Israeli Pride at the London Paralympics Games 2012 By Aryeh Savur Tazpit News Agency Noam Greshuny’s story is one of triumph of the spirit. Six year after being critically wounded during the Second Lebanon War, Gershuny won a gold medal…
Mount Bental, which has been an inactive volcano for 50,000 years, offers stunning views of the north of the country. By JOE YUDIN
Joe Yudin owns Touring Israel, a company that specializes in “Lifestyle” tours of Israel.
We make our way up the winding road climbing Mount Bental, an extinct volcano on the northern Golan Heights, which last erupted over 50,000 years ago. I open the windows of my van and as we climb the temperature drastically drops, which is quite welcoming in the August summer heat.
Israel Bullet Proof Grenade, Israel Grenade, New Grenade, World News JERUSALEM — Israel Military Industries says it has developed a unique grenade that doesn’t explode when hit by shrapnel, bullets or even if exposed to fire.
Moshe Elert, a senior official with the state-owned defense company, said Monday the new mechanism could save soldiers’ lives. He would not elaborate on how it works.
He said it was developed after two soldiers were killed in 2010 when a grenade one was carrying was hit by a bullet and exploded. Elert says there have been many similar cases around the world, and the new technology is being sold to other friendly armies.
Tazpit News Agency Menifa alumnus: “I believe this was the most important decision I ever made in my life and I have no doubt that Menifa led me to this choice”
By Alisa Bodner Tazpit News Agency
A few years ago, Shalom was wandering the streets of Israel after he was thrown out of his high school for refusing to come to class. Now- only four years later- Shalom is completing a commander’s course is an elite unit of the Israel Defense Forces and already has dreams to study engineering after he finishes officer’s school. What can be attributed to Shalom’s complete turn around, from high school dropout to motivated and disciplined IDF commander? The answer can be found about a thirty minute drive from Jerusalem, in a special center called “Menifa”.
Menifa- Leverage for Life is a nonprofit organization that was founded in Israel in 2004. The mission of the organization is to prevent at risk youth from dropping out of high school and to reintegrate detached youth into normative frameworks. Menifa establishes learning centers in existing high schools for teens who are in acute danger of dropping out of school and for those who have already detached from the educational system. These centers are alternative full-time learning programs for the struggling teens. Since its establishment, Menifa has operated 130 such programs around Israel.
One of Menifa’s centers lies on a farm approximately thirty minutes away from Jerusalem. This center accepts boys between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. Most of them come from broken homes or from families who are in financial straits. The boys in this program have been involved in either alcohol or drug abuse or other destructive behaviors. Shalom is one of the boys who came to this center after having no other place to turn to.
Shalom struggled in a regular high school framework. He was kicked out of school in the 11th grade and he did not know where he would spend the next year, until he received a call from a man named Ariel who introduced himself from the organization Menifa. Ariel invited Shalom to meet him and learn more about Menifa.
“It turned out to be my best year of school”, Shalom explains. “The staff gave us the freedom to choose what we wanted to learn and how and when. We wanted to come out of choice and out of a desire to take responsibility.”
In addition to the regular academic courses that they are offered, the boys have daily activities that provide them with social and emotional reinforcement and help build their life skills. The boys also clean the center every day and prepare lunch as a group in the kitchen. These group activities help instill in the boys a sense of teamwork and responsibility for oneself and others.
The youth are drawn to the center because of its unique approach that places an emphasis on the staff-student connection and on interpersonal relationships. Every morning, the center’s life coach, Yaniv greets each boy with a giant bear hug, bringing an instant smile to their faces. He calls the boys each morning to wake them up and to make sure they come to the center. He also makes house calls where he visits the boys and meets with their parents to help strengthen the parent-child relationship.
The relationships that the students form with the staff play an important role in their rehabilitation and return to normative functioning. “One of the most powerful experiences for me was the many intimate conversations I had with Ariel [the center’s coordinator] and my life coach from Menifa”, Shalom explains. “I spoke to them about issues that were bothering me in my life. I always felt comfortable speaking with them at eye level, without fear that they would react negatively.”
“Before the end of the school year, I had much hesitation whether I should enlist in the IDF immediately or first enroll in a pre-military preparatory academy”, Shalom continues. “After many deep conversations with Ariel, I decided to enroll in a preparatory academy with two other friends from Menifa. I believe this was the most important decision I ever made in my life and I have no doubt that Menifa led me to this choice”, he says.
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IDF set to remove word ‘God’ from text recited at army memorialsExpected army panel’s recommendation comes after dispute centered around whether ‘May God remember’ or ‘May the nation of Israel remember’ be used. By Gili Cohen IDF chief Benny Gantz arriving at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, April 24, 2012. Photo by Michal Fattal Text size Comments (11) Print Page Send to friend Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share this story is byGili Cohen related tagsJewish world Jewish holidays Ehud Barak IDF This year’s main Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photo by Michal Fattal related articlesGantz puts Yizkor debate into general’s hands By Amos Harel | May.17,2012 | 1:03 AM Defense officials plan to recommend that the Yizkor text that was the subject of a dispute last year be officially included in Memorial Day services at military cemeteries.
The dispute centered around whether the words “Yizkor Elohim” (“May God remember” ) or “Yizkor Am Yisrael” (“May the nation of Israel remember” ) should be used. In the end, the second version won out.
The decision to officially recommend the text was made after the text – either version – was omitted from many Memorial Day ceremonies this year, apparently due to confusion after last year’s debate.
Though the Yizkor text for fallen soldiers is modeled after the traditional Yizkor memorial prayer, it is not a prayer, but a text penned by Labor Zionist leader Berl Katznelson in the 1920s. It was never a required element in military memorial services, though it was read at many services.
By Avi Lipkin/Victor Mordecai When Egyptian Field Marshall and Minister of War Mohammed Tantawi said recently that “Egypt would know how to cut off the arm of the enemy (Israel) when the time came,” it reminded me of something…
By Ryan Jones Itamar Gelbman has become the new talk of the US political blogosphere after he promised as part of his congressional election campaign to “stop the Islamization of America.” That promise was listed among others on a…
Defense Ministry to showcase latest developments in robotics, space and unmanned aircraft, alongside NASA, White House in Tel Aviv conference By Yoav Zitun
Unmanned boats, cars and tanks and small remote-control operated aircraft are just some of the new developments presented at this week’s AUVSI conference hosted by Israel’s Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.
Conference visitors will be able to get a glimpse of the “future battleground” as designed by members of the Defense Ministry’s R&D and technology departments.
They will also be able to take a look at two of the Air Force’s star drones: the giant Eitan UAV, which foreign reports claim is able to reach Iran, and “Sky Rider” which recently supported intelligence efforts in the Gaza Strip in the latest round of violence with Hamas.
Iran encouraging Islamic Jihad to fire rockets at Israel, escalation could prompt ground incursion, senior officer says. IDF hasn’t used all measures at its disposal, he says Yoav Zitun
Is Gaza war in cards? The current round of fighting between Israel and Palestinian terror groups could prompt Israel to launch a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior IDF official said Monday. The comments were made as Gaza terror groups continued to shell southern Israel communities with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Monday.
Two such rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system over Ashkelon Monday evening. Military officials said the advanced system shot down 85% of the rockets fired from Gaza in the past four days. Meanwhile, the IDF struck several targets in Gaza, killing at least two terrorists Monday night.
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