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New Orleans Jazz Festival Opens with Reception at Ambassador of Norway’s Residence

 The third annual New Orleans Jazz Festival in Tel Aviv opened Wednesday evening with a jazz reception at the Ambassador of Norway’s Residence H.E. Mr. Kare R. Aas .

Guests from the diplomatic corps, civil society, and friends of the Norwegian embassy enjoyed dinner and refreshments and got a sneak preview of Israel’s premier jazz festival launching the next evening in Tel Aviv.


The Eli and the Chocolate Factory Band performed a series of jazz favorites. Throughout the evening guest musicians from top jazz bands in Israel, as well as several singers, took the stage to delight the guests. Guests even took advantage of the evening to dance in front of the pool. 



Ambassador Kåre R. Aas explained that the evening was also in honor of the incoming Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Bjørn Klouman Bekken. Ambassador Aas thanked the organizers and invited all the guests to enjoy the chance to dance to quality live music. Ziv Ben, the founder and musical director of the festival, addressed the audience, thanking the ambassador and the many musicians. Explaining the impetus behind the festival--celebrating the diversity and influence of jazz, Ziv explained that despite the complexities of holding a festival during Covid-19, there would be over 100 musicians performing this year in Tel Aviv, highlighting the talent of Israeli musicians.


The New Orleans Jazz Festival runs from October 14-16 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Tickets are available via www.hotjazz.co.il or by calling 03-5733001.

Tickets can also be purchased there for upcoming jazz performances in future months.

Photo credit  Silvia G. Golan



Do You want Sushi, Ice-Cream and Medicine? get them Via Drones!

Third Stage of the National Drone Initiative Takes Off:
3,000 flights above Tel Aviv, Ramat haSharon, Herzliya and Hadera, and a flight transport in Brazil, controlled by the management system in Israel

October 11, 2021- TEL AVIV: Israel’s National Drone Initiative, which first began its flights over urban areas in January 2021, launched its third phase, attended by five companies which manage and operate autonomous drone networks and won a grant from the Israel Innovation Authority in the framework of its pilot program, as well as other companies and organizations with a drone fleet who are interested in taking part in the world’s leading pilot program. This is the third stage in a series of eight demonstrations expected to take place during the coming two years, during which tens of thousands of sorties will take place in the skies above Israel.
Beginning on Sunday, October 3rd, and for ten days, flights will take place above residential areas in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Ramat Sharon, Herzliya and Hadera, while in parallel a flight transport will take place in Brazil, controlled by the management system in Israel.

The drones are expected to carry out around 300 flights per day above open areas, among other purposes for carrying out different kinds of tasks on flight paths assigned by the joint control system. These include:
Cando and High-Lander will bring sushi deliveries ordered by customers via a dedicated app, and will deliver them to Tzuk beach in Herzliya. Furthermore, they will also have a drone performing autonomous security missions for an emergency facility (Reading Fire Station), so that the drone located at the charging station is activated autonomously.
SkyLinx and FlyTech will conduct a pilot where customers will be able to enter their order via a dedicated app and receive their ice-cream via drones at Charles Clore Park (next to Manta Ray restaurant).
All participating companies, including Simplex and DownWind will perform flights over urban areas in the center of Tel Aviv. HarTech Technologies Ltd and Airwayz will perform urban flights over the Hadera area.
Flights to deliver donated blood, platelets and plasma from the Magen David Adom (MDA) Blood Bank to Sheba-Tel HaShomer Hospital, with the goal of verifying the method of packaging, the flying, and the procedures so that they will meet the Ministry of Health regulations. As such, the goal of this stage is to consolidate the required procedures so that every company will be able to offer this kind of service at every blood bank and hospital in Israel when required.

Dror Bin, CEO, Israel Innovation Authority: “The National Drone Initiative is reaching new heights on its way to deployment in Central Israel – Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Ramat HaSharon, Herzliya and Hadera, and is on its way to creating a globally leading ecosystem in this field. In order to advance and to bring the technology to the point of creating an economic and sustainable model both for the manufacturers of the drones and for the Israeli public, we are extending the flight space to the center of Israel as well as the periphery. In the framework of the third demonstration, in which 16 Israeli companies and international representatives will participate, there will be a number of simultaneous flights in Israel and Brazil. In the framework of the third demonstration, we will take another step towards the integration of technology, regulation and public support, moving closer to creating an active model that will allow end consumers to enjoy cargo delivery via drones across the country, while placing an emphasis on safe, efficient, and speedy operation. In the framework of the demonstration there will be cargo delivery flights by commercial firms in different areas directly to the end consumer. Such unique collaboration between the Innovation Authority, the Civil Aviation Authority and Ayalon Highways is a catalyst for additional public entities such as the IDF Home Front Command, Magen David Adom, United Hatzalah emergency services and other commercial entities to benefit from the extraordinary capabilities demonstrated in this pilot.”

Itamar Ben-Meir, CEO Ayalon Highways: “Managing a smart aerial space, with drones flying simultaneously over the heart of metropolitan Tel Aviv, controlled from the Savidor Metropolitan Traffic Control Center, which includes unique technological demonstrations in the area of drone flights from the time the product is ordered by the customer until they receive it on the doorway of their home, constitutes a meaningful step for the National Drone Initiative, as part of future transport solutions being led by Ayalon Highways. Such unique collaboration in the initiative between Ayalon Highways, the Innovation Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority, is a catalyst for additional public entities like the IDF Home Front Command, Magen David Adom, United Hatzalah emergency services and other commercial entities to benefit from the extraordinary and innovative technologies demonstrated in this initiative and in pooling resources for the benefit of the public.”



Joel Feldschuh, Director of the Civil Aviation Authority: “The Civil Aviation Authority has been a partner to the National Drone Initiative from the day of its establishment. The goal of the CAA’s partnership is to learn the future regulatory requirements in parallel to giving approval to the initiative’s security procedures. The CAA staff who are partners in the planning and the implementation of the initiative are experts in the different fields of flight regulation – registering air companies (aerial operators), registering pilots of unmanned aerial vehicles, registering aircrafts and control systems in terms of engineering and operationally and in the areas unique to this initiative: autonomous management of the aerial space. The CAA is engaged in development of the Israeli aerial space to integrate the innovative capabilities of the UTM world – management of autonomous, smart and mechanized aerial traffic for unmanned aerial vehicle systems, whose goal is to allow more extensive operation in using UAVs that serve the public with the highest level of security.

Sigal Weizmann, Tel Aviv-Jaffa Council Member with the Innovation Portfolio: “The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality sees the use of drones as an important infrastructure that can serve citizens in the present and the future, as a way of providing health services, dealing with a medical emergency, agriculture, securing sites, monitoring movement, reducing traffic, and thus can lead to a reduction in greenhouse gases; support for the IDF Home Front, fire fighters and rescue services, postal delivery and more. It is our duty to ensure secure flight routes in every aspect that relates to privacy, noise and additional challenges that touch on drone flights in a populated area. I welcome this national initiative that leads us forward towards a secure future.”
The joint flights will be operated by six different companies listed below alongside the Israeli Police, the National Fire Department and the IDF Home Front Command. They will be autonomously managed from the Ayalon Highway Air Traffic Control Center. At this center, one can view the management and supervision system for airborne drones flying in the area, demonstrating a situation where dozens or even hundreds of drones – in the future – fly across the skies on various missions, operating in a uniform airspace. The system will be able to prioritize the various drone flights and clear the airspace when a large aircraft enters or when one of the aircrafts operated by the emergency services organizations enters in the event of an emergency.
The initiative, which originates in a partnership between the Israel Innovation Authority, the Ministry of Transport (through Ayalon Highways), the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Smart Transportation Administration, was established with the goal of advancing the deployment of drones for the benefit of the public, in order to assist in reducing congestion on the roads and to establish a national aerial network, managed for the benefit of transporting medicines, vaccines, tests and medical equipment, as well as retail shipments and more.



The companies participating in the demonstration:

High-Lander Aviation Ltd – This company facilitates advanced autonomous aerial command & control systems to manage a fleet of drones and currently operates one of the world’s leading UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) solutions, providing autonomous solutions in the areas of Delivery, First Response, and Public Safety. The system controls the aerial space and all the missions in real time and completely autonomously. Cando Drones is an aerial drone company that builds and manages a fleet of autonomous drones. Cando Drones provides accessibility to a complete and optimized solution (TurnKey), which includes organization of the aerial space, dealing with regulation, outlining the solution and integration of the systems, managing ground logistics, implementation, professional and technical training and support. The types of projects the company deals with includes integration of drones in the fields of security, delivery, and mapping.

FlightOps/Simplex Interactive – FlightOps.io and Simplex are the first companies in Israel to receive approval for group flights of unmanned aircraft missions beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS), and since then have carried out hundreds of operational sorties in complicated urban areas. The company develops unique technology for controlling hundreds of drones in the joint aerial space and is involved in many operations in Israel and the United States. FlightOps’ technology controls the challenging and complicated aerial space in Tel Aviv and its surroundings, allowing delivery services and the use of commercial, optimized drones for all the companies participating in the project.

HarTech Technologies Ltd. – HarTech Technologies develops advanced command & control systems for autonomous management of unmanned aerial, sea, and land platforms. In the framework of the pilot, HarTech is demonstrating an autonomous command & control system for operating and managing various types of drones in a managed airspace. This includes execution of multiple tasks by drones in full autonomous coordination, controlling the space and complying with safety regulations, while factoring in aircraft operated by other parties.

FlyTech Company (F.T. Aerial Solutions Ltd.) – FlyTech specializes in remotely operating manned aerial platforms for civilian and security applications. It operates in the fields of civil engineering and building, agriculture and renewable energy, and security and safety. The company leads in the field of air transport services to the civilian world and has a permit to operate drones beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) and is the first to authorize a drone operator for beyond-visual-line-of-sight air transports.

Airwayz Drones Ltd – Airwayz Drones has an artificial intelligence-based system for the smart management of airspaces and drone fleets. The pilot is being carried out using the company’s two systems: the MetroDome system for dynamic management of an airspace full of drones, using advanced artificial intelligence that ‘learns’ the airspace and manages the different flight control systems, synchronizing them in the city’s skies, and the Metrofleet system for the autonomous operation of a drone fleet for different missions in the smart city.

Skylinx Technologies Ltd – Skylinx is building the required technological infrastructures and services in order to allow the deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (mainly drones), with an emphasis on operation in urban areas, with the goal of allowing continuous and secure operation for different operators and uses.

Blue White Robotics (BWR) – Blue White Robotics develops autonomous tools and control systems for swarms of drones on the ground and in the air, designed for both agricultural and urban settings. As part of the pilot program, the company will demonstrate its ‘Soteria’ system, which allows autonomous 24/7 planning, control and monitoring of a large number of drones of different types and for different tasks in the same airspace.

Photos credit Silvia G. Golan





Succoth – חג סוכות

ופרוס עלינו סוכת שלומך!

Ufros aleinu Succat Shlomecha!

And spread over us Thy Succah of Peace!


Dear Friends,

The festival of Succot is also simply called “HeChag”, the Festival of Joy par excellence.  The Children of Israel used to celebrate together in Jerusalem the fruitfulness of the Land of Israel, and the Divine Protection – with its main symbol, the Succah, the fragile booth which reminds us our 40 years of wandering in the wilderness on our way to the Promised Land. 


The Succah conveys many meaningful messages to contemporary Jews. Phylus of Alexandria (1st Century c.e.) teaches that the humble Succah provides us a lesson on social behavior: in times of prosperity, each person should remember all the poverty that surrounds him/her; in a period of success, one should be sensitive to the failures of others; while in peace, the dangers of war should be ever-present in our consciousness.  We must dwell in the Succah to develop our sympathy towards the setbacks in our own lives and towards those in the lives of others, and to commit ourselves to the repair of a world so much in need of renovation, warmth and consolation.


The Succah is also Succat Shlomecha, the Succah of Divine, Eternal and Infinite Peace. It is a utopian image and, at the same time, an earthly one. It reminds Humanity that the aspiration towards peace must be permanently maintained; it also stays that to achieve that peace, we must work with our own hands, "raising that Sukkah of Peace" such as we do with our little cabins that celebrate this Festivity. It is not a dream about pacifism: the renunciation of other values in pursuit of peace is not demanded. It is the great effort to end the sources of evil that lead to war – the fullest affirmation of true Divine Peace, which coexists with values such as Equality, Respect, Freedom, Justice and Goodness.


May the Almighty make this Festival of Succot the Joyful Festivity of Israel, and that the streets of the Land and the State of Israel reflect that prayer of Heavenly Peace – the real peace: the end of the threats of life against the Jewish State.


May the Almighty spread over us His Succat Shlomecha, His Succah of Peace over the Jewish State and the whole House of Israel everywhere, and over the entire world! 


In these days and months of pandemic, may the fragility we feel deepen our sensitivity towards the weakness of the entire human race, to go out, together, hand in hand, determined and resolute to help each other.


May this Succoth be a celebration of hospitality, love and caring of our brethren and of all humankind.


With best wishes,

Chag Succot Sameach!

Chazak ve'ematz!



Deputy Director-General &  Director of Education


Photo Silvia Golan



As part of the activities for the celebration of the National Day of the Colombian Migrant, the Embassy of Colombia in Israel and its Consular Section invite the public to participate in the Athletic Race "United in Sports" in 2Km and 5Km modalities, which will take place on October 15, 2021 in the Leumí Park of Ramat Gan.
We will have surprise prizes for the first places, guidance in running and physical conditioning and a runner kit with a healthy snack for each participant.
Open registration at the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/bgtsfMJtbN



Today, Tuesday 14 September 2021 / 8 Tishrei 5782, President Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog hosted an event to salute the Israeli delegation at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. They were joined by Culture and Sports Minister Hili Tropper, Israeli National Paralympic Committee President Dr. Yehoshua Dekel, Israel Sports Association for the Disabled Chairman Eli Birnbaum, National Insurance Institute Director-General Meir Spiegler, and the athletes of the Paralympic delegation.

The Israeli Paralympic delegation comprised 33 sportsmen and women, who competed in 11 sports disciplines. The delegation won nine Paralympic medals and broke a number of world records.

President Isaac Herzog began by saying: “You brought the whole People of Israel some extremely happy and moving moments. We followed you and kept contact with you, almost every day. We kept stopping our working day for another moment of the pride and joy that you brought us.

“Anyone who has ever competed in or even closely watched sports knows that it is not enough to be strong or agile to win. At the moment one’s muscles start to hurt… the doubts begin to nag. There are also voices in our heads that try to persuade us to give up, to drop it, to try again later… In sport, without the ability to persevere, without genuine attention to one’s body and abilities, without faith in the mighty powers of the soul that animate us, even the strongest and most agile athletes will lose.”



President Herzog addressed the powerful edge of Israel’s Paralympic athletes, emphasizing: “Having dealt with challenges from the day you were born, having blazed your own trail with perseverance, determination, and awesome willpower, you are all experts in the use of mental power. The spirit that you bring with you to sports is something that should be studied and should inspire. You keep winning because you believe it is possible. Because you know that you mustn’t sit quietly and wait for victory to come; you must bring it, with all your might. With the help of willpower, choice, hard work, and perseverance.”

President Herzog concluded by saying: “In the journey that each and every one of you is on, you are a living lighthouse for all those who, like you, want to spread their wings and fly. You are proof that even when it is hard, when the heart wants something, anything is possible. I am proud—we are all proud—to belong to a country with such fine sportsmen and women. May you have every success, and may you reach new records and peaks. May you all have a sweet and happy new year, and may you be inscribed in the book of life!”

Culture and Sports Minister Hili Tropper: “We always want to think that sport is bigger than just a result on the scoreboard, a medal on the podium, or victory at the last second. In recent weeks, you have told us a great, beautiful, and rich story about sport and achievements, but you have also told us a great and beautiful story about life and human beings. The Paralympic Games were a show of will power, aspiration for excellence, and the great human spirit.”

Paralympic gold medalist and swimmer Ami Dadaon: “The opportunity to represent the country, and bring pride and happiness to the whole People of Israel, and hear HaTikvah six times at the games, especially at a difficult year like the one we have just had—it’s a huge privilege. The whole delegation and I felt that we were representatives of the State of Israel, that everyone believed in us and was rooting for us. I hope that our achievements will set in motion a process that will improve Paralympians’ rights and put them at the top of the world.”


Photos: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO.