History of Israel's Good News Jan to Mar 2023

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In the 29th Jan 23 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

 

·       Israeli women are the 9th healthiest of 122 countries surveyed.

·       Israel has good news for IBD sufferers.

·       Israel added a record value of new medical benefits into its 2023 health basket.

·       For 60 years a Jerusalem charity has quietly supported the elderly in need.

·       A new Israeli natural sweetener has 70% less sugar for the same taste.

·       Israelis enjoy the world's best value Internet service.

·       A new Israeli factory is to mass-produce flexible solar panels.

·       An ancient site being excavated in Judea has three Biblical sources.

 

·       Click here to see the 22nd Jan newsletter on IsraelSeen, Ruthfully Yours with a spectacular intro, IsraPundit and United With Israel. Also (TY Sandra) in German here and (TY Stuart Palmer) here. Also (TY Zachy) in Hebrew here and (TY Stuart Palmer) here. Please pass on this newsletter to German and Hebrew-speaking contacts. Also (TY Esty) please visit the https://www.facebook.com/verygoodnewsIL Facebook page.

 

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ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Israeli women are world’s 9th healthiest. (TY Hazel) In the 2021 Hologic Global Women’s Health Index (measured by Gallup) published this week, Israel is 9th overall and 2nd for life expectancy. The report aims to heighten awareness and guide actions that increase the life expectancy and quality of life for women globally.

https://hologic.womenshealthindex.com/sites/default/files/2022-09/Hologic_2021-Global-Women%27s-Health-Index_Full-Report.pdf

 

Medication to prevent antibiotic toxicity. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Israel’s Tissue Dynamics again used their “sensors on a chip” to bypass animal testing in developing a new treatment. They proved that the diabetic drug empagliflozin blocks the toxicity of aminoglycoside antibiotics in kidney disease patients.

https://en.huji.ac.il/news/breakthrough-antibiotic-safety-bionic-technology-blends-sensors-and-human-tissue

 

New anti-microbial compound. Scientists at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have created a new compound by combining copper with a polysaccharide derived from the marine red microalga Porphyridium sp. The long, dense spikes on the surface of the compound kills bacteria and fungus by poking holes in their membranes.

https://in.bgu.ac.il/en/pages/news/red_algae.aspx   https://www.mdpi.com/1660-3397/20/12/787

 

A natural remedy for IBD. Israel’s Sheba Medical Center has developed CurQD – a botanical combination of Curcumin (Tumeric) and QingDai for treating Ulcerative Colitis. Phase 1 and 2 human trials were successful and a spin-off company Evinature is now marketing the product.

https://www.israel21c.org/a-natural-plant-based-treatment-for-ulcerative-colitis/  https://evinature.com/

 

Smart partnership to find IBD treatments. Israel’s CytoReason (see here previously) is partnering France’s Sanofi to identify novel therapies to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Sanofi will pay CytoReason millions of dollars to use the Israeli startup’s computational AI-discovery disease model platform.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/sanofi-extends-cooperation-with-israels-cytoreason-for-bowel-disease-drug-discovery/

 

More research about healthy aging. Ben Gurion University’s Dr Debra Toiber and her international colleagues have made more discoveries about the role of the protein SIRT6 in the aging process (see here previously). They have now found that SIRT6 prevents mitochondrial disfunction that causes brain diseases.

https://in.bgu.ac.il/en/pages/news/toiber_aging.aspx  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41419-022-05542-w

 

Treating Autism and Alzheimer’s. The American Friends of the Hebrew University is hosting an evening with the University’s Dr Haitham Amal on 31 Jan in Florida. Dr Amal will discuss the groundbreaking development of therapies for Autism and Alzheimer’s disease. https://www.afhu.org/event/towards-the-groundbreaking-development-of-therapeutic-drugs-for-autism-and-alzheimers-disease/

 

Solutions for today’s medical challenges. The Tel Aviv University MedTech Hackathon attracted 200 students and 120 mentors. The winner OReye utilizes cutting-edge computer vision technology for a safer operating room. Runner up was a wellness app for the early diagnosis and treatment of peripartum depression.

https://english.tau.ac.il/news/medtech_hackathon_2023

 

Using the mind to benefit the body. Dr. Amit Abraham of Ariel University’s Department of Physiotherapy uses Dynamic Neurocognitive Imagery (DNI) to improve the lives of amputees and Parkinson’s sufferers. DNI also improves the performance of dancers and athletes such as Israel’s Olympic rhythmic gymnastic team.

https://www.ariel.ac.il/wp/en/discovering-how-mental-imagery-boosts-physical-performance/

 

Gala raises $1.1 million for HU medical center. The 2023 Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala raised over a million dollars for the Hebrew University’s Center for Computational Medicine in Jerusalem. The center will develop data-driven personalized health solutions, to replace “one size fits all” medical treatment.

https://www.jns.org/wire/2023-palm-beach-scopus-award-gala-raises-over-1-million-for-the-hebrew-university-center-for-computational-medicine/

 

CNN features Israeli medical company, but….  How CNN can publish a detailed article featuring Israel’s Insightec without mentioning the word “Israel” is quite revealing. It describes the company as “a leading maker of focused ultrasound machines”.  Here in the IsraelActive archives are the full facts about Insightec.

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/01/15/health/focused-ultrasound-tremor-depression-ocd-wellness/index.html

 

Largest increase to health basket. Israel has increased its health basket of Government-provided services, medications, supplies, and medical equipment by a record NIS 650 million. More than 120 new medications and treatments were added, benefiting 350,000 citizens and permanent residents.

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-728878  

 

 

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

 

Lifeline to the elderly. For 60 years, Israeli charity Yad LaKashish (Lifeline to the Elderly) helps Jerusalem’s needy seniors find work and sustenance with dignity. Some 200 mostly immigrants, make beautiful Judaica for sale, receiving a wage, a winter heating bonus, healthcare, a nutritious lunch, and food packages for holidays.

https://www.jns.org/helping-jerusalems-needy-elderly-find-work-meaning-and-sustenance/  

https://www.lifeline.org.il/

 

El Al restarts Ambassadors’ program. (TY Dr Salem) Israeli airline El Al has restarted its 2011 program to inform people about Israel with the personal stories of flight attendants, pilots etc. They include Dimitriy – a Ukrainian-born flight attendant who recently flew on El Al flights to rescue Ukrainian refugees.

https://www.algemeiner.com/2023/01/18/just-the-simple-truth-el-al-relaunches-program-to-have-flight-personnel-share-israels-story-with-world/

 

Sderot resilience center goes global. The Israeli town of Sderot is growing and thriving thanks to its resilience center that treats residents traumatized by thousands of missiles fired by Gaza terrorists. Sderot is now building a Resilience Incubator hub for developing resilience tech and training medics in high-risk international cities.

https://www.israel21c.org/resilience-tech-hub-opens-in-israels-most-resilient-city/

 

Israeli & UAE singers sing each other’s anthems. Israeli-Arab Yoseph Haddad (see here previously) hosted an International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Dubai. The event had Israel’s Nicole Raviv sing the UAE’s Anthem “Ishy Bilady” and Emirate’s Ahmed Al Hosani sang “Hatikvah” (see 2nd link).

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israeli-to-sing-uae-anthem-at-dubai-holocaust-remembrance-event/

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/hkogdbbhi

 

Another Israel-India center of excellence. Israel and India inaugurated a Center of Excellence (CoE) for agriculture in the northern Indian city of Gignow. It brings the total of Israel-India CoEs to thirty (see here previously). Israeli Ambassador to India Naor Gilon said the centers increase yield, quality and diversify crops.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israel-india-agricultural-center-makes-the-desert-bloom/

 

Defense for NATO planes. Israel’s Elbit (see here previously) has signed a 5-year contract with NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) to deliver anti-missile systems for NATO’s tanker transport plane fleet. Elbit’s laser-based J-Music protects against sophisticated heat-seeking ground-to-air missiles.

https://www.jns.org/israels-elbit-to-arm-nato-planes-with-anti-missile-systems/

 

Real time signing for the deaf. Israel’s Sign Now helps millions of deaf people conduct activities previously unavailable to them. The on-demand sign language service allows companies and organizations to provide hearing-impaired customers with equal access and opportunity. See video on the Ukrainian deaf community.

https://www.sign-now.io/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwpD4dnNkD4

 

IsraAID chief wins Bronfman Prize. Yotam Polizer, CEO of Israel’s leading humanitarian aid organization, IsraAID (see here previously) is the 2023 recipient of the Charles Bronfman Prize. The award is presented annually to a humanitarian whose work is informed by Jewish values and has significantly impacted the world.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/366441

 

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

 

Five of the best inventions of 2022. (TY UWI) Five products based on Israeli technology were cited in TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2022 among “200 inventions changing the way we live”. In the AI category - Ravin and Exodigo; in Accessibility - ElliQ; in Apps & Software - HiBob; and in Household - Epic Cleantec.

https://www.israel21c.org/5-israeli-technologies-named-time-best-inventions-2022/

https://time.com/best-inventions-2022/

 

Recovering after an oil spill. Israel’s Harbo (see here previously) has now sold 2,000 units of its oil containment screens in the decade since it was founded. Its customers are in the US, Canada, the UK, Scandinavia, and the Far East. Harbo was used to contain Rotterdam Port’s huge oil spill in Jun 2018.

https://nocamels.com/2023/01/out-of-the-box-the-first-aid-kit-to-treat-oil-spills/

https://www.onderzoeksraad.nl/en/page/12207/oil-spill-port-of-rotterdam

 

Transforming Eilat through Sea Tech and More. This Ben Gurion University webinar features BGU’s Eilat campus that transforms the city into an educational epicenter for Tourism & Hospitality and Marine Biology & Energy Sciences. It features innovative sea tech like 3D-printed coral that can save the world's reefs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-TId7_CctQ

 

Enzymes for greener production. Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute have used computers to design enzymes that can make industrial processes much more efficient. These enzymes can create better medicines, or safely break down pollutants, sewage, and agricultural waste, and then turn them into biofuel or animal feed.

https://wis-wander.weizmann.ac.il/chemistry/building-better-enzymes-%E2%80%93-breaking-them-down

 

Packaging reduces greenhouse gas emissions. A Dutch study of the companies using the Xtend Modified Atmosphere Packaging from Israel’s Stepac (see here previously) shows a dramatic reduction in the amount of food wasted and CO2 emissions produced compared to polyethylene packaging or zero packaging products.

https://nutraceuticalbusinessreview.com/news/article_page/The_sustainable_packaging_that_reduces_greenhouse_gases/206432   https://www.stepac.com/

 

70% less sugar and no aftertaste. Israel’s Resugar has developed a sweetener that contains just 30 percent sugar but looks and tastes the same as pure sugar. The sucrose is combined with dietary fibers, like chicory, and natural flavors that enhance the sweetness by almost three times. Used in Nestle-Froneri low-calorie ice cream.

https://nocamels.com/2022/12/new-sweetener-70-less-sugar-100-the-same-taste/  https://resugar.com/

 

Taste of the future. Israel’s Technion Institute hosted the “Taste of the Future” conference, which focused on the development of alternatives for animal proteins. It coincided with the establishment of Technion’s Carasso FoodTech Innovation Center. Lunch consisted of steaks from Israel’s Redefine Meat and eggs from Yo-egg.

https://www.technion.ac.il/en/2022/12/future-alternative-protein/

 

Israeli wasabi. The wasabi served with your sushi is often just a mixture of mustard, horseradish and green coloring. Authentic wasabi is difficult to grow, mainly in Japan, and now in Israel too. Ran Ronen cultivates the plant in his greenhouses on Moshav Eliad in the Golan Heights, selling it to up-market restaurants and online.

https://www.israel21c.org/man-takes-a-spicy-gamble-growing-wasabi-in-israel/  https://www.wasabisrael.co.il/

https://www.alehonline.com/product/9887/

 

A better black-eyed pea. Israel’s Better Seeds (see here previously) has now developed black-eyed peas (cowpeas) that can be mechanically harvested. The original hardy, high-protein cowpea grows haphazardly and can only be harvested by hand. BetterSeeds’ version grows upright and is much easier to harvest by machine.

https://www.jpost.com/business-and-innovation/all-news/article-729657

 

Desalination saves Israel from water scarcity. (TY Ynet News) The entire Middle East is short of rain this winter. Thankfully, Israel delivers 75% of its drinking water from five desalination plants with two more being built. By 2030, Israel will desalinate 1.1 billion cubic meters of seawater – sufficient for all its projected needs.

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/environment/1673890136-sea-to-home-israel-s-desalination-plants-addressing-water-scarcity

 

Hopping around the lunar surface. One of the startups in Israel21c’s latest “9 companies to watch in Israeli space-tech” is WeSpace. It is developing thruster-propelled, wheeled flying “hopper” robots to help explore the surface of the Moon or Mars. WeSpace will sell “lunar exploration as a service,” to interested parties on Earth.

https://wespacetech.com/  https://www.israel21c.org/9-companies-to-watch-in-israeli-space-tech/

 

 

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

 

The best value Internet in the world. Israel’s internet is the world’s best value for money. So states the latest Global Internet Value index released by privacy protection toolset provider Surfshark (see here previously). The index ranks 117 countries based on speed-to-affordability ratios of fixed broadband and mobile internet.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/hyqaodrij

https://surfshark.com/blog/global-internet-value-index-2022

 

Expanding tourism with Bulgaria. (TY TPS) The Tourism Ministers of Israel and Bulgaria have signed a cooperation agreement. 200,000 Israelis visited Bulgaria in 2019 and almost as many visited last year. Bulgaria Air currently operates four flights a week between Sofia and Tel Aviv while Israel’s El Al offers three.

https://tps.co.il/articles/tourism-ministers-of-bulgaria-israel-sign-intergovernmental-cooperation-agreement-in-tourism/  https://unitedwithisrael.org/israel-signs-tourism-agreement-with-european-ally/

 

Israeli photos for US theme parks. Israel’s Pomvom (see here previously) has won a tender from US amusement park chain Six Flags to provide its digital photography solutions to eleven of its theme parks over the next five years. With over 13 million visitors in 2019, the deal is potentially worth around $21 million.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/a2hp3oyef

 

Vegan cream cheese for General Mills. (TY OurCrowd) US food giant General Mills is launching three types of vegan cream cheese in US supermarkets, all made with the non-animal proteins from Israel’s Remilk (see here previously). Remilk’s proteins are identical to those contained in cows’ milk.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/z4hb83ktr

https://vegconomist.com/products-launches/general-mills-bold-cultr-remilk/

 

Flexible solar film panels to be mass produced. Israel’s Apollo Power (see here previously) has built the “world’s first” factory for flexible solar film panels. The $30 million facility in Yoknean can produce enough solar film each year to power up to 40,000 homes. Apollo’s customers include Amazon, Volkswagen, and Audi.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-apollo-power-opens-worlds-first-factory-for-flexible-solar-film-panels/

 

Security for Singapore police agency. Israel’s Cellebrite (see here previously) has won a $14 million 5-year contract to provide its Premium Collect and Review Solution for Digital Evidence to Singapore’s national police agency to help reduce crime. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/hjrhwkcis

 

Seed investment in milk from lettuce. Israel’s Pigmentum (see here previously) has had “seed” funding from Israeli food companies Tnuva, Strauss, Tempo, and Kibbutz Yotvata, plus crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. They all see a “growth” market in Pigmentum’s milk from lettuce technology. Let us hope it “succeeds”!

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-agrotech-startup-pulls-in-6m-for-cow-free-milk-and-cheese-made-from-lettuce/  https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/s1wq730ji

 

Exits, mergers & acquisitions to 29/1/23: Global management consultancy firm has acquired Israel’s real-time data analytics startup Iguazio (see here previously) for $50 million.

 

Investment in Israeli startups to 29/1/23: PayEm raised $20 million; Electreon raised $11.8 million; Pigmentum raised $6 million;

 

 

CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT`

 

Best student documentary. The documentary "Requiem for a Whale", by Tel Aviv University alumni Ido Weisman, won the best student film award at Los Angeles’ IDA Awards, considered the most prestigious award in the world of documentary films. The film also recently won the Israeli Documentary Forum Annual Awards.

https://english.tau.ac.il/news/ido_weisman_ida   https://www.idoweisman.com/requiemforawhale

 

Queen of the Desert. (TY UWI & I24 News) Israeli photographer Moshe Kotzen’s book “Queen of the Desert” is a unique combination of a fairy tale together and photo journal. It features many of his photos of unusual rock formations in Israel’s Negev desert. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWzUD_IqiBA

 

Much to do in Holon. Nefesh b’Nefesh have arranged discounted entrance prices and guided tours in English at two of Holon’s exciting museums on Thu 2nd Feb.  First up is the Caricature/Cartoon (Comics) Museum and afterwards the Design Museum. Contact and registration details in the link below.

https://www.nbn.org.il/events/comics-museum-and-design-museum-holon/

 

Where to experience live Jazz in Israel. Jazz festivals in Israel include the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival (May); New Orleans Jazz Festival (Jun); Summertime Jazz Festival (Aug); Jerusalem Jazz Festival (Sep); Jaffa Jazz Festival (Oct) and Red Sea Jazz Festival (Nov). Lyricist /Jazz pianist Joe Stilgoe and his band are currently here on tour.

https://www.israel21c.org/the-ultimate-guide-to-seeing-live-jazz-music-in-israel/  https://eng.hotjazz.co.il/

https://eng.hotjazz.co.il/a-tribute-to-sammy-davis-danny-kaye-gene-kelly-february-4th-11th-2023/

 

What’s hot on Jerusalem’s Streets in Israel’s “winter”. (TY Sharon) Plenty of colorful sites and flowers to see on the Streets of Jerusalem.  The almond trees are in blossom more than two weeks before Tu B’Shvat – the Jewish New Year for Trees. http://rjstreets.com/2023/01/22/jerusalem-in-january-see-whats-hot-and-happening/

 

 

THE JEWISH STATE

 

Another freedom coin unearthed. (TY WIN) Archeologists have discovered a 133CE bronze coin at the Nahal Darga Nature Reserve. One side has “Shimon” in ancient Hebrew, referring to Shimon Bar Kokhba, the leader of the Jewish revolt against Rome. On the reverse is the inscription “Year Two of the Freedom of Israel.”

https://www.algemeiner.com/2023/01/19/archeologists-find-ancient-hebrew-coin-dated-to-jewish-rebellion-against-rome-year-two-of-the-freedom-of-israel/

 

Excavating Biblical Libnah. Video of the unearthing by archeologists from Ariel University of the remains of ancient Libnah at Tel Burna in Judea. The site is mentioned in the Biblical texts of Joshua (ch.10), King Rehoboam (Chronicles ch. 21) and King Hezekiah (II Kings ch.19).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm2Xp5-Fe5o

 

Walk back in time. This video from NGO Stand With Us briefly features Jerusalem’s Western Wall Tunnels - a well-engineered system of ancient passageways and cisterns that reveal hidden parts of the Kotel. A longer visit provides a glimpse of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period and immediately afterwards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMWm4miOBhc   https://www.standwithus.com/

 

Birthright trip from Ukraine. The first Birthright Israel group of Ukrainian Jews since the start of the war with Russia has arrived in Israel. 24 young Ukrainians were flown on the private jet of Miriam Adelson, Birthright’s largest donor. An additional Birthright group from Ukraine is planned to travel to Israel in March.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/366370

 

“Kosher” banknotes to bring mazel. Several Members of the Knesset have submitted a bill proposing that all banknotes issued by the Bank of Israel include the Hebrew phrase for “In Hashem we trust.” They claim that the phrase would be “a talisman for the economic success of Israel.”  A similar phrase is on all US banknotes.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/shas-bill-proposes-adding-in-god-we-trust-to-banknotes/

 

Wearing tefillin can prevent heart attacks. Jews around the world, including Israel, will be interested in this. A recent follow-up to a 2018 pilot Cincinnati study has confirmed that people who wear tefillin (phylacteries) every weekday, are less likely to suffer heart attacks. Will tefillin be added to the Israeli health basket?

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-729013

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0280216

 

 

230122

In the 22nd Jan 23 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

 

·       Four encouraging news stories about Israeli cancer treatments.

·       An Israeli Arab will be the youngest ever Israeli medical Professor.

·       Israeli robots can smell and see in the dark.

·       More “groundbreaking” Israeli agriculture innovations.

·       A record number of Israeli startups launched in 2022.

·       Ancient Moabite stone tablet is proven evidence of Biblical King David.

 

·       Click here to see the 15th Jan newsletter on IsraelSeen, Ruthfully Yours with a great intro, IsraPundit and United With Israel with feature on Health. Also (TY Sandra) in German here and (TY Stuart Palmer) here. Also (TY Zachy) in Hebrew here and (TY Stuart Palmer) here. Please pass on this newsletter to German and Hebrew-speaking contacts. Also (TY Esty) please visit the https://www.facebook.com/verygoodnewsIL Facebook page.

 

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ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Preventing cancer from spreading. (TY Ron M) Researchers from Israel’s Bar-Ilan University have developed a peptide (small protein) that prevents the triggering of metastasis – secondary cancer. In the laboratory, it had 90% success on solid cancers and could be used in combination with other therapies.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/366206   https://www.nature.com/articles/s41388-022-02481-w

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-scientists-say-substance-prevents-cancers-spread-in-mice-with-90-success/  

 

Heat treatment for terminal cancer patients. (TY WIN & I24 News) Very positive video featuring the groundbreaking cancer treatment of Israel’s New Phase (see here previously). 12 patients at Israel’s Beilinson (Rabin) Medical Center in Petah Tikva are undergoing Phase 1 human safety and tolerance trials.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKz1_u4yreU

 

Promising cancer treatments. (TY Atid-EDI) Israel’s Purple Biotech has two promising treatments for solid tumors in clinical (human) trials. CM24 has completed Phase 1 and is in Phase 2 for Pancreatic cancer. NT219 is in Phase 1/2 in the USA. Purple is also partnering Mor, the technology transfer subsidiary of Israel’s Clalit.

https://purple-biotech.com/pipeline/cm24/  https://purple-biotech.com/pipeline/nt219/

 

Electrical fields extend cancer patients’ survival. (TY Atid-EDI) Israel’s Novocure (see here previously) announced that using its TTFields (Tumor Treating electrical Fields) technology in combination with other therapies, improved overall patient survival compared to standard therapies alone. 

https://www.novocure.com/novocure-announces-pivotal-lunar-study-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-met-primary-overall-survival-endpoint/

 

US approval for portable dialysis. (TY Atid-EDI) Israelis liberDI has received clearance from the US FDA for its Digital Dialysis Clinic. The 3kg device allows patients to perform a 90 min dialysis at home or at work, by themselves, monitored by their physician using the advanced telemedicine capabilities of the system.

https://www.liberdi.com/liberdi-receives-fda-regulatory-clearance/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyJKNNP-h8g (5 years ago)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWWYgBp39hM (4 years ago)

 

Device to treat chronic pain. A detailed article about Israel’s Healables (see here previously). The wearable AI device is undergoing clinical trials at Israel’s Wolfson Medical Center. Interesting background on the CEO of Healables - a Lubavitcher Chasid whose motivation was his own brain tumor and the pain after its removal.

https://nocamels.com/2023/01/beating-chronic-pain-with-ai-powered-vibrating-sleeves/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQDaXys3Y84

 

Contactless vital signs monitor. Two articles about the biosensors of Israel’s Neteera (see here previously). They uniquely use safe, very high-frequency radar to penetrate clothing but not skin, programmed specially to monitor human vital signs. No cameras, no wearables, accurate up to 5 feet away. US FDA approved in 2022.

https://www.israel21c.org/vital-sign-monitors-that-dont-touch-your-body/

https://www.jpost.com/business-and-innovation/tech-and-start-ups/article-722105

 

Nutrition not steroids. (TY TPS) A 15-year study by researchers at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center showed that children suffering from Crohn’s disease and treated with nutrition had a lower chance of needing surgery in the first two years of the disease than those treated with steroids. There were many other benefits.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israeli-study-finds-nutrition-beats-steroids-for-treating-this-disease/

 

Genetic cause of Williams Syndrome. Tel Aviv and Hebrew University researchers have discovered an abnormal genetic process responsible for the brain disorder known as Williams Syndrome. A molecule known as a 'methyl group' disrupts healthy gene production. The findings could lead to future treatments.

https://nocamels.com/2023/01/researchers-discover-cause-of-rare-brain-disorder/

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41380-022-01921-z

 

Diagnosing ADHD with the eyes. Back in 2014 (see here), Tel Aviv University, Sheba Medical Center and Haifa University scientists diagnosed ADHD using the Test of Variables of Attention - tracking a patient’s involuntary eye movements. Now Israeli startup MindTension is using the Moro reflex test in the same way.

https://nocamels.com/2023/01/simple-six-minute-blink-test-that-diagnoses-adhd/

https://www.mindtension.com/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4QuFIKaoBs

 

Mental health therapy center. The Jerusalem Therapy Center for mental health has been inaugurated. The JTC will benefit patients suffering from a variety of mental health issues such as depression, trauma, and certain addictions. It will be staffed by senior clinicians, plus post graduate Yeshiva University therapists.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/366176

 

UK, Irish & French Olim can donate blood. Israel’s ban on immigrants from the UK, Ireland and France donating blood has been lifted after 24 years.  The epidemic of BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) in cattle in those countries raised the possibility of causing variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365939

 

EMT TV. Israeli emergency volunteer organization United Hatzalah has begun a new video series UHTV. In its inaugural video, United Hatzalah volunteer EMT and Ambassador Rachel Holzer spoke to students at Israel’s Reichman University to see what the next generation knows about CPR.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc1EzRAOqmU

 

 

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

 

 

3 beautiful faces. (TY WIN & ILTV) Three Israelis were included in TC Candler’s 2022 list of the World’s 100 most beautiful faces. They are (2021 ranking) Yael Shelbia 7th (6); Gal Gadot 12th (15); and Eden Fines 72nd (97). TC Candler’s list began in 1990 and also has a 100 Most Handsome Faces list (but no Israelis yet).

https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/r1pnnjtqs

https://worldisraelnews.com/watch-which-israelis-made-the-list-of-most-beautiful-people-in-the-world/

 

Israeli Arab to be Israel’s youngest medical professor. (TY UWI & Israel21c) Dr. Abdulla Watad (35) of Israel’s Sheba Medical Center is set to become Israel’s youngest medical professor at Tel Aviv University. A resident of the Israel Arab town of Jatt, senior rheumatologist Dr Watad has written 200+ scientific papers.

https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/s1r3bsn9j

https://www.israel21c.org/newest-medical-professor-in-israel-abdulla-watad-just-35/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCzB5ZJzfCw

 

The Israeli Arab Christian Ambassador in a Muslim country. Please read Robert Sarner’s ToI interview (also here) with George Deek – Israel’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan since 2019 (see here previously). Ties include tourism, cultural, scientific, and Israeli help clearing around 1 million mines in the Karabakh region.

https://robertsarner.com/for-israels-ambassador-to-azerbaijan-iranian-death-threats-are-all-in-a-days-work/

 

Public diplomacy. At last, Israel is to establish a Public Diplomacy Ministry, to be headed by Galit Distel Atbaryan. Maybe we will start to hear positive news from an official source.

https://worldisraelnews.com/no-occupation-new-israeli-pr-campaign-stresses-the-bible-as-the-deed-to-our-land/

https://www.gov.il/en/departments/news/ehasbara

 

Israel’s cyber summit at the UN. The Israeli mission to the United Nations will host the first Israeli Cyber Summit at the United Nations in New York City on 23rd Jan. “Stronger Together: Collaboration for a Cyber-Safe World” will focus on defensive cyber action to protect critical civilian infrastructure.

https://www.jns.org/israeli-mission-to-the-un-to-host-cyber-summit/

 

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

 

Israeli space tech in a nutshell. (TY UWI)  As reported here previously, Israel will be investing NIS 600 million in space technology in the next five years. Here are some more details of Israel’s outer space plans.

https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-space-tech-prepares-for-blastoff/

 

$8.4 million for nine BIRD projects. The Israeli startups receiving funds from the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation include Amarel, Apeiro Motion, Castor, Cielo Inertial, EyeControl, Kadimastem, New Phase, Tevel Aerobotics and Xerient (pancreatic cancer).

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-israel-fund-to-invest-8-4-million-in-nine-new-joint-tech-projects/

https://www.aes-connect.com/ https://www.apeiro-motion.com/ https://www.cielo-inertial.com/

https://xerient.net/

 

Securing the power lines. Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) has signed an agreement with Israel’s Prisma Photonics (see here previously). The PrismaFlow system will use optical fibers to monitor 1,000 km of the national transmission grid - some 20% of the total grid. It already monitors gas pipeline segments in Israel.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/sk64gs11ss

 

360-degree radar for autonomous vehicles. (TY Atid-EDI) Israel’s Arbe Robotics (see here previously) has launched its latest feature – imaging to give a 360° radar-based perception, the first AI based integrated analysis of a complete vehicle surroundings. Arbe won a 2023 CES Innovation Award – for the second year in a row.

https://ir.arberobotics.com/news/press-releases/detail/87/arbe-releases-360-radar-based-perception-the-first-ai

 

Self-driving buses. More details on the pilot projects for autonomous buses reported previously here. The first will be a driverless shuttle service managed by Israel’s Nateev Express at the Sheba Medical Center. Israel’s Imagry (see here previously) is to deploy its map-less autonomous driving software.

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-four-groups-1001429005   https://imagry.co/tag/pilot/

 

How does a robot smell? (TY WIN) Tel Aviv University researchers connected a biological sensor to an electronic system and used an AI algorithm to identify odors with an extremely high level of sensitivity. They believe that this technology may also be used in the future to identify explosives, diseases, and more.

https://www.jns.org/tau-researchers-develop-biological-sensor-that-allows-robots-to-smell/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0956566322009599?dgcid=author

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuB6akSlVE4

 

Seeing in low light. (TY Atid-EDI) Israel’s Inuitive (see here previously) has partnered Finland’s Visidon to co-develop and launch a high performing, accurate, and real-time low light enhancement to Inuitive’s NU4100 vision-on-chip processor. It will reduce the cost of systems (e.g., night drones) that relied on powerful sensors.

https://www.inuitive-tech.com/inuitive-and-visidon-introduce-a-new-industry-changing-low-light-enhancement-technology-for-robotic-applications-and-more/

 

Cleaning up Hong Kong. Israel’s Verobotics (see here previously) has just won a $5.4 million contract for its AI-powered vertical robots to clean and inspect the exterior of high-rise buildings in Hong Kong.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/meet-the-israeli-robot-spiderman-that-will-clean-skyscraper-facades-in-hong-kong/   https://verobotics.io/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfsXCSbms2Q

 

Spice up your writing. Israel’s Wordtune (see here previously) has launched “Wordtune Spices”. The new AI Natural Language Processing (NLP) feature acts like a co-writer, to improve and enhance any text with a choice of 12 helping cues. These include statistics to bolster an argument, or jokes to add in a wedding speech.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ai21-labs-co-founded-by-amnon-shashua-rolls-out-ai-feature-to-spice-up-writing/

 

Knowledge is power. Israel’s Aiola has developed state-of-the-art voice and image recognition combined with advanced AI models to digitize, automate, and streamline inspection processes. It also offers its technology to companies to capture, curate and share customer data from customer communications and business meetings.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/by3xtihoo

https://www.aiola.com/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_EsmUmDQUg

 

Israeli basil resists disease. (TY Atid-EDI) Italian seed company Fenix is extending its alliance with Israel’s Genesis Seeds, whose “Prospera” non-GMO basil (see here) leads the Italian market. It resists downy mildew (“the basil killer”) and the fungus Fusarium of basil. Genesis and Fenix will now develop new resistant hybrids.

https://israelagri.com/fenix-joins-forces-with-genesis-seeds-in-the-battle-against-the-new-race-of-downy-mildew/   https://www.genesisseeds.com/2021/04/20/all-the-way-to-prospera/

 

Growing mushroom burgers. Israeli startup Kinoko (see here previously) is cultivating a high-protein food from mycelium - the thin underground fungal threads that mushrooms grow on. Kinoko uses lentils and other legumes as a nutrition source. In four days, it grows a ready-to-cook burger, sausage, meatball, kebab, or patty.

https://nocamels.com/2023/01/growing-high-protein-mushroom-based-burgers-in-just-four-days/

https://kinoko-tech.com/

 

Knowing when trees are thirsty. (TY Atid-EDI) Several Israeli companies monitor the condition of trees and crops (see here). Another is Treetoscope - its Sap Flow sensors are inserted into the tree trunk to continuously measure water flow in almond, avocado, citrus, apple trees and vines. It is now partnering global leader Toro.

https://israelagri.com/treetoscope-expands-geographical-access-for-its-irrigation-management-platform/

https://treetoscope.com/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUrAoOSqujE

https://finder.startupnationcentral.org/company_page/treetoscope

 

Agriculture lives around the Dead Sea. Interesting article from a Chinese media source that describes how Israel grows abundant crops in the harshest environment. It features the Vidor Center, drip irrigation, and soil sensors for smart irrigation. https://english.news.cn/20230108/b358688e68404bbbbf9d0940cd0810a0/c.html

 

 

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

 

Record number of new companies in 2022. (TY Yehoshua) In the first 11 months of 2022, the Israeli Tax Authority registered 142,100 new companies - over twice as many as in 2021, when 64,900 businesses were created. Many employees laid off during the Covid-19 pandemic have now started their own companies.

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/economy/1673786746-israel-record-number-of-new-businesses-were-created-in-2022

 

A quantum leap. Israel’s Quantum Machines (see here previously) has increased its customer base to 280 facilities in 23 countries. Its technology now powers a large portion of the quantum computers operated by cloud providers, research labs, national centers, and high-performance computing (HPC) centers.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/skddw2hii

 

More smart interviews. Israel’s myInterview (see here previously) has now more than 10,000 customers, including 7-Eleven, Ocado, and Facebook. It has facilitated over 7 million candidate interviews since its founding in 2016. It is especially popular among young candidates applying for customer-facing jobs.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/s10isyvjj

 

Startups to watch out for. Here are some of budding Israeli startups utilizing Artificial Intelligence that leading Israeli fund managers think deserve attention in 2023. Ask.ai; Imagen; 3D Signals; Tabnine (IT development assistant); and Fairmatic (Fleet Insurance).

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/rjryifnso

 

Exits, mergers & acquisitions to 22/1/23: American Express has acquired Israeli payments automation platform Nipendo.

 

Investment in Israeli startups to 22/1/23: aiOla raised $25 million; Quantum Machines raised $20 million; nsKnox raised $17.5 million; myInterview raised $11 million;

 

 

CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT`

 

Jerusalem’s Armenian Museum. The Mardigian Armenian Museum is housed in a 19th century building in Jerusalem’s Old City and has just reopened after a 5-year renovation. Jerusalem is home to a community of some 6,000 Armenians and the museum is preserving their history and culture.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-museum-showcasing-armenian-history-reopens-after-5-year-renovation/  https://video.i24news.tv/#/content/6318806491112

 

Jerusalem orchestra in London. The Jerusalem Orchestra East West featuring Mehdi Nassouli & Koyos is performing at 7.30pm on Sunday 5 Feb at the Barbican in London.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2023/event/jerusalem-orchestra-east-west

 

The world’s ugliest building. (TY WIN & I24 News) The Nachum Tower in Tel Aviv has been voted by users of social media site Reddit as the world's ugliest building. Built in the “brutalist” style during the post-1948 demand for high-rise buildings, it now is enjoying fame as a tourist attraction for its “beauty in the beast”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2cLk1yB0Tc

 

Take a walk on Jerusalem’s streets. (TY Sharon) Israel’s capital is full of traffic, tourist buses, international conferences, and (of course) construction.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhnjKDKi9gI

http://rjstreets.com/2023/01/08/in-jerusalem-take-a-walk-hard-to-believe-whats-new/

 

Running in Antarctica for Israeli education. (TY UWI & I24 News) Israel’s Eyal Shimoni ran the Antarctica leg of the Racing the Planet 4 Deserts Ultramarathon. He raised funds for Israeli NGO Yadid Lachinuch, with 2,800 retired Israeli volunteers helping teachers in over 490 Israeli schools. Eyal is now training to run in Chile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WOFFxphv8E  https://www.yadidla.org.il/yadid-lachinuch

https://www.israel21c.org/after-antarctica-israeli-ultramarathoner-trains-for-chile/

 

 

THE JEWISH STATE

 

Archaeological evidence of King David. The Mesha Stele is a basalt stone containing chronicles by Mesha, King of Moab during the late 9th century BCE. Photographic technology has verified that references to events about the “House of David”, recorded on the stone, correspond to the historical account in the Book of Kings.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/researchers-verify-moabite-writings-on-king-david-kingdoms-of-judah-and-israel-corresponding-to-hebrew-bible/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RALo9AImPg8

 

Show me the way to go home. (TY UWI) La’aretz is a new non-profit organization with the mission to help Israelis and Jews overcome bureaucratic and financial obstacles to immigrating, returning, visiting and traveling to Israel. La’aretz complements Nefesh b’Nefesh by facilitating complex cases and funding those in need.

https://www.jns.org/new-non-profit-helps-show-the-way-home-for-those-seeking-to-move-to-israel/

https://www.laaretz.com/

 

Grow back better. (TY WIN) A new archeology garden was inaugurated at Kibbutz Kfar Aza. It replaces an orchard that Gaza terrorists burned down. A crowdfunding campaign and individual donors raised funds for the new garden to serve as a community gathering spot, displaying artifacts from the State Treasure collections.

https://www.algemeiner.com/2023/01/09/kibbutz-orchard-destroyed-by-gaza-firebomb-replaced-by-garden-archeological-exhibit/

 

Nice photo. This photo, of the new IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi and his wife Sharon at the Western Wall Plaza, has gone viral. The mechitza [partition] that separates women and men cannot separate their smiles and love. A picture is worth a thousand words. It also tells a thousand stories.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/366064

 

So positive on Jerusalem Streets. (TY Sharon) As usual, the media missed most of these. Nefesh b Nefesh’s Living Financially Smarter in Israel 2023; a shop for Ukrainian refugees; 30 years of the Naale educational program; five new foreign Ambassadors to Israel; the InPrint Art Book Fair, and a beautiful rainbow.

http://rjstreets.com/2023/01/15/7-things-that-happened-in-jerusalem-this-week/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWxlWT2_0XE

 

A nation of volunteers. (TY Nevet) A study of 500+ Israelis has determined that 42% of the population regularly volunteered, mostly in welfare, with the disadvantaged or in education. Among the ultra-Orthodox, this rose to 60%. Israel ranked 5th of the list headed by Canada (79%), the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.  

https://www.israelhayom.com/2023/01/10/ahead-of-us-netherlands-switzerland-survey-finds-israel-world-leader-in-volunteering/

 

 

230115

In the 15th Jan 23 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

 

·       An Israeli hospital treats heart patients with a hi-tech body suit.

·       Israeli doctors flew to Nigeria to treat children with eye-cancer.

·       An Israeli charity provides digital skills to the disadvantaged.

·       An Israeli NGO has distributed hundreds of generators in Ukraine.

·       Showstopping Israeli innovations at CES in Las Vegas.

·       Israeli plant-based products include canned tuna and electricity.

·       Israel has raised $2 billion to help achieve zero emissions target.

·       Israeli archaeologists unearthed more historical and pre-history treasures.

 

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ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Medical suit for heart patients. The new Israeli-developed Microclimate Suit is successfully eliminating congestion in heart failure patients at Israel’s Rambam hospital. It evaporates body fluids, alleviating symptoms of heart failure by reducing the level of the stress hormone BNP (B-type natriuretic peptide) by up to 50%.

https://www.rambam.org.il/en/rambam_news/breakthrough_heart_failure_treatment.aspx

 

Boosting oxygen levels. Latest on the ART device of Israel’s Inspira Technologies (see here previously) to boost patients’ oxygen levels instantly, reducing the need to induce comas and place them on ventilators. The machine removes low oxygen blood from the body, adds oxygen, removes CO2, and returns it to the patient. 

https://nocamels.com/2023/01/oxygen-boosting-device-provides-immediate-relief-to-patients/

https://inspira-technologies.com/art/

 

1,000 knee implants. Since its first trial in 2019, Israel’s Active Implants (see here previously) has performed nearly 1,000 implants of its NUsurface synthetic meniscus in Israel and Europe. It expects FDA approval to allow launch in the US in 2024.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB8aWsXbGhg

https://www.israel21c.org/new-hope-for-people-who-kneed-a-new-meniscus/

 

The wheel of fortune. Three years ago, one of a group of Israeli cyclists died when he had a heart attack, miles from the nearest hospital. Since then, the group carries a portable defibrillator on all trips. It recently saved the life of another member of the group, who suffered cardiac arrest in the Negev desert.

https://afmda.org/news/cycling-group-defibrillator/

 

Tooth extracted – from her lung.  When a nine-year-old Israeli girl lost a tooth, she accidentally sucked it into her lung, blocking her airway – a medical and life-threatening emergency. Doctors at Haifa’s Rambam Pediatric Emergency Trauma Unit became “tooth fairies” and used a guided camera to pull the tooth from her lung.

https://www.rambam.org.il/en/rambam_news/saved_life_after_swallowed_tooth_enters_lung.aspx

 

Proven benefits of medical clowns. IsraelActive.com (see here) contains over a dozen articles describing how Israeli medical clowns help hospital patients. Now Tel Aviv University researchers have documented 40 different skills that the clowns deploy to enable patients to overcome crises and move towards healing. 

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/technology-science/1673469606-not-just-clowning-around-israeli-study-shows-importance-of-medical-clowns  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/10497323221139781

 

Eye treatment in Nigeria. Israeli doctors regularly treat eye diseases in Africa (see here and here previously). Sheba Medical Center has now launched a humanitarian mission to Ilorin, Nigeria to treat eye-cancer in children and improve long-term quality optical care, by establishing an intra-arterial chemotherapy center.

https://worldisraelnews.com/world-renown-israeli-hospital-launches-humanitarian-mission-to-nigeria-treating-children-with-eye-cancer/

 

Growing health startups. Nine Israeli startups have been selected for Google for Startups’ first Growth Academy program for startups in the fields of medicine and quality of life. They are Olive Diagnostics, Kai, Emble, Droxi, BoBo Balance, Agado Live, AIVF, X-Trodes, and Ritual Health Technologies.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/pgg54w4uw

 

 

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

 

Encouraging women in STEM. In Dec, Israel’s Technion Institute hosted 700 female high school students from all over Israel at its 8th annual TechWomen event. It featured guest speakers, campus tours and other activities to inspire more young women to pursue academic degrees in science and engineering.

https://www.technion.ac.il/en/2022/12/8th-techwomen-women-stem/

 

Connecting the unconnected. The non-profit Appleseeds helps 80,000+ Israelis each year develop essential digital literacy skills. It also sponsors Israel’s Net@ movement which gives technical training to disadvantaged Jewish, Christian, Druze, and Muslim youths. Meanwhile Israel’s 44 Ventures funds “forgotten” entrepreneurs.

https://www.israel21c.org/spreading-digital-literacy-to-the-citizens-left-behind/

https://appleseeds.org.il/en/en-home/  https://appleseeds.org.il/en/en-neta/  https://44ventures.com/

 

Global solutions. The Kasser Joint Institute is a partnership of Jewish National Fund-USA, the University of Arizona, and the Arava valley in Israel. It aims to solve global food, water and energy issues through research and student training programs, while highlighting Israeli innovation and supporting development in the Arava.

https://jointinstitute.jnf.org/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s-GfzMoJqs

https://www.kkl-jnf.org/people-and-environment/community-development/arava/   http://www.aicat-arava.com/

 

UAE Sheikh praises Israeli medical treatment. Sheikh Khalid Qasmi of the United Arab Emirates is the first Arab royal known to have been treated in Israel. He said it was the best medical treatment he had received since his accident and was amazed by the quality of staff, the advanced capabilities, hospitality, and sympathy.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israel-provided-best-medical-treatment-ever-says-senior-royal-figure-from-uae/

 

Turkiye’s new ambassador. Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, Turkey’s new ambassador to Israel, presented his credentials to President Isaac Herzog in Jerusalem, filling a role that has been empty for more than four years.

Torunlar previously served as Turkey’s consul general in Jerusalem.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/turkeys-envoy-to-israel-presents-credentials-after-four-years-of-suspended-ties/

 

Relations with India. Middle East expert Jonathan Spyer has written an in-depth article explaining the key factors behind the improvement in Israel-India relations in recent years.

https://jiss.org.il/en/spyer-israel-india-relations-in-recent-years/

 

Negev Forum success. Israel, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Morocco, and the US held the inaugural meeting of the Negev Forum in Abu Dhabi (see here previously). Six working groups focused on food security and water technology; clean energy; tourism; health; education and coexistence; and regional security.

https://www.jns.org/us-success-of-this-weeks-negev-forum-meetings-should-entice-amman-ramallah-others-to-join/

 

More electricity generators for Ukraine. Volunteers from Israeli emergency NGO United Hatzalah have distributed some 100 powerful electric generators to schools, orphanages, and medical clinics in Kyiv, Uman, Lviv, and Odesa. Hundreds more are to be supplied in the coming weeks. (Also, see here previously).

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365757

 

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

 

Another National Center. Israel’s Technion is again partnering Israel’s Bar-Ilan University (see here previously), this time to build a National Energy Storage research center. Its aim is to develop novel technologies for storing energy in large quantities. Its budget will be some NIS 130 million over 5 years.

https://www.technion.ac.il/en/2023/01/energy-storage-national-research-institute/

 

New technology at CES 2023. (TY ToI) Of 23 Israeli startups at this year’s CES Las Vegas, these 5 are new. Cardiokol detects heart problems from speech; Eye-Minders tracks eye movements on VR devices; Polyn makes chips for listening devices; Radix manages Android TV sets; SparX Augmented Reality for new homes.

https://www.israel21c.org/over-the-phone-voice-analysis-detects-atrial-fibrillation/  https://www.cardiokol.com/

https://www.eye-minders.com/  https://polyn.ai/  https://www.radix-int.com/  https://www.sparx.ai/

 

Israel steals the show at CES 2023. The Israeli Export Institute’s pavilion was in the middle of the show floor within CES’s startup pavilion, Eureka Park, and it was buzzing! It contained a dozen startups representing a cross-section of Israeli innovations and was probably the busiest of all the booths. The video features Mobileye.

https://www.israel21c.org/23-of-the-israeli-startups-making-a-stir-at-ces-2023/

https://www.israel21c.org/at-ces-israeli-technology-makes-the-biggest-buzz/

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/j57k1dx43 www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCBlR4QFQCA

 

Another Israeli satellite launched. (TY OurCrowd) Israel’s BeetleSat (formerly NSLComm - see here previously) launched its latest small satellite, on the same rocket as another Israeli satellite (see here). BeetleSat said that the satellite will provide important communication services to one of its public sector clients.

https://news.satnews.com/2023/01/03/the-beetlesat-leo-smallsat-gains-orbit-via-the-spacex-transporter-6-launch/   https://beetlesat.com/

 

Another award-winning cybersecurity startup. (TY Atid-EDI) Israel’s SeeMetrics won a silver 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award from American Security Today for the Best Security Workforce Management Platform. It follows the gold award won by Israel’s Seraphic (see here previously).

https://seemetrics.co/resources/seemetrics-wins-silver-2022-astors-award-for-best-security-workforce-management-platform

 

Green energy. Technion scientists have discovered another way to obtain energy from plants (see here for a previous method). They created a biological solar cell that generated “green” electricity through photosynthesis, collecting electrons that are naturally transported within plant cells, without affecting the plant’s growth.

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/974327

 

Vegan canned tuna. Israel’s Vgarden (see here previously) has now launched vegan tinned tuna, made using pea protein. The product has the same appearance, texture, and flavor as the canned kitchen staple. More fish alternatives are expected to be announced by the end of this year.

https://www.foodingredientsfirst.com/news/fin-free-tuna-vgarden-turns-tide-on-overfishing-with-alternative-canned-kitchen-staple.html  https://www.vgardenfoods.com/

 

European grant for wax-based crop spray. The European Innovation Council (EIC) has awarded a $1.5 million Pathfinder grant to two scientists at Israel’s Technion Institute. It will help fund the development of their SafeWax anti-pathogen crop treatment, inspired by the wax leaves of broccoli and lotus flowers.

https://www.technion.ac.il/en/2022/12/learning-from-the-lotus-flower/

 

Assessing fruit quality from a photo. Israel’s Clarifruit uses AI to grade harvested fruit and then match it to a buyers’ requirements. It reduces waste and maximizes a grower’s profit. Clarifruit now has 25 of the biggest global brands as its clients, including Dole, Canada’s Mucci Farms, Zespri (kiwi fruit), and Pink Lady (apples).

https://nocamels.com/2023/01/smartphone-can-tell-quality-of-fruit-and-veg-from-a-photo/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO5ATsK5zzY

 

Over-the-air recharging goes commercial. Israel’s Wi-Charge (see here previously) is apparently the first wireless charging company to receive revenues. It is being used commercially to power smart door locks and electronic advert displays in the US, Canada, Brazil, and Israel and won two innovation awards at CES 2023.

https://nocamels.com/2023/01/world-without-wires-charge-your-device-from-ceiling-transmitter/ 

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wi-charge-extends-innovation-and-leadership-in-over-the-air-wireless-charging-with-two-ces-2023-innovation-awards-301680463.html

 

Best sports-tech startup. Israel’s Griiip (see here previously) hit a significant milestone at the OTT SportsPro ceremony in November, winning the prestigious award for 'Best Start-Up Tech Company'.  Griiip’s RAMP Racing Media Platform provides real-time data to motorsport fans, the media, gaming industry, and OEMs.

https://www.griiip.com/post/winning-the-ott-award-best-startup-tech-company-puts-griiip-on-the-global-sports-stage  https://awards.sportspro-ott.com/winners-2022/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvvESEXp_X0

 

 

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

 

NIS 10 billion budget surplus. For the first time in 35 years, Israel achieved a budget surplus in 2022 - of $2.85 billion, mostly financed by a 14% increase in tax revenues. Hopefully, this will help plans to lower Israel’s cost of living. GDP growth in 2022 was 6.3%, one of the highest in the OECD.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/for-first-time-in-35-years-israel-posts-budget-surplus-driven-by-higher-tax-revenue/

 

Green bonds. Israel has sold $2 billion of 10-year green bonds, to support its goal of a zero-emissions economy by 2050. Israel is the 24th country around the world to sell green bonds, which are geared to fund key environmental objectives. The sale was so popular that it was oversubscribed by six times the amount on offer.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-raises-2-billion-in-its-first-ever-issuance-of-10-year-green-bonds/

 

Israel inside. Brief but interesting analysis of the importance of Israel in the strategy of Intel Corporation. Intel now has 34 Israeli Vice Presidents.  10% of the employees at Intel’s headquarters are Israeli.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/un7gmjw52

 

Learning to do business in the US. The Merage Institute is again training the leaders of Israeli companies to help them improve their marketing in the United States.  https://www.merageinstitute.org/programs/

https://www.merageinstitute.org/merage-programs/hls-cyber-security-2023/

 

Let’s start at the very beginning. Rabbi Nosson Rodin of the Braude College of Engineering in the Galilee organized an event to advise budding entrepreneurs in Israel’s north how to establish a startup. Rabbi Rodin is founder of Project UP-START for young adults who lack a business-oriented background.

https://www.jns.org/how-to-startup-event-appeals-to-israels-underserved-communities/

 

Israel’s most promising startup. Israel’s proteanTecs (see here previously) is Globes' Most Promising Israeli Startup 2022, chosen by leading local and foreign investment firms. proteanTecs' founders also co-founded Mellanox which topped the Globes' ranking in 2005, eventually being acquired by NVIDIA for $6.9 billion.

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-1-proteantecs-1001432356

 

Partners to secure autonomous vehicles. (TY OurCrowd) French automotive supplier Valeo is partnering Israel’s C2A Security (see here previously) to  enhance Valeo's cybersecurity offerings on their products in development and in operation. The automotive industry continues to realize the importance of cyber security.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/c2a-security-partners-valeo-enhance-010000459.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il4e6rGNg-c

 

Testing self-driving Daimler trucks. (TY OurCrowd) Torc Robotics, a subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG, announced a multi-year strategic collaboration with Israel’s Foretellix (see here previously). Foretellix’s platform will test Torc’s systems to ensure the safe deployment of autonomous Daimler trucks.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/b1sqorfcs

 

7-Eleven opens its first Israeli store. US convenience store mega-chain 7-Eleven (see here previously) opened its first store in Israel with a long line of customers lining up outside the Tel Aviv shop to make their first-ever purchases. Eight more stores are planned to open in 2023, plus 30 more in 2024.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dozens-flock-to-taste-iconic-slurpee-as-7-eleven-opens-first-store-in-israel/

 

Exits, mergers & acquisitions to 15/1/23: Israel’s TipRanks has acquired US-based The Fly for $15 million;

 

Investment in Israeli startups to 15/1/23: Opsys Tech raised $51.5 million; Ottopia raised $14.5 million; Hotelmize raised $12 million; 40Seas raised $11 million; Coho AI raised $8.5 million; Nanosono raised $2 million.

 

 

CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT`

 

A Virtual Tour of Tel Aviv Graffiti. Eviatar Gover of BE Tel Aviv Tours will give a Zoom tour of the graffiti in the alleyways of Florentine, Tel Aviv. On Weds 25 Jan (7:30pm Israel, 5:30pm UK or 12.30pm Eastern). Register for this ESRA presentation here.  https://esra.org.il/events-listing-view/details/2023-01-25/629-virtual-tour-of-tel-aviv-graffiti-in-with-eviatar-gover.html

 

“An Ethiopian queen in Tel Aviv”. Last week I met Israeli writer Albert Russo who was visiting Netanya.  Albert has written several books including this novel featuring Ziva, a young Ethiopian Israeli who runs a shelter in Tel Aviv for at-risk teenagers. Based on a true story.  See also relevant articles in the 2nd link.

https://www.amazon.com/Tel-Avivs-Ethiopian-Queen-Hamalka/dp/9176379426

https://israelactive.com/?s=tel+aviv+ethiopian  http://www.albertrusso.com/

 

See the desert bloom. We may think of the desert as barren, but from the fall to early spring the Negev turns into an unexpected haven for winter daffodils, irises, squill, cyclamens, anemones and more.

https://www.israel21c.org/when-and-where-to-see-israels-desert-flowers-bloom/

 

Comedy for Koby. The comedians that perform Comedy for Koby raise money for the Koby Mandell Foundation which helps bereaved mothers, fathers, widows, orphans and siblings to rebuild their lives. Their winter tour from Jan 17 to 23 visits Beit Shemesh, Raanana, Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Modiin and Tel Aviv.

https://www.comedyforkoby.com/

 

IAC Summit. A reminder about the IAC (Israeli American Council)’s 8th Annual Summit in Austin Texas from Jan 19-21.  https://events.bizzabo.com/IACSummit2022/home   https://www.israeliamerican.org/

 

 

THE JEWISH STATE

 

Digging up Jewish history. (TY I24 News) Video of the on-going excavations inside caves in the Judean desert where Jewish rebels fighting the Romans hid during the Bar Kochba revolt 2,000 years ago.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/watch-israelis-make-amazing-discoveries-in-judean-desert-excavations/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dDpvB7haMs

 

Trade evidence of Biblical proportions. Israeli archaeologists have discovered the earliest evidence of silver being used as currency in the Levant, dating back more than 3,600 years. The silver hoard was found in Israel’s Megiddo, Gezer, and Shiloh. (The Torah records Abraham weighing out 400 shekels to buy a burial plot.)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/study-claims-hoards-of-3600-year-old-cut-silver-pieces-are-first-currency-in-levant/

 

Hard boiled eggs in the sand. (TY TPS & UWI) The Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of eight ostrich eggs 4,000+ years old, during an archaeological dig at Nitsana sands, in the southern Negev near the Egyptian border. They were found close to the remains of a fire, indicating they were deliberately collected.

https://www.jns.org/ancient-ostrich-eggs-found-in-israel-shed-light-on-early-humans/

 

It all started here. Professor Reuven Yeshurun of the University of Haifa is giving a Zoom (and live) lecture on Mon 23 Jan (7:30pm Israel, 5:30pm UK or 12.30pm Eastern). The title is “The first settled society in human history” which he describes happened in the Land of Israel 15,000 years ago. Details & registration here.

https://esra.org.il/events-listing-view/details/2023-01-23/645-the-first-settled-society-in-human-history-with-reuven-yeshurun-live-and-via-zoom.html

 

Please get me to the shul on time. Due to the funeral procession of Rabbi Shimon Baadani (z”l), a bride was unable to get to her wedding. So, the head of United Hatzalah in Bnei Brak sent an ambulance, which had just finished its shift safeguarding the funeral, to pick up the bride and take her to the wedding hall.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365763

 

NGO’s 10,000th Christian visitor to Israel. US Christian Zionist NGO Passages (see here previously) has brought its 10,000th college student to visit the Holy Land. This winter, 450 students participated in Passages’ winter program. https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365634  

 

Welcoming all-comers. 40 US students went on a 10-day tour of Israel and the United Arab Emirates - the inaugural trip of the Israel on Campus Coalition’s (ICC) Geller International Fellowship. The students were from all backgrounds and attended state colleges, historically black colleges, and Ivy League institutions.

https://www.jns.org/student-leaders-trip-to-israel-and-uae-taps-into-the-magic-of-diversity/  https://israelcc.org/

 

Find your Israeli relatives. Israeli genealogy company MyHeritage has posted 1.7 million Israeli immigration records online, using scanned ship and plane passenger lists stored at the Israel State Archives. The records are from 1919 to around 1979. The data is free for everyone to search (see 3rd link below).

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-immigration-records-dating-back-to-1919-now-accessible-online/

https://blog.myheritage.com/2023/01/myheritage-publishes-exclusive-huge-collection-of-israel-immigration-records/   https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-11018/israel-immigration-lists

 

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In the 8th Jan 23 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

 

·       Successful human trials of a new Israeli blood cancer treatment.

·       Israeli medics are training surgeons and nurses in Ethiopia.

·       See some of the 500 million birds migrating through Israel.

·       Two Israeli advanced technology satellites have been launched.

·       An Israeli system is fast-charging electric vehicles in the US and Israel.

·       Gold for Israel at the World Judo Masters tournament in Jerusalem.

 

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ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Israelis live longer. Israelis have the world’s 10th highest life expectancy, according to the Worldometer’s Life Expectancy of the World Population - a project by NiceR that helps Americans access affordable prescription medications. The average Israeli life expectancy is 83.5 (82 for men and 85 for women). In 2020 it was 82.6

https://www.israel21c.org/israel-has-10th-highest-life-expectancy-in-world/

https://www.nicerx.com/best-healthcare-countries/ https://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/israel-life-expectancy

 

Reprogramming the immune system of cancer patients. Scientists at Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital and Bar-Ilan University have developed HBI0101- a CAR-T therapy for multiple myeloma and amyloidosis, benefiting over 90% of patients in trials. Los Angeles-based Immix BioPharma will commercialize HBI0101.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/after-demonstrating-57-remission-rate-israeli-immunotherapy-licensed-by-us-firm/  https://haematologica.org/article/view/haematol.2022.281628

 

Implants heal 3 times faster. Israel’s Magdent (see here previously) has received CE approval for its Miniaturized Electromagnetic Device (MED) that has been clinically proven to shorten the healing process after dental implants by up to 3 times. The device is being sold in Israel and the EU. FDA approval is being sought.

https://www.ourcrowd.com/companies/magdent  

 

Relieving migraines in the US. (TY OurCrowd) 2,500+ US physicians have prescribed the Nerivio migraine relief device from Israel’s Theranica, benefiting some 35,000 Americans with its neuromodulation technology.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/spotlight/us-doctors-offer-drug-free-migraine-relief-from-israeli-startup/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tbRRWVi1q4

 

From both sides now. Essential tremor usually affects hands and arms on both sides of the body – one side more than the other. Israel’s Insightec (see here previously) has now received FDA approval to treat the second side of the brains of patients in the US a minimum of nine months after treatment of the first side.

https://insightec.com/insightec-receives-fda-approval-to-treat-essential-tremor-patients-second-side-expanding-total-available-market-in-united-states/

 

New way to cure pulmonary embolisms. Doctors at Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital removed a blood clot in an Israeli’s lung (pulmonary embolism) using, for the first time in Israel, a US-developed FlowTriever. It sucked out some of the patient’s blood, cleaned it of the clot and replaced it. No blood thinners, no invasive surgery.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/no-knife-procedure-to-avoid-some-open-heart-surgeries-is-now-in-israel/

 

4th child for ex-cancer patient. (TY UWI) Thanks to the Fertility Preservation Center at Sheba Medical Center, Ayelet, 35, gave birth to her fourth child, following years of aggressive cancer treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma. She is the first woman in the world to give birth to 4 children through cryopreservation of her eggs.

https://www.jns.org/four-little-miracles/

 

US approval for burns treatment. Israel’s Mediwound has received FDA approval for its NexoBrid pineapple plant-based burn treatment (see here previously) to be sold in the US to treat thermal burns. The US already has emergency stockpiles. NexoBrid is now approved for use in 44 countries, including the EU, Japan, and India.

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-fda-approves-mediwound-burn-treatment-1001434234

 

More approvals on the way. This article identifies three more Israeli companies that are expected to receive FDA approval for treatments in 2023. They are Gamida Cell (Omidubicel / NiCord – bone marrow transplants); Protalix (PRX-102 – Fabry disease); and BioLineRX (BL-8040 / Motixafortide – multiple myeloma).

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-four-israeli-cos-expect-fda-approvals-in-2023-1001434199

 

Lower cost of prescription medicines. The maximum prices for dispensed medicines in Israel are to fall by an average of nearly 7.5%. Israel’s prescription prices are based on the lowest that the medicines cost in Europe on Jan 1st. Israelis then only pay 15% of that price – the remainder being paid by Israel’s health companies.

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-725994

 

Training medics in Ethiopia. A team from Magen David (MDA) and three Israeli hospitals are currently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia training doctors and nurses in the treatment of trauma. In a separate mission, Professor Hanoch Kashtan and his Assuta Ashdod team have been training surgeons and nurses, in northern Ethiopia.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365142  https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-726005

 

1.3 million calls to MDA. During 2022 Magen David Adom EMTs and paramedics attended over 1.3 million emergencies from nearly 200 stations. The call centers received on average one call every 10.8 seconds. MDA’s 31,600 staff include nearly 14,600 youth volunteers. https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365150

 

 

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

 

Ella is a True Israeli Trailblazer. (TY UWI) An update of the career of Major Ella Waweya (see here previously) - the first Muslim Arab woman to publicly become a major in the IDF. The details of how she joined the IDF are especially interesting.  https://www.jns.org/the-trailblazing-female-muslim-arab-idf-major/

 

Turkish President presents award to Israeli professor. In a unique ceremony, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presented the Turkish Academy of Sciences’ honorary commendation to Hebrew University Professor Amnon Cohen for his extensive research into the Land of Israel under Ottoman rule.

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/bkzab1zci  https://www.bookdepository.com/author/Amnon-Cohen   

 

Azerbaijan appoints its first ambassador to Israel. Deputy Minister of Science and Education Mukhtar Mammadov has reportedly been appointed as the country’s first ambassador to the Jewish State. He previously supervised projects with Israel. The news of was praised by George Deek, Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan.

https://www.jns.org/azerbaijan-appoints-its-first-ambassador-to-israel/  

https://aze.media/azerbaijan-announces-appointment-of-first-ever-ambassador-to-israel/

 

Saving the ocean from plastic. Arik Rosenblum of Israeli NGO EcoOcean (see here previously) promotes the vital message to the whole world that, “To save the sea is to save us”. Plastic waste going into our food via fish is causing cancer. It is also killing vital marine creatures – like the sponge that may be a cure for Alzheimer’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnjCipIvzO0   https://www.israel21c.org/saving-the-ocean-from-plastic/

https://news.unair.ac.id/2019/10/24/marine-sponge-potential-to-treat-alzheimers-disease/?lang=en

 

Bird migration is in full swing. (TY Kay) I sent this website link to readers in September when the KKL-JNF cameras at Israel’s Hula Lake were set up.  Now the bird migration through Israel is at its peak, you can use this link to view the amazing live scenes as some 500 million feathered visitors rest their wings in the Jewish State.

https://www.kkl-jnf.org/tourism-and-recreation/forests-and-parks/hula-lake-park/live_broadcast/

 

Iranian invasion. It is good news. A flock of 200 flamingos from Iran arrived at Israel’s Hula Lake during their November migration. However, they seem to be happy here and don’t appear to be continuing their journey to Africa. KKL-JNF’s Inbar Shlomit Rubin says, “I just hope they won’t be accused of being spies!”

https://www.israel21c.org/flamingos-are-israels-most-enigmatic-guests-this-season/

 

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

 

Eros C-3 launched. (TY UWI) Israel’s ImageSat (see here previously) successfully launched its EROS-C3 observation satellite into space from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Built by Israel Aerospace Industries, the EROS-C3 is one of the world's most advanced observation satellites.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-private-satellite-with-state-of-the-art-camera-launched-into-orbit/

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/sjg29p2ts  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAA-AHUD_CA

 

TAU-SAT3 launched. Another SpaceX rocket launched Tel Aviv University’s SAT3 nanosatellite from Cape Canaveral. It will communicate with a groundbreaking optical ground station that can reconstruct any lost data in real-time using smart signal processing algorithms developed at TAU.

https://www.jns.org/israeli-nanosatellite-a-breakthrough-in-quantum-communications/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTeSX9KbZuA

 

Increasing natural gas extraction. (TY Atid-EDI) US energy giant Chevron is building a third pipeline to increase the gas extracted from Israel’s Tamar natural gas field. The aim is to take 1.6 billion cubic feet of gas per day - up from the present 1.1 billion, enabling Israel to export more gas to Egypt and supply other countries.

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/12/israeli-gas-sector-strengthens-chevron-morocco-deals

 

Israel’s quantum consortium. Israel’s Innovation Authority is investing NIS 115 million over 3 years to create the largest consortium in its history. IAI’s Elta Systems, Quantum Art, Classiq, Qedma, and Rafael will develop some of the most advanced quantum computing processor technologies and software.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/bkoylljcj  https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365273

 

Award for hydrogen harvester. Israeli-Swedish-Polish startup Boson Energy (see here previously) was ranked first in the hydrogen production track in the Tech Tour Sustainability22 Flagship Program in Essen, Germany. Tech Tour’s European network connects investors, entrepreneurs, and corporate partners.

https://www.israel21c.org/hydrogen-harvesting-startup-wins-sustainability-award/

https://techtour.com/events/2022/11/event-sustainability22%5B4%5D.html?pageId=6082669

 

Bioplastic and more from food waste. (TY I24 News) Israel’s TripleW (see here previously) is now in full production on an industrial scale at its new facility in Belgium. It is converting massive amounts of food waste into biodegradable plastic plus biogas for energy production.  Watch the video for more details.

https://www.israelunwired.com/you-wont-believe-what-this-israeli-company-is-doing-with-garbage/

https://www.dsengineers.com/en/news/triplew-climatetech-food-waste-upcycling-process-goes-commercial/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfs4VaL7sIA

 

Healthy processed foods. Teams from Israel’s Technion Institute competed in the “Foods Solutions” event in Brussels, funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. One Technion team won gold, with their nutritious, freeze-dried, instant vegan omelet. Another won silver with a chickpea, lentil, & cashew snack.

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/nutrition/article-725996

 

Don’t forget to drink. (TY Hazel) Israel’s Impacx (previously water.io) has developed a smart water bottle that illuminates and vibrates to encourage people to stay hydrated. Impacx also makes smart medicine boxes that remind people to take pills, auto-replenishing them and generating valuable medical data.

https://nocamels.com/2023/01/vibrating-water-bottle-reminds-users-to-drink/  https://impacx.io/water-io/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPNw7F6mgG0

 

Green light for Begin Highway cover. Jerusalem has approved a NIS 1.5+ billion plan to cover the Begin Highway. The highway cover will include a 14.25-acre park with pedestrian access but no vehicles. It will create over 50 acres of new land for thousands of homes, office space and hotel rooms.

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-plan-to-cover-jerusalems-begin-highway-approved-for-objections-1001433151

 

Cybersecurity startup is cool. Israel’s accSenSe has been named a “Cool Vendor” in Gartner's Identity-First Security category.  Gartner Cool Vendors are chosen if they have innovative and transformative products, services or initiatives. accSenSe enables customers a fast recovery after a major security breach.

https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2022/12/07/2569543/0/en/accSenSe-Named-a-2022-Gartner-Cool-Vendor-in-Identity-First-Security.html   https://accsense.io/blog/accsense-gartner-cool-vendor/

 

 

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

 

Israel’s resilient economy. Excellent short article by Prof. Micheal Humphries of the Jerusalem College of Technology and Touro College Israel. He gives six key reasons why (except for 2020 - Covid), Israel has had positive economic growth every year since 2003, including during the 2008-9 Great Recession.

https://www.israel21c.org/6-surprising-secrets-of-israels-economic-resiliency/   https://tci.touro.edu/

 

Unemployment falls to 4.1%. Israel’s rate of unemployment fell in November to 4.1% from 4.3% in October. The fall was mainly due to the rise in workforce participation to 60.6% (60.3% Oct).

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-despite-slowdown-unemployment-in-israel-falls-1001433181

 

Tourist numbers surge. Over 2.6 million foreign tourists visited Israel in 2022, compared to 397,000 in 2021 and 831,000 in 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Israel opened its borders to tourists in Mar 2022 and all restrictions were dropped in May. Israelis enjoyed a record 20 million overnight local hotel stays in 2022.

https://www.jns.org/2-67-million-tourists-visited-israel-in-2022/

 

Abraham Accords transforms businesses. This article describes the work of the UAE-IL Tech Zone which focuses on building bridges between the two regions through tech. The group boasts more than 2,000 members. Also, the DANA Accelerator in Abu Dhabi, where women aim to solve major challenges in the Gulf.

https://www.israel21c.org/how-the-abraham-accords-are-transforming-business/   

 

Preventing financial crime in the UAE. Dubai-based NOW Money is to use the AI anti-money laundering (AML) platform from Israel’s ThetaRay to help prevent financial crimes on its payments systems. ThetaRay’s SONAR cloud-based AML solution will monitor cross-border payments processed by NOW Money.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20221213005555/en/

 

Good news disguised as bad. This negatively headlined article on Israel in 2022 is mostly comprised of good news. Productivity increasing; hi-tech booming; unemployment decreasing; job vacancies increasing; education results improving; life expectancy rising. Can’t these journalists lighten up a bit?

https://www.jpost.com/business-and-innovation/article-726058

 

Powering up the US. (TY Israel21c) Israel’s Zooz Power (see here previously) has signed an agreement with US-based Blink Charging for the marketing, distribution, sale, and deployment of the ZOOZTER-100 electric vehicle (EV) charging system in the United States. Zooz also just installed its first charging systems in Israel.

https://ir.blinkcharging.com/news-events/press-releases/detail/2412/blink-charging-collaborates-with-zooz-power-to-distribute   https://www.timesofisrael.com/zooz-power-deploys-first-ultra-fast-power-booster-for-electric-vehicles-in-israel/

 

Shufersal to open SPAR stores in Israel. Israel’s largest supermarket chain Shufersal is to invest tens of millions of shekels to open at least ten SPAR stores in Israel, as well as sell SPAR products in Shufersal stores. The lower prices of SPAR products are expected to help reduce Israel’s cost of living. See here previously.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/shufersal-inks-early-deal-to-open-local-stores-for-dutch-spar-chain/

 

Germany’s first fully automated supermarket. (TY Atid-EDI) The new REWE Pick&Go store in central Munich is Germany’s first-ever 100% autonomous store, thanks to Israel’s Trigo (see here previously).

https://www.trigoretail.com/rewe-launches-the-first-100-autonomous-store-in-germany/

 

El Al to buy its 17th Dreamliner. Israel’s El Al airline is soon to take delivery of two more Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Its 16th will be the 787-8 it ordered prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will also buy a 787-9 originally ordered by another Boeing customer who no longer requires it. Boeing will adapt it for El Al.

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-el-al-expanding-dreamliner-fleet-to-17-1001433126

 

Exits, takeovers and mergers. Israel’s Matrix has acquired Israel’s Zebra Technologies for approximately $18.5 million. US-based RMS has acquired Israeli fraud detection startup OrboGraph for over $100 million.

 

 

CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT`

 

Ofra Haza is one of the best singers ever. (TY IsraPundit & UWI) Israel’s Ofra Haza, who passed away in 2000, was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the best 200 singers of all time. It called her “The Madonna of the Middle East.” (But not “Israeli”) The Youtube is her rendition of “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav”.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-singers-all-time-1234642307/ofra-haza-1234642327/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj5H_Fz1dCY

 

Ravel, Berlioz, Bizet. On Jan 11 the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra promises a wonderful evening with conductor Yves Abel and mezzo soprano Rachel Frenkel featuring Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel, Les Nuits d’été by Berlioz and Symphony in C by Bizet.  Discounted tickets via the Nefesh b’Nefesh website.

https://www.jso.co.il/en/concert/ravel-berlioz-bizet/ 

https://www.nbn.org.il/events/ravel-berlioz-bizet/?mc_cid=bfa0da7e18&mc_eid=15465044d8

 

Jewish women of consequence. A series of free Zoom lectures by Prof. Moshe Rosman of Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, highlighting the lives of four Jewish women who lived in the early modern period (16th-18th centuries).  On Jan 8, 15 and 22.  Registration required.

https://www.bac.org.il/events/?seriesID=1008  https://jewish-history.biu.ac.il/en/node/575

 

Things to do in Israel in January. In Israel’s coolest month, Tourist Israel recommends visiting Eilat. January events include the Tel Aviv Power Africa Expo, and the Israman triathlon in Eilat.

https://www.touristisrael.com/things-to-do-in-israel-in-january/3792/

https://www.cantonfair.net/event/13031-tel-aviv-power-africa-expo  https://www.israman.co.il/?lang=en

 

Puppet show for children in Serbia. Recent celebrations marked 30 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Serbia. They included a performance at the International Festival of Children’s Theatres in Subotica of the play “Up and Down Story” by the Israeli Koom-Koom Theater.  https://en.koomkoom.org/mala-mata

https://www.jpost.com/365days/-theatre/article-725290    https://en.koomkoom.org/

 

Dancing in Spain and Mexico. Israeli dancers have recently been entertaining audiences in Spain and Mexico. Israeli choreographer Sharon Friedman presented two works in the “Espacio Espiral, in Santander. Meanwhile, Israel’s Kamea dance company toured Mexico to celebrate the 70th anniversary of joint diplomatic relations.

https://www.jpost.com/365days/dance/article-725482  https://www.jpost.com/365days/dance/article-725543

 

Israeli cycling team returns to Tour de France. The Israel – Premier Tech (IPT) cycling team has been selected to compete again in the Tour de France. IPT was one of only six teams to achieve two Stage wins last year. IPT owner Sylvan Adams said that his team was looking forward to even more success at this year’s race.

https://www.jns.org/israeli-team-set-for-return-to-tour-de-france/

 

Judoka gold in Jerusalem. (TY Nevet) Israeli judoka Baruch Shmailov won the 66kg men’s gold medal at the Judo Masters tournament in Jerusalem, defeating French contestant Daikii Bouba in the finals. The tournament is the 3rd most important competition in judo, after the Olympics and the World Judo Championships.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-judoka-wins-gold-medal-at-masters-tournament-held-in-jerusalem/

 

 

THE JEWISH STATE

 

The first new Israelis of 2023. (TY TPS) Liel and Sergey of Rehovot celebrated the birth of their third son just after midnight on Jan 1st at the Shamir Medical Center (Assaf HaRofeh) near Tel Aviv. And see the second article for other babies born on the first day of 2023 – a microcosm of Israel’s population.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israels-1st-baby-of-2023-born-just-after-midnight/

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-726326

 

Surge in demand for Masa journeys. Hundreds of Jews aged 18 to 30 from the former Soviet Union have joined Masa Israel Journey’s two-to-12-month study, service, and career development programs.  The demand for pre-Aliyah programs was so great it had to be funded by a $3 million donation matched by the government.

https://www.jns.org/3-million-raised-to-let-more-fsu-jews-join-masa-israel-journey/

 

Jerusalem builds. (TY Sharon) One day all the construction projects in and around Jerusalem will be completed. Sacher Park, the Jerusalem Gateway, the Light Rail extension. New projects include Sultan’s Pool and the Pool of Siloam excavation. Sharon even made a video of the final construction of the new Government.

http://rjstreets.com/2023/01/01/from-jerusalem-a-look-to-the-future/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4gADBvWBKk

 

230101

In the 8th Jan 23 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

 

·       Successful human trials of a new Israeli blood cancer treatment.

·       Israeli medics are training surgeons and nurses in Ethiopia.

·       See some of the 500 million birds migrating through Israel.

·       Two Israeli advanced technology satellites have been launched.

·       An Israeli system is fast-charging electric vehicles in the US and Israel.

·       Gold for Israel at the World Judo Masters tournament in Jerusalem.

 

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ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Israelis live longer. Israelis have the world’s 10th highest life expectancy, according to the Worldometer’s Life Expectancy of the World Population - a project by NiceR that helps Americans access affordable prescription medications. The average Israeli life expectancy is 83.5 (82 for men and 85 for women). In 2020 it was 82.6

https://www.israel21c.org/israel-has-10th-highest-life-expectancy-in-world/

https://www.nicerx.com/best-healthcare-countries/ https://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/israel-life-expectancy

 

Reprogramming the immune system of cancer patients. Scientists at Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital and Bar-Ilan University have developed HBI0101- a CAR-T therapy for multiple myeloma and amyloidosis, benefiting over 90% of patients in trials. Los Angeles-based Immix BioPharma will commercialize HBI0101.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/after-demonstrating-57-remission-rate-israeli-immunotherapy-licensed-by-us-firm/  https://haematologica.org/article/view/haematol.2022.281628

 

Implants heal 3 times faster. Israel’s Magdent (see here previously) has received CE approval for its Miniaturized Electromagnetic Device (MED) that has been clinically proven to shorten the healing process after dental implants by up to 3 times. The device is being sold in Israel and the EU. FDA approval is being sought.

https://www.ourcrowd.com/companies/magdent  

 

Relieving migraines in the US. (TY OurCrowd) 2,500+ US physicians have prescribed the Nerivio migraine relief device from Israel’s Theranica, benefiting some 35,000 Americans with its neuromodulation technology.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/spotlight/us-doctors-offer-drug-free-migraine-relief-from-israeli-startup/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tbRRWVi1q4

 

From both sides now. Essential tremor usually affects hands and arms on both sides of the body – one side more than the other. Israel’s Insightec (see here previously) has now received FDA approval to treat the second side of the brains of patients in the US a minimum of nine months after treatment of the first side.

https://insightec.com/insightec-receives-fda-approval-to-treat-essential-tremor-patients-second-side-expanding-total-available-market-in-united-states/

 

New way to cure pulmonary embolisms. Doctors at Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital removed a blood clot in an Israeli’s lung (pulmonary embolism) using, for the first time in Israel, a US-developed FlowTriever. It sucked out some of the patient’s blood, cleaned it of the clot and replaced it. No blood thinners, no invasive surgery.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/no-knife-procedure-to-avoid-some-open-heart-surgeries-is-now-in-israel/

 

4th child for ex-cancer patient. (TY UWI) Thanks to the Fertility Preservation Center at Sheba Medical Center, Ayelet, 35, gave birth to her fourth child, following years of aggressive cancer treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma. She is the first woman in the world to give birth to 4 children through cryopreservation of her eggs.

https://www.jns.org/four-little-miracles/

 

US approval for burns treatment. Israel’s Mediwound has received FDA approval for its NexoBrid pineapple plant-based burn treatment (see here previously) to be sold in the US to treat thermal burns. The US already has emergency stockpiles. NexoBrid is now approved for use in 44 countries, including the EU, Japan, and India.

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-fda-approves-mediwound-burn-treatment-1001434234

 

More approvals on the way. This article identifies three more Israeli companies that are expected to receive FDA approval for treatments in 2023. They are Gamida Cell (Omidubicel / NiCord – bone marrow transplants); Protalix (PRX-102 – Fabry disease); and BioLineRX (BL-8040 / Motixafortide – multiple myeloma).

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-four-israeli-cos-expect-fda-approvals-in-2023-1001434199

 

Lower cost of prescription medicines. The maximum prices for dispensed medicines in Israel are to fall by an average of nearly 7.5%. Israel’s prescription prices are based on the lowest that the medicines cost in Europe on Jan 1st. Israelis then only pay 15% of that price – the remainder being paid by Israel’s health companies.

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-725994

 

Training medics in Ethiopia. A team from Magen David (MDA) and three Israeli hospitals are currently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia training doctors and nurses in the treatment of trauma. In a separate mission, Professor Hanoch Kashtan and his Assuta Ashdod team have been training surgeons and nurses, in northern Ethiopia.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365142  https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-726005

 

1.3 million calls to MDA. During 2022 Magen David Adom EMTs and paramedics attended over 1.3 million emergencies from nearly 200 stations. The call centers received on average one call every 10.8 seconds. MDA’s 31,600 staff include nearly 14,600 youth volunteers. https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365150

 

 

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

 

Ella is a True Israeli Trailblazer. (TY UWI) An update of the career of Major Ella Waweya (see here previously) - the first Muslim Arab woman to publicly become a major in the IDF. The details of how she joined the IDF are especially interesting.  https://www.jns.org/the-trailblazing-female-muslim-arab-idf-major/

 

Turkish President presents award to Israeli professor. In a unique ceremony, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presented the Turkish Academy of Sciences’ honorary commendation to Hebrew University Professor Amnon Cohen for his extensive research into the Land of Israel under Ottoman rule.

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/bkzab1zci  https://www.bookdepository.com/author/Amnon-Cohen   

 

Azerbaijan appoints its first ambassador to Israel. Deputy Minister of Science and Education Mukhtar Mammadov has reportedly been appointed as the country’s first ambassador to the Jewish State. He previously supervised projects with Israel. The news of was praised by George Deek, Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan.

https://www.jns.org/azerbaijan-appoints-its-first-ambassador-to-israel/  

https://aze.media/azerbaijan-announces-appointment-of-first-ever-ambassador-to-israel/

 

Saving the ocean from plastic. Arik Rosenblum of Israeli NGO EcoOcean (see here previously) promotes the vital message to the whole world that, “To save the sea is to save us”. Plastic waste going into our food via fish is causing cancer. It is also killing vital marine creatures – like the sponge that may be a cure for Alzheimer’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnjCipIvzO0   https://www.israel21c.org/saving-the-ocean-from-plastic/

https://news.unair.ac.id/2019/10/24/marine-sponge-potential-to-treat-alzheimers-disease/?lang=en

 

Bird migration is in full swing. (TY Kay) I sent this website link to readers in September when the KKL-JNF cameras at Israel’s Hula Lake were set up.  Now the bird migration through Israel is at its peak, you can use this link to view the amazing live scenes as some 500 million feathered visitors rest their wings in the Jewish State.

https://www.kkl-jnf.org/tourism-and-recreation/forests-and-parks/hula-lake-park/live_broadcast/

 

Iranian invasion. It is good news. A flock of 200 flamingos from Iran arrived at Israel’s Hula Lake during their November migration. However, they seem to be happy here and don’t appear to be continuing their journey to Africa. KKL-JNF’s Inbar Shlomit Rubin says, “I just hope they won’t be accused of being spies!”

https://www.israel21c.org/flamingos-are-israels-most-enigmatic-guests-this-season/

 

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

 

Eros C-3 launched. (TY UWI) Israel’s ImageSat (see here previously) successfully launched its EROS-C3 observation satellite into space from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Built by Israel Aerospace Industries, the EROS-C3 is one of the world's most advanced observation satellites.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-private-satellite-with-state-of-the-art-camera-launched-into-orbit/

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/sjg29p2ts  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAA-AHUD_CA

 

TAU-SAT3 launched. Another SpaceX rocket launched Tel Aviv University’s SAT3 nanosatellite from Cape Canaveral. It will communicate with a groundbreaking optical ground station that can reconstruct any lost data in real-time using smart signal processing algorithms developed at TAU.

https://www.jns.org/israeli-nanosatellite-a-breakthrough-in-quantum-communications/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTeSX9KbZuA

 

Increasing natural gas extraction. (TY Atid-EDI) US energy giant Chevron is building a third pipeline to increase the gas extracted from Israel’s Tamar natural gas field. The aim is to take 1.6 billion cubic feet of gas per day - up from the present 1.1 billion, enabling Israel to export more gas to Egypt and supply other countries.

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/12/israeli-gas-sector-strengthens-chevron-morocco-deals

 

Israel’s quantum consortium. Israel’s Innovation Authority is investing NIS 115 million over 3 years to create the largest consortium in its history. IAI’s Elta Systems, Quantum Art, Classiq, Qedma, and Rafael will develop some of the most advanced quantum computing processor technologies and software.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/bkoylljcj  https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365273

 

Award for hydrogen harvester. Israeli-Swedish-Polish startup Boson Energy (see here previously) was ranked first in the hydrogen production track in the Tech Tour Sustainability22 Flagship Program in Essen, Germany. Tech Tour’s European network connects investors, entrepreneurs, and corporate partners.

https://www.israel21c.org/hydrogen-harvesting-startup-wins-sustainability-award/

https://techtour.com/events/2022/11/event-sustainability22%5B4%5D.html?pageId=6082669

 

Bioplastic and more from food waste. (TY I24 News) Israel’s TripleW (see here previously) is now in full production on an industrial scale at its new facility in Belgium. It is converting massive amounts of food waste into biodegradable plastic plus biogas for energy production.  Watch the video for more details.

https://www.israelunwired.com/you-wont-believe-what-this-israeli-company-is-doing-with-garbage/

https://www.dsengineers.com/en/news/triplew-climatetech-food-waste-upcycling-process-goes-commercial/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfs4VaL7sIA

 

Healthy processed foods. Teams from Israel’s Technion Institute competed in the “Foods Solutions” event in Brussels, funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. One Technion team won gold, with their nutritious, freeze-dried, instant vegan omelet. Another won silver with a chickpea, lentil, & cashew snack.

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/nutrition/article-725996

 

Don’t forget to drink. (TY Hazel) Israel’s Impacx (previously water.io) has developed a smart water bottle that illuminates and vibrates to encourage people to stay hydrated. Impacx also makes smart medicine boxes that remind people to take pills, auto-replenishing them and generating valuable medical data.

https://nocamels.com/2023/01/vibrating-water-bottle-reminds-users-to-drink/  https://impacx.io/water-io/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPNw7F6mgG0

 

Green light for Begin Highway cover. Jerusalem has approved a NIS 1.5+ billion plan to cover the Begin Highway. The highway cover will include a 14.25-acre park with pedestrian access but no vehicles. It will create over 50 acres of new land for thousands of homes, office space and hotel rooms.

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-plan-to-cover-jerusalems-begin-highway-approved-for-objections-1001433151

 

Cybersecurity startup is cool. Israel’s accSenSe has been named a “Cool Vendor” in Gartner's Identity-First Security category.  Gartner Cool Vendors are chosen if they have innovative and transformative products, services or initiatives. accSenSe enables customers a fast recovery after a major security breach.

https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2022/12/07/2569543/0/en/accSenSe-Named-a-2022-Gartner-Cool-Vendor-in-Identity-First-Security.html   https://accsense.io/blog/accsense-gartner-cool-vendor/

 

 

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

 

Israel’s resilient economy. Excellent short article by Prof. Micheal Humphries of the Jerusalem College of Technology and Touro College Israel. He gives six key reasons why (except for 2020 - Covid), Israel has had positive economic growth every year since 2003, including during the 2008-9 Great Recession.

https://www.israel21c.org/6-surprising-secrets-of-israels-economic-resiliency/   https://tci.touro.edu/

 

Unemployment falls to 4.1%. Israel’s rate of unemployment fell in November to 4.1% from 4.3% in October. The fall was mainly due to the rise in workforce participation to 60.6% (60.3% Oct).

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-despite-slowdown-unemployment-in-israel-falls-1001433181

 

Tourist numbers surge. Over 2.6 million foreign tourists visited Israel in 2022, compared to 397,000 in 2021 and 831,000 in 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Israel opened its borders to tourists in Mar 2022 and all restrictions were dropped in May. Israelis enjoyed a record 20 million overnight local hotel stays in 2022.

https://www.jns.org/2-67-million-tourists-visited-israel-in-2022/

 

Abraham Accords transforms businesses. This article describes the work of the UAE-IL Tech Zone which focuses on building bridges between the two regions through tech. The group boasts more than 2,000 members. Also, the DANA Accelerator in Abu Dhabi, where women aim to solve major challenges in the Gulf.

https://www.israel21c.org/how-the-abraham-accords-are-transforming-business/   

 

Preventing financial crime in the UAE. Dubai-based NOW Money is to use the AI anti-money laundering (AML) platform from Israel’s ThetaRay to help prevent financial crimes on its payments systems. ThetaRay’s SONAR cloud-based AML solution will monitor cross-border payments processed by NOW Money.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20221213005555/en/

 

Good news disguised as bad. This negatively headlined article on Israel in 2022 is mostly comprised of good news. Productivity increasing; hi-tech booming; unemployment decreasing; job vacancies increasing; education results improving; life expectancy rising. Can’t these journalists lighten up a bit?

https://www.jpost.com/business-and-innovation/article-726058

 

Powering up the US. (TY Israel21c) Israel’s Zooz Power (see here previously) has signed an agreement with US-based Blink Charging for the marketing, distribution, sale, and deployment of the ZOOZTER-100 electric vehicle (EV) charging system in the United States. Zooz also just installed its first charging systems in Israel.

https://ir.blinkcharging.com/news-events/press-releases/detail/2412/blink-charging-collaborates-with-zooz-power-to-distribute   https://www.timesofisrael.com/zooz-power-deploys-first-ultra-fast-power-booster-for-electric-vehicles-in-israel/

 

Shufersal to open SPAR stores in Israel. Israel’s largest supermarket chain Shufersal is to invest tens of millions of shekels to open at least ten SPAR stores in Israel, as well as sell SPAR products in Shufersal stores. The lower prices of SPAR products are expected to help reduce Israel’s cost of living. See here previously.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/shufersal-inks-early-deal-to-open-local-stores-for-dutch-spar-chain/

 

Germany’s first fully automated supermarket. (TY Atid-EDI) The new REWE Pick&Go store in central Munich is Germany’s first-ever 100% autonomous store, thanks to Israel’s Trigo (see here previously).

https://www.trigoretail.com/rewe-launches-the-first-100-autonomous-store-in-germany/

 

El Al to buy its 17th Dreamliner. Israel’s El Al airline is soon to take delivery of two more Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Its 16th will be the 787-8 it ordered prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will also buy a 787-9 originally ordered by another Boeing customer who no longer requires it. Boeing will adapt it for El Al.

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-el-al-expanding-dreamliner-fleet-to-17-1001433126

 

Exits, takeovers and mergers. Israel’s Matrix has acquired Israel’s Zebra Technologies for approximately $18.5 million. US-based RMS has acquired Israeli fraud detection startup OrboGraph for over $100 million.

 

 

CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT`

 

Ofra Haza is one of the best singers ever. (TY IsraPundit & UWI) Israel’s Ofra Haza, who passed away in 2000, was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the best 200 singers of all time. It called her “The Madonna of the Middle East.” (But not “Israeli”) The Youtube is her rendition of “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav”.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-singers-all-time-1234642307/ofra-haza-1234642327/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj5H_Fz1dCY

 

Ravel, Berlioz, Bizet. On Jan 11 the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra promises a wonderful evening with conductor Yves Abel and mezzo soprano Rachel Frenkel featuring Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel, Les Nuits d’été by Berlioz and Symphony in C by Bizet.  Discounted tickets via the Nefesh b’Nefesh website.

https://www.jso.co.il/en/concert/ravel-berlioz-bizet/ 

https://www.nbn.org.il/events/ravel-berlioz-bizet/?mc_cid=bfa0da7e18&mc_eid=15465044d8

 

Jewish women of consequence. A series of free Zoom lectures by Prof. Moshe Rosman of Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, highlighting the lives of four Jewish women who lived in the early modern period (16th-18th centuries).  On Jan 8, 15 and 22.  Registration required.

https://www.bac.org.il/events/?seriesID=1008  https://jewish-history.biu.ac.il/en/node/575

 

Things to do in Israel in January. In Israel’s coolest month, Tourist Israel recommends visiting Eilat. January events include the Tel Aviv Power Africa Expo, and the Israman triathlon in Eilat.

https://www.touristisrael.com/things-to-do-in-israel-in-january/3792/

https://www.cantonfair.net/event/13031-tel-aviv-power-africa-expo  https://www.israman.co.il/?lang=en

 

Puppet show for children in Serbia. Recent celebrations marked 30 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Serbia. They included a performance at the International Festival of Children’s Theatres in Subotica of the play “Up and Down Story” by the Israeli Koom-Koom Theater.  https://en.koomkoom.org/mala-mata

https://www.jpost.com/365days/-theatre/article-725290    https://en.koomkoom.org/

 

Dancing in Spain and Mexico. Israeli dancers have recently been entertaining audiences in Spain and Mexico. Israeli choreographer Sharon Friedman presented two works in the “Espacio Espiral, in Santander. Meanwhile, Israel’s Kamea dance company toured Mexico to celebrate the 70th anniversary of joint diplomatic relations.

https://www.jpost.com/365days/dance/article-725482  https://www.jpost.com/365days/dance/article-725543

 

Israeli cycling team returns to Tour de France. The Israel – Premier Tech (IPT) cycling team has been selected to compete again in the Tour de France. IPT was one of only six teams to achieve two Stage wins last year. IPT owner Sylvan Adams said that his team was looking forward to even more success at this year’s race.

https://www.jns.org/israeli-team-set-for-return-to-tour-de-france/

 

Judoka gold in Jerusalem. (TY Nevet) Israeli judoka Baruch Shmailov won the 66kg men’s gold medal at the Judo Masters tournament in Jerusalem, defeating French contestant Daikii Bouba in the finals. The tournament is the 3rd most important competition in judo, after the Olympics and the World Judo Championships.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-judoka-wins-gold-medal-at-masters-tournament-held-in-jerusalem/

 

 

THE JEWISH STATE

 

The first new Israelis of 2023. (TY TPS) Liel and Sergey of Rehovot celebrated the birth of their third son just after midnight on Jan 1st at the Shamir Medical Center (Assaf HaRofeh) near Tel Aviv. And see the second article for other babies born on the first day of 2023 – a microcosm of Israel’s population.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israels-1st-baby-of-2023-born-just-after-midnight/

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-726326

 

Surge in demand for Masa journeys. Hundreds of Jews aged 18 to 30 from the former Soviet Union have joined Masa Israel Journey’s two-to-12-month study, service, and career development programs.  The demand for pre-Aliyah programs was so great it had to be funded by a $3 million donation matched by the government.

https://www.jns.org/3-million-raised-to-let-more-fsu-jews-join-masa-israel-journey/

 

Jerusalem builds. (TY Sharon) One day all the construction projects in and around Jerusalem will be completed. Sacher Park, the Jerusalem Gateway, the Light Rail extension. New projects include Sultan’s Pool and the Pool of Siloam excavation. Sharon even made a video of the final construction of the new Government.

http://rjstreets.com/2023/01/01/from-jerusalem-a-look-to-the-future/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4gADBvWBKk