Welcome to the Kotel

A delegation of nine Bahrainis, in traditional dress recently visited the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem. They recited prayers and left notes in the wall.  Jews, both young and old, embraced the Bahraini visitors, with some greeting the guests in Arabic.  (See some of the unique photos.)

World class entrepreneurs

Tel Aviv University was ranked fifth in the world in the 2021 ranking of Startup Genome - a world-leading innovation policy advisory and research firm. TAU was the only non-US university in the top 10. It followed Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Harvard. 1,300 TAU alumni have founded startups.

From the Moon to cancer detection

Yonatan Winetraub was one of the three Israelis who initiated SpaceIL’s project to send an Israeli spacecraft to the Moon. He has just won an Early Independence Award and funds from US National Institutes of Health to detect cancer without biopsies, using optical coherence tomography (OCT).

Israel mediates in Sudan

Sudanese media have reported that an Israeli delegation that visited Sudan recently mediated between military leader Al-Burhan and ousted Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok.

The Cherokee stand with Israel

The Tribal Council of the Northeast Alabama Cherokee has recognized the “sovereign Jewish nation” of Israel, with Jerusalem as its “eternal undivided capital.” They expressed solidarity with the Jewish community and compared the Jewish experience with that of native tribes in North America.

More water to Jordan

Israel is to double, to 50 million cubic meters, the amount of freshwater it provides to neighboring Jordan, one of the world’s most water-deficient countries.

Coronavirus aid to Romania

Israel has sent 40 oxygen concentrators to Romania, which is confronting its worst wave of Covid-19 infections since the pandemic started nearly two years ago. The devices were made possible with help from AFI Europe Romania and Israel’s Elbit Systems.

Global network for Israeli businesswomen

Orly Carmon, head of Canada’s Orca Global Leadership and Networking, has established a network of 31,000 Israeli business or professional women across the world. Members connect socially and professionally, while Orca also offers development training courses.

First woman to head elite Navy defense unit

Captain Ophir Huri is the first-ever female commander of the Israeli navy's Northern Snapir unit. The unit, of which 40% are women, is responsible for securing Israeli civilian and military ports and protecting them from threats on land, sea. underwater and from the air.

Nearly half of Israeli medics are Arab

Israel’s Health Ministry reports that Arabs and Druze constituted 20% of Israel’s population but 46% of all Israel’s medical licenses. They also comprise 50% of new nurses, 53% of dentists and 57% of pharmacists. Arab doctor numbers have increased fourfold from 2000.