Israeli Covid-19 volunteers honored

Four of this year’s 12 winners of Israel’s Presidential Awards for Volunteerism were recognized especially for their Covid-19-related work. President Rivlin said “Volunteerism is part of Israel’s DNA- a bit of chutzpah, a bit of warmth and always, always happy to help.”

The 3rd best country for vegans

Israel was third on Chef’s Pencil’s top countries for vegans in 2020 and the only Asian country listed. “Unique to this newly formed country is the mix of the traditional Mediterranean diet of the area and the strict dietary laws of kosher food” Chef’s Pencil said. Tel Aviv was the 12th best vegan city.

Painting by mouth

When Israeli artist Bracha Fischel became paralyzed from rheumatoid arthritis, Sheba Medical center taught her how to use her mouth to write and hold objects. Bracha was able to continue her hobby painting. She now paints with 14 others in Israel’s branch of MFPA - Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.

Influential Israelis

Fortune magazine named 4 Israelis in its 2020 “40 under 40” list of 200 most influential young people in business. They are Nir Bar Dea of Bridgewater Associates, Yoni Assia CEO of eToro, Yonatan Adiri CEO of and Adam Mosseri CEO of Instagram, who holds dual US & Israeli citizenship.

From Israel to the UAE

Flight LY971, carrying the US-Israeli delegation to Abu Dhabi International Airport, was the first EL Al plane to fly through Saudi airspace and the first direct flight from Israel to the Gulf. A popular UAE newspaper headlined “Salam, Shalom”.

Fighting California wildfires again

Israel helped California fight wildfires in 2018 and is back again with a team of experts to help combat the latest incidents. California Governor Gavin Newsom and US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien thanked the Israelis for their response.

Covid-19 aid to Liberia

Israel’s MASHAV (Agency for International Development) presented various humanitarian aid and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Liberian Health Services. It also supplied food items and startup kits to young single mothers and families in Liberia, affected by COVID 19.

Oxygen for Indian hospitals

The Israeli Consulate in Bengaluru, Karnataka state, South India, has donated 25 industrial oxygen concentrators, or purifiers, to help contain the spread of Covid-19 in Karnataka hospitals.

Top innovator

Eliran Malki, co-founder and CEO of Israel’s Belong.Life (the world’s largest social cancer network), has been named one of the top 25 innovators of 2020 by Modern Healthcare magazine. It recognizes his company’s use of AI and machine learning to create uniquely personalized patient experiences.

Most creative woman

Inna Braverman, founder and CEO of Israeli clean-energy company Eco Wave Power was named in the 11th annual Fast Company list of the 74 Most Creative People in Business. Most recently, she was awarded the United Nations Global Climate Action Award (reported previously).