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Hollywood A-listers on cultural mission

It’s a who’s who list of actors, producers and television executives. From Patricia Arquette to Joe Pantoliano, Matthew Modine to Stephen Baldwin, a whopping 21 Hollywood bigwigs are now in Israel on a fact-finding cultural and political mission. The star-studded …

Better Place raises $200m

Electric car venture Better Place announced that it has secured $200 million through a Series C equity financing from a consortium of top-tier investors and partners. Since its founding in 2007, Shai Agassi’s start-up has raised more than $750 million …

Israeli doctor helps save Iranian woman

Senior physician Dr. Adi Weissbuch at Kaplan Medical Center recently helped save the life of an Iranian woman — by email. According to a report in The Jerusalem Post, an Iranian doctor contacted Weissbuch after reading an article he published …

Alona Tal cast in Crowe, Wahlberg film

Israeli actress Alona Tal has joined the cast of the new political thriller, Broken City, according to the Variety entertainment news site. Alona Tal (www.imdb.com) The Herzliya-born Tal and actress Natalie Martinez are the latest additions to a cast that …

Cavalli to open TLV Fashion Week

Cavalli to open TLV Fashion Week

Tel Aviv holds the title of being a fashionable city. Now, for the first time since the 1980s, this city by the sea is set to host a fashion week dedicated to showcasing local collections to international media. Tel Aviv …

BBC to tape Jerusalem Oud Festival

BBC Radio’s World Routes program has announced it will record selected concerts at this year’s 12th Jerusalem International Oud Festival, which gets underway this Thursday. Turkish vocalist Aynur makes her Israeli debut at the Jerusalem International Oud Festival. The British …

IsraAID to receive ‘Luminary Award’

IsraAID, the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, will be honored the ‘Luminary Award’ at the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry New York’s annual dinner on November 15 in New York City. IsraAID is being commended for its humanitarian …

Israel Cancer Fund posts record grants

In its efforts to eradicate cancer, the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) announced 69 new grants, totaling $2.48 million for the 2011/2012 funding year. “Israel has the world’s largest concentration of international scientists and physicians but insufficient funds to sponsor …

Yissum out-licenses revolutionary technology for plant improvement

Yissum Research Development Company, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Morflora Israel, a trait delivery innovation company, have signed a collaborative agreement for the development of a revolutionary seed treatment technology for plant improvement. Prof. …

‘Israel leads in medical marijuana’

The US can learn from Israel’s liberal attitude toward medical marijuana, says former American talk show host Montel Williams. Williams, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, is now in Israel to learn more about medicinal cannabis policies. An …