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  • Hollywood Academy awards student prize to Tel Aviv U. grad

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 30, 2016 | 12:15 am

    A Tel Aviv University graduate has won a top Student Academy Award and her documentary will be automatically entered in the Hollywood Oscar race.
    Maya Sarfaty will also receive a gold medal for her film, “The Most Beautiful Woman,” it was announced Monday (Aug. 29) by the Academy...

  • Ark-shaped museum to show evolutionary crossroads in Israel

    August 23, 2016 | 12:44 pm

    Legions of insects, sea creatures and ancient fossils are lining up in a new museum shaped liked a giant Noah's Ark, telling the story of a crucial evolutionary byway across Israel.

    Experts say all humans and other animals had to pass through Israel on their first journey out of Africa into Europe and Asia.

    Around five million specimens will go on show from next year in the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, based on Tel Aviv University campus and named after its main backer, U.S. financier Michael Steinhardt.

  • Why do Israeli politicians always seem to be under investigation?

    July 28, 2016 | 3:27 pm

    The Israeli prime minister is being investigated, and the media is atwitter.

    The probe is preliminary and no details have been released. But reports say Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of money laundering.

    His former chief of staff was interrogated recently and held under house...

  • Prehistoric man enjoyed roasted tortoise appetizers, Israeli archaeologist says

    February 2, 2016 | 9:14 am

    Prehistoric cave-dwellers enjoyed munching on tortoises roasted in their shells as an appetiser or side dish, Ran Barkai, an archaeologist at Tel Aviv University, said on Tuesday.

    Barkai helped lead a research team who found 400,000-year-old tortoise shells and bones in a cave...

  • An Egyptian-American view on Israel

    August 26, 2015 | 4:32 pm

    As the commencement speaker for Tel Aviv University’s (TAU) graduating class on Aug. 13, I invited my classmates to take a moment to reflect about the beginning of their adventure in Israel. Did they remember receiving their acceptance letter? When they did, they were probably...

  • Egyptian student gives powerful speech at Tel Aviv University graduation

    By Julie Bien

    August 18, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    A great commencement speaker — like Stephen Colbert or the late David Foster Wallace — can elevate an otherwise mundane college graduation ceremony.

    International master’s students at Tel Aviv University were graced with such a speaker at their graduation lat week. The class...

  • Marijuana can heal broken bones, says new study

    July 20, 2015 | 11:35 am

    Marijuana helps broken bones heal faster, a new study has found.

    The Times of Israel reports that researchers at Tel Aviv University found that rats with broken bones healed much quicker when given the non-psychotic marijuana component, cannabidiol or CBD.


  • IDEAS and ideals spell innovation for Israel

    By Ryan Torok

    June 25, 2015 | 3:19 pm

    In some ways, the secret to good movie-making remains as simple as ever, according to Steve Tisch, the Oscar-winning producer of “Forrest Gump.” “People want to see movies that move them, entertain them,” he said. “They want to laugh.” 

    Tisch, a philanthropist who donated $10...

  • Exposing BDS

    By David Suissa

    June 3, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    On March 4, 2009, during a Q&A session at Ottawa University, Omar Barghouti, the founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, made a confession that you can watch on YouTube.

    “I do not buy into the two-state solution,” Barghouti, a Palestinian who studied at...

  • Moving and shaking: USHMM’s annual Los Angeles dinner, Sally Drucker turns 100 and more

    By Ryan Torok

    March 18, 2015 | 4:22 pm

    Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) annual Los Angeles dinner was themed “What You Do Matters.” 

    Actor Gary Sinese honored the liberators and survivors present at the March 16...

  • Awards, “green” Knesset, unique teens and more - This week from the Startup Nation!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 16, 2015 | 9:48 am

    The Israeli App that brings video to Twitter

    Meet Meerkat, the new Israeli app that has achieved almost overnight success, has taken Twitter by storm, and has earned widespread coverage in the media and on websites around the globe. Meerkat allows Twitter users to stream video of...

  • Steve Tisch gives $10 million to Tel Aviv U. for film and TV school

    March 12, 2015 | 11:27 am

    Steve Tisch, a film producer and New York Giants co-owner, has donated $10 million to Tel Aviv University to create a film and television school.

    Tisch’s gift, which was first reported last week by Variety, allows the university to expand its film and television department to a...

  • My fifth-grade family tree project

    February 18, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    My son Joey’s fifth-grade class at Sinai Akiba Academy is participating in the worldwide “My Family Story” competition sponsored by Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, on the campus of Tel Aviv University. The kids have to start by building a family tree, and then they...

  • Prehistoric skull a key ‘piece of the puzzle’ in story of humanity

    January 28, 2015 | 11:20 am

    A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals.

    Scientists said on...

  • New Israeli study links brain hyperactivity to Alzheimer’s

    August 13, 2014 | 11:12 am

    An Israeli research team has announced new findings that link Alzheimer’s disease to brain hyperactivity and says its research helps explain why so many patients who have this debilitating disease run a high risk of seizures.

    While the amyloid-beta protein involved in the...

  • Search for abducted teens faces complicated political landscape

    June 17, 2014 | 1:47 pm

    Since the three teenagers were abducted last week, Israel’s goals have been simple: Find them and punish their kidnappers.

    Realizing those goals, though, is far from a simple task.

    The international community has condemned the kidnappings, and Israel has spread its forces...

  • Artist displays what’s missing in a ‘Box’

    By Elyse Samuels

    September 18, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    It’s hard to believe that Dwora Fried — a native Austrian with unruly, fiery red hair, a lesbian, world traveler, mother of four and daughter of a Holocaust survivor — is able to create artwork just as complicated, dynamic and vivacious as herself, all within a wooden box that’s...

  • Mezzo’s Kibbutz roots

    By Tom Tugend

    May 14, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    It’s a long way from Kibbutz Dalia, where Rachel Frenkel was raised, to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, but the mezzo-soprano is completing that journey this week.

    The slim and youthful wife and mother will sing and act the role of the count’s amorous page...

  • Iran to cross ‘red line’ this summer, ex-Israeli military intel chief says

    April 23, 2013 | 9:19 am

    Iran will cross Israel's "red line" for nuclear activity by this summer, Israel's former director of military intelligence said.

    "In the summer, Iran will be a month or two away from deciding about a bomb,” Amos Yadlin said Tuesday. "We have about two months to sleep soundly,...

  • Poll: More Israelis viewing Obama favorably, though trust is an issue

    March 19, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    More Israelis are seeing President Obama as friendly toward the Jewish state, but still many don't trust the U.S. leader, according to a new poll.

    The poll released Monday -- two days before Obama makes his first visit to Israel as president -- found that 36.5 percent of the 600...

  • Poll: Israelis warming up, slightly, to Obama on eve of visit

    March 19, 2013 | 8:29 am

    Israelis are warming up to Barack Obama, but only slightly, according to a new opinion poll published on the eve of the U.S. president's visit to Israel.

    Obama arrives in the Jewish state on Wednesday for the first time as president, hoping to reassure a wary Israeli public of...

  • The Rosner-Fuchs Exchange, Part 2: The Undecided Voters Eventually Voted for Change

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 12, 2013 | 7:33 am

    Professor Camil Fuchs, who has been a valuable contributor to Rosner's Domain for the past year, is a veteran Israeli statistician. He is a Professor of Statistics at Tel Aviv University, where he has also served as head of the Department of Statistics and Operations Research, and...

  • The Rosner-Fuchs Exchange, Part 1: How Yair Lapid Took Us By Surprise

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 10, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Professor Camil Fuchs, who has been a valuable contributor to Rosner's Domain for the past year, is a veteran Israeli statistician. He is a Professor of Statistics at Tel Aviv University, where he has also served as head of the Department of Statistics and Operations Research, and...

  • Perspectives on occupation: Lessons from Israeli society

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    January 23, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    The argument over Israel’s presence in the territories beyond the Green Line has recently come to focus almost exclusively on security issues, but there is literally no aspect of life in Israel that is not affected by its settlement policies. Indeed, the Jewish identity of Israel,...

  • Israel’s middle class increasingly squeezed

    November 27, 2012 | 10:15 am

    At Israeli weddings, gifts of china, silver and art are not welcome. Guests are expected to bring their checkbooks and contribute to a young couple’s purchase of their first home, often bought with substantial help from the newlyweds’ parents.

    But a new report shows that only 65...

  • Protests over Gaza violence disrupt Israeli campuses

    November 16, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Arab and Jewish students at three Israeli universities faced off in campus demonstrations related to the latest outbreak of violence on the Gaza-Israel border.

    At Haifa University, dozens of Arab students held a vigil in memory of Ahmed Jabari, the Hamas military commander who...

  • Tel Aviv University, UC Irvine collaborate

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 11, 2012 | 11:06 am

    In 2025, more than 8 billion people are projected to inhabit our globe, linked by advanced communication devices and techniques.

    Israeli and American electrical engineers and computer scientists from Tel Aviv University (TAU), the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and...

  • L.A. youths among growing numbers serving in IDF

    August 29, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    As the 360 international youths milled around the Miriam and Adolfo Smolarz Auditorium on the Tel Aviv University campus in the sweltering August heat — some still standing in registration lines and others already proudly wearing their new pale blue T-shirts, several dozen huddled...

  • Planned Wagner concert stopped at Tel Aviv U

    June 4, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    Tel Aviv University put a stop to a planned concert of music by German composer Richard Wagner.

    In a letter denying the request to hold the concert in a campus auditorium, the university said that Yonatan Livni, founder of the Israel Wagner Society, concealed the organization’s name...

  • Agreements with Israeli schools a turning point for UC Irvine

    April 25, 2012 | 12:33 pm

    Few universities have garnered as much international attention and Jewish communal concern over student-led, anti-Israel and sometimes anti-Semitic activities on campus than the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

    A history of incendiary demonstrations demonizing Israel; a...

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