Israeli home-learning system goes East

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem developed the Home Instruction for Parents and Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) in 1969.  It is used by 20,000 families in 9 countries including Canada, Germany, Israel and the US and is now being extended to China and South Korea.

Israeli wins international honey competition

Israeli Yael Farbstein, owner of Kedumim Honey in Samaria, won the International Multi-Floral Sourced Honeys of the Black Jar Honey Tasting Contest in North Carolina. Yael said of the wildflowers of Samaria, “There is something special in the nature here.”

Giving Ear – violins, not violence

Recent article about Polyphony, co-founded in Nazareth by Abboud-Ashkar in 2012. Polyphony’s aim is to bring together Arab and Jewish youth in Israel by offering them equal opportunities in music.

Video of Arab kids learning Hebrew goes viral

Israeli President Rivlin invited Arab teacher Jehan Jaber to his Jerusalem residence, to praise her for teaching Hebrew to Arab elementary school children. She played a darbuka drum and sang the catchy song “Geshem, Geshem Metaftef” (“Rain, rain is dripping”). The video has been seen well over 2 million times.

MDA teaches Arabic to volunteers

In order to better serve Jerusalem’s Arabic-speaking population, Israeli emergency medical service Magen David Adom is offering Arabic-language instruction to volunteers. 40 volunteers in the Jerusalem district have signed up for the first session of courses.

Empowering Arab women business leaders

Ola Baker Salameh is an Israeli-Arab woman from Acre and CEO of Sebana Medical. Her company employs Arabs (Christian and Muslim) and Jews. It received 60% of its R&D funding from Israel’s Office of Chief Scientist.

Israeli cyber firm employs mostly women

60% of the sixty employees at Israeli cybersecurity company EverCompliant are female - about twice that of the average tech company.  CEO Ron Teicher said, “It’s not a deliberate decision, it just happened… in most cases the lady candidate was better”.

Strong Israeli women

The Strong Jewish Women’s Summit is a web event which features many successful Israeli women.  They include Dr. Mina Teicher - former Israeli Chief Scientist; Yael Elad - COO of VC Fund Aleph; Beth Steinberg - founder of Non-profit Shutaf and Hamutal Gouri – Exec director of the Dafna Fund.

Raising the potential of special children

The Master’s Program at Israel’s Chemdat Hadarom college trains students to help special-needs children reach the heights of their abilities. During the long summer holiday, the college loans its campus to Israel’s Ezer Mizion which organizes summer camps for those special children.

Free program to help Israeli-Arab men stop smoking

Hebrew University / Hadassah, with funding from the Israel Cancer Association and the Health Ministry, has initiated SMS Quit to help Israeli-Arab men quit smoking. Arab men have the highest smoking rate (44%) in Israel and therefore the shortest life expectancy.