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Governor Lamont: itinerary and photos of the economic development mission to Israel

(HARTFORD, CT) – The following is an update on Governor Ned Lamont’s itinerary so far from his Economic Development Mission to Israel. The governor is due to return to Connecticut on Thursday, February 24, 2022.

Friday, February 18, 2022

  • Arrive in Tel Aviv, quarantine in hotel due to Israeli Covid protocols until negative tests are confirmed

Saturday, February 19, 2022

  • Walking tours of Jaffa and Tel Aviv
  • Business dinner with Ofra Strauss, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Strauss Group

Sunday February 20, 2022

  • Business meetings with Vintage Investment Partners
  • FinTech Roundtable with Viola and Digital Currency Group
  • Google programming on Google Campus: women entrepreneurs, Arab workforce, start-ups
  • Delegation dinner

Monday, February 21, 2022

  • Department of Defense meeting with Brig. Gen. (Res.) Yair Kulas, Director of the Directorate of International Defense Cooperation
  • Meeting on COVID response with Dr. Salman Zarka, Head of Coronavirus Task Force, Ministry of Health
  • Working lunch with Strauss Group
  • Visit to Future Meat Technologies
  • Leave Tel Aviv for Jerusalem
  • Reception at the U.S. Embassy Hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

  • Business Meeting Breakfast with Jon Medved, Founder, OurCrowd
  • Meeting with President Isaac Herzog
  • Google programming: industry, education and technology
  • Old City Walking Tour: Arub Shuk, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Via Delorosa, Western Wall
  • Yad Vashem Tour and Eternal Flame Lighting Ceremony

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Governor Ned Lamont meets with Israeli President Isaac Herzog.

Governor Ned Lamont meets with Israeli President Isaac Herzog.

Governor Ned Lamont attends business meetings in Israel.

Governor Ned Lamont attends business meetings in Israel.

Governor Ned Lamont attends business meetings in Israel.

Governor Ned Lamont participates in a COVID response meeting with Dr. Salman Zarka, head of the coronavirus task force for Israel's Ministry of Health.

Governor Ned Lamont participates in a COVID response meeting with Dr. Salman Zarka, head of the coronavirus task force for Israel’s Ministry of Health.

Governor Ned Lamont in Jerusalem on a walking tour of the Old City.

Governor Ned Lamont in Jerusalem on a walking tour of the Old City.

Governor Ned Lamont in Jerusalem on a walking tour of the Old City.

Governor Ned Lamont at Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

Governor Ned Lamont at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

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Lamont to Promote Connecticut’s Economic Development During Israel Trip https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/lamont-to-promote-connecticuts-economic-development-during-israel-trip-2/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 17:01:48 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/lamont-to-promote-connecticuts-economic-development-during-israel-trip-2/ Governor Ned Lamont will join University of Connecticut acting president Radenka Maric and state business leaders Thursday night on a week-long visit to Israel to promote economic development and trade . “We’ve been working on this for about two and a half years,” Lamont said Tuesday afternoon after an unrelated event in Hartford. “There have […]]]>

Governor Ned Lamont will join University of Connecticut acting president Radenka Maric and state business leaders Thursday night on a week-long visit to Israel to promote economic development and trade .

“We’ve been working on this for about two and a half years,” Lamont said Tuesday afternoon after an unrelated event in Hartford. “There have been a lot of elections, a lot of government issues, a lot of COVID issues. I think now is the time to do it. We get to meet all the people who can make a real difference, and I’m going to show them the best of Connecticut because I think we’re going to benefit from it.


The 10-member delegation, including Commissioner David Lehman of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, will meet with key leaders, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Isaac Herzog, in an effort to strengthen trade and promote contractors. The delegation will also meet with Dr. Salmon Zarka, head of the coronavirus task force at the Israeli Ministry of Health.

“During our time in Israel, we will be spending time with some of the brightest minds in the small business ecosystem,” Lehman said. “We hope to take home best practices on how we can work more closely with Israel to give startups a soft landing when they come to our state.

The trip, which will depart from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, will include a game of “Venture Clash,” in which six Israeli companies compete in eight-minute elevator pitches to Connecticut Innovations Inc officials. quasi-public strategic venture capital organization, including board chairman Michael Cantor, CEP Matthew McCooe and Lauren Carmody, vice president of marketing and communications.

Others on the trip include Kurt Amend, vice president of defense contractor Raytheon; Michael Bloom, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Connecticut; Dr. Barry Stein, vice president and chief innovation officer at Hartford HealthCare; Michael Kraines, Chief Financial Officer at Digital Currency Group; Professor Daniel Weiner, Vice President of Global Affairs at UConn.

Business development in the pharmaceutical and defense industries will be among the group’s goals, with the goal of promoting Connecticut’s workforce and business environment. The group will visit Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem.

“As part of our global recruiting strategy, we will meet with innovative companies looking to establish a US headquarters in Connecticut,” McCooe said in the release. “Through VentureClash, we not only have the opportunity to connect with promising companies, but we will also expand and strengthen our network of co-investors who will work on future deals with Connecticut Innovations.”

Innovation roundtables are also planned, one of which is expected to be led by Ruth Porat, chief financial officer of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

“Part of the growth of Connecticut’s innovation ecosystem includes the addition of diverse companies from around the world,” Lamont said in a joint statement with Lehman and McCooe. “Israel continues to lead the way in innovation and has one of the strongest economies in the world to back it up. This is an opportunity for Connecticut to strengthen its ties with Israel and offer these innovative companies an option for any expansion in the United States. I look forward to meeting with these business leaders and government officials to learn how we can strengthen the bond between our two regions.

kdixon@ctpost.com Twitter: @KenDixonCT

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Lamont to Promote Connecticut’s Economic Development During Israel Trip https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/lamont-to-promote-connecticuts-economic-development-during-israel-trip/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 16:41:53 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/lamont-to-promote-connecticuts-economic-development-during-israel-trip/ Governor Ned Lamont will join University of Connecticut acting president Radenka Maric and state business leaders Thursday night on a week-long visit to Israel to promote economic development and trade . The 10-member delegation, including Commissioner David Lehman of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, will meet with key leaders, including Prime Minister […]]]>

Governor Ned Lamont will join University of Connecticut acting president Radenka Maric and state business leaders Thursday night on a week-long visit to Israel to promote economic development and trade .

The 10-member delegation, including Commissioner David Lehman of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, will meet with key leaders, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Isaac Herzog, in an effort to strengthen trade and promote contractors. The delegation will also meet Dr. Salmon Zarka, head of the coronavirus task force at the Israeli Ministry of Health.

The trip, which will depart from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, will include a game of “Venture Clash,” in which six Israeli companies compete in eight-minute elevator pitches to Connecticut Innovations Inc officials. quasi-public strategic venture capital organization, including board chairman Michael Cantor, CEP Matthew McCooe and Lauren Carmody, vice president of marketing and communications.

Others on the trip include Kurt Amend, vice president of defense contractor Raytheon; Michael Bloom, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Connecticut; Dr. Barry Stein, vice president and chief innovation officer at Hartford HealthCare; Michael Kraines, Chief Financial Officer at Digital Currency Group; Professor Daniel Weiner, Vice President of Global Affairs at UConn.

Business development in the pharmaceutical and defense industries will be among the group’s goals, with the goal of promoting Connecticut’s workforce and economic environment. The group will visit Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. The trip was long planned, but was delayed during the COVID pandemic.


Innovation roundtables are also planned, one of which is expected to be led by Ruth Porat, chief financial officer of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

kdixon@ctpost.com Twitter: @KenDixonCT

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Bennett meets with Jewish community during Israeli PM’s first-ever visit to Bahrain https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/bennett-meets-with-jewish-community-during-israeli-pms-first-ever-visit-to-bahrain/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 10:53:54 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/bennett-meets-with-jewish-community-during-israeli-pms-first-ever-visit-to-bahrain/ Published on: 02/15/2022 – 11:53 Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Bahrain’s Jewish community on Tuesday after arriving for the first visit by an Israeli prime minister to the Gulf country, 17 months after defying decades of tension to normalize relations. Bennett was greeted by Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani at Manama […]]]>

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Bahrain’s Jewish community on Tuesday after arriving for the first visit by an Israeli prime minister to the Gulf country, 17 months after defying decades of tension to normalize relations.

Bennett was greeted by Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani at Manama airport, decorated with the flags of both countries, on Monday evening. He will meet King Hamad and Crown Prince Salman, who is also prime minister, on Tuesday.

Bennett’s visit is the latest such move after the US-brokered 2020 Abraham Accords, which went against the long-standing Arab consensus that ruled out ties with Israel in the absence of a solution. to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I am very happy to be here in Bahrain, and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this visit than to see my family here,” he said during a meeting with members of the Jewish community, according to his office.

Israeli Ambassador to Bahrain Eitan Naeh, Jewish Community President Ebrahim Nonoo, member of the Jewish community and former Bahraini Ambassador to the United States Houda Nonoo were also present.

In September, Ebrahim Nonoo led prayer services at the renovated Manama synagogue, highlighting Jewish traditions after decades of private worship.

“We are very happy to be out in the open,” Nonoo told AFP at the time.

Bahrain’s small Jewish community of around 50 has practiced its faith behind closed doors since 1947, when the Gulf country’s only synagogue was destroyed during unrest at the start of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

But when Bahrain normalized relations with Israel, it opened everything up, with the tiny synagogue in the heart of the capital renovated at a cost of $159,000.

Bahrain and its close ally the United Arab Emirates became only the third and fourth Arab states – after Egypt and Jordan – to establish ties with Israel when they signed the pacts brokered under US President Donald Trump. Bennett visited the United Arab Emirates in December.

“In these tumultuous times, it is important that from this region we send a message of goodwill, cooperation and solidarity in the face of common challenges,” Bennett said before his departure.

The trip follows a visit to Manama by Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz earlier this month, which saw the two countries sign a defense agreement.

This agreement covered intelligence, procurement and joint training, with Gantz boasting that it had further cemented the budding diplomatic relationship.

“Absolutely” about Iran

The visit also comes at a time of regional tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran is engaged in negotiations with Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia directly and with the United States indirectly to revive the agreement officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The deal offered sanctions relief to Tehran in return for curbs on its nuclear program. The United States unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 under Trump. The rescue campaign resumed at the end of November.

Bennett’s government strongly opposes a return to the 2015 deal, repeatedly warning that lifting sanctions on Iran would give it more money to buy weapons to use against Israelis.

Yoel Guzansky, a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, said Bennett’s trip was “absolutely” about Iran.

“In light of the talks in Vienna, this is a show of strength, a symbol that countries are working together,” he said.

Dore Gold, head of the Jerusalem Public Affairs Center, said Israel and Bahrain have been pushed towards closer ties because both are “threatened by Iranian actions”.

He pointed to unrest in Bahrain blamed on Iran-backed opposition groups and the range of threats Israel says Iran poses, including its arming of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

As part of their defense agreements, Israel is set to post a naval official in Bahrain, which hosts a base for the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.

Guzansky said that in several respects Bahrain was seen as progressing more slowly than the United Arab Emirates in terms of consolidating ties with Israel.

He said allowing an Israeli military officer to be based in Bahrain was “meaningful”, noting however that Bahrain “does not want to be seen as an Israeli base in the Gulf”.

(AFP)

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Israel and aid groups ready to help Ukrainian Jewry in case of war https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/israel-and-aid-groups-ready-to-help-ukrainian-jewry-in-case-of-war/ Sun, 13 Feb 2022 17:01:51 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/israel-and-aid-groups-ready-to-help-ukrainian-jewry-in-case-of-war/ Steel columns of the Mirror Field audio-visual installation at the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kyiv, September 14, 2021. (Oksana Parafeniuk/for The Washington Post) KYIV, Ukraine — Israeli officials and relief groups are making plans to help Ukraine’s Jewish community in the event of an all-out war between Ukraine and Russia, according to people […]]]>

Steel columns of the Mirror Field audio-visual installation at the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kyiv, September 14, 2021. (Oksana Parafeniuk/for The Washington Post)

KYIV, Ukraine — Israeli officials and relief groups are making plans to help Ukraine’s Jewish community in the event of an all-out war between Ukraine and Russia, according to people familiar with the process.

Officials and agencies are playing on contingencies, including handling a new wave of immigrants coming to Israel and helping displaced Jews in Ukraine, as they did in 2014 when Russian forces annexed Crimea to Ukraine and that Russian-backed separatists have started a conflict in eastern Ukraine. In the worst case, the plans could mean the direct evacuation of thousands of refugees.

Privately, Israeli officials make it clear that they do not expect national chaos that would require a massive airlift. But Israel would be ready to act if necessary, they said, as the country has done in other trouble spots. Two people involved in the process confirmed meetings had taken place, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential planning.

Over 36 hours in May 1991, Israeli Air Force and commandeered El Al jumbo jets transported more than 14,000 Ethiopians from war-torn Addis Ababa, an operation overseen by the current Israeli Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz.

“We are prepared for all scenarios,” said Pnina Tamano-Shata, Israel’s Minister of Immigration and Absorption, the government branch responsible for facilitating the arrival of Jews from all over the world, according to Israeli media Ynet. .

As many as 100,000 Jews live in Ukraine, according to Yael Branovsky of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews in Jerusalem. The aid group was deeply involved in helping thousands of Jews who were displaced from Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region when war broke out in 2014.

Officials from Israel’s defense and foreign ministries and other security branches met in January to assess the possible wartime needs of Jewish communities in Ukraine, according to a report in the Haaretz newspaper and confirmed by two people who participated in the planning but spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive deliberations.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the reports, saying only that it was preparing its own Ukrainian citizens for the possibility of unrest. At Israel’s request, some 4,000 Israelis living in the country have registered with the embassy in Kiev since late January, according to ministry spokesman Lior Haiat.

On Friday, an Israeli adviser said its citizens should consider leaving Ukraine immediately and that it would begin evacuating family members of embassy staff.

The history of Judaism in Ukraine, which dates back more than a millennium, is both rich and tragic. Hasidism has its roots in Ukrainian Jews, and communities here have flourished in different periods of history. But they suffered pogroms and massacres of inconceivable brutality at other times, including during the tsarist era, communist revolutions and the Holocaust.

More recently, the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine has divided a vibrant Jewish community of at least 30,000 people centered around the city of Donetsk, according to Pinchas Vishedski, who was the city’s chief rabbi until that the war drove him to flee to Kiev with many others.

Some Jewish members chose to stay in the east, Vishedski said, especially older residents who felt it was too difficult to disrupt their lives. Many of them feel comfortable living in the Russian-dominated region.

“They live with a lot of propaganda,” he said. “When I talk to them, they think they have it better than us.”

But most of its former Jewish community fled the fighting, with some heading immediately to Israel and others resettling elsewhere in Ukraine, mainly in and around Kyiv. Jewish relief agencies turned a youth summer camp near the capital into a refugee center for families who often arrived with little more than a suitcase, Branovsky said.

Several agencies, including the IFCJ, the Jewish Agency and the New York-based Joint Distribution Committee, worked to resettle the families. They provided food, clothing and, later, money for rent. As the Passover holiday fell at the start of the crisis, one group delivered 53,000 boxes of matzoh across the country.

Nearly eight years later, the families are still struggling to rebuild their lives hundreds of miles from areas where they have lived for generations, said Vishedski, who now bears the title of chief rabbi of the Donbas refugee Jewish community and Crimean.

“It’s been very intense and we’re still struggling,” Vishedski said in his new office next to a hookah bar in Kiev’s historic Podil district. “It was very scary but we lived it.”

But the rabbi doesn’t expect many of his followers to flee to Israel even now, and finds the rhetoric of mass evacuations to be overblown.

“No one in Israel told us about it,” he said.

A Ukrainian named Shaul, who spoke out on the condition that his surname not be used to protect his privacy, has fled his home once. Her family of four left their apartment in Donetsk in the spring of 2014 with luggage for a honeymoon. Don’t come back, his neighbors had warned at the time, the police station is burning and your block is a war zone.

Nearly eight years later, they live in a 25-story building in Kyiv, where Shaul works remotely as a team leader for a Boston-based tech company. In his kitchen, he described the trauma of not seeing the town where three generations of his family grew up – he still pays the charges on his property there so it won’t be confiscated – but also his desire to stay. in Ukraine even through another war.

“If it’s really bad, we’ll go to Israel,” said Shaul, 43. “But I have my profession here, my community here, my rabbi here. This is where we want to stay.

Rubin reported from Tel Aviv. Alex Sipigin contributed to this report.

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Smotrich sparks fury by comparing British community leaders to pre-Holocaust German Jews https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/smotrich-sparks-fury-by-comparing-british-community-leaders-to-pre-holocaust-german-jews/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 13:46:00 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/smotrich-sparks-fury-by-comparing-british-community-leaders-to-pre-holocaust-german-jews/ Bezalel Smotrich, a far-right member of Israel’s Knesset, has sparked renewed anger after he attempted to compare Britain’s communal leaders with those of German Jewish leaders in pre-Nazi Germany. Seizing on the release of the latest report on incidents of anti-Semitism by the Community Security Trust, which showed record numbers over the past year, Smotrich […]]]>

Bezalel Smotrich, a far-right member of Israel’s Knesset, has sparked renewed anger after he attempted to compare Britain’s communal leaders with those of German Jewish leaders in pre-Nazi Germany.

Seizing on the release of the latest report on incidents of anti-Semitism by the Community Security Trust, which showed record numbers over the past year, Smotrich reportedly accused communal leaders here of behaving ‘more like non-Jews’ in their response to Jew hatred. .

Board of Deputies chief executive Michael Wegier — who gave a high-profile interview broadcast in Israel describing widespread opposition to Smotrich’s anti-Arab, anti-LGBT and anti-Reform Judaism views — said his latest comments “ do not deserve an answer”.

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In comments reported by The Jerusalem Post, Smotrich said after leaving the UK on Thursday: “It’s ridiculous to talk about anti-Semitism on a day when a report comes out on the massive rise of anti-Semitism in Britain. , long before my arrival.

“Those who say that the way to deal with anti-Semitism is to hide who and what we are are repeating the terrible strategy of the German Jewish community before the Second World War, who thought that if there is anti-Semitism, let’s be more like non-Jews and they will forgive and accept us.

Michael Wegier speaking at a Jewish News event in Tel Aviv in 2018

“The opposite is true. The response to anti-Semitism must be a strong and secure Israel that can justify the Zionist vision…”

Smotrich also struck out again at the Board of Deputies after the communal organization tweeted its disgust at his UK visit.

“Get back on the plane, Bezalel, and be remembered as a shame forever,” the Council tweeted on Wednesday.

The communal organisation’s tweet added that the MP’s views ’caused hatred’ and called on British Jews to ‘show him the door’.

But Smotrich said on Thursday: “Countless people have told me they’re embarrassed by their [Board] tweet and it doesn’t speak for them,” he said.

“People told me they drove for hours just to shake my hand. There are so many people who want me to talk now, I could stay a week.

Smotrich flew to the UK, and later to France, also garnering support from Orthodox Jewish leaders who are worried about the conversion reforms planned by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government.

Arriving in the UK on Wednesday, Smotrich had been pictured meeting with Mizrachi UK chief executive Rabbi Andrew Shaw – and two shlichim (emissaries) from the Zionist youth movement Bnei Akiva UK.

Mizrachi UK and Bnei Akiva UK issued statements aimed at distancing their organizations from the meeting.

But Jewish News can reveal that Rabbi Shaw once defended Smotrich in an article written on the Mizrachi UK website.

Rabbi Shaw quoting extensively from Smotrich

In an article published on the UK charity’s website in June 2019, Rabbi Shaw noted how “Bezalel Smotrich, a Zionist cleric, said he would like a world in which Israel is governed according to law. of the Torah. ”

Shaw said the comments “generated significant opposition” – including a tweet from then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wrote, “The State of Israel will not be a halachic state.”

Despite widespread anger and criticism over Smotrich’s call for the introduction of Torah law in Israel, Rabbi Shaw wrote that the far-right MK’s views coincided with those “dreamt” of the founder of Mizrachi, Rabbi Yitzchak Reines in 1902.

Shaw then added, “Mizrachi UK believes the Torah should be at the center of Zionism and also views Jewish nationalism as a tool to achieve religious goals.”

In a statement released late Thursday afternoon, Mizrachi UK said it had been “invited to a meeting with Bezalel Smotrich. We saw the meeting as an opportunity to share details of our work with a religious Zionist member of the Knesset and former government minister.

“We want to make it clear that the meeting should not be construed as an endorsement of any of Mr. Smotrich’s previous statements. As a religious Zionist organization, we reject prejudice of any kind.

Opposition to Smotrich’s visit to the UK was widely reported in Israel.

Religious Zionist Party MP Itamar Ben-Gvir said the Council of Deputies was “infected with leftists and reformists”.

Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz tweeted that he heard Smotrich complain that “progressives” had taken over the Jewish community in the UK.

“No Bezalel, it is your party’s racism and Kahanism that disgusts the Jewish community in the UK, which has always pushed for tolerance, equality and justice,” Horowitz wrote.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said he “warned that if we let racist MPs into Israeli politics, it would hurt us abroad, especially with global Jewry.”

Lapid added that “unfortunately, we are seeing this happening right before our eyes.”

Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai tweeted: “Smotrich has no business in the UK. The community has already given its opinion. Racism has no place anywhere. Go home.”

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Nvidia Israel hires 100 people for its next-gen processor development group https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/nvidia-israel-hires-100-people-for-its-next-gen-processor-development-group/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:49:45 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/nvidia-israel-hires-100-people-for-its-next-gen-processor-development-group/ Nvidia Israel is in full hiring, and it’s not the first time since last year. However, news of Nvidia’s latest recruiting plans for “hundreds” of new employees, circulating in Israel-based media, is particularly interesting this time around. Globes business news reports that new hires are being hired for skills to fit into a new design […]]]>

Nvidia Israel is in full hiring, and it’s not the first time since last year. However, news of Nvidia’s latest recruiting plans for “hundreds” of new employees, circulating in Israel-based media, is particularly interesting this time around. Globes business news reports that new hires are being hired for skills to fit into a new design and engineering group for processors. Yes CPU, not GPU.

Hundreds of Israelis are being hired for positions that it is hoped will lead to the development of Nvidia’s next-generation processors, according to Globes. The report says Nvidia Israel already employs 2,800 people at seven research centers in the country; Yokneam, Tel-Hai, Raanana, Tel-Aviv-Yafo, Jerusalem, Kiryat Gat and Beer Sheva. Nvidia was quick to establish and expand its Israeli facilities; it set up its first R&D center in the country in 2016.

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As sex abuse cases hit ultra-Orthodox community, some vow not to be silent anymore https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/as-sex-abuse-cases-hit-ultra-orthodox-community-some-vow-not-to-be-silent-anymore/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 03:45:00 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/as-sex-abuse-cases-hit-ultra-orthodox-community-some-vow-not-to-be-silent-anymore/ AFP — After Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community was rocked by allegations of sexual abuse against several of its prominent figures in recent months, a call began to resonate in the deeply devout and introverted society. “Lo Tishtok” – Hebrew for “Thou shalt not be silent” – is a growing phrase among ultra-Orthodox Jews, or Haredim, […]]]>

AFP — After Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community was rocked by allegations of sexual abuse against several of its prominent figures in recent months, a call began to resonate in the deeply devout and introverted society.

“Lo Tishtok” – Hebrew for “Thou shalt not be silent” – is a growing phrase among ultra-Orthodox Jews, or Haredim, who are forced to heed allegations of serious crimes, including sexual abuse of children, against several of them. their cultural icons.

In December, prominent children’s author and rabbi Chaim Walder took his own life after the Haaretz newspaper published an article accusing him of sexually assaulting nearly two dozen people, including children – allegations he had denied.

Haaretz reported in March that Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, founder of the Zaka emergency response organization and winner of the Israel Prize – the country’s highest public honor – had sexually assaulted boys, girls and women.

Meshi-Zahav, who called the accusations “lies,” also tried to hang himself in April before new allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced on Channel 12.

An Israel Police spokesperson told AFP there was an open investigation into the allegations against Meshi-Zahav, but police did not comment on the status of an investigation. criminal charge against Walder at the time of his death.

Avigayil Heilbronn, who founded the “Lo Tishtok” organization which aims to support victims of Haredi sexual abuse, said the ultra-Orthodox community has been shaken.

The allegations against Walder marked an “extraordinary blow”, said the 33-year-old divorced mother, who describes herself as Modern Orthodox.

Books by ultra-Orthodox children’s author Chaim Walder seen on a shelf in the home of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family in Jerusalem, December 31, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

While a “cultural icon” like Walder can be a predator, Haredim have been forced to question whether they can “trust anyone”, Heilbronn told AFP.

I was a child

The ultra-Orthodox community makes up about 12% of Israel’s 9.3 million people.

The Haredim are not a homogeneous group, but each professes to live in strict accordance with Jewish law, often creating tension with mainstream Israeli society.

The most recent revelations of the misconduct emerged this month, when the Yediot Ahronot newspaper published allegations that a prominent ultra-Orthodox radio host assaulted three women, including a minor.

Adiel Bar Shaul, a 43-year-old ultra-Orthodox from the predominantly haredi town of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, recounted his experience of childhood abuse shortly after this report was published.

Shaul said he was raped several times when he was 10 by a close family acquaintance, who was also ultra-Orthodox.

The first rape took place when Shaul’s family welcomed their attacker on Shabbat, a sacred time of rest and worship for Haredim, he told AFP.

“He started giving me stickers. Then, in exchange, put my hand on his pants,” said Shaul, who was silent for most of his life before going public several years ago.

“I was a child. I didn’t understand… I was alone, extremely ashamed and feeling guilty,” said Shaul, who now works with victims of sexual assault.

500 calls per month

Josiane Paris, a volunteer at the Tahel Crisis Center in Jerusalem, which supports children and women in religious Jewish communities, said victims often remain silent.

“They are afraid of what the people and the neighbors of the school or the synagogue will say,” she told AFP.

When the center opened its crisis line three decades ago to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape, calls were relatively infrequent.

“Today we get about 500 calls a month,” Paris said — proof that the #MeToo movement was having an impact on religious communities in Israel.

Josiane Paris, 73, volunteer at the Tahel Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children, pictured in Jerusalem on January 5, 2022. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)

Volunteer Myriam Merzbach said some women who simply call “stay silent”.

“We feel the distress. There are those who are angry, who cry… Our job is to support them, encourage them and seek solutions.

in denial

Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau has come under scathing criticism for visiting the home where Walder’s relatives were grieving.

Jerusalem Post newspaper editor Yaakov Katz called for Lau’s dismissal for the “moral failure” case.

After the visit, Lau released a statement saying his “heart goes out to the victims” of sexual abuse.

But for Yair Ettinger, an expert on Haredim at the Israel Democracy Institute think tank and a journalist with the Kan public television channel, Israel’s rabbinical establishment “remains in denial”.

Haredim are part of “an idealistic society that struggles to look in the mirror,” Ettinger said.

Illustrative: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men attend a rally in Bnei Brak, December 12, 2021. (Avi Dishi/Flash90)

But there was now “a real awareness of the problem”, especially after several haredi celebrities were disgraced, he told AFP.

“The age of innocence is over,” he said.

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Shamir Medical Center receives $ 8.8 million. expand the cancer institute https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/shamir-medical-center-receives-8-8-million-expand-the-cancer-institute/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 08:35:09 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/shamir-medical-center-receives-8-8-million-expand-the-cancer-institute/ Israel’s Shamir Medical Center (Assaf Harofeh) received $ 8.8 million from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to rebuild and expand the hospital’s cancer institute. The funds will help transform the cancer institute into a state-of-the-art facility, which will be renamed the Hemlmsley Multidisciplinary Oncology Center. The current Cancer Institute is a one-story building built in the […]]]>


Israel’s Shamir Medical Center (Assaf Harofeh) received $ 8.8 million from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to rebuild and expand the hospital’s cancer institute.

The funds will help transform the cancer institute into a state-of-the-art facility, which will be renamed the Hemlmsley Multidisciplinary Oncology Center.

The current Cancer Institute is a one-story building built in the 1980s and is considered obsolete, especially since cancer is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world.

This renovation project will allow it to accommodate more patients and use innovative multidisciplinary cancer treatments. It will also be affiliated with Tel Aviv University.

The current ground floor will be transformed into an outpatient center.

Dividing cancer cell (credit: INGIMAGE)

Two more floors will be added for a treatment clinic and a palliative care facility. In addition, a new level will be built underground to house the hospital’s radiotherapy institute.

“I thank Helmsley for their tremendous support for our new multidisciplinary Helmsley Oncology Center, which is at the heart of our life-saving work,” Shamir Medical Center CEO Dr Osnat Levtzion Korach said in a statement. .

“The Helmsley Multidisciplinary Oncology Center is part of our vision and the broad plan for the development of the medical center in the years to come. With the significant growth in the population around us and the massive housing and development plans for the region, we expect to become Israel’s largest medical center.
With the growing and aging population, there is an urgent need for a larger and more comprehensive cancer center that combines advanced forms of treatment under one roof. This new center will uniquely combine medicine, technology and professionalism with palliative, human and personal care. This generous donation is an important step in making Shamir Medical Center one of the most innovative and innovative hospitals in Israel. “

“We are grateful to the Helmsley Charitable Trust for their generous grant, which will allow us to provide the most advanced cancer care in a new facility that meets the needs of our patients,” explained the director of the cancer institute at Shamir Medical. Center, Dr. Raya Leibowitz.

“It is important for us to provide visitors to the multidisciplinary cancer center not only the best medical and nursing care available, but also a wide range of holistic treatments and services, including emotional and psychological support and social assistance, the all in a spacious and pleasant space that creates a warm and comfortable atmosphere.


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James Piccoli plans next step in his development with Israel Start-Up Nation https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/james-piccoli-plans-next-step-in-his-development-with-israel-start-up-nation/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 20:50:04 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/james-piccoli-plans-next-step-in-his-development-with-israel-start-up-nation/ James Piccoli has been riding for Sylvan Adams’ teams for two years. The rider is one of five Canadians on the team now, plus Derek Gee who rides for the starting team, the Israel Cycling Academy. Recently, Piccoli was in Israel as part of the team’s liaison camp. It wasn’t his first time there, but […]]]>


James Piccoli has been riding for Sylvan Adams’ teams for two years. The rider is one of five Canadians on the team now, plus Derek Gee who rides for the starting team, the Israel Cycling Academy.

Recently, Piccoli was in Israel as part of the team’s liaison camp. It wasn’t his first time there, but it was the first time he could be a bit more touristy. “I arrived here for the first time in 2019, after joining the 2020 season. It was later in the year, so it was half training camp, half tourist activities,” he said. he said, while taking a short break from team activities in the lobby of the Royal Beach Tel Aviv hotel. “This time around, I feel like there was a lot that I couldn’t see in Israel as we were training to prepare for the season.”

Enjoying Israel as a tourist

This time however, he joined his teammates and staff for a launch, not a specific training camp. Even though there was still riding, they didn’t care much about watts and intervals. “We had just finished our season so it’s great to see what Israel has to offer. “

However, Israel’s roads have a lot of what Piccoli loves when it comes to training. “Some of my favorite roads that I consider to be home are the dry desert or hill roads of the southwestern United States, New Mexico and Utah. Or in Spain and Andorra. It is exactly like that here. I had a great walk in the hills of Jerusalem, when we went to Bar Bahar, ”he said, mentioning the team’s group ride to a popular cafe in the hills west of. Jerusalem. “Also, Saturday is Shabbat, the traditional day of rest for the Jewish people, so it was like we had all of Israel to ourselves.

Progress every year

Piccoli was excited when he moved to the ICA for the 2020 season, and he has progressed since. Riding with a lot of your compatriots also helps. “There is obviously a Canadian influence,” he said. “It’s great to be part of a WorldTour team with familiar faces. Sylvan Adams is a Canadian Israeli, and of course Paulo Saldanha, the team’s guru. In addition, we have so many Canadians among our employees. It’s pretty obvious how much the team has grown, and it’s great to be a part of it.

By cycling standards, Piccoli admits he was “old” when he joined (at 28), but he has used the last two years to learn what it takes to run regularly for 60 to 80 days of the week. year, with the best runners in the world. “I had time to adjust and a lot of guys to learn with, like Dan Martin, Mike Woods or Chris Froome,” Piccoli said. “But now I guess I’ll try to do what I can for the team, which means going for the results and giving it my all.”

Finally on “Spidertech”

When Piccoli started racing in the early 2010s, the biggest team in Canada was Spidertech, led by Steve Bauer. This was the team to be a part of, and now he’s joking that he’s finally made it. With the team sponsored by the Canadian company and Bauer as athletic director, he feels like his career has come full circle.

“I’ve never worked with Steve before, never even met him. Of course, I knew who he was because he is a true legend. Piccoli said. “The team’s Canadian DNA is pretty obvious. Of course ISUN is sponsored and supported by the State of Israel, there is huge Canadian influence even on the continental pro team. This is a great opportunity for Canadians to be inspired as I have been by Spidertech.

When asked who the heart of the team is, Piccoli replies that it is Adams. “Sylvan has played an incredible role in the growth of the team. He’s one of the most passionate people on the team and it’s wonderful. It’s so great to see the big boss wanting to be so involved in the team.

With files from Matthew Pioro



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