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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 …

Prime-time’s unexpected star

The cast of Avoda Aravit. Norman Issa in glasses at the back.The latest star of Israeli television isn’t exactly who you’d expect. But actor Norman Issa thinks it’s about time an Israeli Arab was the star of a prime time …

Looking for paradise with author Ron Leshem [VIDEO]

Looking for paradise with author Ron Leshem [VIDEO]

Ron Leshem: I regard this all as just a backdrop to a totally human story.Ron Leshem bounds into his office with youthful energy and apologizes profusely for being 15 minutes late for our interview. Sporting the urbanite uniform of jeans, …

Pioneering ADHD treatment with brain exercises

Dr. Amnon Gimpel: The trouble with Ritalin is that it doesn’t solve the problem.Brawn for the brain is part of a cure to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to Dr. Amnon Gimpel. The Israeli physician has developed a comprehensive …

Building a nano-future in the Negev

Quantum physics professor Ron Folman hopes to bring the high-tech industry to Israel’s neglected south, using the expertise of Ben Gurion University as the drawRon Folman has spent a considerable part of his 45 years breaking barriers. As an Israel …