Last night's event marked the 2016-17opening of the Center showcasing Israel's contributions to global entrepreneurship, innovation and technology

 

Nearly 200 business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and other supporters, gathered last night in a celebration of the Birthright Israel Innovation Center, which was established in partnership with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). Following a successful summer season, where over 13,000 young Birthright Israel participants and dozens of delegations from Israel and around the world visited the Innovation Center, the opening of the Center to nearly 15,000 future young Birthright Israel participants and distinguished guests was declared.

 

Gidi Mark, CEO of Birthright Israel, Yoram Tietz- Birthright Israel Excel Chairman and Managing partner of EY Israel, Yifat Oron, CEO of LeumiTech, Simon Litsyn, Engineering Fellow of Sandisk, Igal Bareket, VP of Marketing at Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Gil Dvora, Entrepreneur, Tova Dorfman Executive Director of the Steinhardt family Foundation & David Gappell, Director of the Schusterman Foundation- Israel, were among those who attended the event.

 

The Innovation center offers visitors a presentation of Israel's greatest achievements in various fields, related to entrepreneurship, innovation and technology. An interactive exhibition displaying various fields characterizing the contribution of Israel, such as agriculture, medicine, and cyber security, science, transportation, aerospace and more is also on display in addition to lectures by various Israeli entrepreneurs who share their personal success stories.

 

The Center operates in a multilingual format, with a program in French, English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Hebrew. Group and public tours will be open to the public by appointment.

Gidi Mark, Birthright Israel CEO said at the event that "Birthright Israel is the Start Up of the Nation" in front of dozens of Hi-Tech executives. "Birthright is the greatest Start Up that was established by the State of Israel and the Jewish people, both in terms of quality and quantity. Before Birthright Israel was founded, 17 years ago, 2000 students arrived to Israel each year and through Birthright Israel, nowadays, tens of thousands of young Jews from around the world visit Israel annually. Israel is a platform for new beginnings and we are proud to give our participants the opportunity to experience Israel and the Start Up Nation for themselves."

 

In 2017, the Center is expected to host over 45,000 visitors who will help spread the word about Israel and the global impact it has had as the Start Up Nation.       

 

 

 

Birthright Israel has a unique, historical and innovative partnership between the Government of Israel, thousands of individual donors and private philanthropists, and Jewish communities around the world through the Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Since its inception in 1999, over 500,000 young Jewish adults from over 66 countries have enjoyed their free gift of a free 10-day educational tour of Israel. Over 80,000 young Israeli soldiers and students have joined various groups on their tours.

Over the years, several studies have been conducted by Brandies University, located in the USA, demonstrating the lasting effect on Diaspora Jews when focusing on their Jewish identity and their connection to Israel.

 

Visit www.BirthrightIsrael.com.

 

Visit the Birthright Israel Innovation Center’s page - http://www.taglitinnovation.com/

 

Facebook  Taglit-Birthright Israel State of Mind Innovation Center

 

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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 tenprogram.org

 

 

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 atjewishagency.org

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Today, December 12, 2016, the first two Adir (F-35) aircraft landed at Nevatim Airbase.

The aircraft were received in a ceremony attended by the President of Israel, Mr. Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin, Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Defense, Mr. Avigdor (Evet) Liberman, United States Secretary of Defense, Mr. Ashton Carter,

IDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot, Israel Air Force Commander, Major General Amir Eshel, and senior Israel Air Force officials.

The Adir is the world’s most advanced stealth aircraft with breakthrough operational capabilities which make it an offensive and defensive asset across multiple platforms and fronts.
The incorporation of the Adir into the Israel Air Force is a central component of the long arm operational capabilities of the IDF, enabling action with flexibility in any scenario in order to ensure the continued safety and security of the State of Israel.

President of the state of Israel, Mr. Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin: “The Adir aircraft redefines Israel's abilities of deterrence. It re-defines the IDF’s long arm. It redefines the realm of our ability to operate. Right now all of our many enemies know that they are exposed and vulnerable and that they should not harm Israel. The landing of the Adir completed Israel's long effort that is to build its military power for generations to come looking for the long-term. Over the years, the State of Israel and the Israel Air Force insisted on being one of the best and most advanced forces in the world based on the simple understanding that one cannot be first among equals in this region. A significant, deep, and qualitative strategic gap needs to be created in comparison to the countries that desire our destruction and against the countries that are arming themselves at this very moment and see Israel as their benchmark. From today on, this important task will be placed on the shoulders of the Adir - a task that will have

to be carried out in the foreseeable future."

Prime Minister of the state of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu: "Today, our military strength is bolstered with this significant addition. The Adir pilots and the Adir aircraft will be capable of operating in every arena - whether it be from close or from afar. I also want to say this very clearly: Anyone who thinks of attacking us will be attacked. Anyone who thinks to destroy us places themselves in existential danger. This is a prerequisite for ensuring our future. History teaches us a simple lesson: Weak nations do not survive. They invite themselves to attacks and are prone to collapse. The weak are trampled upon and the strong are respected. Only strength creates deterrence; only strength inspires respect; only strength produces alliances - and only

strength brings peace. We will continue to bolster our security and build up our forces.”

Air Force Commander, Major General Amir Eshel: “Tonight begins a fascinating encounter between a man and the machine, between our excellent pilots and the maintenance teams, to the technological progress in the field of aviation. This encounter is expected to bring new ideas and great abilities. The aircraft will become more and more blue and white, both operational and by its technological systems. Every Adir will be a powerful offensive machine, information and control center and will operate in the most advanced patterns in a completely different way from what is known. In 2017 the aircraft will be operational and we will operate it in a way that will exceed the expectations of its planners. The Adir will become an accelerator for the

IAF in its whole. We intend to leverage the systematical abilities to new peaks, both in offense and defense. The aerial power will become more lethal, combined and relevant.”

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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.

 
 
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​PM Netanyahu: We face common challenges, the first of which is to defeat the forces of terror that rampage through the world and threaten both our countries. We must stand together in this battle, much as we work together to perfect the future.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, this evening (Tuesday, 4 July 2017), at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The EU Delegation in Israel and the Municipality of Tel-Aviv-Yafo presented:  Performance Europa!
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Tel Aviv’s White Night ,Rothschild 1 Plaza, 29 June 

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Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead.
Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age.
Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

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A senior delegation from Tanzania, headed by Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, arrived in Israel for a series of meetings and events designed to increase cooperation with the Israeli tourist industry, and encourage Israeli tourism and investments to enchanted, exotic Tanzania.

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At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion
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09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

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President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

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The event was attended by many Swedish nationals living in Israel; Swedish music, Swedish food, Swedish sponsors and a generous open bar – all the makings of a happy event.

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A fundamentally agricultural holiday, Shavuot commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.

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