Jerusalem Lightricks, Unicorns and Israel Innovation

Jerusalem Lightricks, Unicorns and Israel Innovation

Israeli startups raised over $650m in July

Three of the financing rounds in July created unicorns –

startups with a valuation of more than $1 billion

was the headline in Globes Business News English online edition on August 1, 2019, for Lightricks.

Lightricks at Hebrew University Givat Ram Jerusalem Israel hi tech

I visited Lightricks, located on the Hebrew University Givat Ram campus, in the spring.

I got a great paper notepad. However, now I regret not taking better notes and more photos.

Jerusalem Israel Lightricks on Givat Ram at Hebrew University

In the old HU university dorm buildings, Lightricks has grown quickly.

Lightricks Jerusalem Israel

The outdoor locations were bursting with colorful flowers.

Being located on the HU campus, it has become one of Jerusalem’s entrepreneurial hubs attracting the best and brightest.

View from conference room of Lightricks in Givat Ram Hebrew University campus

From the conference room window, you can see one of the outside paths. This is not your typical big-city working space.

I had gone to Lightricks as one of the tour options of Forbes Women Under 30.

JVP Forbes under 30 Women entrepreneurs at JVP in Jerusalem Israel

The diversity of the international groups of young entrepreneurs Forbes brings to Jerusalem at JVP has always been impressive.

Just one of the amazing things happening in Jerusalem, Israel, I wanted to share with you.

Jerusalem Israel Azrieli college Chinese delegations

International trade missions, as this one from China at Azrieli Engineering College at a JlmBioCity BioMed and Pharma pitch-night, now stop in Jerusalem on a regular basis.

But I want to share three diverse entrepreneurial Jerusalem groups you may not have heard about.

The IDF Intelligence Unit 8200 has gained attention though I do not know what they really do.

Soldiers leaving this elite army have gone on to establish impressive startups and innovative businesses.

Carmel 6000 entrance in Har Haztozfirm

A new addition to startup entrepreneurship with volunteer service is Carmel 6000.

A select group of young women has the option to do volunteer service combining hi-tech with social needs.

One of their projects was a collaboration with AYLN Children’s Hospital.

Wheel chair sensors by Carmel 6000 for Alyin children's hospital in Jerusalem Israel

What did the hospital need? A warning system for when a wheelchair was backing up. Here you see the sensors created by Carmel 6000!

Machon Tal hackathon in Jerusalem Israel

In June, Machon Tal of the Jerusalem College of Technology held its Hack@Tal. This educational program is geared to young religious women, with childcare support on campus.

Jerusalem Israel religious girls at Machon Tal hackathon

Another startup creative entrepreneurial competition to create applications for existing problems.

Nearly 200 young women worked day and night on their designated projects.

Machon Tal hackathon in Givat Shaul Jerusalem Israel

From ways to get ambulances through traffic efficiently to a wireless baby monitoring system, students collaborated with an approaching deadline.

Jerusalem Israel tech Machon Tal hackathon

With babies in tow and mentors to guide, the Hack@Tal was…I am at a loss for words of how impressive and positive. Women and STEM have come a long way in Jerusalem, Israel.

Jerusalem Israel MassChallenge Finale at beit Shmuel

The 4th MassChallenge Finale was held last week at Beit Shmuel.

Ten startups were selected from 44 businesses mentored and nurtured by staff members and 200 volunteers, and go on to the US to compete.

While at the end of June, Starting Up Together sponsored by MassChallenge, Rothschild Foundation and Peres Peace Center had a pitch night at First Station.

Jerusalem Israel First Station pitch night for Standing up together

PlayClean won the competition for its application for residents to report garbage to be cleaned up in a fun way to municipal governments.

Jerusalem Israel Bedouin pitch idea for Starting Up Together

Participants from Rahat worked on a website for local women to sell their crafts.

Group pose at Jerusalem First Station MassChallenge Stating up Together

Bedouins from the south, Muslims from the north, and Jews from all over in between, everyone is a winner on evenings like this one.

BioHouse, MadeInJlm, and now FemJlm are more names in startup Jerusalem.

Go north to find WeWork in south Tel Aviv – Hero Makers TOM out to change the world for the better. In Kfar Batya there is an amazing new high school space called Innovation Gogya.

Jerusalem street umbrellas

The umbrellas are up again over Yoel Salomon Street for summer.

But there is so much more happening than a colorful image for tourist season.

Watch out world, from these diverse Jerusalem streets great things are happening.

 

 

 

 

Jerusalem One Summer Night of Two Hugs

Jerusalem One Summer Night of Two Hugs

Oft repeated here,

you never know what you will find on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

Antique car on Jerusalem Israel street

This cute little “Electric Bimba” on the street certainly fits the theme.

Forty three degrees in car parked in sun

As the Jerusalem temperature was rising outside, our car parked in the sun went to 43 degrees C, over 100 degrees F. I have no idea what the temperature was in the old revved up personal transporter.

Fountain in Teddy Park Jerusalem Israel

People gather at Teddy Park in the evening, for the water fountain to go on and cool off.

Jerusalem Israel Yad Vashem

One place with thousands of visitors daily, no matter what the weather, is Yad Vashem.

A very special event was held on July 25 in the evening.

Rabbi Y M in Yad Vashem synagogue

As Rav Yisrael Meir Lau Israel’s former Chief Rabbi told his story, he looked at an image projected on the wall of the synagogue.

The occasion was a conference on Holocaust education for North American Jewish educators.

The image was that of him as an 8-year old child.

A Holocaust and concentration camp survivor, the image shows him sitting on a bench between Jewish US Army soldiers who liberated Buchenwald.

Sixty percent of the concentration camp survivors died during the first few days after liberation.  His older brother Naftali z”l was ill, so weak he was unconscious, and was not aware of liberation until much later.

Rabbi Hershel Schacter z”l, was the US Army chaplain who entered with the liberating US Army, who extended his hand to the frightened little boy.

Next to speak was his son, Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter, who told the story of his father’s desire to serve in the US Army during wartime.

From the Yad Vashem synagogue, after listening to the emotional remarks from both rabbis, the assembled group walked solemnly into the main building.

Rabbi Y M Lau pointing to himself as a child in large photo in Yad Vashem

There Rabbi Lau pointed to where he sat amid the US Jewish soldiers and Holocaust survivors in the famous image.

On the far left side of this US Army photograph, is Rabbi Schacter z”l, 25 years old, leading the Shavuot holiday service.

Rabbi Y M Lau at Yad Vashem near photo of himself as a child

In Jerusalem, in Yad Vashem, in the hall of memories, Rabbi Lau spoke with the son of Rabbi Schacter z”l of his first Jewish memories as a survivor.

Near photo of his father Rabbi JJ Schacter hugs Rabbi Y M Lau who was also in the image as a child after liberation

The two men hugged in front of the iconic image, in the presence of Rabbi Schacter’s z”l extended family, which included a great-grandson.

A unique and meaningful hug, spanning decades of history, uniting liberators and survivors.

Jerusalem is a city, of contrasts, old and new, and diverse realities.

Jerusalem Film Festival opening night

From Yad Vashem, as the sun was setting, I rushed to the Jerusalem Film Festival opening in the Sultan’s Pool.Jerusalem Film Festival in Sultan's Pool

The screen could be seen from the Cinematheque, with the walls of the Old City in the background.

Jerusalem Film Festival Israeli President Rivlin speaking at opening event

President Reuven Rivlin was the honored guest, as a new film award was initiated in memory of his wife Nechama z”l.

Jerusalem Film Festival Paul Newman

In the opening video presentation along with greetings from Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion and Sports and Cultural Minister Miri Regev, were clips from the movie Exodus.

Paul Newman in Exodus in opening video at Jerusalem Film Festival

I wonder how many people learned of the establishment of modern Israel and were influenced by Paul Newman in this 1960 movie.

Dr Ruth and President Reuven Rivlin

As for the second hug of the evening, Dr. Ruth Westheimer is back in Jerusalem. The documentary movie of her fascinating life was a feature of this annual film festival.

Jerusalem Film Festival honoree Katzriel Schori

Katriel Schori received an award for lifetime achievement in Israeli film.

View from Cinematheque of Old City and Sultan's Pool at Jerusalem Film Festival

I left before the main film was shown, but I could see Schori accepting his award on the screen.

Jerusalem Food Truck in Haginon Park

Down below in the valley the Food Truck Festival was going strong.

Thousands of people were out enjoying the cooler evening temperatures on very crowded Jerusalem streets.

Back to the Future with the Philharmonic orchestra performing live near the Old City walls was sold out days before. It was a Jerusalem Film Festival success.

However, the film festival has open and free film showings in various neighborhood parks.

Jerusalem film festival sign for public free film

This sign in Arnona is for a film on Wednesday night in Baka.   It will be shown free of charge outside in a park.

Jerusalem Israel parks signs in Arabic and Hebrew to keep clean

Signs in Arabic and Hebrew request that the parks be left clean.

Day or night, another week with many and diverse happenings on the Jerusalem streets.

18 New Photos of Jerusalem Diversity

18 New Photos of Jerusalem Diversity

A one-day heatwave was enough in Jerusalem, Israel.

Cooling off in the evenings with breezes as the sun sets is the norm for summer.

I love it when visitors from Tel Aviv and overseas exclaim, “Oh it is so much cooler here.”

Young people on trip to Israel pose at Western Wall for group photo

A favorite sight at a favorite site are the groups of young people on trips to Israel.

Jerusalem Israel Mamilla Mall diversity not apartheid

I hope they all stroll down Mamilla Mall, to see the diversity and the crowds,

Mamilla Mall Jerusalem Israel art piece with Arab girl sitting

and the artwork which is rotated regularly to showcase new pieces.

At the end of Mamilla Mall, near Jaffa Gate, a sports event was held.

Squash championship held near Jaffa Gate old city Jerusalem Israel

This time I could read the Hebrew that had stumped me in the past – סקווש – the annual Israel Squash Championship was held again near Jaffa Gate.

Tower of David Museum entrance for Overall fashion conference

I was on my way to the Tower of David Museum for a special event called OVERALL.

This first-ever fashion event was way more than a fashion show.

Dyeing by nanotechnology explained at OVERALL fashion event in Jerusalem Israel

One of the many participants was explaining how Israeli hi-tech was changing the dyeing of thread, saving liters of water and time with each digital process.

Jerusalem Israel Tower of David for Overall fashion event

The Tower of David is always a favorite photo op of mine.

Inside the Tower of David in Jerusalem Israel for fashion event

For OVERALL, there were 20 locations throughout the complex with special exhibits.

3D printed shoes at Overall fashion event in Jerusalem Israel

These shoes made by a 3D printing process were displayed next to the 4,000-year-old stones.

Jerusalem, where the ancient and the future come together in new ways.

Two women taking selfie at Tower of David Jerusalem Overall event

Headwraps were one feature. These two young women admiring a new look were standing next to the ice cream stand. The sign on the tree said only for 18 and over. After the second scoop of the alcoholic ice cream which was so good, I had to sit down.

Opening event of Overall at Tower of David Mayor Moshe Lion speaking

Good timing. Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion was one of the speakers opening the program.

Jerusalem Tower of David fashion event woman wearing mask

As the sun was setting, more people came and costumes appeared.

Tower of David at sunset for Overall fashion event

The lights went on outside as it got dark and programs began inside.

Arab women sewing in Tower of David for Overall fashion event

Arab women were showing and sharing their embroidery skills in one exhibit hall.

Female Hebrew Instagram and blogging panelists in Tower of David for Overall

And up in the Innovation Lab, a panel of Jewish women were discussing their Instagram and social media successes.

Tower of David for Overall first Jerusalem Israel fashion conference and event

People climbed to the heights of the ancient fortress to see and participate in shoe-making, weaving, modeling, and much more. 

Jerusalem Israel July Festival sign

July 15-19, Herod’s Pub tavern featured food, drinks, and music in the Tower of David moat.

From August 12-24, the annual International Crafts Fair will be held nearby.

Full moon on flag pole of Jerusalem Cinematheque

As the full moon shone brightly overhead, the Jerusalem Film Festival sign was displayed at the Cinematheque.

But only this week did the international flags go up for this annual summer film event.

Pop up festival at Hansen House in Jerusalem Israel

Hansen House had a popup festival on July 16-19.

As I came home there were fewer cars parked near the Jerusalem Theater.

There are fewer musical events as the three week period of mourning before the Tisha B’Av fast day has begun.

But not to worry, it is Jerusalem so there has to be a festival.

Days of the Prophets at Jerusalem Israel Beit Avi Chai

This sign announced the “Days of the Prophets” at Beit Avi Chai from July 24-26.

Jerusalem Israel old city walls lit at night with colorful lighting

Israel was ranked in the top ten innovative countries.

Always something new and colorful happening on the Jerusalem streets.