Kesher Israel

Or Zarua has a strong commitment to the State of Israel. In order to deepen our connection with  Israel and, we hope, will inspire, educate, and engage others to support Israel, we have begun offer programming called Kesher Israel. The Hebrew word “kesher” means linkage or connection, and hints at connecting Jewish people to their heritage and to one another.

We feature a wide array of activities including film screenings, Israel advocacy on campus sessions, and our annual attendance as the Salute to Israel Parade.

Women on the Front Lines, with Debbie Zimelman, photographer and a soldier from the IDF
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12:00 noon
Yom HaZikaron/Yom HaAtzmaut program – Kesher Israel
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Yom HaAtzmaut Ma’ariv (Zoom)
Wednesday, April 14, 2021,  7-7:30 pm
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Celebrating 73 Years of Religious Diversity in Israel
Yom Ha’atzmaut / Israel Independence Day
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 9:30-10:45 am
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Israel’s Contributions to the World
As part of our ‘kesher’ or connection with Israel, we thought it would be helpful to highlight weekly some of Israel’s more recent contributions to the world, and hope you will share our pride in Israel:

Six biggest Israeli hospitals use Aidoc software to read CT scans
Aidoc, a maker of AI-based software that helps radiologists in their work, said that Israel’s six largest medical centers have begun using its technology to analyze CT scans to pinpoint critical conditions such as cerebral hemorrhage, pulmonary embolism, stroke and C-spine fractures.
The startup said that Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) in Tel Aviv, Rabin Medical Center (Beilinson and Hasharon Hospitals) in Petah Tikva from the Clalit Group, Assuta Medical Centers and Shaare Zedek have joined Haim Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, the first hospital to implement the company’s solutions in Israel. 

Energean Announces Increase of Israeli Gas and Oil Reserves (New Europe)
Greece’s Energean announced the completion of an independent Competent Persons Report which certifies 98.2 billion cubic meters of gas and 99.6 million barrels of liquids in the Karish, Karish North and Tanin fields offshore of Israel. Energean’s proven and probable reserves in Israel now total 729 million barrels of oil, which represents a 44% increase in estimated reserves.

Israeli tech gives Intel breakthrough in market dominated by competitor (Times of Israel)
Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing services arm of tech giant Amazon, said Tuesday it will soon start offering customers accelerators developed by Intel’s Israel-based subsidiary Habana Labs to enable them to do machine learning work on their cloud services at a lower cost. Habana’s Gaudi accelerators “deliver up to 40% better price performance” than current graphics processing units used for machine learning workloads.

Habana’s Gaudi processors are specifically designed for training deep learning models that include natural language processing, object detection and machine learning training, classification, recommendation and personalization, Intel said.

Resources
As part of our “kesher” or connection with Israel, these websites/organizations provide knowledge about current developments in Israeli culture, environment, healthcare, etc. as well as the general issue of anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism and in particular on the college campus:

Act for Israel · AIPAC · AJC · Algemeiner · Amcha Initiative · Camera · Daily Alert · Honest Reporting · Israel 21c · Jewish Virtual Library · JNF · Myths and Facts · Shurat HaDin · StandWithUs · The Israel Project · The Lawfare Project · Times of Israel · United with Israel