Global spotlight shines on Hadera, Israel’s Energy City

Posted on April 17th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Net-zero preschool, energy professions high school, industrial park for energy companies and public EcoPark are highlights of branding campaign.

Chicago is the Windy City, Paris is the City of Light… and Hadera is soon to be known as the Energy City.

This Israeli coastal municipality between Haifa and Tel Aviv is transforming into a hub for energy innovation and education. Elements already completed include a sustainable preschool building, energy-saving LED street lighting, and an annual international energy convention begun two years ago.

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Your new chair or toolbox could be made from domestic waste

Posted on April 10th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Israeli company's patented process removes minerals from household waste and turns remaining polymers and cellulose into new thermoplastic material.

Back in 1999, Yuval Tamir was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and told he had only a few weeks to live.

Today, Yuval and his wife, Tal, head a company called Infimer. The propriety technology transforms unsorted municipal solid waste into an inexpensive raw material for the plastic industry that can be used to manufacture anything from toolboxes to lawn furniture to plumbing pipes.

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Veggie secrets of actual Paleo diet revealed

Posted on April 3rd, 2017
By ISRAEL21c Staff    

A collection of 780,000-year-old edible plants found in Israel is the largest and most diverse in the Levantine corridor linking Africa and Eurasia.

A tiny grape seed discarded some 780,000 years ago is one of more than 9,000 remains of edible plants recently discovered in a Stone Age site in Israel on the shoreline of Lake Hula in the northern Jordan valley.

Dating back to the Acheulian culture from 1.75-0.25 million years ago, the collection provides rich testimony of the plant-based diet of our prehistoric ancestors, according to researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan.

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Tips for an Eco-Friendly Passover

Posted on March 27th, 2017
From Chicago Botanic Garden

With Passover less than a month away, it's time to start thinking sustainably about the holiday

Enriching Your Holidays

Each year more families “go green” by incorporating environmentally sound practices into their Passover celebration. Here at the Chicago Botanic Garden, we have some tips for making your holiday eco-friendly. We hope one of ways you’ll commemorate this season of renewal is to visit the Garden with your family, to see how the earth is gloriously rejuvenating itself within our 24 individual gardens and four natural areas.

Spring’s promise of renewal fits in with the Passover theme, as the story of Exodus tells how Jews were released from slavery and left Egypt, determined to renew themselves as a people. The Passover seder, centered around food and rich with symbols, is a special time for families to gather and remember by retelling the story in a traditional format (seder means “order”). But, as with so many other holidays, commercialism has encroached upon the sacred nature of Passover, which can also involve a fair amount of junk!

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For more great ideas, check out our Passover Resource Kit.


Is any meat today kosher?

Posted on March 20th, 2017
David Rosen for The Times of Israel    

When I served on the Cape Beth Din in South Africa, I had to join my colleagues in visiting the slaughterhouses and checking up on the shochtim. The kosher slaughterhouse in Cape Town was part of a general slaughterhouse complex enabling me to view the process of killing animals in both places. What I saw convinced me that while non-kosher slaughter was quicker and more “aesthetic” than kosher slaughter, it failed in its claim to be more compassionate in its methods.

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