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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

06/11/2013

Google confirmed its acquisition of the Israeli navigation company Waze.

Google Reportedly Set To Buy Hot Israeli Startup Waze

06/10/2013

(JTA) — Google will acquire the Israeli navigation company Waze for $1.3 billion, an Israeli business daily reported.

Neither Waze nor Google has confirmed the report by Globes. A later report by Bloomberg put the price at $1.1 billion.

Some 50 million motorists share information about traffic via Israeli startup application Waze.

Israeli Minister Blasts Google’s Recognition Of Palestine

05/08/2013

The decision by Google to change the name “Palestinian territories” to “Palestine” across its products might harm the prospects for restarted Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, according to Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin.

Israel Protests Google's Recognition Of Palestine

05/06/2013

A senior Israeli official called on Google to reconsider its decision to change the wording on its services and products from "Palestinian Territories" to "Palestine."

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin also told Google CEO Larry Page in a letter sent Sunday that he was in essence recognizing a Palestinian state that does not exist.

Screenshot of Google Palestine page, via Christian Science Monitor.

Technion-Cornell Institute Receives $133 Million From Qualcomm Founder

Israeli tech school’s president says center can be 'half aliyah' for expat faculty.

04/22/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

New York’s planned Innovation Institute jointly run by Cornell University and Israel’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has met more than half its fundraising goal thanks to a $133 million donation from Irwin Jacobs, a founder of Qualcomm, and his wife, Joan.

The gift was announced Monday and will be divided equally between Cornell University and the New York-based American Technion Society, which supports the Institute in Haifa, Israel.

Technion President Peretz Lavi sees new Institute becoming 'Silicon Island' for innovators here. Michael Datikash

Feeding Our Workers

03/21/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I recall my experiences as a teenager working waiting tables in various restaurants. There was a high-paced energy that was difficult to maintain, but the greatest challenge was constantly being hungry while serving others food. Today, many have it much worse than anything I experienced, because they work long shifts with no breaks at all to eat.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Forbes List Again Shows Oracle's Ellison As World's Richest Jew

03/06/2013

For the third straight year, Oracle's Larry Ellison is the world's richest Jew, according to Forbes magazine's annual world billionaires list for 2013.

Hitler Slips Into A Google App Store

Apple has been criticized by mobile app makers for the difficult process involved in getting their apps into the AppStore. The reason for all the red tape in this process, however, is so Apple can approve each app for content ensuring there is no hate speech or racist material in the app. In France, Apple has even removed an app that was in violation of that country's strong policy on anti-Semitism.

A guest at the party opening Google's offices in Berlin. Getty Images
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