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Interning with Hi Tech Israeli Mentality

Coming from a culturally structured Switzerland, Benjamin Merzbacher was surprised once he landed an internship in Israel’s hi-tech, and highly adaptable, startup scene. Merzbacher had visited Israel with his family many times, yet was pulled to explore what life in Israel is actually like. More importantly, he wanted the inside scoop on how Israel was… […]

Start-Up Nation Struggles with Supply

 In Israel, 17% of tech startups focus on artificial intelligence, or AI. Of the Israeli investments made in 2018, AI companies received a bulk of it, or 37%, reports Start Up Nation Central. The concern is, what happens when humans invest more in artificial intelligence than in their own? In Israel, the knowledge gap is… […]

Central Bus Station Key to Urban Renewal 

With an increasing population and limited space, the Tel Aviv municipality is finally turning towards its heavily neglected south. The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Local Planning and Building Commission recently approved an urban development plan which will add 13,000 square meters of housing units, 153,000 square units of business space, and 33,500 square meters in public space,… […]

Public Buses Run on Shabbat in Tel Aviv

Should buses run on Shabbat? In Tel Aviv, what seemed like a never-ending debate is now over. In a rebellious move to support Israel’s most pluralistic city, the local Tel Aviv municipality decided to provide public bus service to residents on what was once declared a public service day of rest. The decision comes amidst… […]

Israel’s City Street Names Trending Artists

Most cities in Israel have streets named after the usual historical personalities – men who played a main role in building Israel’s state and story. Popular street names in Israel span from Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism, to Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew language, to David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first esteemed… […]

Global Shabbat Project Flourishes in Tel Aviv

Over 1,000 young Jews gathered in Tel Aviv for the annual international Shabbat project which took place on November 15-16. In addition to Friday night dinners, there were challah bakes, special services, concerts and lectures to kick off one weekend with one simple global goal – to unite Jews across the world for one 25-hour… […]

Israel Working Towards “Brain Gain” with International Students

The startup nation is seeing the desired results after adding 26 international study programs in English to universities and colleges across the country. As of International Students Day honored on November 17, about 12,000 international students are registered to study in Israel. Half the students visit for short term or summer programs, and about 5,000… […]

Scooters and Bikes Need License Plates

With the new age of mobility comes new need for safety, and so, new regulations. The Tel Aviv municipality is now requiring that all mobile vehicle companies, including e-scooters and bicycles, add license plates on each of their vehicles. Companies have until December 15 to instate the plates. They aim for riders to be more… […]

Where Has All the Butter Gone? 

Cookies and croissants eaters across Israel are suffering, as the butter shortage trudges on. Since the start of the year, barely any butter can be seen on supermarket shelves. Big companies like Tnuva and Strauss, the two largest domestic dairy producers, are under pressure, yet are in standstill until the government makes a move, providing… […]

Is Israel’s Aliyah Ministry Catfishing Immigrants?

The Ministry of Absorption in Israel is responsible for welcoming thousands of new olim, or immigrants in Hebrew. Yet it seems that their social media channels, particularly Facebook and Twitter, are spotlighting fake immigrants, fake quotes, and fake satisfaction. Tagged #AliyahStory, about ten posts were released as part of a social media campaign. The posts… […]

Israeli Woman Wins Gold in Kickboxing Championship

Yulia Sachkov, a 21-year old from Haifa, won the gold medal in the World Kickboxing Championship held in Bosnia this past week. Sachkov competed in K-1 style of kickboxing against her Czech opponent in the under 52 kilograms weight class. Excited for the win after spending six days a week, five hours a day training,… […]

Record-Breaking Israeli Delegation Heads to Olympics 2020

Israel is preparing to send a delegation of 85 qualified competitive athletes to the summer Olympics in Tokyo July 2020. It’s the largest delegation yet, and that number will hopefully still grow says Vered Buskila, the Vice President of the Olympic Committee in Israel, and three-time Olympic sailing athlete. Israeli representatives will showcase their talents… […]

Record-Breaking Israeli Delegation Heads to Olympics 2020

Israel is preparing to send a delegation of 85 qualified competitive athletes to the summer Olympics in Tokyo July 2020. It’s the largest delegation yet, and that number will hopefully still grow says Vered Buskila, the Vice President of the Olympic Committee in Israel, and three-time Olympic sailing athlete. Israeli representatives will showcase their talents… […]

Where is it Safe to Exist as Jews Today?

“Why would you move to a country where there are bombs going off all the time?” This response was quickly fired from my friend, when I told him almost a decade ago that I would be moving from our beloved Atlantic City boards of New Jersey, to another state, called Israel. I didn’t know how… […]

Where is it Safe to Exist as Jews Today?

“Why would you move to a country where there are bombs going off all the time?” This response was quickly fired from my friend, when I told him almost a decade ago that I would be moving from our beloved Atlantic City boards of New Jersey, to another state, called Israel. I didn’t know how… […]

How One Skill is Changing Bedouin Women’s Lives

Who knew crochet as a craft could change lives? One Israeli woman and a high scale industrial designing firm, for certain. Inspired by Shula Zaks, a social entrepreneur, philanthropist and strategic business woman, dozens of marginalized, unemployed women in Israel and around the world are employed by The Iota Project. The Iota Project is a… […]

How One Skill is Changing Bedouin Women’s Lives

Who knew crochet as a craft could change lives? One Israeli woman and a high scale industrial designing firm, for certain. Inspired by Shula Zaks, a social entrepreneur, philanthropist and strategic business woman, dozens of marginalized, unemployed women in Israel and around the world are employed by The Iota Project. The Iota Project is a… […]

Israeli Startup Leases 15,000 Acres in Amazon

In true Israeli fashion, one Israeli startup took a direct approach to finding a solution to save the Amazon – buying the land themselves. With the Amazon ablaze since spring, and thanks to social media campaigning and young activists, the world has taken note, and so has Vegan Nation. Isaac Thomas, cofounder and CEO of… […]

New Year, New Peaks

From our family to yours, we wish you a sweet new year! How has another year gone by? I could have sworn I just downed a tub of apples and honey and blew into a ram’s horn. It feels like mere minutes ago that I repented, atoned and journaled my way into the Book of… […]

Israeli Election Firsts

Only twelve people have ever served as Prime Minister of Israel, which has recently held its 22nd election since its Declaration of Independence in 1948. In 1949, Israel ran its first National Assembly Election, where half a million voters and one thousand ballot stations were set up along the country. Not yet the Knesset until… […]