DAY 6: Innovation & Technology

So many things have been said about Israeli innovation. Let me quote the one question many people ask: "How is it that Israel, a country of 7.1 million people (a little over 8 million today), only sixty years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources, can produce more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the United Kingdom?"


Some people say it’s the “Jewishness”, some say it’s the IDF culture or just the middle-eastern temper. I don’t have the answer, but what I do know is that I’m proud to be an Israeli. Just look at all the different fields, and you can see Israelis contribute to every single one: from economics to environment to high-tech.



Innovation\ Chad-sha-noot\ חַדְשָׁנוּת

Entrepreneurship\ Ya-za-moot\ יַזָּמוּת


New solar panels were installed on the roof top of the Knesset (the parliament in Israel) and now it’s the parliament with the larger solar field in the world.

       Just a few Israeli inventions:

1. Floating wheelchair (pictured above): Special wheelchair that floats on water helps disabled people enjoy a day at the beach.

2. Talkitt: A device that enables people who have motor, speech and language disorders to easily communicate using their own voice- from any language!

3. Bionic contact lens: This contact lens, created by Zeev Zalevsky and his team, allows the blind to see by transmitting visual information collected using a tiny camera to the bionic contact lens.

There's an APP for that??

CupsTelAviv allows users to drink unlimited coffee from local cafes for the price of a 169-NIS (about $45) monthly subscription fee. Customers may order any type of coffee-based drink — whipped cream, hazelnut shavings and caramel drippings are all fair game — but they must wait 30 minutes between cups.

*NOTE- cupsNewYork is also available!

24me​: Forbes recently named 24me as one of “7 Great Apps to Simplify Your Life". The app is touted as a next-generation personal assistant because it not only keeps you on top of your to-do list, but also has cool features such as task-management and bill-paying components.

Fooducate: This app uses the camera in your phone to scan bar codes at the grocery store, immediately generating a profile of the food in question, and assigning it a grade between A-D. It will also notify you whether the food contains any controversial preservatives, additives or ingredients that you might not be aware of, even if the problematic ingredient is going by a different name. 

  • Angela Krozy - Masada

  • Neal Green - Dead Sea

  • Robert Hurwitz - Maccabi Games

  • Matt Kaplan - Masada

  • Lynn Green - Tel Aviv

  • Gerson Kaplan - Ba'had

  • Janet and Richard Schreibstein - Jerusalem

  • Emily Kader - Kinneret

Purchase Olive Oil Made in Israel

Maryland importer Israeli Harvest imports organic olive oil from Makura Farm located in the Carmel region close to the home of the Howard County Federation's Israel Shlicha, Carmel Nitsani. Israeli Harvest will deliver olive oil orders to the Federation office when the oil arrives in April and will contribute 15% of proceeds to the federation. Order online here.


This project was compiled by Carmel Nitsani,

Jewish Federation of Howard County 2014-15 Shlicha