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The big news of the week is US President Biden’s visit. President Biden landed on Wednesday morning and has been traveling around, shutting down much of the country in the process. Many Jerusalem businesses told employees to work from home with the visit making travel very difficult. The President and PM Lapid signed a pledge to deny Iran nuclear weapons. Let’s hope that helps. #fingerscrossed

The Maccabiah Games will begin today as more than 10,000 participants have arrived from 60 countries to compete over the next two weeks in the 21st Maccabiah Games, a Jewish form of the Olympics. Though a big event, the Maccabiah Games aren’t popular among the Israeli public. In efforts to get more of the public to engage with the events, the theme of this year is “Sports Celebration in Israel.” I’m not sure if that’ll help, but I’m curious to find out. Part of this effort is opening events to the public, with over 80 events open to the general public.

Drones that harvest our crops are here, bringing better and cheaper produce to our supermarkets. One of the biggest expenses in farming is the cost of labor. The pandemic has also made it harder to find workers, which has increased prices. One way of lowering these costs is by using drones to harvest. After watching this youtube video, I looked for a similar article, and I found one about an Israeli company developing harvesting drones. Check it out. (Hebrew)

The Israeli Air Force has been running dogfighting and refueling drills over the skies of Israel. I haven’t noticed, but I’m glad they’re staying on their game.

Finally, Oxford University researchers have been doing data modeling that shows that if Israel, the PA, and Jordan, team up, they could save billions on water and energy costs. Read all about it.

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Israel U.S. sign ‘Jerusalem Proclamation’, pledge to deny Iran nuclear weaponry

U.S. is prepared to use ‘all elements of its all elements of its national power’ to ensure Iran never has the bomb, ; proclamation addresses Israel boycott and antisemitism, Biden says America to combat forcefully

Israeli Startup Tevel Aerobotics Uses Drones To Pick Fruit

Tevel Aerobotics Technologies recently brought in $20 million.

Trailblazing models show green windfall from Israel-Jordan-PA water, energy alliance

First-of-its kind-Oxford University project indicates that making Jordan a solar energy hub could speed carbon emission cuts in all three countries, save $47 billion by 2050

As 21st ‘Jewish Olympics’ kick off in Israel, organizers set sights on wooing sabras

Quadrennial games officially begin Thursday and will see 30,000 individual competitions across 42 sports over the next two weeks, while a team of ‘olim’ makes its debut appearance

Israeli and Greek air forces hold dogfighting and refueling drill over Israel

Military says exercise ‘symbolizes important milestone’ in Israel-Greece relations; last month Hellenic Armed Forces chief visited Israel in his first official trip

Recipe of the Week: 10 summer drinks

The Israeli summer is consistently hot and staying properly hydrated is almost a national sport. So check out six summer drink recipes that don’t use sugar. Shabbat Shalom and Enjoy.


Smiles Of The Week

Happy Birthdays

Adam Kranc

Josh Burke

Ben Burke

Elky Schwartz

Bernice Zweigbaum

Lea Thomas

Eliana Franks

Avraham & Mordechai Silber

Ayala Frohlich

Ariella Blackman

Noa Goren

Finley Altman

Dov Brecher

Roi Ben David

Ollie Agran

Shira Wiener

Agam Lazer

Joshua Dauber

Julius Esquillo (C/O Sarah Paras Piagula)

Moshe Abikzer

Eyal Van Moppes

Eyal Agmonia

Miss And You Love

Mollie Penn

Maya Mizrahi

Noah Goldstein

Phyllis Hecht

Jeremy Chernikoff

Ruki Schwartz

Racheli Diament

Gavi Ness

Natalie Gold

Sigalit And Alon Nechman

Varda And Rafi Shem Tov

Eli Alony

Lila Saliman

Mia/Melissa Arace/Geller

Yosef Litwack

Isaac Zelermyer

Micah Cyrulnik

Joseph Seidman

Joseph & Keira Seidman

Keira Seidman

Thank You

Dalia Puyesky

Rabba Anat Sharbat

Eliana Menasha

Cantor Jack And Susan Chomsky

Erica Bensoussan

Allan Chanoch Barkat

Rivi Frankel

Natan Wrubel

Vicki Isakow

Mandelbaum Family

Tamar Groner

Benny Gold

Aliza Klein

Cindy Mann

Toby Melamed

Charlie Zellner

Joey  Aharon

Keren Zohar

Daniel  Sass

Silverstein  Family

Noa Feldman And Family

Yael  Livne

Cantor Jack Chomsky Ms. Susan Gellman

Tannenbaum Family

Ben  Ritter

Rikki Ashman
Eli And Family Menaged

Analia  Bortz

Yossi And Shifra Goldin

Rafi Sloan

Michael Berkowitz

Esther  Gaon

Mazal Tov

Weiser Family

David, Sara, Reuven, And Shoshana Korda

Laura Major

Get Well Soon

Mik & Daniel Reidler


Rabbi And Mrs Norman Strickman