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How a giant Tel Aviv party launched social businesses

Posted on May 22nd, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
A bunch of friends with big hearts and small wallets found a fun way to finance self-sustaining projects to benefit fellow Israelis and society.


It’s the stuff of a heartwarming movie script: Some post-army buddies with a lot of friends and good hearts wanted to fund renovations and new activities like yoga and belly dancing at a daycare center for the elderly in Jaffa. Traditional fundraising appeals weren’t successful, so they did something they were all good at – throwing a party.

The planners attracted 1,000 partygoers who were happy to know their admission fee was going toward a meaningful cause.

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Israel’s hipster drink Tubi 60 heads stateside

Posted on May 15th, 2017
BY JESSICA STEINBERG for The Times of Israel
Made with some 60 herbs and fruit essences, the 80-proof elixir is making its way from the Jerusalem bar scene to markets overseas


To help celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, why not try Sabra-made spirit Tubi 60, an Israeli-made alcoholic drink with a secret mix of ingredients that was first made popular by Israeli hipsters.

While this honey-colored libation first became popular with the twentysomething crowd, it’s now going mainstream and will soon be found on liquor shelves in Texas, Brooklyn, Oslo and Berlin.


But don’t ask what’s in it because no one will tell you. They don’t actually know.

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ISRAEL21c goes Hollywood with new ’21see’ film series

Posted on May 8th, 2017
By ISRAEL21c Staff


Welcome to our fun new sharable infotainment shows, which give viewers a chance to experience Israeli culture as they’ve never experienced it before.


The camera is rolling on a fun new online video network about ordinary Israelis and the unique stamp they put on pop culture, from microbrewers to expat American football players, to Tel Aviv’s fashion designers.

Spearheaded by Hollywood producer and ISRAEL21c board member Jonathan Baruch, the new 21see network complements thousands of articles and videos about life in Israel that are available every day on ISRAEL21c’s website.

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Trailblazing women’s educator to light Independence Day torch

Posted on May 1st, 2017
BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founder of program to train female halachic advisers, heads the list of 14 chosen for May ceremony


US-born Rabbanit Chana Henkin, a trailblazing educator of religious Jewish women will be among those to light a ceremonial torch during this year’s Independence Day celebrations on Mount Herzl.

Henkin moved to Israel from the US in the 1970s with her husband Yehuda. She is founder and dean of the Nishmat institute, a Jewish learning institution that was one of the first to teach women Talmud and Jewish law and she created the yoetzet halacha program which trains women to answer religious questions pertaining to family purity.

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The world’s eyes are on Israel for photonics innovations

Posted on April 24th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Israel’s outsized prominence in the fields of optics and electro-optics is no optical illusion.


In the early 1970s, when physicist Abraham Katzir was a graduate student at Hebrew University, his supervisor urged him to get into optics, the study of light. The future, he predicted, was all about lasers and optical fibers.

So Katzir studied modern optics in the United States and in 1977 established the Applied Physics Group at Tel Aviv University. His many students have made significant contributions to the burgeoning optics field – which indeed became a major industry in Israel with the development of lasers and optical fibers and imaging for communications, biology, chemistry, healthcare, defense and environmental protection.

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