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Israeli High-Tech Exits Reach $6.64 Billion in 2013; 10-Year High for Venture Capital Investors January 8, 2014 5:50 pm

Israeli High-Tech Exits Reach $6.64 Billion in 2013; 10-Year High for Venture Capital Investors

The combined value of Israeli high-tech start-ups that were sold in 2013 reached $6.64 billion...

Israeli Government, Google Sign Collaboration Agreement to Modernize Bureaucracy January 1, 2014 10:36 pm

Israeli Government, Google Sign Collaboration Agreement to Modernize Bureaucracy

The Jewish State and internet search giant Google signed a memorandum of understanding on...

Israel Economy Ministry Studying Ways to Boost Defense Technoloy Exports to China December 31, 2013 4:22 pm

Israel Economy Ministry Studying Ways to Boost Defense Technoloy Exports to China

After pressure from Israeli defense and technology firms to intervene with the U.S. government...

Analysis: U.S.-Israel Energy Bill Latest Example of Collaboration That Supports ‘Start-Up Nation’ Growth December 23, 2013 6:02 pm

Analysis: U.S.-Israel Energy Bill Latest Example of Collaboration That Supports ‘Start-Up Nation’ Growth

While the American Studies Association announced a boycott of Israeli academics last week,...

Report: First Israeli Natural Gas Export Deal May Be With Jordanian Company December 16, 2013 10:38 pm

Report: First Israeli Natural Gas Export Deal May Be With Jordanian Company

In what would be the first deal to export Israel’s newly found natural gas, the owners...

Iran Crude Oil Exports Rise by Over 11% in November December 13, 2013 12:09 pm

Iran Crude Oil Exports Rise by Over 11% in November

Iran’s crude oil exports had already been growing, before the agreement in Geneva last...

Analysis: Israel’s Economic Dominance of the Middle East; Foreign Currency Reserves Dwarf Neighbors December 8, 2013 4:20 pm

Analysis: Israel’s Economic Dominance of the Middle East; Foreign Currency Reserves Dwarf Neighbors

The Bank of Israel said on Friday that foreign currency reserves hit a record $80.59 billion...

Bank Hapoalim in Talks to Buy Israel Discount Bank’s US Operation December 6, 2013 1:30 pm

Bank Hapoalim in Talks to Buy Israel Discount Bank’s US Operation

Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank, said on Friday it is in talks to acquire Israel...

Israel’s Mobli Takes On Instagram in the Battle for Picture Posting December 5, 2013 9:08 pm

Israel’s Mobli Takes On Instagram in the Battle for Picture Posting

Israel’s Mobli web picture sharing service is taking on Instagram, the U.S.-based leader,...

Porsche Macan Now Being Marketed in Israel December 4, 2013 9:23 pm

Porsche Macan Now Being Marketed in Israel

Porsche unveiled the Macan, a compact crossover that the company hopes will kick-start sales....

Israel’s Tower Semiconductor, Shanghai’s Integrated Circuit Consortium in Alliance December 4, 2013 12:16 am

Israel’s Tower Semiconductor, Shanghai’s Integrated Circuit Consortium in Alliance

Israel’s Tower Semiconductor (Nasdaq: TSEM; TASE: TSEM) said on Tuesday that it signed...

Israeli Start-Up Alcobra Develops New Treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder December 2, 2013 3:26 pm

Israeli Start-Up Alcobra Develops New Treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder

Israeli pharmaceutical start-up Alcobra Pharmaceuticals is listed on the NASDAQ electronic...

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

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  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

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  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

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  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

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  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

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  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    Sundance Tour Features Short Film About Elderly Jewish Woman’s Decision to Eat Bacon for First Time

    The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, which started on Friday in New York City, features a mini-documentary about an elderly Jewish woman whose journey away from Orthodoxy leads her to taste forbidden food for the first time in her life. In Canadian director Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, Razie Brownstone talks about ending her lifelong observance of keeping kosher as her 90th birthday approaches. The recently declared atheist said the discovery of the search engine Google spurred a lapse in her Jewish faith and made her decide to […]

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  • Blogs Food Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    Chabad Rabbi From New York Competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Cooking Competition

    A Chabad rabbi from Rhinebeck, NY, will face off a priest, a pastor and a nun-in-training in an upcoming episode of the Food Network‘s reality show, “Chopped,” Lubavitch.com reported. Rabbi Hanoch Hecht – who teaches up-and-coming chefs about the intricacies of kosher dietary laws at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — was nominated for the show by a professional chef, and went through a rigorous interview process at the Food Network’s studios in Chelsea, NY. Months later, he was informed he had been accepted as a contestant in the popular TV cooking competition. “I thought […]

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