The Empire State Building in New York City shone blue and white on June 5 – mirroring the colors of the Israeli flag – for the annual Celebrate Israel Parade and festival in New York City; Israeli genealogical website MyHeritage recorded family stories of some of the 800 native tribes in Papua New Guinea, and much more.
By: Michael Ordman
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
Empire State Building in Blue and White
The Empire State Building in New York City shone blue and white on June 5 – mirroring the colors of the Israeli flag – for the annual Celebrate Israel Parade and festival in New York City.
Preserving family history in Papua New Guinea
Israeli genealogical website MyHeritage recorded family stories of some of the 800 native tribes in Papua New Guinea. MyHeritage’s Golan Levi said, “no matter the color of our skin or where we live, deep down we are all basically the same and we all care very much about our families.
The next round of ability tech startups
A3i is the world’s first and only “ability tech” accelerator. It is ready for another round of start-ups with products and technologies that not only will make money for their investors, but also improve the lives of millions of disabled people around the world.
Students start Israeli Arab start-up school
The TRI/O Tech entrepreneurship hub in the Israeli-Arab town of Kafr Kassem is a joint venture of Israeli nonprofit Tsofen (see here) and the MIT Enterprise Forum Israel. From 1000 candidates it is grooming 16 Israeli-Arabs that it believes will go on to launch their own startup.
Cheering up an Arab child with cancer
Emotional video of an IDF soldier volunteer at Tel Hashomer hospital playing with a Palestinian Arab infant who is being treated for cancer at the Israeli hospital.
Israel returns Egyptian artifacts
Israel has returned two colorful Egyptian sarcophagus covers from the 16th and 10th centuries BCE to Egypt amid warming relations between the countries. The artifacts were stolen and shipped to Dubai to London and to Israel. They were found in an antiquities shop in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Aid to Sri Lankan flood victims
Israel has sent $20,000 worth of supplies to Sri Lanka, following recent floods and landslides that have killed over 100 and driven 650,000 residents from their homes. Israeli aid included water pumps, water filters, solar lighting kits, LED torches and 50,000 water purification tablets.
Israeli food festival in Japan
The Israeli Ministry of Economy held the first Israeli Food Festival in 25 Costco stores across Japan. A separate Israeli food festival took place in Vietnam in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
20,000 Walk with Israel in Toronto
A record-setting 20,000 people participated in Toronto’s 46th annual Walk with Israel fundraising event on Sunday, eclipsing last year’s record of 17,000. The event raised approximately $1.1 million for Israeli charities.
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