Israeli Ministries to Phase Out Fax Machines

From The Times of Israel:

A ministerial committee was expected to approve on Sunday a decision allowing Israelis to submit documents to government departments via email and other digital media, such as cellphone apps. The initiative is meant to bring an end to government offices’ ubiquitous reliance on fax machines, as well as the need to show up and submit documents in person when the faxes fail to arrive at their destination.

The proposal was submitted by the Prime Minister’s Office and the office of Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel, as part of the “Digital Israel” initiative, which is aiming to modernize and streamline Israeli bureaucracy by bringing it into the 21st century.

According to the proposal, “all government ministries and ancillary units are to allow, subject to the law, anyone wishing to send or receive documents, which are currently sent and received via fax, to do so by digital means (email etc.). Sending by fax will continue to be allowed.”

fax machine in israel“The decision that will be submitted for the government’s approval is no less than a service revolution and another step that will significantly ease the lives of Israeli citizens, who have until now been required to submit documents to government offices via snail mail or fax, and often to physically appear at the offices during limited hours, to deal with issues that could be solved simply by sending an email from a computer or cellphone,” Gamliel said.

Despite the country’s billing as the “Start-Up Nation,” Israel’s government bureaus have been steadfast in their insistence on receiving documents by fax. This has led to recurring complaints as most people do not have access to the machines, long considered outdated in the digital era.

Regarding the timetable for the proposed reforms, government offices will be given email addresses within 90 days after the proposal is approved, and they will be published within 120 days.

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Facebook Finally Agrees to Ban Anti-Israel Hate Pages

In an email sent Wednesday afternoon to the Haym Salomon Center, Facebook rescinded its initial decision that a page that incited hatred and violence against Israelis met “community standards.”

“As you may have noticed, we have now taken down both those pages as we made a mistake earlier,” a Facebook spokesperson explained in the email.

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The two referenced pages are “Stop Palestinians” and “Stop Israelis.” Both pages were set up by Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center as a test to determine how much hateful and violent incitement is tolerated on the social media website. The civil rights group was also monitoring how quickly the pages would be taken down.

According to Shurat HaDin, The Big Facebook Experiment began on December 28th, 2015, with its simultaneous launch of two identical Facebook pages: Stop Palestinians and Stop Israelis. Shurat HaDin then began posting nearly identical content on both pages. The content on the “Stop Palestinians” page incited hatred and violence against Palestinians, and the content on the “Stop Israelis” page incited hatred and violence toward Israelis. Over the course of two days, the severity of the incitement was gradually increased on both pages.

After two days, the civil rights group reported the pages to Facebook on the grounds of violating community standards.

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Israeli Device Saving American Lives in Afghanistan

From David Shamah at The Times of Israel:

When American troops are injured in the field, the first piece of life-saving medical equipment they may come into contact with nowadays is an Israeli-invented mini-sized manual ventilator. And not just American soldiers on the battlefield; the Pocket BVM has been used to treat thousands of people at the scene of numerous natural disasters, like in the huge earthquake that devastated Nepal earlier this year.

“The US Army decided that our Pocket BVM (bag valve mask device) would fit into combat scenarios much better than traditional BVMs,” said Dov Maisel, an American immigrant to Israel who invented the unique manual ventilator with his friend and fellow United Hatzalah volunteer Akiva Pollack. “It’s really taken off since the Americans adopted it last year, and now we are working with several NATO armies, first-aid groups in Europe and Asia, businesses, hospitals, and airlines among others.”

To that latter category add El Al, said Maisel; the Israeli airline several months ago signed a contract with MicroBVM, the commercial supplier of the device, and now all El Al planes have miniature BVMs scattered throughout their cabins, so that life-giving oxygen can be provided to a patient quickly and efficiently

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Hillel Fuld in TechCrunch: Despite Unrest the Israeli Tech Ecosystem is Growing

From TechCrunch:

Over the past few months, violence has once again scarred Israel and the Palestinian Territories, yet despite the violence and the losses on both sides of the conflict, technology companies in the region are flourishing.

Israeli rounds of financing, both into Israeli companies and from local investors are on the rise.

Several Israeli VCs announced new funds over the past two months including Pitango’s new growth fund of $250 million, Carmel’s fourth fund of $194m, and Singulariteam’s launch of a $30 million late-stage investment fund.

What is important to note is that all three of these new funds were announced during the latest round of violence, and all three bring global investors as partners of the fund.

Israel Technology Innovation

On the funding side, Israel has seen some relatively larger rounds of financing and at higher valuations, all while it attempts as a country to deal with the challenges of of violence and regional instability. SimilarWeb, a company valued at $400m announced a $25 million round of financing. Moovit, one of Israel’s fastest growing startups raised its latest financing from Sound Ventures.

In its latest report, the IVC-KPMG Survey revealed that Israeli startups have collectively raised $1.1 billion in Q3 of 2015, just short of the $1.12 billion that was raised by Israeli startups last quarter. In the first three quarters of 2015, 506 Israeli startups have collectively raised $3.2 billion, compared to $2.3 billion at this time last year. This is a country the size of New Jersey.

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Top Jewish Twitter Users 2016

William Daroff TwitterWilliam Daroff @daroff

Followers: 41.6K

Type: Politics/Jewish Washington DC and Vegan Food

Recent Tweet: “Scene at the 2015 White House Hanukkah Parties .”

William Daroff is Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Director of the Washington office of The Jewish Federations of North America (@JFederations), but he’s also become Mr. Inside the Beltway for the Jewish community. Some of his tweets are sent from inside his D.C. office, but most are tweeted from his table at the Char Bar kosher restaurant where a vegan burger is named for him, inside a policy briefing on Capital Hill or from the back of an Uber car.


rabbi-dan-ainRabbi Dan Ain @rabbidan

Followers: 54.9K

Type: New Age Judaism, NYC and Pop Culture

Recent Tweet: “Because Friday Night should be filled with good conversation, lit candles and rock stars. https://t.co/el1ck85J6a”

Preacher and connector, Rabbi Dan Ain gathers those who are open to being reached. He finds holiness in honest conversation, in the spaces where people can say what they really think and allow others to do the same. His latest project Because Jewish creates opportunities for our religious perspectives to be in genuine dialogue with our artists, our thinkers and our everyday lives.


rabbi-jason-miller-twitterRabbi Jason Miller @rabbijason

Followers: 26.9K

Type: Technology, Politics, Israel, Sports, Pop Culture and Humor

Recent Tweet: “The menorah bong makes Hanukkah a high holiday http://www.religionnews.com/2015/12/10/menorah-bong-makes-hanukkah-high-holiday.”

A Rabbi who’s also a Blogger, Writes for Time & Huffington Post, a Social Media Marketing Entrepreneur, Owns @ Technology & @.


aipac twitterAIPAC @aipac

Followers: 54.7K

Type: Israel and Politics

Recent Tweet: “Product Labeling: The Newest Attack on

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States.


Peres-Official-PictureShimon Peres @PresidentPeres

Followers: 58K

Type: Israel and Peace

Recent Tweet: Tomorrow night, the people of Israel will be able to celebrate #Passover safely and peacefully thanks to your hard work #IDF

The former Israeli President Shimon Peres and nonagenarian keeps is no longer active on Twitter (which means his staff isn’t), but it’s still a fun account to check out.

 


jewish-tweetsJewish Tweets @JewishTweets

Followers: 57.1K

Type: Jewish News and Lifestyle

Recent Tweet: “Reminder for : Light your menorah first with the blessings. Then the Shabbat candles and prayers.”

JewishTweets is a pretty good little blog, looking at contemporary Judaism and Jewish life in our crazy world. It’s worth checking out if you are interested in more religious-focused discussions than what you’ll get here at ShalomLife. But their Twitter feed is a great resource, pulling stories from the top Jewish sites around the web. Every story is either a celebration of Jewish accomplishments, important news, or just a great article about being Jewish. Jewish Tweets is simply a nice place on the internet to be, and you’ll always leave with a smile. Difficult to do sometimes in the cynical world of the internet, but Jewish Tweets does it.


estherk twitterEsther Kustanowitz @EstherK

Followers: 16.7K

Type: Jewish Women, Blogging, Humor and Pop Culture

Recent Tweet: “Now I’m on a plane in coach next to dudes with a fistful of slim jims who are talking a/b barfing on planes.

Esther Kustanowitz is a writer, blogger, and self described as “pretty darn Jewy.” Her Twitter is acts as a feed for the best articles out there for Jewish internet users more than anything else. She peruses the internet all day, everyday, finding interesting reads. Sometimes sweet, sometimes funny, sometimes thought provoking, Esther K’s recommendations are usually more than worth clicking, and always high quality.


rabbi-joshua-stantonRabbi Joshua Stanton JoshuaMZStanton

Type: Jewish Women, Blogging, Humor and Pop Culture

Recent Tweet: “Now I’m on a plane in coach next to dudes with a fistful of slim jims who are talking a/b barfing on planes.

Stanton is Assistant Rabbi at TBJ Short Hills. He’s also a co-Leader @, co-founder @, and a blogger at ‘s Religion Vertical.

 


aaron david miller twitterAaron David Miller @aarondmiller2

Followers: 12.9K

Type: Politics, Israel, Public Policy

Recent Tweet: “Talk of defeating ISIS/jihadis surreal. Can no more “win” war on terror than war on drugs/crime. Survive it w/values/security intact.”

VP & Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Fmr. Middle East negotiator under Republican & Democratic administrations.


rabbi shmuley boteach twitterRabbi Shmuley Boteach @RabbiShmuley

Followers: 243K

Type: Politics, Torah, Israel

Recent Tweet: “Characterizing antisemitic acts as a response to something Jews did doesn’t explain antisemitism. It reproduces it.”

Rabbi Shmuley, who Newsweek & WaPo call ”the most famous Rabbi in America,” is a world-renowned author of 30 books, a broadcaster & a relationship expert.



steve-rabinowitz-twitter-jewishSteve Rabinowitz @stevenrabinowitz

Followers: 624

Type: Washington DC, Nonprofits, Fundraising

Recent Tweet: “Sanders, who could get farther than any Jewish candidate for pres, just opened up about his Jewishness.”

Steve Rabinowitz is a seasoned media consultant, publicist and political event planner. He possesses a deep knowledge of campaign politics that stretches back more than a quarter century; he has worked on the national staffs of nine U.S. presidential campaigns and has held various positions on other campaigns for every kind of political office.


Rabbi Phyllis SommerRabbi Phyllis Sommer @ImaBima

Followers: 5.3K

Type: Jewish Women, Blogging, Motherhood

Recent Tweet: “ we are available all day in the Kikar! Shave your head

Jewish mommy blogger Phyllis Sommer blogs and tweets about her family and their real-life Jewish living. She also writes heartfelt blog posts at SupermanSam’s blog — a blog she started about her forever-8-year-old son died of cancer. Rabbi Phyllis Sommer coined the hashtag #whatrabbisdo.


Ruth Messinger TwitterRuth Messinger @Ruth_Messinger

Followers: 47.3K

Type: Social Activism

Recent Tweet: “Wonderful to have my dear friend, extraordinary leader & winner visit today! “

President of . Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, AJWS works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.


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Jewish Insider @J_Insider

Followers: 16.7K

Type: Jewish Gossip, Washington DC, Social Life

Recent Tweet: “ at White House Hanukkah Party “

Part of the Jewish Journal of L.A., the Jewish Insider covers U.S. political & business news with a Jewish angle. Think of it as the Jewish version of Page Six. If you want to know which Jews were at the annual Hanukkah Party at the White House, the Jewish Insider will be your trusted source.



hadassah twitterHadassah @Hadassah

Followers: 4.4K

Type: Jewish Women and Israel

Recent Tweet: “Hadassah Hospital designed a course that alleviated stress and burnout among their staff. The results were shocking!

The power of women who heal. The power of women who advocate. The power of women who lead. The power of women for Israel. The Women’s Zionist Organization of America is an American Jewish volunteer women’s organization. Founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold.


Rabbi David Wolpe TwitterRabbi David Wolpe @RabbiWolpe

Followers: 11.1K

Type:Torah, Spirituality & Politics

Recent Tweet: “Longest Birkat Hamazon of the year tomorrow. Shabbat, Rosh Hodesh, Hanukkah. Eat quickly.

Rabbi Wolpe is an author, public speaker and rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. Named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine (2012) and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post(2012), Wolpe was named one of The Forward’s 50, and one of the hundred most influential people in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine. Author of seven books and a frequent television guest,


Jewish Forward TwitterThe Jewish Daily Forward @JDForward

Followers: 37.1K

Type: Jewish News

Recent Tweet: “The hit podcast Serial is back – just in time for

Covering Jewish news, opinion, life and culture.


reuven werber edutech jewish twitterReuven Werber @reuw

Followers: 2.4K

Type: Education/Technology

Recent Tweet: “Six ideas educators can use this Hanukkah from EDUCATORS21c |

Reuven ​Werber tweets about edu-tech. He’s the Pedagogy and Content Editor of the MOFET JTEC Jewish Education Portal and a member of the MOFET International staff. He also serves as the coordinator of educational technology at Neveh Channah HS for girls.



Tablet Magazine - Jewish TwitterTablet Magazine @TabletMag

Followers: 37.8K

Type: Jewish News and Opinion

Recent Tweet: “Why is the holiday of renewable energy:

Tablet magazine is an American Jewish general interest online magazine sponsored by Nextbook.[1] Launched in June 2009, it is the successor magazine to Nextbook.


yloveY-Love @ylove

Followers: 16.4K

Type: Hip Hop, LGBT, Music

Recent Tweet: “Garrison Keillor is making fun of Donald Trump. Again. LOL. it’s cute. He’s getting thrown out the race by Bush & Cheney.

Yitz Jordan: world changer, Jewish gay MC making positive hiphop. Soc. media dev-activist. My goal: to positively impact as many lives as possible.


kvellerKveller @kveller

Followers: 9.3K

Type: Jewish News and Opinion

Recent Tweet: “Why is the holiday of renewable energy:

Why is the holiday of renewable energy:


jewliciousJewlicious @Jewlicious

Followers: 21.6K

Type: Hip Jewish Culture, Music

Recent Tweet: “Fresh Post- Stephen Colbert Celebrates The Third Night Of Hanukkah with Andy Cohen

Jewlicious is a grassroots organization changing the way young adults affiliate and participate in Jewish life.


Ambassador Dan ShapiroAmbassador Dan Shapiro @AmbShapiro

Followers: 25.4K

Type: Israel, Diaspora Relations

Recent Tweet: “Today, we can be more confident that this planet is going to be in better shape for the next generation.” —

U.S. Ambassador to Israel.


Rabbi LatzRabbi Adam Latz @RavMABAY

Followers: 1.7K

Type: Jewish Life, Spiritual Progressive Activism, LGBT, Torah

Recent Tweet: “Rabbi Jacobs: “I’m proud of how we’re making an important difference in a troubled world.”

Rabbi Latz has been Shir Tikvah’s Senior Rabbi since July 2009. He brings to the congregation boundless energy, heartfelt compassion, and commitment to fostering an authentic and engaging Jewish experience.


Rabbi Shmuly YanklowitzRabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz @RavShmuly

Followers: 1.3K

Type: Torah, Social Activism, Politics

Recent Tweet: “Heard about the inspiring leadership of Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, VP ?

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of , Founder & President of , and the Founder & CEO .

Why is the holiday of renewable energy:

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Jimmy Carter’s Cancer Cured By Israeli Breakthrough Drug

By Raoul Wootliff and the AP in the Times of Israel

Researched in Israel by Professor Jacob Schachter of the Ella Institute for melanoma treatment and research at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Keytruda is part of a promising new class of drugs called immunotherapies, which harness the body’s immune system to help fight cancer.

The US-based Merck pharmaceutical company’s injectable biotech drug works by blocking a protein found in certain tumors called PD-1, which inhibits the body’s natural response to cancer cells.

Jimmy Carter Israel

Carter, 91, announced Sunday that doctors found no evidence of the four lesions discovered on his brain this summer and no signs of new cancer growth. He revealed in August that he had been diagnosed with melanoma and had begun treatment, including surgery to remove part of his liver, targeted radiation therapy and doses of a recently approved drug to help his immune system seek out any new cancer cells.

“I will continue to receive regular 3-week immunotherapy treatments of pembrolizumab,” he said. That drug goes by the name Keytruda commercially.

“For today, the news cannot be better,” said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. “Circumstances may change over time or he may be in a situation where it does not recur for many years or at all.”

Carter said he will continue to receive Keytruda every three weeks in order to prevent the growth of further tumors.

Melanoma specialists credit the drug for improving treatment of the disease without the side effects of traditional chemotherapy drugs that can cause hair loss and other symptoms, said Dr. Douglas Johnson, a melanoma specialist at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center who is not involved with Carter’s treatment.

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Insights from sFBI’s Natalie Edward during Content Israel 2015 Conference

By Alan Weinkrantz

Due to travel, I missed the Content Israel 2015 Conference, I really wanted to attend. If you are a startup, or for that matter, any company or organization looking at your content strategies for 2016, there’s a lot you can learn from sFBI’s Natalie Edwards.

Natalie is Marketing Director for sFBI, a Tel Aviv-based startup studio that’s building startups that solve everyday problems. She’s currently at work on Pulse Play, a smartwatch for racket sport players, Bosco, a parental insights app, and Carehood, a platform for helping loved ones in their times of need. She can be found on Twitter at @natalieanneink.

I caught with Natalie through an email interview and here’s what she learned and shared.

What were you doing at Content Israel 2015?

My training is as a journalist and I’ve always felt like I get the most out of conferences when I write about them.

It also gives me an excuse to talk to everybody.

Natalie Edwards - Israel

Of course, since I’m working around the clock as a Marketing Manager at a startup studio, any conferences I go to better be aligned with my day job. I offered to write a few stories for the Content Israel organizer and he accepted.

What can people learn for their content strategy in 2016?

There’s no excuse for not thinking strategically about content marketing.

Tools are plentiful and inexpensive, and the content marketers behind marketing software are there giving out free advice left and right.

You need to watch out, of course, for the fluff: “be authentic,” “write engaging content,” etc, but over time you develop a hawk-eye.

I spoke to Matt Barby from Hubspot, Chris Moody from Oracle Marketing Cloud, and Carlos Abner from 3M – they are all very nice guys that all marketers should follow.

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Robots and Drones Get the Gift of Israeli Machine Sight

By David Shamah in The Times of Israel

Robots that move around and do the heavy lifting, drones that drop off stuff you ordered on-line an hour before, self-driving cars, even self-driven vacuum cleaners that don’t bump into the furniture – it’s all part of the big technology revolution that 3D vision is on the verge of bringing to the world. And according to Igal Iancu, a senior manager on Intel’s RealSense 3D vision tech team, based in Haifa, none of it is going to be possible without a heavy dose of made-in-Israel technology.

“Israel is a hub of innovation in machine vision, chip development, and 3D technology,” Iancu told The Times of Israel in an exclusive interview. “Israel was the natural place for the development of RealSense, which combines hardware and software to bring human-like senses to personal devices, so they can experience the world like we do.

Brian Krzanich, the chief executive of Intel

Brian Krzanich, the chief executive of Intel

The idea of RealSense, said Iancu, is to enable devices to “see” in the same way humans do. “When we look at the world around us, our brains automatically build a 3D model of our surroundings,. They identify objects like people, animals, and pieces of furniture and figure out how big and far away they are. By introducing Intel RealSense 3D cameras, Intel is enabling devices to see like us, so they can understand the people using them and the world around them. This will allow us to interact with our devices in a much more natural way and have an immersive experience.”

RealSense sees the distance between objects, separating objects from the background layers behind them. This gives much better object, facial and gesture recognition than a traditional camera, according to the company. This visual data, creates a touch-free interface that responds to – and understands – hand, arm, and head motions as well as facial expressions.

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8 Great Jewish Apps for 8 Nights of Hanukkah

Let’s make Hanukkah a chai-tech holiday and list 8 great mobile apps for the Members of the Tribe. From the silly to the practical, here are 8 apps you’ll want if you’re a Jew in the Digital Age:

Best Jewish Apps1) BETA MIDRASH (Download from Google Play for Android)

BetaMidrash is revolutionizing the mobile Torah learning experience with one of largest libraries of Torah and Jewish texts on a mobile device. It has tens of thousands of English translations, and half a million connections between the texts. It boasts a user friendly design, easy jumping between connected sources, and advanced searching to help you find what you’re looking for quickly, it is the best places to study Torah on the go. (The text library is from Sefaria.org).

 

2) SYNAGOGUES FINDER (Download from Apple Store for iOS) (Download from Google Play for Android)

Are you a wandering Jew? Are you searching a community? Are you looking for a synagogue Hebrew School to send junior? Whether you’re traveling or new in town, Synagogues Finder shows you the closest shuls in the area.

 

3) YIDDISH SLANG  (Download from Apple Store for iOS) (Download from Google Play for Android)

Don’t be a schmuck and just download this Yiddish app! Yiddish is a mashup of Hebrew and German and is a pretty colorful way to put things. It has definitions and quizzes to make sense of the mishigas that is Yiddish. Be warned that there’s no pronunciation guide so you might end up sounding like a shlameel.

 

4) IS IT KOSHER? (Download from Apple Store for iOS) (Download from Google Play for Android)

There are over half a million kosher certified products on the market and dozens of trustworthy rabbis have their own kosher certification agency with different kosher standards. The Is It Kosher? app is available on both Android and iPhone/iPad and is a must-have app for the kosher consumer. The user either enters the name of the product or scans the product’s UPC code (bar code) to determine if the product is kosher or treif.

 

5) EMOJEW  (Download from Apple Store for iOS) (Download from Google Play for Android)

Like them or hate them, emojis are here to stay. The younger generation loves emojis and they use them all the time in text messages and Facebook posts. However, aside from the Israeli flag, there really are no Jewish emojis. Now you can have all the Jewish emojis you want from holiday symbols to kosher food items to religious icons. With Emojew, you’ll never feel farklempt sending a text to your rabbi again!

 

6) JDATE APP  (Download from Apple Store for iOS) (Download from Google Play for Android)

Spark Networks’ JDate is the Jewish dating website responsible for more Jewish marriages than all other dating sites combined — now makes it even easier for Jewish singles to meet, chat, message, connect and date! As the preferred Jewish dating app, JDate is the go-to place for Jewish men and women looking for a fun romance, a serious relationship, or even love and marriage.

 

7) RUSTY BRICK’S SIDDUR AND LUACH APP (Download from Apple Store for iOS including Apple Watch) (Download from Google Play for Android)

Are you a Jew on the go? Well, now you can take your weekday siddur with you with this feature-packed Jewish prayer book. Includes weekday Shacharit, Mincha, Maariv, standard Brachot and more. Real time Z’manim will give you the prayer times for each day based on your location determined with the device’s GPS. A Minyanim database will help you find nearest shul. A Luach or Jewish Calendar will aid you in your prayer services. Like all Rusty Brick apps, their Siddur mobile app is easy and has quick navigation features.

 

8) JEWISH DAYS (Download from Apple Store for iOS)

Since the Jewish holidays change days drastically from year to year, so only God knows when the Jewish holidays are. And he’s old, so even he needs reminding. That’s why you both need Jewish Days (iOS). It gives you a complete list of the dates of Jewish and Israeli holidays and the meaning of each, as well as Shabbat candle-lighting times depending on your location.

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Pro-BDS Group Uses Israeli Platform Wix to Build Website

Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Denver deny being hypocritical. According to the university group, which supports the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement built a website for its activities using the free Israeli website builder Wix, according to the Times of Israel website.

The successful Tel Aviv-based company provides a platform for free website building and reportedly has over 50 million users as of 2014.

The Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Denver recently set up a website using the service, prompting criticism that it was not really practicing BDS.

The group published a post on its Facebook page on Wednesday defending its actions and linking to a longer statement by the group’s branch at Cornell University in New York State two years ago, which was slammed for the same thing.

“Let us be clear: BDS is not abstention, nor an absolute moral principle. It is not isolation or withdrawal, and it does not entail a rejection of everything Israeli. It is not anti-Semitic, and it has nothing to do with the merits of Israeli technology. BDS is not the attempt of beautiful souls to avoid contamination with oppression and keep their own hands clean: it is a tactic within a larger strategy, and it is beginning to work,” the group posted from the Cornell statement on Facebook.

“The idea that supporters of BDS must avoid contact with anything Israeli not only misconstrues the nature of BDS, but also contorts the idea of politics in general,” SJP at Cornell wrote in its longer statement.

BDS group uses Wix for anti-Israel website

BDS group uses Wix for anti-Israel website

 

“Those who call us hypocritical for not adhering to a rigid logic of separation simplistically insinuate that if one believes in boycotting Israel one must do it absolutely and deprive oneself of all the innovative benefits of the ‘Start-up Nation’; since one is opposed to Israel, one must not be in contact with anything Israeli,” it added.

The website for SJP at the University of Denver was still up and running on Wix as of Friday morning.

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Jewish Techs: The Jewish Technology Blog

This blog looks at how modern technology affects Jewish life, particularly the impact of the Internet on Jews across the globe. The Internet has made the Jewish community seem smaller. The Jewish Techs blog, written by blogger Rabbi Jason Miller (The Techie Rabbi), explores the places where Jewish culture, education and faith intersect with technology. Of course, like anything, Jews will continue to ask if technology is good or bad for the Jews – the age old question of our people. Good or bad, it is undisputed that technology has changed Jewish life. If you’re Jewish or interested in technology or both… you’ll enjoy the conversation. Thanks for reading the Jewish Techs blog.

The Techie Rabbi – Rabbi Jason Miller

Rabbi Jason Miller, the Techie RabbiJason Miller is NOT your typical rabbi. Known as the Techie Rabbi, he launched Access Computer Technology in 2010 and has grown it into a full-scale technology firm that provides social media marketing consulting and web design in addition to IT support. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary a decade ago, Rabbi Jason has made a name for himself as a popular blogger, social media expert, educator and entrepreneur. Based in Detroit, his congregation includes more than a million people who read his blog and follow him in Cyberspace. He began the Jewish Techs blog in January 2010 as the New York Jewish Week's technology expert.

An entrepreneurial rabbi and an alum of Clal's "Rabbi Without Borders" fellowship, Jason Miller is a rabbi and thought leader whose personal blog has been viewed by millions. The Detroit Free Press called him “the most tech-savvy Jewish leader" and the Huffington Post ranked him among the top Jewish Twitter users in the world. A social media expert, Rabbi Jason is a popular speaker and writer on technology and its effect on the Jewish world. He writes the "Jewish Techs" blog for The Jewish Week and the monthly "Jews in the Digital Age" column for the Detroit Jewish News.

Miller won the 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and is one of the winners of a Jewish Influencer award from the National Jewish Outreach Program.