technology

Heady Times For Israeli Tech

But sounding a warning, one leading entrepreneur says, ‘This feels like a bubble.’
10/22/2013 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — For several days last week, the world of high-tech seemed to take over Tel Aviv, as hundreds of foreign investors, executives and journalists descended on the city to mingle and size up Israel’s overflowing scene of start-ups and innovators.

An Israeli scientist demonstrates that a robot using artificial intelligence can dance. Joshua Mitnick

A Pitch To Report Cyber Hate

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the aftermath of Ryan Braun’s suspension from Major League Baseball for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, social media networks have witnessed an outpouring of impassioned commentary, including many anti-Semitic remarks made against Braun — nicknamed “The Hebrew Hammer” for his Jewish heritage.

Abraham H. Foxman

Touch-Screen Sephardic Cooking

07/22/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When a food giant like Manischewitz, the iconic company that first mass-produced Ashkenazi food in the United States, is taken over by Moroccans and starts making couscous, it’s a signal that the cuisine of North African and Middle Eastern Jews is having its moment.

Traditional recipes, modern technology: Sarina Roffe has created an app for Sephardic cuisine. Photo courtesy Sarina Roffe

Technology And Jewish Education

Video blogger Aaron Herman takes a look at the Bedtime Shema app for Android and Apple created by Rusty Brick founders Ronnie and Barry Schwartz in memory of their mother.

When Old Technology Is Just What We Need

It’s unusual for me to write about old technology. In the tech field what’s new is what’s interesting and newsworthy. Yesterday’s technology quickly becomes obsolete.

The author's grandmother with the record containing birthday greetings from her deceased family. Rabbi Jason Miller

Google Glass and Jewish Education

In 1982 when I was in first grade at Hillel Day School, a Jewish day school in Metropolitan Detroit, my father brought in our family’s Apple II computer for show-and-tell. There were no computers in the school at that time so it was a seminal technological moment for the school. I’m sure my father figured he would blow my classmates minds by showing them how to type a few lines of the LOGO programming language and get the turtle cursor to turn and move across the screen. However, my peers didn’t have any mind-blowing experiences that day -- it was only the beginning of what our generation would come to expect from computers and technology.

Hillel Fuld, a technology evangelist in Israel, tries Google Glass. Photo courtesy Hillel Fuld

Google Confirms Waze Acquisition

06/10/2013 - 20:00

Google confirmed its acquisition of the Israeli navigation company Waze.

Startup Nation Takes On Hebrew School

American publisher and Israeli nonprofit team up on groundbreaking Jewish ed-tech incubator.
06/03/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

In a move likely to give the fledgling Jewish educational technology field a much-needed shot of capital and know-how, an Israeli nonprofit and an American publishing company best known for its Hebrew school textbooks are teaming up to create the first-ever incubator focused on developing Jewish educational games, apps, software and other high-tech resources.

Israel’s Center for Educational Technology (CET) and the Springfield, N.J.-based Behrman House announced the joint project Tuesday — the news was closely guarded until then — at CET’s annual “Shaping The Future: Innovation, Education and Entrepreneurship” conference in Tel Aviv.

David Behrman, of Behrman House, Gila Ben-Har of CET and Avi Warshavsky of MindCET announce new incubator. Behrman House

Touch-Screen Time Travel In The Park

Groundbreaking mobile GPS game brings New York Jewish history to the iPad generation.
05/13/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

On a warm Sunday morning last month in Washington Square Park, parents were leisurely pushing strollers, sunbathers were strewn about on the grass, and people of all ages were lounging on the wooden benches and sipping coffee.

Not checking their e-mail: sixth-graders play Jewish Time Jump. Photo courtesy Converjent

Start-Up Street

Israeli students show off their inventions, projects and applications to a downtown crowd.
05/06/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In the last decades, Israel’s high-tech entrepreneurs have established the country’s reputation as the “Start-Up Nation,” a scrappy bunch of innovators, many of them products of the army’s incubator atmosphere.

This week, the next generation of Israeli scientists visited the Big Apple.

A group of Israeli high school students demonstrated their solutions to current problems in “Street Labs,” a hands-on event Tuesday in Union Square. 

Photos By Michael Datikash
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