Environment

Meteorite damages Siberia shul

By Ray Filar, February 21, 2013

The meteorite that sent rock fragments raining down over Russia last Friday, injuring more than 500 people, damaged a Siberian shul during morning prayers.

Congregants were hurt and windows smashed at the Federation shul in the city of Chelyabinsk, 950 miles east of Moscow.

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Israel's Negev mission to attract scientists from around the world

By Orlando Radice, November 23, 2012

It was a uniquely Israeli irony. As Professor Smadar Cohen stood in a seminar room on the Ben Gurion University campus in Beersheva last week presenting a groundbreaking bio-engineered solution to preventing heart attacks, a dull thud rattled the window: rockets from Gaza were hitting the city. A scientist who stood poised to save the lives of millions was herself in the line of fire.

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Recycling — it’s all in the Torah

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Recycling, green energy and conserving water have their roots in Jewish, Muslim and Christian texts, according to a new book.

Rabbi Natan Levy — social action consultant to the Board of Deputies — contributed the Jewish chapters to Sharing Eden, a Conservation Foundation project.

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Richard Branson's Virgin taps into Israel to bring purer water to British homes

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin empire is testing the water with a new kind of hi-tech kettle — using technology imported from Israel.

But the Virgin boss warned that UK companies could become more wary of investing in the country if its government did not show a willingness to address their political concerns.

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Israel at 64: The might of the bumble bee

By Nathan Jeffay, April 26, 2012

The IDF may soon have a new secret weapon - killer bees.

The US army is funding research by Israeli scientists into ways of conrolling the movements of a range of insects.

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Plea to council over school transport cut

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

A governor of a Jewish school whose pupils will be seriously affected by a cutback in transport provision from Hertfordshire County Council has appealed in person to councillors for a change of heart.

Hertsmere Jewish Primary's Abigail Silver was allotted a three-minute slot to make her case at Tuesday's full council meeting.

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On your bikes! Big Green Jewish Campaign

By Jessica Elgot, March 14, 2012

Campaigners including Mock the Week's Dan Patterson, and UJIA's chief executive Doug Krikler joined the Big Jewish Campaign's video to promote cycling to the community.

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Ofsted praise

By Cathy Forman, March 9, 2012

Ofsted has rated Liverpool's King David Kindergarten as "good" in all aspects.

An inspector found that the 74-pupil unit - which moved in the autumn from Harold House community centre to the £25 million King David campus - provided a "vibrant and challenging environment, giving children easy access to a rich and varied range of resources both indoors and outdoors".

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West Bank tree may be hurt by the wall

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

It has lived through the Ottoman Empire, the British mandate and the creation of the State of Israel.

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Lulav trade hit by Israel-Egypt spat

By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2011

Egypt has announced it will not export lulavs this year, due to worsening relations between Egypt and Israel.

The lulav, a palm frond, is one of the four species used in prayers on the festival of Succot.

Egypt has in previous years exported around 700,000 palm fronds to Israel, amounting to some 40 percent of annual demand. Another 700,000 are normally sent to Jews in the Diaspora.

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