Robotic Program Makes Art Accessible to Israeli Youth With Disabilities

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In July, the Gedera-based special education school of ALEH, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, transformed its robotics class into an innovative art program that makes painting accessible to its students with severe complex disabilities, those for whom hand-eye coordination skills are exceedingly difficult to acquire and the manipulation of a paintbrush is an insurmountable task.

New Maritime Iron Dome System Declared Operational by IDF

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( A new maritime version of the Iron Dome missile defense system has been declared operational by the IDF following months of testing.

“Today, the Naval ‘Iron Dome’ Aerial Defense System was qualified for operational use. This innovation will help protect Israel’s strategic assets at sea and naval troops operating in the area,” the IDF said in a statement.

Multi-Million Dollar “Go Beyond” Initiative Aims to Develop Israel’s North, South, and Jerusalem Through Aliyah

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In Israel, Nefesh B’Nefesh and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL, more commonly known in the U.S. as the Jewish National Fund or JNF) have been working together since 2012 to develop the country’s periphery. This month, the organizations launched a joint initiative called “Go Beyond,” offering expanded aliyah services and perks to new immigrants to Israel (olim) who choose to move to Israel’s North, South, or Jerusalem.

Zehut’s Moshe Feiglin Pulls No Punches

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Moshe Feiglin is a former Likud member who is forming his own party called Zehut (Hebrew for “identity”). Feiglin was recently in Maryland, visiting family and conducting meetings, and sat down with Kol HaBirah to discuss U.S.-Israel relations, his hawkish stance on Iran, the Israeli economy, and more.

Uber Banned From Operating in Israel

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( The Tel Aviv District Court ruled that Uber must end its rideshare services in Israel as of Nov. 29, following an appeal brought by the app’s competitor, Gett, as well as the Israel Taxi Drivers Association.

MKs Demand Lift of Temple Mount Ban

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(Yona Schnitzer/TPS) MKs Yehuda Glick (Likud) and Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Jewish Home) have petitioned the Knesset to annul a two-year-old decision restricting MKs from visiting the Temple Mount. Prime Minister Netanyahu unilaterally barred MK visits to the site in 2015 following several violent incidents in and around Eastern Jerusalem by Islamic groups protesting pilgrimages by Jews to the Mount.

Amazon Goes on Aggressive High-Tech Hiring Spree in Israel

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( The online retail giant Amazon is reportedly in the midst of a massive hiring spree in Israel and is offering unusually high salaries to attract top high-tech talent to its new Tel Aviv-based research and development (R&D) center.

Some reports state that Amazon has offered prospective hires salaries as high as NIS 100,000 ($28,180) per month, and is typically offering salaries of around NIS 60,000 ($16,900) per month with additional bonuses, in its bid to lure programmers.

The average Israeli high-tech employee earns around NIS 21,000 ($5,940) per month.

The opening of Amazon’s new R&D center in Tel Aviv in October came after the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos embarked on a secret visit to Israel last December. Following Bezos’s visit, Amazon completed two massive Tel Aviv real estate deals in July to set up its offices.


Israel Sci-Tech Schools Praises Ulta-Orthodox Alumna’s Contribution to Nation’s Security

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Israel Sci-Tech Schools has been at the forefront of working with secular and religious authorities to forge educational curricula that adequately educate and train charedi (ultra-Orthodox) women for employment in technology fields, including the defense and weapons industries. Among them is Meitar, a graduate of an Orthodox girls' Israel Sci-Tech High School in Beit She’an, who recently joined RAFAEL, Israel’s Weapons Development Authority, one of the most prestigious positions in the country.