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Hilik Magnus on a search-and-rescue mission in Huilo-Huilo, Chile.

Colombians look to kibbutz model to fight terror

In a bid to rehabilitate former guerrillas, the Colombian government has turned to Israel to help build a network of kibbutzim in Colombia. They have called on Israeli Juan Gomez, 49, a former Colombian, to help. Gomez is a member …

From tending sheep to the Ivy League

Yarden Fanta-Vagenstein, the first woman of Ethiopian descent to earn her doctoral degree in Israel.When Yarden Fanta-Vagenstein and her family of 11 landed in Israel from a northern Ethiopian village in 1985, she didn’t know how to read or write. …

Israeli immigrant solves 38-year-old math problem

Tourists who’ve been lost in Japan because they can’t read the street signs know that navigating to new places by street signs alone is reliable only when one can actually read them. Prof. Avraham Trakhtman, an Israeli mathematician from the …

Israeli nuclear physicist set his sights on literacy

“If you want to compete in the world, you have to start from the bottom,” nuclear physicist Harry Lipkin.Octogenarian Israeli nuclear physicist Harry Lipkin is not your ordinary scientist. Sure, he can easily talk about neutrino oscillations, quarks, and mesons, …

Israeli Glider Maker Takes You Up, Up and Away [VIDEO]

Israeli Glider Maker Takes You Up, Up and Away [VIDEO]

Flying high: Apco Aviation’s paragliders are sold throughout the world. For Anatoly Cohn, the founder and CEO of Israeli company Apco Aviation, one of the largest producers of recreational flying equipment in the world, flying was a childhood dream. Growing …

Israel’s most powerful woman in biotech

Giving everything, compromising on little: Nava Swersky Sofer, president and CEO of Hebrew University’s Yissum.She visits with foreign dignitaries regularly and closes multi-million dollar deals. But by the end of the day, on this particular day, she runs home to …

From the northern Galilee to The Kingdom

An instant connection: Peter Berg directs Ashraf Barhoum in The Kingdom.Many go through life without ever finding that perfect person, never feeling an instant connection. Ashraf Barhoum is picky, too, waiting patiently and passing up second-rate opportunities for the right …

Helping Israeli Bedouins Make the Grade

Local hero: Jamal Alkirnawi is helping Bedouin students at Ben Gurion University face the challenges of studying in a western environment.There are about 170,000 Bedouins living in Israel, and more than two-thirds call the Negev Desert home. They can be …