Israel’s Excellence in Cyber Security

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There’s no better example of Israel’s cyber security prowess than the contrast between the ineffectual hacking attack on Israeli government websites last year by the cyber terror gang Anonymous and last month’s successful cyber attack on giant retailer Target that resulted in the theft of credit card information from more than 100 million customers. Once… Read More

Philanthropy More Than Just Money

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The Downtown Baltimore JCC is barely a year old and it is already a resounding success. Oversubscribed before it even opened its doors, it now boasts a drop-in center for its more than 75 — and growing — families and eight staffers, and it even has a family happy hour. Much of its success is… Read More

Now’s The Time To Join The Network

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Everyone seemingly has a Facebook or Twitter account these days, but if 2013 left you still wondering what hashtags are all about, then it’s time to get social. Social media’s power to connect people, places and brands is unmatched by any other form of communication today. Used by people of all ages, Facebook is the… Read More

New Study: Israeli Elderly Are At Risk

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An October study by the Taub Center revealed that Israel is one of the great anomalies in the developed world when it comes to poverty among the elderly. Taub Center Executive Director Dan Ben-David said: “The case of poverty among the elderly — those 65 years old and over who are at or above what… Read More

Resilient Sister

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Ashkelon, Baltimore’s partnership city in Israel, was recently named one of the first 33 cities in the world to be part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. The challenge was created to make cities more resilient to manmade and natural disasters that cause extreme economic and personal damage. Ashkelon’s challenge is to develop… Read More

Operation Islands Of Hope

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Typhoon Haiyan, a powerful cyclone, hit the Philippines in early November. Although the cyclone did not directly affect Israel in any way, Israel immediately sent a delegation to help with medical treatment and repairing damaged infrastructures. Operation Islands of Hope was a delegation comprised of 150 people and 100 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies…. Read More

Festivals Season

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The first jelly doughnut in the bakeries symbolizes the opening of “Festivals Season” in Israel. During this time — seven days of vacation from school — parents are looking for activities for their kids. Unlike the summer vacation, when children can spend a lot of time at the pool or the beach, it is usually… Read More

Israel App

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Millions of tourists to Israel now have a complete mobile audio tour guide and travel companion at their fingertips, as Israel App redefines the Israel travel experience for the 21st-century traveler. With stunning visuals, crisp informative audio content and hundreds of GPS-based guided tours, Israel App delivers a complete travel experience in the palm of… Read More

Will The Voters Step Up?

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Are the voters in Israel mimicking American voters in their lack of participation in local elections? This year, only 32 percent of eligible voters turned out for the mayoral elections in Jerusalem; only 22 percent turned out in Tel Aviv. Despite these low numbers, the mayors of Israel’s three largest cities — Jerusalem, Tel Aviv… Read More

Israel God-Given?

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The recent Pew research study, The Portrait of Jewish Americans: Findings from a Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews, found that 55 percent of U.S. Christians believe that God gave Israel to the Jews compared with 40 percent of American Jews. The breakdown within the Jewish community is pretty straightforward: 84 percent of Orthodox… Read More