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Reconnecting the 500,000(!) Israelis living in America

Reconnecting the 500,000(!) Israelis living in America

IT used to be that the enterprise known as Zionism was pretty much a one-way street — Jews from Europe, Asia, America and elsewhere packing up and heading off to Israel to build the Jewish state.

Nearly seven decades after Israel was founded, Zionism is now a two-way thoroughfare.

For a whole range of reasons, Israelis are heading the other way, leaving their country of origin for what they perceive to be greener pastures.

Especially in the US.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:00 )

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Israel tops technological innovation — how?

Israel tops technological innovation — how?MORE than time separates Denver from Jerusalem. Unless your Israeli subject speaks excellent English or the American journalist’s Hebrew is impeccable (lol!), language can be problematic, especially idiomatic expressions. When the voice on the other end of the phone belongs to a stellar neuroscientist and the topic is medical research and development (R&D) in Israel, all bets are off — at least on this side. After a few dropped calls, I connect with Dr. Shai Efrati, head of R&D at ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:58 )

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Meet Yoni Alon, Israel shaliach at JCC

Meet Yoni Alon, Israel shaliach at JCCWHEN Yoni Alon completed six-and-a-half years of service with the IDF in 2013, he planned to study for his bachelor’s degree. An astute epiphany stopped him in his tracks. He was 25. There was plenty of time to progress from the military to career to family and so forth — and he wasn’t quite ready for all that. “I thought, why should I be like everyone else?” Alon says in his office at the Loup JCC. “Let’s do something special. Let’s go on an adventure.” Alon visited a good ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:54 )

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Three filmmakers document the Israeli air force’s early struggles

Three filmmakers document the Israeli air force’s early strugglesLOS ANGELES — Some 65 years after a band of foreign volunteers took to the skies to ensure Israel’s birth and survival, filmmakers are racing to bring their exploits to the screen before the last of the breed passes away. Among the competing producers and their financial backers are such famous names as Spielberg and Lansky. Although their budgets fall well short of Hollywood blockbuster standards, their competitive spirits are just as intense. Nancy Spielberg, the youngest of Steven Spiel...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 April 2013 11:06 )

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From Israel to Colorado Springs: Music is a prayerful dance

From Israel to Colorado Springs:  Music is a prayerful danceOfer Ben-Amots was just six when he dared touch the new piano in his Haifa home. It was love at first sound — and they’ve been married ever since. Fifty-two years later, the world famous composer marvels at the relationship between accident, design and G-d in human destiny. “The story of how that piano arrived at our house is an interesting one,” Ben-Amots explains in the IJN conference room. “My grandfather was Bulgarian and spent three years in an internment camp there during the Ho...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 April 2013 08:18 )

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