Bottlenose dolphins spotted on Israeli coast

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2011

Israel has welcomed its latest group of immigrants – hundreds of bottlenose dolphins.

Experts from the Israel Marine Mammal Research said more than 180 dolphins have been sighted along the Mediterranean coastline. They said they believe d there were up to 400 of the species which have taken up residence off the Tel Aviv and Herzliya shores.

Dr Aviad Scheinin, the chairman of the Haifa-based centre, said: "The data of the past year strengthens research I did…showing that the bottlenose dolphin has a permanent population near Israel's shores.”


Chris Huhne helps with green push

By Robyn Rosen, January 13, 2011

A campaign to motivate the community into becoming more environmentally conscious is being launched with the backing of Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne.

The Big Green Jewish Campaign is an initiative of the Jewish Social Action Forum, a body of organisations including the Jewish Community Centre for London (JCC) and human rights group RenéCassin.

Organisers have set different themes for the first four years of the campaign, beginning with the Year of the Bagel, focusing on food packaging.


Israel hails giant energy find

By Marcus Dysch, December 31, 2010

The discovery of a huge natural gas field off the coast of Haifa could secure Israel's long-term energy security, according to experts.

The 16 trillion cubic feet of gas, 80 miles away from the Jewish state under the Mediterranean, represents the world's biggest find in the past decade.

One macroeconomist claimed the fuel could be worth as much as $95 billion and will allow Israel to avoid dependency on other states for their energy.

Dubbed "Leviathan", the field was discovered during drilling earlier in the year. Its size was confirmed this week.


Snow falling on Jersualem, extreme weather in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2010

After months of unusually warm weather and dangerously low rainfall, Israel is now experiencing the other extreme – snow.

The country has been hit by the largest snowstorm in two decades, with 120 centimetres of snow falling on Mount Hermon in the north.

The weather raging across the Middle East also caused a Moldovan ship to sink in the Mediterranean Sea, 15 kilometres off the coast of Ashdod in the south. All the crew members escaped the ship.

Light snowfall has also fallen around the country including in Jerusalem.


Praise for prizewinning Israeli medical organisation

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2010

A leading Israeli medical organisation has won a prize for environmental protection from the International Public Relations Association.

Representatives of Maccabi Healthcare Services received their Golden World Award in London on Friday for a campaign to collect medicines beyond their expiry date.

Since the launch of the initiative 18 months ago, around 240,000 packages containing seven million pills have been collected from Maccabi community clinics around Israel.


Adamah’s real cabbage patch kids

By Jessica Elgot, November 2, 2010

Growing up in British cities, the closest Daniel Lichman and Vince Knowles came to agricultural work was planting sunflowers. But a year after finishing their studies, they were working as labourers on a very special farm.

The two are graduates of an American Jewish farming programme — the Adamah Fellowship.


Ashton Kutcher tweets about Israeli conference

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2010

Hollywood couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are back in Israel.

It is the second trip to the country in three months for Mr Kutcher.

The pair, who are followers of Kabbalah, have been the subject of rumours about his alleged infidelity and the breakdown of their marriage.

But Mr Kutcher, who has nearly six million followers on his Twitter account, said on Twitter: “Sharing Love & Light while in Israel.”


Israel's biblical vultures under threat

By Jennifer Lipman, August 27, 2010

Scientists believe that a bird species mentioned in the bible is under threat of dying out because of farming methods in northern Israel.

The number of griffon vultures in the Golan Heights is thought to have dropped to under ten, due to the illegal use of pesticides to prevent wolves and jackals from attacking farm animals.

Oll Spiegel, a scientist whose Phd thesis is on the species, has blamed the decline on the use of poison to deter wolf attacks on cattle.


Plane Stupid protesters sentenced

By Robyn Rosen, August 25, 2010

Three Jewish protestors have been sentenced after being found guilty of breach of the peace when they staged a protest that forced the closure of Aberdeen airport.

Dan Glass, 26, Mark Andrews, 26, and Tilly Gifford, 24, all from north London and six others from climate action group, Plane Stupid, stood trial in Aberdeen High Court in June.

The group were originally charged with vandalism, which was later dropped, after they took part in an anti-aviation protest last March which caused the airport to shut for two and a half hours delaying 10 flights.


Jonathan Safran Foer boosts Jerusalem culture

August 19, 2010

Two of America's leading young Jewish novelists, husband and wife Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss, have spearheaded a cultural initiative in Jerusalem: the revival of the Jerusalem Fellows at Mishkenot Sha'ananim.

Mishkenot, a cultural hub in the shadow of Yemin Moshe, the capital's famous windmill, used regularly to host artists, writers and musicians when the late Teddy Kollek was mayor of Jerusalem.