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A nurse cares for a newborn in a shelter at Barzilai as a warning siren sounds for possible incoming rockets in Asheklon. Photo by Uri Lenz/FLASH90

Model special-needs park sparks overseas interest

Ecuador relies on Israeli expertise to plan 200 accessible, inclusive playgrounds based on Friendship Park in Ra’anana. Photo courtesy of Beit Issie Shapiro Friendship Park, Ra’anana. Anybody can install a few playground swings adapted for children with physical disabilities. But …

Keeping the Nobel breakthroughs coming

Israel unveils I-CORE, a cross-university initiative to keep generating Israeli Nobel-level breakthroughs, starting with smarter biofuels. Weizmann researcher Prof. Benny Geiger. Brain drain has been the bane of Israeli academia for years now: young Israeli scientists trained at the country’s …

Bringing tennis to Israeli-Arab neighborhoods

Philanthropic tennis enthusiast Freddie Krivine found a way to serve the ball into an Arabic-speaking court. Nadine Fahoum, Israel’s top female Arab tennis player. Anywhere in the world, marginalized populations have less access to good education, advanced music programs and …

Teaching caregivers how to overcome second-hand trauma

Israeli trauma specialist presents groundbreaking nature-based methods at convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington. Photo by Shay Levy/Flash90 When you see regrowth after devastating forest fires, like the Carmel forest fire last December, it gives people hope. Ten …

Three faiths unite in Israel to heal the planet

Three faiths unite in Israel to heal the planet

Jerusalem-based Interfaith Center is confronting environmental degradation with a spiritual show of strength by Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Meeting in Jerusalem, representatives from the three major monotheistic faiths are joining forces to heal the planet. Shema Yisrael is a statement …

Ariel’s last roar

Dr. Merav Shamir, a world-renowned specialist in animal neurology, traveled from Israel to Brazil to try to save a paralyzed lion. Dr. Merav Shamir giving a CT scan to Ariel the lion. “I got a weird email from Brazil asking …

Israeli circumcision skills saving Zulu men

An ancient Jewish religious rite turns out to be a critical weapon in the war against the spread of the HIV virus in South Africa. Dr. Inon Shenkar of the Jerusalem AIDS Project and Operation Abraham with Zulu King Goodwill …

Haifa – center of the Baha’i world [video]

Haifa – center of the Baha’i world [video]

Haifa’s Baha’i Gardens are both a religious shrine and a lesson in diversity. Who would think that 19 terraced gardens would be the pilgrimage site for a world religion? The Baha’i Gardens at Haifa’s Mount Carmel, a UN World Heritage …