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Cap and rotator: US vets Anthony and James laying a wreath at Latrun war memorial. Photo by Judy Schaffer

The Israel-Hollywood Connection

Israel Film Festival founder Meir Fenigstein (center) joins director Milos Forman (left) and actor Matthew Modine at the festival’s premiere.If you live in a major American city, you can thank Meir Fenigstein for bringing Israel to a theater near you.“Bali, …

An artist for the high-tech age

Yair Goldfinger: I’m not the type of guy to do nothing.Yair Goldfinger doesn’t like interviews. He lays down the ground rules immediately. “I’m not going to reveal any personal details,” he says tersely, sitting awkwardly in his chair as if …

All in the family

Yocheved and Yehuda Shwartz with their family: Both me and my husband have always been teachers, and passed on our love of learning and motivation to succeed.When it comes to family-style academic achievement, it’s difficult to beat the accomplishments of …

Only by education

Dr. Riad Agabria in his lab: If you educate a male, you’ve got one educated person; ifHelping Israel’s Bedouin community while making the state of Israel and the world a healthier place to live in – clinical pharmacologist Dr. Riad …

What’s so funny about love, peace and hope?

Udi Behr displaying one of his works: I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to interpret my inspiration through jewelry.What do such prominent American celebrities as Sharon Stone, Paula Abdul, Candace Bushnell, Nora Ephron, Howard Stern, and Jay Leno …

A scientist and a gentleman

Professor Abdullah Haj-Yehia: My main objective is to be a good scientist.When Abdullah Haj-Yehia was a boy living in the Israeli-Arab village of Taibe, his dream was to become a professor at an Israeli university. It seemed an unlikely dream …

Checking in with Check Point’s Gil Shwed

Checkpoint founder and CEO Gil Shwed: The nice things at Checkpoint is the balance between the American and Israeli sides.You may not recognize his name, but chances are if you use a computer, you’ve used one of his company’s products. …

Tamir Goodman’s full court press

Tamir Goodman in action: I just have to be patient and keep doing what I’m doing.In front of thousands of screaming fans and rolling television cameras, Tamir Goodman stands alone just right of center court. He races toward the basket, …

Telling ‘her-story’

Shulamith Shahar’s book “Fourth Estate: A History of Women in the Middle Ages” continues to serve as a basic text in gender studies and medieval history courses at universities.No phrase evokes the idea of stodginess more than the title of …

‘Mr. Mosquito’ makes his mark

Margalith’s breakthrough achievement was his discovery of Bti – a naturally occurring bacteria that is lethal to mosquitoes and black flies.Some people might not view the nickname ‘Mr. Mosquito’ as particularly flattering. But for Professor Yoel Margalith, known by that …