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Israel’s Standings in the Global Competitiveness Index 2014

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September 15, 2014
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According to World Economic Forum, “The Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 assesses the competitiveness landscape of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The report remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide, providing a platform for dialogue between government, business and civil society about the actions required to improve economic prosperity.” 

Below are Israel’s rankings in terms of Global Competitiveness and its place on the world stage.

Israel Innovation

View more rankings here: weforum

Backstreets Back!

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September 9, 2014
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Boy band member Howie Dorough leaves Israeli fans hopeful when he announces the band’s rescheduled concert in Israel.

In a video, Howie D. apologizes for the cancellation of the band’s anticipated summer concert in Ranana. Like other bands who were suppose to visit Israel in the summer, Backstreet boys cancelled their concert due to security reasons.

“We’re so sorry we didn’t make it,” he said. “We were very excited about our first visit to Israel.” 

Recently, the band has announced its rescheduled concert in Israel for next spring. Hopefully this time they can keep their promise!

 

Srouji Takes Apple By Storm

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August 21, 2014
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Srouji, an Arab-Israeli who studied at the Technion, was formally announced as the US giant’s VP of hardware over the weekend.

 

Johny Srouji, an Arab-Israeli from Haifa, was announced as Vice President of Hardware Technologies at Apple over the weekend when his picture was added to the company’s leadership page.

Srouji received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Israel’s premier institute of technology, the Technion. He was raised in downtown Haifa and moved to the US in 2008 after serving in senior roles at both Intel and IBM in Israel.

He joined Apple to lead the development of the company’s first native cellular chip, the A4.

He was first appointed as a vice president three years ago, and was promoted to his current position last year. Srouji, according to the company’s page, reports directly to CEO Tim Cook.

 

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Apple’s leadership page has only featured some of its senior officials throughout the years. But the company came under fire recently for its lack of diversity in senior positions.

The criticism elicited a response when the page was updated over the weekend to include a few more faces, Srouji among them.

Despite the geographic distance from home, Srouji has maintained involvement in Israel; he was closely involved with setting up Apple’s first R&D center in Israel in 2011.

According to some reports, Srouji pushed for the project to be built in Haifa, where he was raised. After its first incursion into Israel, Apple opened additional R&D centers in Herzliya, Tel Aviv and Raanana.

In recent years the US technology giant purchased a number of Israeli firms: PrimeSense for $350 million in 2013 and Anobit for $400 million in 2011.

Ynet

Now in Stores: Kitchen Aid’s Sparkling Beverage Maker

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August 14, 2014
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Kitchen Aid, first famous for its 1919 stand up mixer, has now released its anticipated new line of Sparkling Beverage Makers in collaboration with Israel’s SodaStream - the worlds leading manufacturer of home carbonation systems.

Staying true to its origins, Kitchen Aid’s Sparkling Beverage Maker has its classic all-metal exterior with a splash of colour. The system includes 4 carbonation settings, a BPA free bottle, and a 60L CO2 tank.

Sparkling B Maker

All of this is very exciting, especially for Kitchen Aids’ general manager of small appliances David Elliott, who said,

“We are excited to expand our KitchenAid family of products and enter the growing category of home carbonation- working with SodaStream brings together their best-in-class technology with our stylish design signature to offer a premium product for our consumers worldwide.”

For more on this product, click here: SDM 

 

#DANCE with us at #WorldPride #TO!

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June 6, 2014
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Size Doesn’t Matter is hosting an open call for 6 #dancers on our #TelAviv themed float in partnership with #Kulanu #Toronto!

So if you’re ready to #dance, love the #spotlight, and can handle the #heat at #WorldPride2014, send us a quick video to show us why you should be one of the stars on our float!

Deadline for videos: June 16, 2014
Selection of winners: June 19, 2014

Additional details:
Please note that the parade takes place rain or shine!  We need dancers who are willing and able to stick it out and party through regardless of the weather.  We will not release your video without your permission.

PRESS RELEASE: BINDAAS – Indo, Jewish Canadian young professionals team up

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August 19, 2012
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August 17, 2012

TORONTO - Bright lights, Indian food and Indian-inspired Israeli music – these are merely a few of the highlights expected when Indo and Jewish Canadian youngprofessionals team up to for a networking event like none other. “BINDAAS: Indian and Israeli Fusion” will be held on Thursday, September 6th at Tryst nightclub, one of Toronto’s hottest destinations.

Join us for an evening celebrating Israeli/Jewish and Indian culture. Come savor the exotic flavours of Israel and India and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of two of the alluring cultural meccas on the planet. Featuring internationally renowned Shy Ben Tzur and the Rajasthani Gypsies in association with the Ashkenaz Festival. Truly a festival ofculture and a rare opportunity for young leaders to come together to build relationships and bridge communities.

BINDAAS – Indian slang for “it’s all good”, equivalent to Hebrew word “Sababa”.

This event is the first of its kind, bringing together such organizations as: Desifest, RANA, Panorama, Impact Toronto, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, The Centre forIsrael and Jewish Affairs, The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Hillel of Greater Toronto, Cineplex, Ashkenaz Festival, The Consulate General of Israel, MyBinidi.com and SizeDoesntMatter.com

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Event details:

What: Networking Mixer bringing together Indo and Jewish Canadian Young Professionals

Where: Tryst Nightclub, 82 Peter St., Toronto

When: September 6th, 7:30 p.m.

Website: Sizedoesntmatter.com/bindaas

 

For further information contact:

Dan Hadad, 
Associate Director, Special Projects

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs & SizeDoesntMatter.com

dhadad@cija.ca

Cell phone: (647) 985-3320

 

Yogesh K. Sharma, President

Rajasthan Association of North America (Canada)

yks@rogers.com

Cell phone: (416) 834-9120