New Uganda center to join existing centers in Ghana, South Africa, Mexico, Israel;


Jewish volunteers from Israel and around the world to work on projects in education, healthcare, agriculture, arts



JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Project TEN—known as the “Jewish Peace Corps”—is partnering with a coalition of organizations to join a new volunteer center in Namulanda, Uganda. The center will be run in partnership with Brit, a coalition of organizations that include the Israel Volunteer AssociationInspiration Arts for Humanity, and Brit Olam, who have been operating in Uganda for the past ten years. The center will bring together Jewish young people from Israel and around the world to engage in volunteer work with distressed populations in the area.


The Uganda volunteer center is centrally located in the town of Namulanda, between the capital city of Kampala and Entebbe. The volunteers will concentrate on sustainable development and infrastructure work for communal projects in the fields of education, healthcare, agriculture, and the arts. Amongst other things, the volunteers will run healthcare projects in poverty-stricken neighborhoods in Kampala and will work in elementary schools in nearby villages. They will also help create a local youth movement and develop a leadership group that will receive intensive training in technology and education. The first group of volunteers arrived at the center in September.


This is Project TEN’s third volunteer center in Africa, joining the existing center in Winneba, Ghana and another new center in Durban, South Africa. Project TEN centers also currently exist in Oaxaca, Mexico and Harduf, Israel. The Israeli center works primarily with Bedouin communities and with groups with special needs. Additional Project TEN centers are expected to be opened in Latin America and East Asia in the near future.


Project TEN is based on values of service and Jewish activism, offering Jewish young people from Israel and communities around the world opportunities to volunteer in various places around the world for several months, in partnership with local organizations. Project TEN director Yarden Zornberg notes that Project TEN centers, which sends out some 450 volunteers per year from all over the Jewish world, enable young people to combine their desire to get to know the world with their desire to take part in repairing it together with their peers worldwide. At the end of their volunteer period, these young people return to their countries of origin strongly motivated to engage in activism in their communities and worldwide. Learn more at



The Jewish Agency for Israel is the largest Jewish nonprofit organization in the world. Founded in 1929, The Jewish Agency was instrumental in founding and building the State of Israel and has brought more than three million Jews home to the Jewish state, including tens of thousands this past year alone. Today the organization serves as the primary link between Israel and the Jewish world, bringing young Jews to experience life in the Jewish state and sending young Israelis to share their country with Jewish communities around the world. The Jewish Agency works to narrow social gaps within Israel and empower all segments of Israeli society while dispatching Israeli young people and their worldwide Jewish peers to volunteer in underprivileged communities in Africa, Latin America, and Israel’s socioeconomic periphery. The organization serves as the Jewish world’s first responder, prepared to rescue and bring Jews home to Israel from countries where they are at risk and addressing emergency situations in Israel and Jewish communities abroad. Learn more


PHOTOJewish Agency Project TEN volunteers work with schoolchildren in Uganda. Photo credit: Ofri Strasburg









Now Available in Israel: American Beef!


For the first time in over 20 years, American kosher beef is available for Israeli consumers.  



The first shipment of American kosher beef has finally arrived in Israel and will be available for commercial distribution to restaurants, hotels, stores and supermarkets. The beef, select cuts of chilled Black Angus, arrived in Israel last week from the state of Nebraska. The renewal of importation was allowed after an agreement was signed in February 2016 between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Israeli Veterinary Services.



U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, who hosted an event at his residence to celebrate the occasion, said: “I am so excited to have this chance to see, and taste, American kosher beef here in Israel. This development marks yet another milestone in our government-to-government cooperation and one which further strengthens the economic ties between our nations.”


Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska Mike Foley, who is currently visiting Israel, said: “I’m so thrilled to be in Israel to celebrate the arrival of high-quality beef from my home state of Nebraska. Nebraska beef is known as the best in the world, and I'm sure that Israelis will soon agree!”





Fact Sheet:  Beef Importation to Israel

Importation to Israel

  • The authorized duty-free quota of chilled U.S. beef for 2016 is 1,424 tons.

  • The cuts will come from Black Angus beef.

  • Currently, cuts that will be imported from the United States will not include the hindquarters.

  • At the moment, all beef imported to Israel from the United States originates from the WR Reserve Black Angus Company slaughterhouse in Hastings, Nebraska.

  • The slaughter is conducted under strict Kashrut rules and has received Kashrut certification from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.   

Why U.S. Beef and What Makes Nebraska Beef So Special?

U.S. Beef Industry Facts:

  • The U.S. is the world’s largest beef producer, accounting for nearly one-fifth of global beef production.

  • Commercial beef production was 10.75 million metric tons (23.8 billion pounds), with slaughter at 28.8 million head in 2015.  

  • On January 1, 2016, the total cattle inventory in the U.S. was 92 million head, up 3%from 2015.  

  • Commercial beef production is expected to be 11.36 million metric tons in 2016, up 5.7% from 2016 (25.1 billion pounds).  Beef production is expected to continue to expand in 2017.  

  • In addition to being the largest producer, the United States is the largest beef consumer, with 20% of global beef consumption in 2015, and it is also a top beef importer.   

  • The United States is one of the four largest beef exporters along with Brazil, India, and Australia.  Top U.S. beef export markets include Japan, Mexico, Korea, Canada, Hong Kong, and Egypt.

  • In 2015, U.S. beef and variety meat exports totaled 1.1 million metric tons (2.35 billion pounds) valued at $6.3 billion.  13% of U.S. beef and variety meat production was exported in 2015.

  • The U.S. was the second largest exporter on a value basis in 2015, and U.S. beef accounted for nearly one-fifth of global export value.

  • Through September 2016, U.S. beef and variety meat exports totaled 848,930 metric tons (1.87 billion pounds), up 8% from 2015.  U.S. beef and variety meat export value was $4.5 billion, down 5 percent from 2015.  

  • In 2012, there were over 913,000 cattle and calf operations in the U.S., with the average herd size at 98 head, according to the 2012 Agricultural Census.  

  • In 2012, there were over 26,500 feedlot operations with an average herd size of 541 head.  

Nebraska: The Beef State

  • Beef is Nebraska’s single largest industry and the engine that powers the state’s economy.

  • Agriculture is the #1 industry in Nebraska and cattle production represents the largest segment of the industry.

  • The importance of cattle feeding to Nebraska’s economy runs deeper than in other states. Nearly 5 million head are finished and marketed in Nebraska, a state with a population of 1.8 million residents. Texas markets a third more cattle than Nebraska, but it has a population of 25.6 million residents--over 14 times larger.

  • January 2012 figures show Nebraska continues to have far more cattle than people. Cattle outnumber Nebraskans nearly 4 to 1. Nebraska has 1.94 million cows and 1.8 million people. The cows and the 4.7 million head that are annually fed in Nebraska total nearly 6.64 million cattle.

  • Nebraska has the top three cow counties in the U.S., including the nation’s No. 1 cow county – Cherry County, with nearly 166,000 cows. Custer County is No. 2 (100,000). Holt County is No. 3 (99,000). Lincoln County is No. 12 (69,000).

  • Nebraska has a unique mix of natural resources. Cattle turn grass from 24 million acres of rangeland and pasture, more than one half of Nebraska’s land mass, into protein and many other products for humans. The land grazed by cattle allows more people to be fed than would otherwise be possible. More than one billion bushels of corn are produced each year, 40% of which is fed to livestock in the state. Cattle-producing families, who make their living from the land, have a strong incentive to protect their animals and the environment.

Nebraska’s Natural Resources

  • Nebraska’s farms and ranches utilize more than 184 million dunams (18,413,270 hectares)– 93% of the state’s total land area. As a comparison, in Israel there are less than 4 million dunams used for agriculture.

  • Nebraska is fortunate to have aquifers below it.

  • The state has 92,233 registered, active irrigation wells supplying water to 34 million dunams of harvested cropland and pasture.

  • Nearly 24,000 miles (38,624 kilometers) of rivers and streams add to Nebraska’s natural resources.

  • There are nearly (9,307,807 hectares) 93 million dunams of rangeland and pastureland in Nebraska.

  • Superior animal husbandry is the rule and one of the secrets to raising great beef. Ill-treated animals could never achieve the quality levels that Nebraska’s customers demand.  Nebraska’s approved and inspected small family growers always treat their animals in a kind and humane manner; nothing could be more important to a responsible rancher.

This combination of feeding methods gives Nebraska the best quality beef possible and assures sustainability.

  • Nebraska cuts all high-grade meats by hand and in-house and sells fresh or frozen –never uses gas packaging, preservatives or color stabilizers to extend the life or improve the look.

  • Due to its qualities and demand U.S beef is exported to more than 130 countries around the world.

 Photo  Silvia Golan





OK2GO, an Israeli hi-tech company specializing in location-based control and reporting solutions, has recently signed an agreement with KOINOS, a Chile-based company, to distribute its products there. The company’s development center will remain in Israel


The Transaction’s value is estimated at 16 million NIS


OK2GO, an Israeli hi-tech company specializing in location-based control and reporting solutions for mobile phones, landlines and biometric smart watches, is expanding its operation and has recently signed an agreement with KOINOS, a Chile-based company active in the technology and innovation fields, to distribute its products there.  The Transaction’s value is estimated at 16 million NIS.


OK2GO Specializes in location-based attendance reporting services operated through a broad range of devices including smartphones, mobile phones and landlines. The company has thousands of clients including defense and security companies, traders, government companies and local authorities. The service is operational throughout the workday and provided in full coordination between employer and employee.


OK2GO’s market research has revealed that Chile has a high demand for the Israeli company’s advanced service: collecting attendance reports from the office and from the field through mobile phones. OK2GO provides an optimal solution for Chile’s need using a cloud-based service able to collect data from any mobile phone, cellular app, vehicle or the Internet. The system can also interface with the client organizations’ salary and ERP systems, thus increasing the collection efficiency of office hours and project work data and speeding up pay-slip preparation.


The service saves businesses an average of 7-15 percent of their wage costs and dozens to thousands of dollars a year, depending on the company’s size. The service will help make work, operation and automation processes more efficient, from checking employee attendance to producing pay-slips. Chile has a population of 17.5 million. Its market size is estimated at 10 million people, 20% of them mobile phone owners – that is about 2 million people. OK2GO has set a goal to reach 5% of the market within three years. This deal is estimated to yield an average of 4 million dollars in the next three years.


Shmuel Madar, CEO of OK2GO, has stated that expanding the services to overseas and using the great store of knowledge accumulated in Israel in various fields may serve many countries around the world. He also mentioned that the company has many more new, innovative developments in the pipeline.


The company already has branches in Brazil and Argentina, and it has recently closed a deal with one of Brazil’s largest accounting and financial consultation firms – a company employing thousands of people.


Image: Shmuel Madar, CEO OK2GO.


Photo provided by OK2GO






Over 90 delegations of world leaders from 70 countries will make their way to Israel to pay their respects at the funeral of the late Ninth President Shimon Peres


Update from the Office of the Ninth President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres: Asof 21:00, more than 90 delegations from 70 countries are expected to arrive in Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres including:

1.      The United States delegation led by the President of the United States Barak Obama, accompanied by Former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

2.      The European Council delegation led by the President of the European Council Donald Tusk.


3.      The European Union delegation led by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Vice-President of the European Parliament David Sassoli.

4.      The UNESCO delegation led by the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Georgieva Bokova.

5.      The United Kingdom delegation led by Prince Charles, accompanied by Former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron, and Foreign Minister Boris Johnson.

6.      The French delegation led by the President of France Francois Hollande, accompanied by Former President Nicolas Sarkozy and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.


7.      The German delegation led by the President of Germany Joachim Gauck accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

8.      The Canadian delegation led by the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and a host of additional Former Prime Ministers.

9.      The Mexican delegation headed by the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto accompanied by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu.


10.  The Dutch delegation led by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte.

11.  The Spanish delegation headed by the King of Spain Felipe VI accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs José García-Margallo.

12.  The Italian delegation led by the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi.

13.  The Greek delegation led by the Former Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou and the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos.


14.  The Polish delegation led by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda.

15.  The Swiss delegation led by the President of the Swiss Confederation Johann Schneider-Ammann.

16.  The Austrian delegation led by the President of the National Council of Austria Doris Bures, accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz and Former President Heinz Fischer.

17.  The Finnish delegation led by the Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä.


18.  The Swedish delegation led by the Prime Minister of Sweden Stephen Levin.

19.  The Ukrainian delegation headed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

20.  The Latvian delegation headed by the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis.


21.  The Lithuanian delegation headed by the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė.

22.  The Luxembourg delegation headed by the Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri de Luxembourg.

23.  The delegation from the Vatican led by Archbishop Antonio Franco.


24.  The Côte d’Ivoire delegation headed by the President of Côte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara, accompanied by Foreign Minister and Finance Minister.

25.  The Togolese delegation headed by the President of Togo Faure Gnasingbh.

26.  The Portuguese delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal Augusto Santos Silva.


27.  The Brazilian delegation headed by the Foreign Minister of Brazil Jose Seria.

28.  The Turkish delegation headed by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Yıldız.

29.  The Chinese delegation headed by the Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, accompanied by ten representatives of the People's Republic of China.


30.  The Singaporean delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Minister of Defense Ng Eng Hen.

31.  The Indian delegation led by the Minister of Science and Technology of India Harsh Vardhan.

32.  The Australian delegation led by the Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove and including the Secretary of Defense.


Photo Silvia G Golan









Israel Electric Corporation Signs Multi-Year Services Agreement with GE to Help Enhance Country’s Energy Supply Security


· New Multi Year Services Agreement to Cover Three GE 9FA Gas Turbines at IEC’s Eshcol, Tzafit and Alon Tavor Power Stations which include Hot Gas Path Inspection and Major Inspection to each unit.

· IEC Selects GE to Help Increase Long-Term Reliability of its Three Power Plants


HAIFA, ISRAEL—September 8 , 2016—In a move to help enhance the country’s long-term energy supply security, Israel Electric Corporation, Ltd (IEC), Israel’s main electric utility, and GE’s Power Services business (NYSE: GE) today announced a new multi-year services agreement, in which GE will support the long-term availability of its three 9FA gas turbines at IEC’s Eshkol Power Station, Tzafit Power Station and Alon Tavor Power Station.


Paul McElhinney, president & CEO of GE’s Power Services business, met this week with IEC and other GE executives in a formal signing ceremony for the multi-year agreement at IEC’s headquarters in Haifa. The new deal follows a previous 13-year multi-year agreement between IEC and GE for the three stations. The new pact goes into effect when the old service agreement expires in 2017. The agreement covers parts, repair and technical advisor services for planned outages for the three 9FA units.


As further noted by GE’s McElhinney, “GE is delighted to continue our close working relationship with IEC by implementing this multi-year agreement and maintaining IEC’s three power plants. We are proud to help IEC work to increase the country’s long-term energy supply by improving the reliability and availability of its existing 9FA gas turbine fleet.”


From right to left: Pascal Schweitzer, General Manager - Europe - Power Services, Paul McElhinney, president & CEO of GE’s Power Services business, Ofer Bloch, IEC CEO and Ram Erlichman, GenerationSenior Vice President, Generation & Energy.


Photo Courtesy: Yosi Weiss.