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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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  • Blogs Features Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    JNS.org – About two-dozen people file into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus on a Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she’s attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader were the stars of this […]

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  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

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  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

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  • Blogs Lifestyle Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills will serve as a social lubricant between the city-goers of Tel Aviv and the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, two locales split geographically, and often politically, on the left and right of the country. The new flagship store of Har Bracha has recently popped its corks on 190 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Gentile Actor Zachary Levi Says He’s Denied Roles for Being ‘Too Jewish’

    Actor Zachary Levi said casting directors have denied him roles for being “too Jewish,” despite the fact that he is not a Jew, the New York Daily News‘ Confidenti@l reported on Wednesday. “I guess they were looking for more of a corn-fed, white boy look,” he said. “My family is from f****** Indiana! Come on, I’m like dying here!” The Thor star clarified that he is Welsh, and that Levi is actually his middle name, while his real last name is Pugh. He said he […]

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  • Book Reviews Spirituality/Tradition Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

    The secret of Chabad’s worldwide success is revealed by veteran Chabad shliach (emissary) Rabbi David Eliezrie in his new book, The Secret of Chabad. The Chabad movement was founded by Rabbi Schnur Zalman of Liadi, Belarus, in 1775. Years later it came to the US with the arrival of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn in 1940, after his escape from Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Upon his arrival in New York, a number of his co-religionists advised him that there was no place for traditional […]

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