Zum Thema: Monthly Report

The Snake Scene in Israel

Fear of snakes is widespread amidst the human population, and snakes often get characterized as scary and evil. After a snake expedition into the Israeli desert with two herpetologists, or people who study reptiles, it could be time to retell the snake story. According to André Stehlin, a herpetologist from Switzerland visiting Israel, snakes are… […]

Civil marriage matters

Thousands of lovers in Israel cannot achieve what most would call a “happily ever after,” or in simple terms, are unable to get married in Israel. Current marriage laws in Israel are strictly enforced and controlled by the Ultra-Orthodox religious parties, meaning that thousands of people either do not meet the necessary religious requirements, or… […]

The SocialTech Revolution is Here

Imagine being able to save six billion male baby chicks from dying every year? Because they don’t lay eggs and cannot be used for poultry, billions of baby chicks are murdered and discarded annually. An Israeli startup, eggXYt, aims o save the chicks and found a solution which saves money and lives, decreases waste, and creates exponential… […]

Honours for Carl Lutz – a hero at the right time

Carl Lutz can be easily described as “forgotten hero” in his home country Switzerland. In Israel however the situation is different, as he was the first Swiss to be recognized by Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations”. A new scenic lookout high above the Sea of Galilee was inaugurated in his honour this week.… […]

Are Children Born Racist?

In a series of studies, Professor Gil Diesendruck from Bar-Ilan University in Israel, focused on children and racism. We met him for a talk about education, evolution and limits. This article is translated into English from the original version written by Joelle Weil. Between the Lines: Why did you choose to study children and racism? Diesendruck:… […]

Early diagnosis of autism has 88% chance of Saving Lives

“There has to be another way,” thought Dr. Hanna Alonim, as she saw 6-year old children tied to their beds, over-stimulated and over-medicated. When Hanna started her professional career in the 80’s and later received her PhD in Mental Health, she spent time working with a group of deaf children. What she discovered was frightening.… […]

Men’s Health in the Spotlight In Israel

Men across the globe have begun growing moustaches and beards in an unstoppable epidemic that is catching on worldwide. It began with No-Shave November, where a group of young men in Australia chose to grow out their facial hair to raise awareness for the alarming rates in which men were getting prostate cancer. Their aim… […]

A personal resume

When I came to Israel for a two month stint, I didn’t expect to fall in love with this crazy little country. People sometimes ask me if I literally ‘just’ moved to Israel ‘like that’. Well, yes. It was an overnight decision, anything but rational and probably one of the best decisions of my life.… […]

The Things That Matter

The contemporary German photographer Herlinde Koelbl is internationally acclaimed for her outstanding photographs. The award-winning photographer now presented her latest project ‘Faces of Jerusalem’ in Jerusalem on behalf of the 50th anniversary of the Jerusalem Foundation. The Jerusalem Foundation commissioned a well-versed artist for the exhibition that seeks to highlight co-existence projects, mixed couples, and… […]

Game on: New Technological Realities

Israel is small, the market is even smaller, prices are high and wages low. In other words – best soil for that kind of innovative thinking that led to the wide field of IT that has been dominating the Israeli economy for years now. The big question seemed – is the start-up scene solid enough… […]

Shalom – Israelis in Berlin

Some phenomena are slowly rising and suddenly discussed all over – this is the case with the impressive number of 20 000 to 30 000 Israelis who are residing in Berlin. The reasons are various, from personal relationships, lower living costs, more diversified career options, a flourishing art scene and being swept away by a… […]

Why I came to Israel

Immigration to Israel is traditionally associated with Jews abroad. However, more and more non-Jewish people move to Israel – for love, for work or even simply out of passion for the country. Yet, in comparison to Jewish immigrants they are much less supported by the governmental immigration offices. We talked to four non-Jewish, German-speaking immigrants… […]

Interview with Zubin Mehta: ‘Life goes on’

The maestro sits. This is a rather rare occasion for the lively conductor who naturally takes this place at the front of the orchestra. Yet, this time, he is facing questions not instruments. It is surely going to be a musical birthday when world-renowned conductor Maestro Zubin Mehta turns 80 on April 29th this month.… […]

‘My ambition is to revive the rich heritage of Jews with Indian roots’

The India-Israel bilateral is more than the diplomatic ties shared by the two governments. The two countries enjoy a connection that goes back 2000 years. Jennifer Bligh speaks to Jaideep Sarkar who served as India’s Ambassador to Israel until March 2016: Q: Most that people know about Israel-India relations is that India is a great… […]

D(r)ead or alive?

It is by far no new phenomenon that the Dead Sea declines, new sink holes appear on a daily basis and the water level is constantly sinking. Deserted shower skeletons, patrol stations and dying palm trees are witness to the previous water edge that only few residents of the neighbouring communities remember. Haaretz’ new interactive… […]

Written from the future

“I never thought I’d get to hear one of my texts read out in Hebrew,” says Sherko Fatah with a smile, readily admitting he did not understand a single word. The Berlin-based author is one of ten writers who have contemplated the question of “How will people in 2065 feel about our present time?” Ten… […]

Sara von Schwarze: Between Two Worlds

The apartment in downtown Tel Aviv could feature in any architecture magazine as the quintessential artist’s digs. Two cats doze picturesquely amid piles of photographs, books, scripts. At the big round table sits Sara von Schwarze against a backdrop of trees swaying in the wind visible out the window behind her. The actress is very… […]

‘Israelis lack respect of authorities – however in science this is a great attribute’

Professor Daniel Zajfman is the youngest president of the renowned Weizmann Institute of Science in the history of the research institute. Since the 47-year old physicist took over in 2006, the institute became more renowned and more international than ever before. We spoke with Professor Zajfman about Israeli science and his work as president. Interview… […]

Israeli torch for Maccabi Games

Israel’s most famous motorcyclist brought the torch for the “Jewish Olympics” to Berlin from Tel Aviv. The flame is burning calmly, the box is secure. Elen Katz can’t take any chances – it is unthinkable what would happen if the airstream or rain were to put out the flame – the flame that was to… […]

Make Way! Welcome to Israel’s first real BrainPath

‘Today’s inauguration marks the beginning of a beautiful story: The GripsPfad shall bring pleasure to many generations,’ said Swiss Ambassador Andreas Baum at the festive inauguration of Israel’s first BrainPath in Neve Eshkol. The fitness parlour with eleven brain stimulating exercises is adjoined to the region’s largest senior citizen centre near Gaza. ‘The first five… […]