Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #36!

This newsletter puts together a little bit about what’s been happening in Israel over the last week. We try to keep it positive. That’s why it’s the Good Newsletter.

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Chanukah ended on Monday evening, and it was a special one for Gili’s Goodies. We received over 500 orders, delivered over 1600 Sufganiyot, and brought joy to the faces of thousands over the 8 Day celebration. Thank you all that ordered and trusted us to deliver those ‘warm hugs.’ You can see a ‘thank you’ video we made by clicking the picture above.

A special shout out and thank you to all those that contributed to our campaign to distribute sufganiyot and other goodies to IDF Soldiers.

Israeli researchers have developed a tool that uses artificial intelligence to raise alerts when someone has a blood infection that could become life-threatening. Using AI to save lives is very exciting, and it will hopefully lead to many breakthroughs in preventative medicine.

Unilever is back in the news because Ben in Jerry’s boycott is hurting them badly. Since the announcement, the share price has fallen over 12%, and they’re under intense scrutiny to reverse course. #StupidBoycottsNeverPay

Speaking of boycotts, the US announced a diplomatic boycott of the Olympic Winter Games said to be held in Beijing, citing human rights abuses. China was displeased. Israel doesn’t appear to be joining, and the UK said, “we’ll see.”

Israel announced the completion of its underground Gaza border that it developed in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge in 2014. The border includes a steel barrier and sensors to detect tunnel diggers. The people in the “Gaza Envelope” deserve to live in peace and security, and the fence should make it easier to sleep at night.

Unfortunately, we’ve had an uptick in terrorist attacks in Jerusalem since the killing of Eli Kay. On Wednesday morning, a 14-year-old girl stabbed a mother while walking her children to school. The insanity is the media’s attempts to paint the terrorists as people having personal issues, and it has nothing to do with Jew-hatred and nationalist aspirations. Thankfully the assailant has been captured, and the mother is recovering. #refuahshelaima

To end on a positive, an Israeli drug company has developed a drug that slows Alzheimer’s causing protein buildup in mice’s brains. It’ll likely still take a few years, but any advancement in this arena is one to cheer about.

Finally, another winter storm is hit Wednesday afternoon and continued into Thursday. #GishmeiBracha

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‘Life saving’ Israeli tech helps ID patients most at risk from blood infections

Blood infections are common, with 250,000 annually in the US; Tel Aviv artificial intelligence allows doctors to focus attention on those with a high risk of death or serious illness

Israel announces completion of underground Gaza border barrier

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz visits the newly completed underground barrier along the Gaza Strip frontier in Erez, southern Israel

Israeli drug candidate slows Alzheimer’s-causing protein in mouse brains

Scientists say their lab results could make their compound a promising drug for combating dementia, possibly also autism

Unilever under pressure to end Ben & Jerry’s Israel boycott

Ben & Jerry’s Israel CEO Avi Zinger: Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s thought the storm would blow over after two weeks and the criticism would subside.

Recipe of the Week: Yemenite soup

A perfect winter soup, Teimani soup is sometimes served at weddings as a way to warm up. Often including chicken or/and beef and sometimes served with a full piece of chicken, it’s can be a starter or a full meal. However you do it, enjoy. 🙂


Smiles of the Week

Happy Birthdays

Malka Weber

Nesanel Dietz

Avigail Kanefsky

Eli Feuer

Mrs. Liana Brown

Donny Freund

Nechama Rosenblum

Ari Katznelson

Dani Lerman

Yedidya Gronstein

Emily Weintraub

Edie Kalb

Yossi Keilson

Daniella Schreiber

Miss and Love You

Yonah Fried

Nava Krieger

Aviva Harar

Jacqui Zivor

Emily Bababekov

Polly Bronstein

Layla Kahn

Avigayil Kelmar

Thank You

Sar El Media

Kobi Tadmor

Jessica And Eli Gertel

Aaron And Glenda Amit

Ronen Ascher

Gabrielle Green

Happy Chanukah

Gavi Dickman

Imgn Team C/O Ben Simoni

Gigi Levy Weiss

Chavele Paryzer

Dina & Gershom Sonnenblick
Lea Elmaleh

Chaim And Miriam Citron

The Scholar Family

Adina Teibloom

Shay Levi

Oz Golan

Family Eis

Samuel Haber

Yaakov And Noa Wyner

Chava Levin

Ruthie & Ophir Abitbol

Hindy Ginsberg

Jacob Rudin-Luria

Michal Lever

Issac Bassoul

Mordy Steiner

Tziporah Akbashov

Zahava Akbashov

Sara Hellman

Noya Schleider

Aden Light

Amber Czinn

Hadassah, Benjy And Fam Weber

Mazal Tov

Moran Dor Chabra


Shoni Aronovich

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