Israel’s Economy Ministry and the Joint Distribution Committee-Israel (JDC) have opened 19 Arab-run Rayan Employment Centers and have placed 9,100 Arabs, including many Bedouin women, in local jobs. A new Israeli town will employ special needs adults alongside its regular workers in the local services, and in agricultural tourism.
By: Michael Ordman
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
Employment for Bedouin women
Israel’s Economy Ministry and the Joint Distribution Committee-Israel (JDC) have opened 19 Arab-run Rayan Employment Centers serving 63 municipalities in northern and southern Israel. Since 2012 they have placed 9,100 Arabs, including many Bedouin women, in local jobs.
Israel’s first special needs integration village
Israel’s top building committee has approved land for a rural town integrating 50 Israeli families with dozens of high-functioning special needs adults. The community will employ the special needs adults alongside its regular workers in the local services, and in agricultural tourism.
A record 2.191 million schoolkids
2,191,004 students began school on 1st Sept, almost 50,000 more than the 2,141,850 enrolled the previous year. Improvements this year include smaller classes in 1st grade; a second kindergarten assistant; new tools for special needs children and a new advanced maths program.
Intel Israel increases bonus for recruiting women
Intel, Israel’s biggest high-tech employer is doubling the bonus for employees helping to recruit women employees. Intel Israel VP human resources Judith Yampolsky said, “We believe that diversity in employment is the company’s engine for innovation and creativity”.
$230 million aid for Israeli-Arabs
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to give a one-time budgetary supplement of 900 million shekels ($230 million) to Israeli-Arab councils. It is designed to “integrate Israel’s Arab citizens into Israeli society as equals among equals”, said the PM.
Israeli help for Gaza farmers
Farmers in Israel’s Nahal Oz have been giving agricultural advice to Gaza farmers in Khan Younis. The Gazans are seeking new varieties of potato suitable for food such as chips. Israeli farmer Yankale Cohen said, “Maybe they’ll stop shooting at us because of the potatoes?”
Help for refugees in Europe
IsraAID Director Shachar Zahavi has announced a campaign to help Greece with the thousands of refugees washed up on the shores of Europe. IsraAID brings its experience of its program to help the Bulgarian Red Cross last year with its influx of Syrian refugees.
Water technology for Nigeria
Israel is to help Nigeria manufacture irrigation equipment, manage water resources, monitor accessibility, produce a water quality safety plan, and develop educational and management techniques.
The fifth most influential fashion school
Israel’s Shenkar College’s Fashion Design Department in Ramat Gan is among the five most influential fashion schools in the world and the 11th-best overall, according to rankings released on Sunday by the influential Business of Fashion publication.
Saving rare species
Israel hosted a global UN event last week when 200 scientists from 40 countries came to Tel Aviv to attend the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). A key issue discussed was illegal hunting.
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