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Atamna-Ismaeel reacting to her win. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Science burns in her bones

Despite invitations from academic institutions in the US and the UK, award-winning tissue-science innovator Professor Smadar Cohen would rather live and work in Israel.   Photo courtesy of Dani Machlis. Groundbreaking inventions: Prof. Smadar Cohen in her lab at Ben …

The “Israeli Obama” takes on the Y

A young Muslim Israeli is set to make the Jerusalem YMCA financially sustainable and to transform the established meeting place for three faiths into a dynamic peace center.   “The more you give, the more you get, especially in being …

A photographic assault on the senses

He may have no formal training, but the daring work of Israeli artist Drew Tal, which mixes photography with other mediums, is catching the attention of critics across the US.   His work falls somewhere between a painting and a …

Merging science and Jewish thought

He may be an impressive innovator in solar energy, and a captain of industry, but Arnold Goldman is also a thinker whose unusual goal is to bring science together with philosophy. Builder of Jerusalem – solar energy leader Arnold Goldman. …

Israel is my country, good or bad

Prof. Gavriel Salomon has been volunteering, working, writing, researching and educating for peace since he was a young boy. Hanging on the wall of Prof. Gavriel Salomon’s office at the University of Haifa is an original poster announcing an April …

At the forefront of drug revolutions

For businessman, top consultant and educator Martin Gerstel, “retirement” means holding down a few full-time jobs. Picture by Abigail Klein Leichman. Martin Gerstel at his Jerusalem home. Martin Gerstel jokes that the highlight of his business career occurred before it …

Saving billions to save the environment

If pan-Mediterranean governments could only set aside their differences to work together for the environment, they could save themselves billions of dollars. Now an Israeli conservationist aims to lead the way.   “I can’t just protect animals and plants, but …

From ecology to peacemaking

From ecology to peacemaking

A young, ‘green’ peacemaker Ilana Meallem, who first wanted to serve her country in the IDF, now devotes herself to coexistence and environmental good works.   Throwing herself into the hands of the universe: prominent green activist and peacemaker Ilana …

A Samson with strength in his smarts

Meet an Israeli physicist who invents gadgets ranging from breast pumps and bread slicers to a calculator that won’t reveal the solution until you use your head.   Still a lot to do in physics – Israeli inventor Ilan Samson, …