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  • Musical legend on its way, a shopping revolution, top models and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    Are we to expect a visit from Spielberg?

    While NBC's The Voice is set to introduce new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams this fall, the new season of The Voice Israel also has a big name in its midst: a Spielberg. Jessica "Jessy" Katz, the 25-year-old daughter of...

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

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    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,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Asaf Avidan is an Israeli singer- songwriter, one of the few Israeli musicians to succeed abroad.


    Avidan (born 1980) is the front man of Asaf Avidan & the Mojos, an Israeli folk rock band that he established in 2006 in Jerusalem. The band released three albums, The Reckoning in...

  • World Cup and Missiles

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    This past week, Israel's security threat escalated as its borders became "heated." News channels constantly report on attempted terror attacks and missiles being fired; at the same time, searches for three kidnapped Israeli youths continues. And added to these physical threats were...

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  • The Pixies, NBA history, award winning T.V series and more…This week from Israel.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    Starbucks embrace new Israel technology

    Talk about a major BDS fail! Tables in Starbucks coffee shops are to be outfitted with Israeli-developed Powermat charging pad technology, where customers can place their compatible devices and charge them wirelessly. The Powermats are...

  • TLV Pride Parade, Israel goes GAGA, Bar Refaeli is single again and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2014 | 8:10 am

    The colors of the rainbow take over the streets of Tel- Aviv for world’s leading Pride Parade

    A record number of 130,000 people participated in Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade. People of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual identities, many scantily clad and adorned in...

  • Celebrating Shavuot, partying with The Rolling Stones and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 9, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Celebrating Shavuot at the Kibbutz

    Last week, we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It is celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, and it marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, seven weekd from...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 6, 2014 | 12:37 pm

    Rita Yahan-Farouz, formally known as Rita, is an Iranian-born singer and one of Israel’s biggest divas. She was born in 1962 in Tehran, Iran. Her family immigrated to Israel in 1970 and lived in a suburb outside of Tel Aviv.

     

    She began singing professionally during her...

  • Timberlake rocks TLV, racism in basketball, future of security and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 2, 2014 | 12:12 pm

    Who talked The Rolling Stones into performing in Israel?

    Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, revealed that Bob Dylan put the idea in the Stones' circle to include Israel in their tour. In an interview with Channel 2 in response to written questions ahead of the Stones'...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 30, 2014 | 12:46 pm

    This week, I would like to tell you about a very special Israeli institute, which is all about kindness and good.  Beit Issie Shapiro (Issie Shapiro House) is an Israeli non-profit organization, known worldwide for its therapy innovations to make life easier and more inclusive for...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 23, 2014 | 11:13 am

    This week, I would like to present to you Israel’s sweetest invention: Max Brenner!


    The chocolate store chain has now stores in the USA, Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, but it all started with a small store in Ra’anana, Israel (my hometown.) Inn 1996, Max Fichtman and...

  • Helping Nigeria, winning the Euroleague cup, news from Hollywood and more… This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 19, 2014 | 11:35 am

    Lending a hand to Nigeria

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted Israel’s offer of help in rescuing some 200 schoolgirls captured in April by members of the Islamist terror organization Boko Haram. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jonathan: “We are ready to help...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 16, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful organization named Save a Child’s Heart (SACH.) It is an Israel-based international humanitarian project, whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 9, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    You may want to hang tight for this Israeli creation, because this week, I would like to present to you the horror film: Paranormal Activity.


    The film centers a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are being haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. It is presented in the...

  • Post- Passover celebration, TLV’s new title, basketball history and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 28, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    Go, Maccabi!

    On Wednesday night (Israel time,) after a roller-coaster season of highs and lows, basketball team Maccabi Tel-Aviv scaled the highest summit in European basketball and earned itself a ticket to the Euroleague Final Four, for the first time since 2011. Maccabi...

  • Thank you.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 16, 2014 | 12:34 pm

    I’m back.


    Last time I was here was the summer of 2011, when I worked as an Israeli delegate at Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia. That summer, I felt proud of the possibility granted me by the Jewish Agency to represent my country abroad, and educate young children and fellow...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 11, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful initiative called Budo for Peace (BFP.) It is a registered Israeli educational NPO which uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

    ...

  • Diplomacy is back in action, Pharell Williams is HAPPY with Israel and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 7, 2014 | 8:39 am

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is saved!

    The 11-day Foreign Ministry strike that closed embassies abroad and prevented high-profile visits both to and from Israel ended on Wednesday evening as the Treasury and the ministry’s workers committee signed a labor agreement. This ends...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 4, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    Geva Alon is an Israeli folk/rock musician who writes and sings in English. He was born in 33 years ago in Kibbutz Ma'abarot, and started playing guitar at the age of 12. In the year 2000, he became the founding member of the rock trio The Flying Baby, which released two albums:...

  • A chance at the World Cup,The Rolling Stonen, Free HIV treatment and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 31, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Speaking out

    Former Miss World, the Israeli Linor Abargil, is leading a global campaign against sexual violence. Abargil, who was raped at knifepoint only six weeks before being crowned as Miss World, has inspired other Israeli women to break their own silence and in the process,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 28, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    You probably don’t need an introduction to Hora - the traditional Israeli dance, but you probably didn’t know that it is not originating in Israel at all. This fun circle dance is originating in the Balkans, and its name (spelled differently in different countries) is cognate to...

  • Save the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 26, 2014 | 10:06 am

    Last week, Tel Aviv University took political science students - including me - on a field trip to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, in order for us to examine the various possible career paths there. Since high school, it has been very clear to me that my future would...

  • Hollywood in Israel, the Jerusalem Marathon, Spiderman and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 24, 2014 | 9:10 am

    Alona Tal continues her climb to the top

    Israeli actress Alona Tal, who is one of the most successful Israelis in Hollywood, is joining a new US television production directed by Marc Forster, who was in charge of  World War Z and James Bond film Quantum of Solace. The Amazon...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 21, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    If you’re into hard-core rock music, you should listen to the upcoming Israeli band, Ghost Flower

     

    The band is named after an actual flower, the Indian Pipe, which goes by the nickname “Ghost Flower” because of its chilling ghostly appearance. The band members are Ben...

  • Findings in space, the new Israeli YouTube hit, Zombies in TLV and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 17, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    An international honor

    The International Space University (ISU) has announced that the Technion in Israel will host the ISU's Annual Space Studies Program in the summer of 2016.  This is a major achievement for Israel’s Technological Institution and for the State of Israel.

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  • Oscars, Razzie, the soldier who irritated Miley Cyrus and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 10, 2014 | 9:18 am

    Big in Japan

    More Japanese companies are looking at the Israeli startup market in search of innovative technologies and investments. Large business organizations including the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Keidanren have recently dispatched research tours to the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 7, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Renata Lefel is an upcoming Israeli artist, who entered the world of art in a rather unusual way. 


    Have you ever dreamed of leaving your old life behind and start anew as an artist in Europe? Because that is exactly what Lefel has done. To Israelife she says: “I was living in...

  • Making it in Hollywood, celebrating diversity, rocking Masada and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 3, 2014 | 11:57 am

    Protecting migrating birds

    Israel sets an example in the protection of migrating birds, with a singular program in which wild birds are fed with the aim of preserving their old migration patterns while protecting relatively new agrarian lands. It all takes place in the Hula...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 28, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Gali Atari is one of the most famous Israeli singers, whose songs has been filling radio playlists for decades.


    She was born in 1953 to parents who immigrated to Israel from Yemen, and grew with two sisters who later also became famous (one is an actress and one is a radio...

  • Celebs, hotels, humanitarism, a billion dollar deal and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 24, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    Viber? Sold!

    Japanese Internet services company, Rakuten, has acquired the Israeli app Viber for $900 million. The Israeli-founded video and voice communications app allows users to make free phone and video calls within its network, and has over 200 million users all over the...

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