20 Years Israel – European Cooperation Celebrated in Jerusalem

Much attention was focused on Paris, France,

which featured a Peace Conference without the main players present.

However,  a conference involving the EU in Jerusalem, Israel,

 received much less attention and took place

Science conference at Jerusalem Theater

at the Jerusalem Theater.

For 20 years, Israel and Europe have been working

Celebration 20 years science and tech development in Israel ISERD

together on science, research, and development

under a program named ISERD,

Israel-Europe Research and Development.

In celebration of 20 years of cooperation

a conference was convened.

The first of three panels was on excellence in science,

Panel all women excellence in science ISERD

and all the participants were women.

videos showing some technologies from ISERD grants

The video programs screened between panel presentations

highlighted some of the outstanding and

advanced technologies developed in multiple fields.

ISERD grants used for research

If you need a special pump for an experiment,

just make it and use it.

IBM Cyber Security head at 20th year of ISERD

The head of IBM Cyber Security

was on a panel with the Head of Technology of Israel Police.

Many of the discussions sounded like science fiction,

from imagining technology to fuels from waste water and more.

Ambassador of EU to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen

Lars Faaborg-Andersen EU Ambassador to Israel was all smiles.

 He often speaks about EU-Israel cooperation.

 In Paris it was hard to see,

but whatever they said and did in Paris,

Europeans have been funding projects in Israel for at least 20 years.

Crowd at ISERD 20th anniversary celebration at Jerusalem Theater Israel

Hundreds of researchers and funders gathered,

networked, and talked during the ISERD conference.

Research equipment can be complex and costly.

The EU has a program called Horizon 2020,

which offers billions of Euros to bolster the EU’s

position as a world leader in science.

Europeans want Israeli entrepreneurs to invent

what the EU needs and lacks in areas of development.

The World Economic Forum has named Israel as

second most innovative country in the world after Switzerland.

Israel is opening a new Innovation program next week.

Israeli Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs,

will have more grant opportunities available

for research projects.

The sky is no longer the limit.

Israeli ingenuity is in demand.

 Did you see any media coverage anywhere

of the ISERD 20th celebration?

It happened last week in Jerusalem, Israel.

 Diplomats make their declarations,

while Israelis are turning amazing ideas into reality.

Music, Lights, Shabbat and Happy Hanukkah

Music, Lights, Shabbat and Happy Hanukkah

How could I forget?

With a post last week of musical events in Jerusalem, Israel,

Jerusalem Theater Pianos

I forgot to include the annual Piano Festival

taking place once again at the Jerusalem Theater.

In the ‘what will they do to top last year’ department,

Jerusalem Theater Piano Festival

chairs were set up outside in a large tent.

Piano performances will be held over three days,

and piano bars stocked with wines

will help keep visitors warm in the cold nights.

Meanwhile,

Jerusalem Theater lobby

inside the theater,

Jerusalem Theater singer

musicians and singers who immigrated to Israel

Jerusalem Theater singers

performed throughout the building.

Jerusalem Theater snack time

Some were more interested in the snacks

Painted glass at Jerusalem theater olim event

than the music or art works on display.

With the holidays approaching, visitors are arriving

Jerusalem street lights with hanukiot lit up for chanuka

and decorations are lining the streets.

Street signs for hanukah

Chanukkah celebration signs are posted.

Jerusalem street sign for lights of hanukah

Festivals, performances and happenings

will light up the city for Hanuka,

 too many events to list.

The lights of Shabbat

Lighting the lights of Hanukah

will be followed by the lights of Hanuka.

Yes, I spelled חנוכה different ways in English,

but the wishes are the same.

First

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom,

then

חנוכה שמח

Happy Hanukkah

 And if you want more lights and music

to get in a holiday mood,

here is my favorite video from last year.

Jerusalem Opera, Genesis Prize and More

Hot.

It is hot in Jerusalem, Israel.

The pool at Jerusalem Dan Hotel looked so cool.

Shrut HaDin 052b

But Sharut HaDin was having a conference inside the hotel,

so we were inside listening to experts on panels

discussing the new cyber and legal battlefields Israel is facing.

When it gets hot,

Teddy Park Mitchell Garden Jerusalem Israel

the parks are quiet by day,

Teddy Garden Mitchell Park Jerusalem Israel

but every fountain is as good as the beach.

Jerusalem Israel street graffiti

Even new graffiti was in a shady spot.

This was certainly the most random street scene,

random street scene garbage Jerusalem

getting ready for a trip to the beach,

but with a box of memorial candles?

End of June.

It is again the season,

of big people on little chairs.

end of year party Jerusalem big people on little chairs

The mandatory end of school year celebrations,

are at all hours of day and night.

But this week, there is another celebration.

Itzhak Perlman is in Jerusalem to accept the Genesis Prize.

Itzhak Perlman speaking with Uri Dromi before Genesis Priza

A gifted musician whose abilities overcame his disabilities.

Through appearances on Sesame Street

he taught important values to a whole generation.

Born in Israel,

though he has lived in New York for decades,

Itzhak Perlman Jerusalem Israel

he was surrounded by the Hebrew media and well-wishers

after a press conference at Mishkanot Sha’ananim.

Also, Dame Helen Mirren is in Israel

this week to present the Genesis Prize.

Dame Helen Mirren at JPC before Genesis Prize

She only played a Queen in the movies,

but she is a regal act in real life too.

Her stories of good times spent in Israel – priceless.

Helen Mirren Jerusalem Israel for Genesis Prize

She was evidently pleased to receive a membership card

to the Jerusalem Press Club.

Now I can say I have something in common

with Dame Helen Mirren.

But on some days,

big truck going up small street

not only on the Jerusalem streets is it hard to get by,

 but there is so much happening,

it is hard to do it all.

That night was opening of the Jerusalem Opera Week,

Italy Israel at Jerusalem Opera

with an Italian theme for Rigoletto.

People were warned to come on time.

Parking and picking up tickets for hundreds

 of opera goers required planning,

plus because of Ramadan fast ending at that time,

a shortage of taxis were anticipated.

Jerusalem Opera stage in Sultan's Pool

The huge stage was constructed in Sultan’s Pool,

with seating rising to street level.

As the sun was setting the audience

opera stage in Sultan Pool Jerusalem Opera Rigoletto

and Israeli Philharmonic prepared for the show.

Translations in Hebrew and English,

were provided on the top and sides of stage.

Rigoletto Opera in Jerusalem Sultan Pool

Magnificent music filled the air.

 Even though the story line is one of tragedy,

Cst of Rigoletto Jerusalem Opera in Sultan's Pool

it was especially exciting to see an Israel performer

excelling in the lead female role.

field of flowers, Jerusalem Israel

So everything may not always be as beautiful as a bed of flowers,

but as I walked home at night near midnight,

Shavuah Hasefer Israel Book Week at First Station

people were still at Shavuah HaSefer at First Station,

watching the football (soccer) match and drinking beer.

Hundreds more were leaving the Jerusalem Theater.

sign for Jerusalem Theater

The signs are up for the new season at the theater,

but the Genesis Prize award is there tonight.

Then we will have to wait to see what

 will be happening next on the Jerusalem streets.