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  • 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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  • Israel’s new reality star, an unbelievable survival story, Birthright and more-This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 13, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Goodbye, Arik

    Former prime minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon passed away this Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him comatose. He will be remembered for his exploits in Israel's wars, the decision to leave Gaza, an infamous trip to the Temple Mount at the start of the second...

  • Rihanna’s Israeli controversy , a call from space, Movie Day and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 28, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Did Rihanna say “All I see is Palestine?”

    Haaretz.com claimed she did, in the middle of her performance in Tel-Aviv. The news spread quickly and even reached The Huffington Post, until The Times of Israel revealed the accusations aimed to the Israel-fan pop star were not true. 

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  • SpaceIL: Israel’s race to the moon

    By Tom Tugend

    February 19, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    One day in 2015, a small Israeli spacecraft will land on and reconnoiter the moon, joining the United States and former Soviet Union in the world’s most exclusive extraterrestrial club.

    That vision is not fantasy or chauvinistic braggadocio, but the sober prediction of Israel’s...

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  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 18, 2013 | 11:14 am

    Barbie and Ken tour Israel

    Enrico Pescantini and Maria Giovanna Callea vacationed in Israel this past August. Like any other tourists, they visited Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem , the Dead Sea, and all the rest of Israel's best. However, the Italian couple did get some weird looks when...

  • 10 years to the Columbia Disaster

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 1, 2013 | 10:41 am

    February 1st, 2003, 16:30 pm. My family and I were all sitting in the car, on our way to visit long distance family members. This was supposed to be a big day: Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli Astronaut and an old family friend, was supposed to land at Cape Canaveral, along with six...

  • Iran launches monkey into space, showing missile progress

    January 28, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    Iran said on Monday it had launched a live monkey into space, seeking to show off missile systems that have alarmed the West because the technology could potentially be used to deliver a nuclear warhead.

    The Defense Ministry announced the launch as world powers sought to agree a...

  • Space Shuttle Columbia: From Shoah to the stars

    By Pat Sierchio

    January 23, 2013 | 12:48 pm

    On Feb. 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, tragically taking the lives of all seven astronauts on board. Among those who never returned home were Israeli Air Force Col. Ilan Ramon — Israel’s first and only astronaut — and a...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 11, 2012 | 11:01 am

    Douglas, Isle of Man-based Odyssey Moon Ltd. and Israeli-based NSL Satellites Ltd., in partnership with NanoRacks LLC of the U.S., together launched a number of educational microgravity experiments to the International Space Station (ISS). Three of them are the outcomes of...

  • Israeli mission to moon for Google contest demands appeal to local donors

    By Ryan Torok

    July 19, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    Kfir Damari, Yonatan Winetraub and Yariv Bash were in Los Angeles last week in an effort to raise $10 million for the construction of a robot that they hope to send to the moon.

    The three Israelis are hoping to win the Google Lunar X Prize, which will award $20 million to the first...

  • Methodist learns it’s 5769, says it’s awesome Jews live in the future

    By The Web Guy

    October 1, 2008 | 2:48 am

    Admitted Methodist Barrett Brown reports:

    We are approaching the year 5769 of the Hebrew calendar, which is actually pretty awesome insomuch as that it puts us farther in to the future than does the more widespread Gregorian accounting. This is not quite as a cool as being ten...

  • Ice on Mars: Good for the Jews?

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 26, 2008 | 11:31 am


    I have always been only slightly embarrassed by my avidity for reports of UFOs, ETs, new planetary systems, semantic transmissions across the galaxies and every other kind of disruptive wow.

    My embarrassment stems not from a reflexive belief in reports of bright lights flying low...

  • Milken students win first high school X PRIZE

    By Julie G Fax

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Milken Community High School students joined the space race this week when two seniors won the first-ever X PRIZE competition for high schoolers. On Sunday, Michael Hakimi and Talia Nour-Omid took home the first Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award for their concept of developing...
  • ‘Tragic Loss’ documents Israeli astronaut’s ill-fated flight

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Space escapades have been filling the news of late, from the tale of a jealous NASA astronaut stalking her rival to Virgin Galactic's 99-minute trek into space for $200,000. But it is all a far cry from the devastating turn space travel took four years ago, when the space shuttle...
  • Dating by Committee

    By Carin Davis

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My guy Scott and I talked every night -- until last night. He flew to San Francisco to hear a friend's band play and I never heard from him. I left a message, he left me hanging. I know. He calls me, he calls me not, is nothing new. But it's new to me. I'm too cute to be blown off....

  • Zoning Snafus Keep New JCC Empty

    By Yasha Levine

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Flashback to last fall, the opening ceremony of YESOD, a first-of-its-kind Jewish community center in the heart of St. Petersburg. This three-story modern stone-and-glass building -- built by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) with funds raised primarily from...

  • Russian City Gets New JCC

    By Yasha Levine

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At a time when Jewish Community Centers in the West frequently struggle to survive in prosperous communities with lots of Jews, the small Russian port city of Arkhangelsk near the Arctic Circle is on the verge of getting a brand-new JCC. A local businessman had pledged to build and...

  • Culling Your ‘Stuff’ Can Be Painful Task

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My Aunt Naomi is overwhelmed.

    Now 78, she was widowed three years ago. She lost her husband, but inherited his piles of files, cancelled checks and warranties for current and formerly owned equipment.

    Aunt Naomi also has her own collections -- beloved tchotchkes that are scattered...

  • Jewish Weddings in Space

    By Ron Magid

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Joss Whedon's quirky space Western, "Serenity," features outlaws who act like Wild West gunslingers, an assassin who forces his victims to commit hara kiri, a telepath who inexplicably goes berserk, a Buddhist planet -- and Jewish nuptials in space.

    Based on Whedon's short-lived 2002...

  • Irvine Orthodox Plan to Erect Eruv

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ten years ago, Sean and Linda Samuels moved to Irvine, home to both a Chabad center and the Modern Orthodox Beth Jacob Congregation, along with other synagogues.

    As the couple grew more observant and had children, they wanted the family to be part of their journey, which, of...

  • Your Letters

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Columbia Tragedy



    Your cover picture on Feb. 7 showing the breakup of the Columbia accompanied by the quote from Psalms 68 is the most beautiful, touching cover I have ever seen. It took my breath away. The scripture is a comfort for the tragedy and uplifting when thinking of the...

  • Light From Sorrow

    By Irene Brown

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As an aerospace writer, I have watched 87 crews slip the bonds of Earth's gravity and rocket away into space.

    The tension is tangible each time the laws of physics are put to the test. On Saturday, out of the blue, we all learned a cruel lesson about the speed, heat and friction...

  • Where No Israeli Has Gone Before

    By Irene Brown

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For 25 years, Ilan Ramon strapped himself into fighter jets to help protect Israel. Soon, the air force colonel will have a chance to view his embattled homeland from a perspective never before seen by a sabra. Ramon, a 48-year-old father of four, is going into space.

    "Every time...