Unique religious event to be held next week in Galilee town for first time in decades
A unique religious event will be held in northern Israel next week: A joint Jewish-Druze celebration.
Such an event has likely not taken place for decades or even centuries. It will be held in the Druze town of Sajur in the Galilee region, in honor of the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Ishmael ben Elisha, who was considered a righteous man both among the Druze and the Jews.
Rabbi Shmuel Sheetrit of Ashdod explained why a joint event of this kind has not been held before: “Due to ignorance, we thought the Druze were hostile to us.” The event is being organized with the help of Deputy Bat Yam Mayor Uri Buskila.
“It is our pleasure to host the Jewish worshippers and celebrate together, each in his own language,” said Sajur Council head Jaber Hamood.
Rabbi Ishmael ben Elisha was a high priest in the last days of the Second Temple and one of the Ten Martyrs – a group of rabbis executed by the Romans, which included Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel.
Schoolchildren in China to study English using 100 million memory sticks distributed by Infinite Memory of Jerusalem-based JVP fund
Chinese students set to study English through Israeli technology: A joint project of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Israeli company Infinite Memory will see the distribution of some 100 million memory sticks for the study of English, which will replace the old-fashioned cassette players used by the Chinese schools so far.
In China, students learn English using electronic devices. The Infinite Memory technology will supply them with memory sticks for their MP3 players, containing the complete English study program for that school year.
The deal is estimated at tens of millions of dollars and could be expanded, as Chinese students receive for six years (from the fourth grade) a new curriculum every year. Following a successful pilot among 600,000 schoolchildren, the project is now being implemented among 100 million students.
Infinite Memory, of the Jerusalem-based JVP fund, specializes in fitting large amounts of information on memory cards at a low cost. Its technology provides protection against malware, fraud, viruses and guarantees that the data cannot be deleted – parameters which were very important to the project’s Chinese representatives.