Monthly Archives: December 2022

Largest Gathering of Israeli-American, Jewish American Community In Austin, January 19 – 21

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency / Jewish News Agency

Austin, Texas — December 27, 2022 … The IAC National Summit is one of the largest, highest-profile and most impactful events in the Jewish world. The theme is celebrating “Israel. Together”: Together as a united community. Together, as the Jewish people in the United States and Israel are interconnected. 

Summit speakers include Israeli and American thought leaders, public figures, influencers and decision-makers from business, education, philanthropy, technology, politics, and activism.

The IAC National Summit features a lineup of renown speakers, public figures, politicians, artists and business leaders from the Jewish community in America and internationally, the IAC is respected for its magnetic power to pull top influencers and personalities to engage in impactful conversations about our present, future and young generation of Israelis and Jewish Americans in the U.S.

Celebrating Israel 75
Launching the 75th year of Israel, the summit will be celebrating Israel’s birthday with performances by Israeli mega-star, Noa Kirel (just months before she represents Israel in the Eurovision contest), as well as the social musical experience Koolulam, hosting public singing by all summit participants in a unique singing experience.

Israel America Business Playground
This year, unlike all others, the IAC summit is celebrating 75 years of Israeli innovation in Austin, Texas – the hub of economic flourish and creative innovation in the U.S., bringing the start-up nation’s top business, tech, real estate moguls, entrepreneurs and leaders to its first ever Israel America Business Playground.
The playground is the ultimate ground to cultivating cross-Atlantic relationships, as well as magnifying opportunities, connections and relationships between Israeli and American businesses in the U.S.
As part of the playground, speakers such as Adam Singolda (Founder of Taboola), Uri Levine (Founder of Waze), and many others will join in conversations around Israeli business innovations, real estate developments, environmental innovations, health-tech, fintech and more.

The IAC National Summit Is A Family Event
Inviting all age groups from 13 years old and up.
The summit features unique tracks for teenagers, college students and business leaders, allowing each age group to feel their connection to Israel in their own way. This year the summit hosts viral sensations including,
Noa Kirel, Nas Daily and London Laz, which will engage the audience in impactful interactive engagements.

Economic “Iron-Dome” And War Against Anti-Semitism
Letting the young generation pave the path for our future, and our present, fight against anti-semitism, the Summit brings together influential figures to help navigate through this challenging path.
Community activists including Noa Tishby, Elan Kar, Joseph Hadad, Rudy Rochman, joined by Mossad and Foreign Affairs representatives including Ehud Lavie, Former Deputy Director of the Mossad and Zohar Palti, former director of Mossad Intelligence, will address and discuss our current state of increased antisemitism and how to respond to it.

Christmas Greetings from Israel Prime Minister Yair Lapid

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency / Jewish News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — December 24, 2022 …. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, this evening had the following holiday message to the global Christian community:

“To all of our Christian friends celebrating here in Israel and around the world, we wish you very Merry Christmas and Happy, Peaceful New Year!

The friendship we share is not only about our history here in Israel.

It is also about the future.

About how Israel is home to a Christian community that continues to grow and thrive – unlike anywhere else in our region.

On behalf of the people of Israel, on behalf of the Jewish people, I want to thank the millions of Christians around the world who love Israel, pray for Israel, and always stand with Israel.

We are all looking forward to seeing our special friendship continue to grow in the new year.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”

Technion Israel Develops Invisible Facemask Against Air-Borne Pathogens

Researchers at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology have developed a revolutionary invisible facemask to protect wearers against the transmission of COVID, MERS, influenza, and other respiratory viruses.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency / Jewish News Agency

Haifa, Israel — December 3, 2022 … Although conventional facemasks help protect against disease transmission, recent scientific research illustrates that they also present adverse psychological and physiological effects. They reduce facial identification and emotion recognition, adversely affect oral communication, and can cause headaches and skin problems. Wearing masks throughout the workday also results in a lack of focus, as well as reduced attention and patience in a wide range of professions. As a result of these difficulties, many people wear masks incorrectly – on or below their mouths – which greatly reduces protection against Covid and other viruses. Even in Japan, where facemasks are common, a large study found that just 20 percent of people wear masks correctly.

Conventional facemasks have also led to a dramatic rise in plastic waste, exacerbated by governmental mask-wearing mandates, producing millions of tons annually.

A Technion team in Israel led by Professors Moshe Shoham and David Greenblatt has come up with a radically new solution to the conventional mask dilemma by creating an invisible “air-screen” in front of the wearer’s face. The air-screen originates from within a lightweight filter-covered unit mounted on the visor of a cap. Several major advantages became clear: the air-screen protects the eyes, nose, and mouth without negative effects on facial identity, emotion recognition, or oral communication. The air screen is also reusable, so it does not pollute the environment.

Recently published research, based on experiments conducted in Prof. Greenblatt’s laboratory, demonstrated the air-screen’s efficacy by effectively blocking aerosols produced during oral communication, as well as large droplets produced by coughing and sneezing. It also removes quiescent aerosol-laden air from in front of the face by a process known as “entrainment.” This joint effect of blocking and entrainment can be seen in the video, where laser illumination is used to render the airflow visible. David Keisar and Anan Garzozi, students in the Nancy and Stephen Grand Technion Energy Program, were instrumental in conducting and analyzing the experimental data, and in developing a theoretical physics-based mathematical model of the air-screen.

Several one-on-one interviews and pilot studies with more than 50 subjects from various sectors (e.g., older adults and their caretakers in nursing homes, university professors and their students, close-proximity workers including tutors, physiotherapists and psychologists, retail workers in stores and offices, and high-tech management teams and board members who participate in long meetings indoors), clearly showed the advantage of the invisible air screen over the commonly used face masks.  These groups represent potential early adopters, who will benefit most from this new technology in Israel and globally.

The Technion recently licensed the technology to Wisdome Wearables Ltd. This new startup is currently in the process of commercializing the product, and seeking partners to realize this disruptive technology for the benefit of those at high-risk of suffering from respiratory viruses.

The Technion is a science and technology research university, among the world’s top ten, dedicated to the creation of knowledge and the development of human capital and leadership, for the advancement of the State of Israel and all humanity. The Technion is respected as a global pioneer in multidisciplinary research into fields including energy, nanotechnology and life science. It has 18 academic departments and 52 research centers and over 13,000 students.