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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 12, 2013 Celebration From page 1A in their eyes and pain etched into their faces. Apart from the ultra-Ortho- dox, who do not serve in the army in significant numbers, the full spectrum of Israeli society is represented at the service--national religious and secular; Ashkenazi and Sephardi; rich and poor; old and young. As the siren sounds marking the beginning of the ceremony, a young child drops her head along with the formal honor guard standing at attention across the plaza. The culture of grieving and remembering is ingrained at an early age in Israel. Lighting the memorial flame together with President Shi- mon Peres a few years ago was Tziona Netanel, the young widow of Yehonatan Netanel, 27, the last soldier killed in the line of duty in Operation Cast Lead. Radiating strength and dignity, the young mother struggled to retain her compo- sure as the light of the flame illuminated her pain. At the end of the formal pro- gram, Peres and the IDF chief of staff passed among the families, offering brief words of comfort. The gesture reinforces a remark made by Peres during his ad- dress to the gathering--that each loss is a national loss, felt keenly by the entire country. Towards the close of Memo- rial Day for Israel's Fallen, the heavy mood slowly begins to lift as Israelis emerge from the somber day to celebrate Israel's birthday. As night falls, bringing relief from the pain of remembrance, hundreds of Jerusalemites dressed in blue and white stream into synagogues all over the city for special prayers of thanksgiving in honor of Independence Day. The close of the brief prayer service is the ancient call, "Next year in a rebuilt Jerusalem," fol- lowed by a prayer of gratitude for living in the period of the beginning of the redemption and a joyful rendition of the "Shir Hama'alot" psalm sung to the tune of "Hatikvah," the Israeli national anthem. As the congregations pour out onto the street, it's as if a cork has been released from a bottle--all the pent-up feelings from the difficult day of remem- brance give way to celebration of our continued existence in this land. Just an hour after dark, stages are activated in neigh- borhoods all over the city featuring a variety of music and entertainment. Streets downtown are closed off for the night, and are taken over by the pre-teens whose idea of fun is spraying every passerby and storefrontwithwhite sticky spray. Two main stages set up in Independence Parkand in Zion Square feature Israel's most popular groups. The plaza in Safra Square, home of the municipality, is set aside for traditional Israeli dancing. In the meantime, the official Independence Day opening ceremonies are getting under way at Mount Herzl, adjacent to the military cemetery that was the scene of the bereaved grieving over the graves of their loved ones only hours earlier. The Independence Day cer- emony is the closest Israel gets to a military parade. Dozens of representatives of Israel's armed forces take part in a meticulously choreographed march set to patriotic music. The formality of the ceremony is very un-lsraeli. Buildings all over the city are adorned with massive Israeli flags. Cars sport flags flapping from every conceivable opening. Around 10 p.m., crowds start to congregate on King George Street in anticipation of the main fireworks display that is set off from the roof of the Leonardo Plaza Hotel. In two 10-minute sessions, the sky lights up with an awesome array of pyrotechnics. Many of the non-teen revel- ers head down to the Jerusalem Theater after the fireworks. The lobby is packed as hundreds join a free sing-along of Israeli classics. The next morning, most regular folks head out to the parks and beaches for the tra- PAGE 19A ditional"mangal," or barbecue. Regular radio updates report on the traffic gridlock. By mid-day, several national parks are dosed because there's just nowhere to squeeze in another vehicle. Yore Ha'atzmaut is the one day of the Israeli year that feels like an American Sunday (Sunday is a regular work day in Israel)--a day of pure recreation with no religious obligations. No newspapers, banks or mail to take the mind off the all- important task of finding the best place to set up the portable barbecue. When Israelis finally get to celebrate Independence Day 2013 after a somber Memorial Day, itwill be with the usual mix of emotions that accompany every holiday in the State of Israel--joy and sadness, ap- preciation and remembrance, and above all, incredulity that Israel has made it to 65. Director From page 1A Greater New Bedford in Mas- sachusetts. Her extensive experience includes financial resource development, execu- tive leadership, planning and allocations. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has done a re- markable job transforming it- self into a catalyst and a portal for all things Jewish in Central Florida, says a member of the search committee. In order to serve the needs of the evolving Jewish community, JFGO has expanded its programs to be more inclusive and relevant to a larger audience. "I am eager to be part of this incredible mission, organiza- tion and community," says Yorish. "It is a critical time for the Orlando Jewish com- munity in shaping its Jewish landscape. As I step in to this role I draw upon past experi- ence and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead." Ryan Lefkowitz, co-chair- man of the board of directors says, "Our Jewish community is scattered all over town. Find- ing special connections to the Jewish community is not nec- essarily easy. This is where the Federation steps in. Through its programs and services, we touch so many lives. We have listened to our stakeholders, and that has helped shape the Federation of today." The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's mission is to nurture a unified Jewish community that transcends generations and neighbor- hoods. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has been in existence for more than 60 years. We are part of a greater umbrella, the Jewish Federations of North America, which represents 155 Jewish Federations and more than 300 Network communities, raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs. The Federation movement col- lectively is among the top 10 charities on the continent. protecting and enhancing the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of charity, social justice and learning. For more information on the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's programming ini- tiatives visit, Innovations From page 11A of Centrino microprocessor. Centrino is Intel's mobile computing cornerstone; it drives millions of laptop computers around the world. Successive generations of Centrino have improved lap- tops' function, speed, battery life and wireless communica- tion capabilities. TUMOR IMAGING (2005): Insightec receives FDA ap- proval for the ExAblate 2000 system, the first to combine MRI imaging with high inten- sity focused ultrasound to visu- alize tumors in the body, treat them thermally and monitor a patient's post-treatment recovery in real time, and non-invasively. Thousands of patients around the world have been treated. LAB-GROWN HUMAN TISSUE (2005): Dr. Shulamit Levenberg publishes the re- sults of her work in the de- velopment of human tissue. Working with mouse stem cells, Levenberg and her part- ner Robert Langer produce the first lab-generated human tissue that is not rejected by its host. Levenberg goes on to use human stem cells to create live, beating human heart tissue and the circulatory components needed to implant it in a human body. WATER FROM THE AIR (2006): Researcher Etan Bar founds EWA Technologies Ltd. In 2008 he produces a clean, green system that "harvests" water from the humidity in the air. The technology represents a boon not only to residents of water-starved desert areas, but also to farmers and municipali- ties around the world. Each de- vice has the potential to provide two average American families with their entire year's supply of water without contributing to globalwarming or pollution. PARKINSON'S TREAT- MENT (2006): The FDA ap- proves AZILECT, a break- through treatment for Parkin- son's disease developedbyJohn Finberg and Moussa Youdim. AZILECT dramatically slows the progression of Parkinson's in newly diagnosed patients, increasing the longevity of body and brain function and improving the quality of life for millions worldwide. BEE PRESERVATION (2007): Rehovot-based Beeo- logics is formed. The company is dedicated to the preservation of honeybees, which are under threat from Colony Collapse Disorderandvital totheworld's food supply. AIRPORTSAFETY(2007): Boston's Logan International Airport begins testing of a new runway debris detector developed by XSight Systems. XSight uses video and radar monitors to identify and track runway debris, which has been identified as the cause of sev- eral airline accidents, including the 2000 crash ofa Concordejet that killed 113 people. XSight has the potential to save up- wards of $14 billion per year and an untold number of lives. TRAUMA VICTIM STA- BILIZER (2007): Dr. Omri Lubovsky and his sister, me- chanical engineer Michal Peleg-Lubovsky, introduce the LuboCollar, a device designed to stabilize trauma victims while maintaining an open airway. The device replaces the standard procedure of i ntubat- ing trauma patients before transport, saving an average of five critical minutes between the field and the hospital. HISTORICAL SOLAR EN- ERGY PROJECTS (2008): Brightsource Energy Inc. begins formalizing agreements with California power compa- nies to develop the world's two largest solar energy projects. SEPSIS MONITOR (2008): Tel Aviv's Cheetah Medical introduces the NICOM, a bedside hospital monitor that can detect and determine the treatment for sepsis, which occurs in approximately one in 1,000 U.S. hospital patients annually. Sepsis previously had been treatable only after an invasive exploratory treat- ment, which itself could result in sepsis. The device goes into immediate use by hundreds of hospitals around the world. ADVANCED FISH FARM (2008): GFAAdvanced Systems Ltd. launches Grow Fish Any- where, a sustainable, enclosed and self- contained fish farming system that is not dependent on a water source and creates no polluting discharge. A TWIST ON SOLAR EN- ERGY (2008): Yossi Fisher co-founds Solaris Synergy, a company that creates solar energy panel arrays that float on water. TOUGH POTATO (2008): Hebrew University Professor David Levy caps 30 years of researchwith the development of a powerful strain of potato that can be grown in high heat and irrigated with salt water. He shares his findings--and discussions of where they might lead--with scientists from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Morocco. LUGGAGE LOCATOR (2009): Yossi Naftali founds Naftali Inc. and begins distrib- uting the Easy-To-Pick Lug- gage Locator. a remote luggage tag that alerts travelers when their luggage has arrived at baggage claim. ARTIFICIAL HAND (2009): Professor Yosi Shacham-Diamand and a team of Tel Aviv University researchers succeed in wir- ing a European-designed artificial hand to the arm of a human amputee. In addition to conducting complicated activities including hand- writing, the human subject reports being able to feel his fingers. Achieving sensation represents the culmination of Shacham-Diamand'sworkand a breakthrough in the evolu- tion of artificial limbs. WATER PURIFICATION (2010): Greeneng Solutions launches the first of its ozone- based water purification sys- tems. Designed for commer- cial, industrial and domestic applications, Greeneng's prod- uct line uses ozone-infused water to eliminate germs on kitchen equipment, household surfaces, swimming pools and more. Purifying with ozone is faster and more effective than the global-standard tap water additive chlorine, and ozone produces none of the harmful side effects of chlorine such as asthma and contaminated runoff. VISION LOSS TREAT- MENT (2010): VisionCare Opthalmic Technologies de- buts the CentraSight device, a telescopic implant that ad- dresses age-related macular degeneration. CentraSight is the first and only treatment for AMD, a retinal condition that is the most common cause of blindness among "first-world" seniors. MINIATURE VIDEO CAM- ERA (2011): Medigus Ltd. develops the world's smallest video camera, measuring 0.99mm. The device provides for new diagnoses and treat- ments of several gastrointes- tinal disorders. HELPING PARAPLEGICS WALK (2011): The FDA ap- proves clinical use of ReWalk, a bionic exoskeleton developed by Argo Technologies that al- lows paraplegics to stand, walk and climb stairs. BREAST TUMOR TREAT- MENT (2011): IceCure Medical launches the IceSense 3, a device that destroys benign breast tumors by infusing themwith ice. The procedure is quick, painless, affordable and is conducted on an outpatient basis. Soon after, clinical trials begin to study the efficacy of the treatment on malignant breast tumors. MISSILE DEFENSE (2011): Iron Dome, a short-range mis- sile defense system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, shoots down a Grad rocket fired at Israel from Gaza. It marks the first time that a short-range missile has been intercepted, opening up new possibilities for military, civil and border defense in the world's conflict zones. ENDANGERED SPECIES STEM CELLS (2012): Israeli scientist Inbar Friedrich Ben- Nun leads a team of researchers in producing the first stem cells from endangered rhinos and primates in captivity. The procedure holds the potential to improve the health of dwin- dling members of numerous endangered species, as well as staving off extinction. DIABETES TREATMENT (2012): DiaPep277, a vaccine based on the work of Irun Co- hen, is shown to significantly improve the condition of ype 1 (juvenile) diabetes in newly diagnosed patients. HELPING THE BLIND TO "SEE" SOUNDS (2012): Dr. Amir Amedi and his team at Hebrew University demon- strate that sounds created by a Sensory Substitution Device (SSD) activate the visual cortex in the brains of congenitally blind people. MRIs of blind people using the device show that it causes the same brain responses of sighted people. This discovery allows the team to adapt the SSD to allow blind individuals to "see" their surroundings by learning to interpret audio signals visually. FUTURISTIC FOOD PACK- AGING (2012): Israeli com- puter engineer Daphna Nissen- baum creates a revolutionary 100 percent biodegradable foo packaging material. Her corn party, Tiva, produces material: for drink pouches, snack bars. yogurt and other foods--all of which provide a minimun of six months of shelf life, wil completely decompose in landfill, and can be composte industrially and domestically THE "GOD PARTICLE ' (2012): Switzerland's Larg: Hadron Collider produces the Holy Grail of physics--the: Higgs Boson, or"God Particle/ a subatomic particle that ac- counts for the existence of matter and diversity in the: universe. A team from Israel's Technion was charged with building and monitoring the collider's elementary particle detectors, without which the discovery of the Higgs Boson would have been impossible. Marcella Rosen, the presi- dent of Untold News, is the author with David Kornhaber of"Tiny Dynamo, "from which this timeline is excerpted. For more information on Israeli flT- novations, purchase the book from Amazon. 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