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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Jewish High Schoolers Amazed By Israeli Innovation

(Image Credit: Israel 21st Century)

An organization called Israel Innovation has come up with a unique way of attracting American Jewish youth to the holy land.

Instead of the general site seeing tours that are often duplicated by many other groups, Israel Innovation shows these Jews the hidden side of Israeli's by giving them a glimpse of the Jewish state is doing within the realms of art and technology.

(Israel 21st Century) At Ra'anana startup Mobixell, the group was enthralled with the company's latest mobile telephone technology allowing for the synchronization of online streaming video with a user's cellular phone. They spent an hour searching for videos on YouTube to watch on some of the company's mobile phones.

"We've seen really great sights that aren't touristy but are actual companies that people hear about in the news but we're seeing it in advance," said Gracie Cohen who will be entering her senior year of high school in Gaithersburg, Maryland. "We're going into these rooms and they're giving us lectures about what they are coming out with."

The students were able to tour other companies as well, ranging from Intel to Microsoft, although there is no word if they visited Google's new office.

Hopefully we will see more of this within Israel, as tours like these help show Israel as not only a spiritual landscape, but a modern one as well.

Update: Added web link to Israel Innovation.

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