited in Caterpillar’s delisting from influential investment index

    June 22, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    The sale of Caterpillar tractors to Israel was a factor, but not the determining one, in the delisting of the company from an influential index that prioritizes good governance and human rights.The move, however, is poised to further complicate the difficult ongoing conversation...

  • The Jewcer appeal

    By Ryan E. Smith

    June 20, 2012 | 11:37 am

    Make hummus, not war.

    That is the optimistic hope of filmmaker Avital Levy, whose work in progress, “Hummus Wars,” chronicles the ongoing rivalry between Israel and Lebanon for bragging rights over the popular Middle Eastern dip.

    “The goal for the film is to show that while...

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