Hinoman Has Big Plans For World’s Smallest Vegetable

Israeli company aims to harvest a new superfood and feed the world’s growing population.

07/16/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Hinoman, an Israeli agritech company, hopes to make mankai the new kale with an innovative hydroponic harvesting method revealed at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo earlier this week. Israel was one of more than 95 countries represented at the event, gathered to present and discuss new developments to ensure sustainable food supplies for people around the world.

Israel was one of 95 countries at IFT’s Annual Meeting and Food Expo. Getty Images

As Starbucks Expands Into Sub-Saharan Africa, Still No Signs of Stores in Israel

Closing Israeli stores was “the right decision for our business,” says the company.

07/14/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Starbucks Corp. still has no plans to reopen Israeli branches of the famed coffee shop, but the company announced Tuesday that it will open its first South African chain next year in Johannesburg through Taste Holdings Ltd. A few stores already operate in Cairo and Casablanca, Morocco, but this will be their first attempt to break into South Africa’s coffee market.

Not every effort to reach customers overseas has been successful for the Seattle-based brand.  Wikimedia Commons

Israeli Teen ‘New Face’ Of Dior

07/14/2015 - 20:00

Move over, Bar Rafaeli — there’s a new Israeli “It girl” model.

Sofia Mechetner, a 14-year-old from Holon, a Tel Aviv suburb, has been signed — seemingly out of nowhere — as the “new face” of Dior, one of France’s top fashion houses. Israel’s Channel 2 accompanied Sofia for several days leading up to Paris Fashion Week, where she opened the show.

Fourteen-year-old Israeli Sofia Mechetner was the first model on the runway at the Dior Paris Fashion Week show. Via

Split Community Looks To Congress

Sixty-day period of congressional debate seen as crucial, with Schumer as ‘canary in the coal mine.’

07/14/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

As the Jewish community digests the historic deal to limit Iran’s nuclear capability in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions — with more or less predictable reactions from groups on the left and right — the focus now shifts to Congress.

Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Nita Lowey to figure in congressional debate on Iran deal. Getty Images

A Deal With The Devil

07/14/2015 - 20:00

We are as hopeful for the prospects of a nuclear-free Iran as we are skeptical of the deal announced this week after several years of negotiations.

Israel Facing Agonizing Choice On Iran Deal

Tough line against pact could further isolate Jewish state, as Netanyahu appears to gear up for congressional push.

07/14/2015 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reaction to the deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions announced on Tuesday in Vienna was swift and unambiguous.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in a tough spot on how to proceed in wake of Iran deal. Getty Images

Are Democrats Deserting Israel Or Vice Versa?

A new poll making headlines lately in Israel declares that the country "can no longer claim to have the bipartisan support of America” because Democratic elites have deserted the Jewish state.

How credible is this poll?  Consider this: it was conducted by a highly partisan Republican pollster who surveyed 802 "highly educated, high income…opinion elites" – not rank and file or members of Congress -- that he selected to measure partisan American attitudes toward Israel.

Bibi's Costly Feud

Bibi's Costly Feud

No issue is more critical for Israel right now than the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet Benjamin Netanyahu has squandered any influence he may have had in shaping the administration's positions by mounting a full frontal assault on the integrity and intentions of the American president and by colluding with a GOP leadership determined to use the issue as one more weapon in their anti-Obama campaign.

Western Wall Rabbi’s Apology For Kippah Incident Does Little To Ease Religious Tensions

Rabbi Rabinovitch and Women of the Wall trade barbs over woman who was sent away from the Kotel for wearing a kippah.

07/07/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, Rabbi of the Western Wall, apologized for the way ushers questioned and expelled Linda Siegel-Richman from the site for wearing a kippah, but expressed doubt as to whether the incident occurred and blamed Women of the Wall’s activism for the heightened tensions.

Members of Women of the Wall pray while Israeli police watch for angry protestors. Getty Images

The Rowing Joke

07/07/2015 - 20:00

As a former university rower, I read with delight about the growing popularity of the sport in Israel (“Israeli Rowers Make History,” July 3). It may even mean that the legendary joke about the Jewish rowing team (and perhaps, by extension, the Jewish people) may now have to be archived.

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