Jewish group calls for day to disconnect from technology

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

A Jewish women's study group is to stage a day for people to disconnect from technology.

The "Day to Disconnect" has been organised by members of the Ohr Naava women's Torah Centre in Brooklyn.


'Restricted' Google Street View for Israel

By Jessica Elgot, August 22, 2011

Israel will be the latest country to get Google’s Street View, despite security concerns about the service.

According to Ynet, the Justice Ministry has approved the service which has been running since 2007 in the US and rolled out to Australia, South Africa, Japan and most European countries, including the UK.


Reform shuls welcome virtual congregants

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

Congregants unable to get to synagogue are singing the praises of the Reform communities which are streaming Shabbat and High Holy-Day services online.

Finchley, Glasgow, Alyth in Golders Green and Sha'arei Tsedek in Whetstone are the Reform congregations leading the way and West London Synagogue plans to join them.


Viewer impressed by Alyth's online programming

August 18, 2011

Finchley resident Philip Rosen, 85, first viewed Alyth's streaming service last Yom Kippur.

"The idea is terrific," he said, "although it's always the way with technology that sometimes you have a few problems. The synagogue is on a tight budget.


Wikimania hits Israel as conference opens

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

Internet users with a penchant for obscure facts and seemingly random details have gathered in Haifa this week for the annual Wikipedia conference.

The three-day event Wikimania opened yesterday and will feature a speech by the online encyclopaedia's founder, Jimmy Wales.


Mayor's hi-tech hopes

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

The Lord Mayor of London has said that the capital is a "natural home for Israeli companies" after returning from leading a business delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Michael Bear, a member of New North London Synagogue, visited Israel earlier this month to promote UK-based financial and professional services and to explore opportunities in the OPT.

He met Israel


Sudoku given Jewish makeover for iPad

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

Are you Jewish and looking for a new way to procrastinate? An iPad application developer may have just the product for you.

For just £1.49, you can now download the "Judoku" app, described as "Sudoku for Jews".

Rather than the numbers of the original addictive Japanese puzzle, Judoku involves a grid of Jewish symbols and Hebrew numbers.


God's Bible? Computer says 'no'

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2011

For almost 300 years, scholars have been poring over the Bible, trying to work out how many authors wrote it and who wrote which part. Now, Israeli computer whizzes have developed a computer programme that carries out virtually all their research in seconds.


Israeli creates iPhone app to send SOS signals

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2011

An Israeli developer has created an iPhone application to save the day after a road crash – wherever you are in the world.

The Mayday Light software uses GPS technology to identify when phone users have had car or motorcycle accidents. It monitors speed and if a vehicle suddenly stops it sends out a distress signal.


Apple cuts Third Initifada app after criticism

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

Apple has removed an application glorifying Palestinian violence against Israel from its online store.

The decision was made after an Israeli minister wrote to Steve Jobs urging him to drop the "Third Intifada" app, which was available for iPads and iPhones