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Adital Ela surrounded by natural materials in her studio.

Mr. Israel flexes his muscles

US-born bodybuilder Effi Kivelevitz says that his life as an observant Jew prepared him for the rigorous training regimen that helped him win the title.   Working hard, and working out: Israel’s new body building champion Effi Kivelevitz. Israel may …

For one Israeli Arab woman, peace begins within

Palestinian Arab Israeli Hanan Gaffaly experienced a spiritual and professional metamorphosis on the road to becoming a peacemaker.   Wedged in a major cultural rift, Israeli Arab Hanan Gaffaly has set about finding a place for herself through peacemaking. Real …

Animating the Na’vi with an Israeli swagger

A career in music gave way to a career in animation for Israeli Shahar Levavi, who was part of the team that created the groundbreaking movie Avatar.   A scene from the film Avatar. What do you do if you’ve …

Young and full of life sciences

Israeli biologist Tommy Kaplan only got interested in biology at the age of 25. Seven years later, he has won a prestigious US prize for his work.   Family is just as important – Staff at the University of California …

From world champion boxer to rabbi

From world champion boxer to rabbi

He’s just won the World Boxing Association’s Super Welterweight Boxing Title, so what does Israeli Yuri Foreman do in his spare time? Study to be a rabbi of course.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_kZxe4eRGU For Israeli Yuri Foreman, boxing and faith aren’t so …

Struck by lightning

Israeli professor Colin Price has transformed a fascination with severe weather patterns into research that could lead to practical products to protect individuals and industries from harm.   Space weather, sun storms, lightning strikes – these are all in a …

Connecting the dots

An Israeli MIT graduate and former Google employee with both business smarts and social vision has set up a new Internet site connecting consumers to services.   When Red Beacon won first prize in the TechCrunch start-up competition, Yaron Binur …

Alight from within

As down to earth as the natural materials she favors, world-renowned Israeli lighting designer Ayala Serfaty’s creations are a merger of art, design, function and spirituality.   A fascination with light: Morning glory by Israeli designer Ayala Serfaty. Ayala Serfaty …

A gift of vitality, in the midst of cancer

Cancer survivor and hairstylist Eli Ben Zikri started a non-profit wig service that allows people to feel attractive even when they lose their hair during chemotherapy.   Photo courtesy of Kaplan Medical Center Since 2002, Eli Ben Zikri has fitted …