Lauren Greenfield’s “The Queen of Versailles” documents three years in the lives of the super-rich David and Jackie Siegel — a self-made tycoon and a former model three decades his junior — whose plans to build the largest home in America are thwarted by the real estate crash and financial crisis.
For an aspiring entrepreneur, gaining admission to DreamIt Ventures, an Israeli “startup accelerator” that provides seed funding, mentorship, work space and advice from accountants and lawyers in exchange for 9 percent of the startup’s common stock, is a big coup.
So when Nuseir Yassin, 20, a rising sophomore at Harvard who was born and raised in the Israeli village of Arraba, won a spot in DreamIt’s New York City summer program with a mix of Israeli and other fledgling companies, he couldn’t have been happier.
We are increasingly choosing to read our novels, magazines, newspapers and even children’s books on e-readers and tablets. But is it permissible to do this on the one day of the week that Judaism commands us to unplug?
Ephraim Sneh, a retired general in the IDF, served as a deputy minister of defense. A physician, Sneh, 67, was also elected to the Knesset in 1992 as a member of the Labor Party and later served both as minister of health and transportation. He is currently chairman of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue at the Netanya Abraham College and is a consultant with the Israel Policy Forum. The Jewish Week spoke with him recently about the peace process and issues surrounding it.