Since 2009 primary schools from all over Europe have been taking part in their very own version of the Eurovision contest, entitled Schoolovision. This year, 41 countries took part in this event, which has won several international education awards. Since its inception over 100 entries have been performed by a total of over 400 children.
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It is not every day that downtown Jerusalem is featured in international films. But several weeks ago, a Chinese film production drew local attention, as movie scenes for what is expected to be a blockbuster movie in China were shot along the busy Ben Yehuda Street.
The Staatlicher Hofkeller Winery is located on a square in the heart of the German city of Würzburg. Visitors are greeted by a clear, golden sign in the center of the entrance hall, stating in German and in Hebrew: “Twin Wineries – for mutual understanding, exchange of knowledge and brave friendship.”
The sign marks the moving connection between the 885-year-old German winery and its Israeli twin.
A special tasting of Teperberg 1870 wines was held last week in the fancy wine cellars of the Hofkeller Winery as part of the Twin Wineries project, which is marking its fifth anniversary.
The Twin Wineries project is one of the most fascinating initiatives in the wine industry in Israel. It aims to promote inter-cultural dialogue between high-quality wineries in Germany and Israel, and more importantly – strengthen the ties between the two countries.
The project has created collaborations between wineries in the two countries, shared technical knowledge (in Hofkeller, for example, pipettes were introduced into the vineyards after a visit to Israel), encouraged export and import of wine and promoted wine in the origin country of each of the wineries.
The project was initiated by Baruch and Renée Salzman, the owners of Zag Wines, an exporter of Israeli wines to Germany which is responsible for exporting the products of wineries such as Tulip, Vitkin and others. Sixteen wineries have joined the project so far, eight from each country.
The Margalit Winery was matched to the Heymann-Löwenstein Winery in the Mosel region, the Vitkin Winery to the Georg Mosbacher Winery in Pfalz, the Golan Heights Winery teamed up with the Kloster Eberbach Winery, and Teperberg 1870 – with Hofkeller.
The Hofkeller Winery was founded in 1128 and specializes in white wines in general and in the Silvaner and Riesling grape varieties in particular. Its wines, which originate in the famous Stein vineyard on the banks of the Main River, graced the tables of European royal families and were famous in Germany and elsewhere, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries. During that period, German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe praised the winery’s wines, which he considered his favorite.
Tata Industries will invest $5 million in a new Tel Aviv University (TAU) technology fund, saying it saw the university as its Israeli research and development center.
Tata, part of Indian conglomerate Tata Group, will be the lead investor in a planned $20 million fund at TAU’s technology transfer company Ramot aimed at commercializing their research.
“For Tata, we … see innovation and R&D as an area of focus and a source of competitive advantage going forward,” Rameshwar Jamwal, executive director at Tata Industries, told reporters last week.
Jamwal said it was Tata’s first major investment in Israel and that it would likely invest further.
“This is our attempt to scout Israeli technology more deeply,” he said. “This allows us over a period of time to show our commitment to Israel but we are interested in doing more.”
Tata will work with TAU’s scientists to help steer them towards applying commercial uses for their research.
“It’s someone to test your ideas and say what’s a mistake,” said Shlomo Nimrodi, Ramot’s chief executive. “Tata knows the market better.”
He noted that TAU invests $150 million a year in R&D. Among Ramot’s big successes is flash memory, which was licensed by an Israeli company before it was sold to Sandisk, which still pays millions of dollars of royalties to the university.
Nimrodi said the new fund will invest in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, cleantech, food security, the environment, engineering and software.
He noted that in some cases, Tata will get the right of first opportunity in a particular research project.
Many large global companies have R&D facilities in Israel, including Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Google, HP and Yahoo.
“Jewish immigrants from all over the world wove new threads into our cultural fabric with rich traditions and indomitable faith, and their descendants pioneered incredible advances in science and the arts,” Obama said Tuesday in declaring May as Jewish American Heritage Month. “Teachings from the Torah lit the way toward a more perfect Union, from women’s rights to workers’ rights to the end of segregation.”
Among other Jewish American contributions, Obama listed “scientists and teachers, public servants and private citizens, wise leaders and loving parents.”
He said Americans could see Jewish “accomplishments in every neighborhood, and we see them abroad in our unbreakable bond with Israel that Jewish Americans helped forge.”
Congress legislated Jewish American Heritage Month in 2006 and Obama was the first president, in 2010, to mark it with a celebration.
This year there will be no White House fete because of budget cuts.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was invited to open the trade at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Maryland is building itself as a stronghold for Israeli startup companies that are making the move to the United States, and that is why it was very important for him to establish a good rapport with the Israeli business community.
The TASE is Israel’s only stock exchange in which over 600 cooperation’s trade publicly, and therefore plays a very crucial role in the Israeli economy. So when the governor of Maryland was invited to open the trading day, he immediately said yes.
The delegation from Maryland also included several other elected officials like Baltimore City Councilwoman Sharon Green-Middleton.
“It’s my first time in Israel and I am just enjoying the whole country, or as much as I can see with this week,” she said. “It’s just been amazing. The media doesn’t do it justice – it’s an amazing country.”
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange CEO Ester Levanon was very impressed by the efforts to solicit Israeli business to start shop in Maryland.
“There are 20 Israeli companies that have their headquarters in Maryland, which actually makes sense,” she said. “ELTA is very big company that just opened their headquarters in Maryland.
“Israeli companies are always looking for the US market, so it makes sense for them to be located in those places in the States that have the accessibility and are easy to make business in.”
Although the official agenda for Governor O’Malley’s visit is to strengthen the economic ties between the two states, as Martin O’Malley’s name keeps popping up for the Democratic ticket in 2016, political analysts say a good relationship with Israel will certainly look good on his resume.