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Successful Kosher Food & Wine Experience in US, Europe and Israel

The 9th annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience sponsored by Kedem (Royal Wine Corporation)takes place this evening at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. More than 1,000 bottles of wines and spirits from the US, France , Israel, and other fine wine regions around the world will be sampled. Initially held only in New York, the event has expanded to such cities as Miami, Paris, Tel Aviv and London. Nathan Herzog, the Executive Vice President for Royal Wines says that “ each event has its own flavor and we always make sure to get kosher winemakers from all over the globe so people can talk directly with them”. He adds “it’s the best vehicle to get the message directly to the consumers of the great kosher wines available today”. The KFWE in New York is divided into two parts, the first for trade and professionals and the second for some 1800 food connoisseurs who in addition to the wines can taste great foods from some of the New York region’s finest restaurants and caterers. Last week, more than 800 people attended a similar event in London. Wines from Israel are very much in demand - there is a lot of interest, many new wines and vintages, and a lot of growth and movement, states Jay Buchsbaum, VP marketing and Director of Wine Education, the Royal Wine Corporation /Kedem. “The single strongest growth area in the kosher wine world is Israel, hands down. We almost can’t bring it in fast enough and some of the wineries can’t produce enough volume to satisfy the U.S demand”. To date Royal Wine offers more than 20 different Israeli wineries in its portfolio. Kosher wine in America is big business – upwards of $28 million in sales, according to estimates made several years ago. kosher Today

Successful Kosher Food & Wine Experience in US, Europe, and Israel "Getting the Message Out" Says Kedem The 9th annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience sponsored by Kedem (Royal Wine Corporation)takes place this evening at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. More than 1,000 bottles of wines and spirits from the US, France , Israel, and other fine wine regions around the world will be sampled. Initially held only in New York, the event has expanded to such cities as Miami, Paris, Tel Aviv and London. Nathan Herzog, the Executive Vice President for Royal Wines says that “ each event has its own flavor and we always make sure to get kosher winemakers from all over the globe so people can talk directly with them”. He adds “it’s the best vehicle to get the message directly to the consumers of the great kosher wines available today”. The KFWE in New York is divided into two parts, the first for trade and professionals and the second for some 1800 food connoisseurs who in addition to the wines can taste great foods from some of the New York region’s finest restaurants and caterers. Last week, more than 800 people attended a similar event in London. Wines from Israel are very much in demand - there is a lot of interest, many new wines and vintages, and a lot of growth and movement, states Jay Buchsbaum, VP marketing and Director of Wine Education, the Royal Wine Corporation /Kedem. “The single strongest growth area in the kosher wine world is Israel, hands down. We almost can’t bring it in fast enough and some of the wineries can’t produce enough volume to satisfy the U.S demand”. To date Royal Wine offers more than 20 different Israeli wineries in its portfolio. Kosher wine in America is big business – upwards of $28 million in sales, according to estimates made several years ago. kosher Today

New Jersey Rabbi develops app to support Israeli products

A free application for those who want to support Israel by helping Israeli made products is now downloadable for all major smart phones. The new app, Am Yisrael Buy was created by Rabbi Daniel M. Cohen, spiritual leader of Temple Sharey Tefilo- – Israel in South Orange New Jersey. “There is an international movement called BDS – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – aimed at boycotting Israel and its products” said Cohen. “The movement demonizes Israel and has, as some of its leading proponents, anti—Semites whose ultimate goal is the destruction of the State of Israel. When I learned there are BDS apps that make it easier to boycott Israeli products and goods and spread their hatred, and then found there was no commensurate Pro – Israel app, I just had to act. That was the impetus for creating Am Yisrael Buy.” Initially Rabbi Cohen turned to some of his colleagues in the rabbinic community to see if they would join him in helping to promote an app for Israel. Once they agreed, he contacted a developer to help him create the app. The developer had some good ideas but was moving too slowly, so Rabbi Cohen decided to create it himself using a template – driven app development software tool. He taught himself to use the interface and Am Yisrael Buy was born. The app offers a list of Israeli made products, and where to buy them, as well as additional ways to support Israel. “As I was putting together the list I realized there were other ways to support Israel, so I added a section with some of the media outlets that cover Israel, outlets that help expose media bias against Israel, and included a number of ways people can donate to Pro – Israel organizations.” Added Cohen Jewish Advocate 10/10/14

OPEN SESAME

New Israeli technology will give the disabled control over their device, enabling them to access the wonderful world of the smartphone. An Israeli hi-tech company has developed another unique Israeli innovation, technology that makes the smartphone accessible to people challenged by a variety of physical disabilities. Sesame Enable, founded by Oded Ben-Dov and Giora Livne, is currently working on a extraordinary smartphone, called the “the Sesame Phone,” which is specifically tailored to assist people who have limited or no use of their hands due to conditions such as paralysis, Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and ALS. This technology is the first device designed for people with limited or absolutely no use of their hands, offering touch-free accessibility. The system enables control of the smartphone with a combination methods such as small head movements and voice recognition. The Sesame phone works by tracking the user’s head movements using the built-in, front-facing camera on the phone. These tracked movements are combined with cutting-edge computer vision algorithms to create a cursor that appears on the screen of the phone, similar to a cursor on a computer screen.The phone also has an “open sesame” voice command. A Mission and Expertise There are many uses for movement recognition technology. “We feel the focus on the disability market is both a mission and an expertise developed by daily visiting different people with disabilities. Nevertheless, as is with many accessibility solutions, once perfected where the need is high and real, it can disseminate to other more widespread uses. Just like a wheelchair ramp is also enabling for baby carriages, bicycles, shopping trolleys, etc,” the site states. Ben-Dov, the inventor of the Sesame Phone, told The Times of Israel: “We’ve developed a completely software-driven system that could be used with any Android phone…. It’s not a software patch, but a complete re-engineering of the Android OS to allow users to control devices using just voice and head gestures.” “Our slogan is ‘touch is overrated,’ and with our device, touch is not even necessary,” Ben-Dov said. “For those who don’t have use of their limbs, this is so far the only solution that lets them use a standard smartphone, with all that means today.”This essential technology is suitable for the Android operating system and will be available for iOS in the near future. Shipping is scheduled for March 2015. This is another great story about Israel helping the world. The world needs more good news about Israel. Do you enjoy reading these stories? Do you think these stories should be told again and again? Help us get the good news out to the world. Author: United with Israel Staff

Online Gift Stores Fight Boycott of Israel

With the continued growth of online shopping, Israeli online gift stores are spending more and promoting their products abroad in an effort to encourage Jews and non-Jews around the world to support Israel's economy - and challenge the BDS campaign against Israel. They are marking their products with "Made in Israel" in a clear sign for buyers to know of the Israeli designers. While much of the cheaper products are manufactured in China, many of the fine arts and crafts are produced in Israel. IsraelGiftStore - Shop Now The BDS boycott, divesture and sanctions campaign waged against Israel has steadily advanced around the world. However, in the past 3 years, Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics reports there has been an increase in exports each year between 3-6%. This is good news for the online stores which are targeting new markets. The focus of these Israeli web stores has been moving to markets beyond the Jewish community including the Christian supporters, and countries in Latin America and Asia which have strong economies. For these, the emphasis tends to be more with products from the Holy land, but not necessarily religious items. Many Jewish and Christian organizations and individuals are vocally advocating for Israel, but most still shop in their local communities (where much is imported from Asia) or online for the best price. The online stores are suggesting that the priority should be "buying blue and white". One such company, www.IsraelGiftStore.com carries only products that are designed and manufactured in Israel, including the packaging. It brands its products as higher quality with lower margins and quick service to encourage the online shopping experience. IsraelGiftStore - Shop Now "We started the Israel Gift Store after seeing the force of the BDS campaign and the growing divestures of companies doing business with Israel. We felt we needed to take a proactive stance to show the amazing creativity, diversity and culture of our country. We do this through beautiful products, and through our promotions," said Tali Omer, founder of the Israel Gift Store. "It's a whole new ballgame with the social media promotions, and not any less expensive than operating a physical store. But the rewards for promoting Israel abroad are so much greater," Tali explains. The international reach of the online stores has the added advantage of fewer peaks and valleys in sales. Holidays and special events in other countries and cultures occur regularly, to create a more even ordering for manufacturers. With the statistics proving positive, the advantages of the online gift stores work both for the economy, the producers and the consumers. Thank you! We appreciate your business and your support of Israel. Tali Omer Israel Gift Store

Christians United For Israel

ornament 2014 Dear Friend , Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States with over one million members and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world. We have only 25 staff, but serve over one million members and conduct over 40 pro-Israel events every month. Statement of Purpose The purpose of Christians United For Israel (CUFI) is to provide a national association through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues. BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is the latest effort to attack the Jewish people and delegitimize the Jewish State. The people promoting BDS are Israel haters who are trying to treat Israel like apartheid South Africa. They're hoping you'll forget that Israel is one of the most racially diverse countries in the world. They're hoping you'll not know that the freest Arabs in the Middle East are the Arab citizens of the Jewish State of Israel. They're hoping you won't see in their boycott of Jewish products and scholars a parallel to the Nazi boycott of Jewish merchants and academics decades ago. We are pushing back against the boycott of Israeli goods by purchasing Israeli goods. That's why our CUFI Christmas ornament is made in Israel! For your gift of $20 or more you receive a silver made in Israel CUFI Christmas Ornament. Or for your gift of $35 or more you will receive both the silver and gold made in Israel CUFI Christmas ornaments. May God Bless You and Those that You Love, Pastor John Hagee David Brog Chairman Executive Director Stand with Israel - Donate now! info@cufi.org

Friends of Israel

Monna Young Nov 11th, 2:14pm If you've never heard of us before: Hello from Sussex Friends of Israel! We are a group who have just started up in response to intense and aggressive demonstrations in our town, by the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement outside shops that sell Israeli produce. Upset and disturbed by weekly harassment, chanting and shouting of lies and hatred by these activists outside these shops, members of the Jewish and Christian community of Brighton began a counter-protest, forming the group which is now known as Sussex Friends of Israel. We've just passed our second anniversary since we first started counter-protesting against the BDS, giving out pro-Israel leaflets, holding our own rallies, talking and engaging the public and giving them another narrative and another side to the story. Members from all religions and backgrounds have thanked us for being a presence in Brighton, UK,, not only because they have also experienced harassment by the BDS and other groups, but because they feel marginalised and threatened by such a divisive, loud and aggressive movement on their streets. Would you visit and Like (or/and Share?) our page and thus support our small but ever growing online community which aims to promote and share the truth about Israel and the wider Jewish Community? Here is Sussex Friends of Israel’s link! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sussex-Friends-Of-Israel/521248807933259?fref=ts

THE ISRAEL CONFERENCE

The Israel Conference™ is a business event showcasing the vibrancy and innovativeness of the Israel market by bringing together Israel-facing companies from start-ups to global brands. Our unique programs and high-calibre attendees make this the only conference of its kind. We draw attendees from over 30 countries to rub shoulders with senior executives representing over $200B in aggregate revenues and to speak with VCs who attend representing over $20B in investable capital. Come to Israel by being in Los Angeles and be a part of the business access, networking, and deal-making to hear from over 70 speakers across two days in Los Angeles The Israel Conference™ is co-founded by Yossi Vardi, considered the ‘godfather of Israeli high-tech and known as the pioneer of Instant Messaging along with Sharona Justman, Managing Director of STEP Strategy Advisors. For more information, email theIsraelconference.org

ARE YOU SERIOUS?! BILL GATES SAID THAT ABOUT ISRAEL?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5muyjf1mlOk highlight the above link to open. very interesting video

How Can You Help Israel?

During these difficult times, when we can give less to help others, the Israeli organizations that rely on U.S. donations are struggling like never before. The drop in the value of the U.S. dollar means charitable donations buy far less than in the recent past. And with food prices soaring worldwide, the numbers of truly poor, keep rising. The ripple effect from the U.S. financial crisis is devastating to charities and businesses in Israel. Israel's economy has recovered admirably, but there is still suffering and crushing poverty in much of the country. Self defense is expensive. Rebuilding war-ravaged lives, homes and businesses requires support. Most social services have been reduced drastically. Over 1.6 million people in Israel live below the poverty line. One in every three Israeli children is growing up poor- without enough food, without dental care, or shoes that fit. This store is our small attempt to make a difference. Our goal is to make high quality Israeli products easier to find and purchase for U.S. consumers. We urge our customers to support both America and Israel by purchasing MADE IN U.S.A. and MADE IN ISRAEL products whenever possible. Conscious spending for everyday needs in this way helps good people keep their jobs. It is a simple way to help counter the economic damage done by terrorists. Our warehouse is in Baltimore, so you wont have to wait weeks or pay exhorbitant shipping rates to buy MADE IN ISRAEL items. Please browse through our wonderful selection of THOUSANDS of useful, affordable and beautiful items, with favorite brands like Ahava, Dr. Fischer, Elite, Osem, Halutza, Neca 7, Ayala Bar, Yair Emanuel, Natural Formula, Safed Candles, and with hard-to-find items from small manufacturers and artists too. 100% of net profits from our internet sales are donated to Israeli charities. Israelproducts.com

ISRAELI BEER COMES TO THE U.S.

Malka Beer has become the first brand of Israeli craft beer to become available in the United States, and Illinois is now one of the first US markets to support it, distributed by Chicago owned and operated Louis Glunz Beer and imported by Sublime Imports. Located in the upper Galilee town of Yehiam (pronounced YEH-HEE-YAHM), at the foot of the 12th century Montfort Castle, Malka is one of the first micro-breweries in Israel. Malka maintains a tradition of hand-crafting small batches of beer, specializing in traditional Belgian, German, and English styles while imparting a local Israeli twist-using natural water from the Ga�aton Springs and local flavors. You can discover more about Malka Beer via their website: http://malkabeer.co.il/en/ Questions about where to find Malka Beer can be directed to your favorite local craft beer retailer and/or their distributor: Louis Glunz Beer via phone or email: (847) 676-9500 and info@glunzbeers.com

American Business Thrives in Israel

Amazon announced during a visit to Israel in October ,"We are setting up in Israel to support our cloud activity". Amazon's service and sales center, to open in 2014, will also service the Middle East and Africa. General Motors' Israel R&D facility is working on a self driving, self parking car that decreases the number of auto accidents. Asurion Corporation, a provider of technical support to the wireless phone industry, brought Israeli high-tech startup Soluto for$130 million. (Assaf Glad, Al-Monitor; David Shamah, Times of Israel; Orr Hirschauge, Ha'aretz)

TRANSPLANTS FROM PIGS MAY HELP DIABETICS

An Israeli study funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation clears a major barrier to enabling safe transplants between species. By Abigail Klein Leichman July 30, 2013, Insulin is made in the islet cells of the pancreas (highlighted). Alpha-1, a natural blood protein that fights inflammation, protects transplanted animal pancreatic islets – where insulin is produced – from rejection by the human body when used in combination with another anti-rejection therapy, according to an Israeli study financed by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This discovery, reported in the journal PLoS ONE in May, could open the door to successful islet transplants from mammals, such as pigs, for Type 1 diabetes patientsType 1 diabetes affects an estimated three million people in the United States alone. The disease results from a problem with the production or distribution of the hormone insulin, which carries glucose to the body’s cells for energy. Insulin is made in the islet cells of the pancreas, and transplants of healthy human islets have successfully allowed recipients to stop using injected insulin on a daily basis. However, because there aren’t nearly enough human donors, regulatory agencies including the US Food and Drug Administration have approved clinical trials using islets from pigs. Here, the problem is not availability but the human body’s aggressive immune response against tissue from another species. This is why the study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev scientists Eli C. Lewis, Efrat Ashkenazi, Boris M. Baranovski and Galit Shahaf is so significant. Combination therapy is the charm Lewis and his team at the Clinical Islet Laboratory in the department of clinical biochemistry and pharmacology already showed that alpha-1 protects human islet grafts from rejection by the recipient’s body. Next, they tested its effectiveness in protecting against rejection of non-human transplants. But their attempts failed, even when they tried increasing the dosage of alpha-1. Not willing to give up, the Israeli team studied microscopic changes inside graft samples and determined that alpha-1 might simply need help in order to overcome the strong immune response to inter-species grafts. This approach is called combination therapy. The scientists decided to try an existing technique, temporary T-cell depletion, which commonly is used just prior to organ transplantation. BGU’s team found that, on its own, temporary T-cell depletion only delays graft rejection. When temporary T-cell depletion therapy was combined with alpha-1 in an experiment on lab mice, islet grafts from a different species were indeed accepted. “This approach may be applicable in the near future for the purpose of pig-to-human islet transplantation, a procedure currently examined in several clinical trials around the world,” said Lewis. Israel21c

A NEW INHALER FOR ASTHMATIC CHILDREN

Inspiro Medical’s Inspiromatic, invented by the father of a child with asthma, passed a critical clinical study and now seeks partners for development. A smart dry-powder inhaler for children, developed by Israeli mechanical engineer Nimrod Kaufmann with Dr. Guy Steuer, senior pulmonologist at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikvah, just completed a successful clinical trial at Schneider. The Inspiromatic device. Inspiromatic is produced by Inspiro Medical, a portfolio company of The Trendlines Group, and is meant to take the place of hard-to-use nebulizers for young children as well as the elderly and people with certain disabilities. Kaufmann, who came from a background in medical devices research and development, knew that dry-powder inhalers do a better, faster job with less risk of error and contamination, but kids in particular can’t use them properly. Inspiromatic has an internal microcontroller and flow sensor that detects the right time to deliver the medication and automatically disperse the drug particles in the right size without need for forceful inhalation. The randomized, crossover, double-blind study aimed to objectively assess the efficacy and safety of Inspiromatic in delivering bronchodilator meds to 30 children with asthma, aged 8-18, compared to a competitive inhaler already on the market. According to a company statement, the results demonstrated superior results for the Inspiromatic, even in patients with poor inhalation technique, and it was highly rated by patients for ease of use. “This successful study will enable us to move to the next step in the company development and partner with pharmaceutical companies to develop drug-device combinations and also bring better therapy to patients with poor inhalation technique,” said Kaufmann. By: Abigail Klein Leichman 6-10-13

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