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Innovation Alley: Travel Tech and Fashion

Posted by admin on September 19, 2018 in Spotlight |

Innovation comes in different shapes and sizes. We have seen how companies like Away is disrupting the luggage industry, Baubax is transforming the travel gear space and how Kosher Innovations is helping travelers with dynamic tech for shabbat. An Israeli start up HotMat developed a unique portable warming tray for shabbat. The HotMat was invented and designed by Jerusalem born and bred industrial designer Rafi Gabbay, graduate of the exclusive Bezalael Academy’s Master in Design program.The idea was born when Rafi, still a student at Hadassah College Design School, sketched some ideas for his final project. The idea of a foldable warming tray emerged and with it the determination to transform the idea into a real product. Drawing on his rich experience in product development and design, Rafi then began the fascinating journey of turning his sketch into a product.

In 2009 Rafi founded Rolla RWT Ltd., a registered company, together with high-tech entrepreneur Yossi Tsuria and others. The name Rolla hints at the original concept of a rollable heating tray. In subsequent years, Rafi worked in conjunction with external advisors and engineers to develop a truly unique product. Initial engineering assistance came from Eng. Jerry Greenwald and initial support came from the PresentTense Organization. In later stages, Rafi collaborated with engineers worldwide in the fields of material engineering, heat dispersion, etc. to develop the HotMat – transforming vision into reality in terms of both design and performance.

As Bar Mitzvah season kicks off this summer many people travel far and wide to celebrate with friends and family. This fall my family is participating in a superhero theme Bar Mitzvah in Israel. Marvel has done an outstanding job in getting into the imagination of young adults and families around the globe . One of the challenges for parents is merging the practical with the imagination. As a father of a 5 year old, I searched far and wide for something that could work for a simcha, shabbat and holidays. I came across Fun.com and their Fun Suits. From Spiderman Secret Identity Suits for kids to adults Marvel Suits it was a perfect blend for the special occasion. This type fashion is unique because it empowers young adults by giving them confidence while tapping into their passion. With a serious outside look and a fun ensemble children and adults can enhance any Bar Mitzvah or Shabbat experience.

Technology is transforming the way we tell stories. Now, you can capture a Bar Mitzvah experience through Virtual Reality (VR) and 360 degree camera’s. An Israeli company Vuze has become a leader in the VR field. Founded in 2000, HumanEyes is an expert in 3D, computer vision, and image processing with 70+ patents. Creators of the Vuze VR camera, the first consumer virtual reality 360 3D camera and integrated studio with super-simple automatic VR movie production which was released in Q1 2017. The Vuze camera has won several awards and has been used in the depths of the oceans and in space, on-board the International Space Station. Headquarters are in Neve Ilan Communication Center, Israel. The management team is comprised of experienced business leaders from Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Ricoh, Clarion, Sony, and Nice. The main shareholder is Landa Ventures, managed by Mr. Benny Landa an industry pioneer.

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CE Week NY: 3Doodler

Posted by admin on June 28, 2018 in Spotlight |

We spoke with Max Bogue is Co-Founder of WobbleWorks, Inc., the parent company of 3Doodler at #CEWEEK NY. For WobbleWorks Co-Founders, Maxwell Bogue and Peter Dilworth, the 3D printing pen was an invention of accidental genius, creativity and quick thinking. Inspiration struck after a traditional 3D printer missed a line near the end of a 14-hour print job, leaving an unplanned gap in a finished piece. That’s when it hit Bogue and Dilworth – Instead of starting over, why not take the head off the printer and fill in the gap manually? A day later, the first 3Doodler 3D printing pen was born. It was a clumsy looking device featuring a collection of gears, a heater unit, and the printhead of his now dismantled 3D printer. The words “3Doodler” were embossed on its side and colored in green and red in felt tip pen. The rest is history. Bogue and Dilworth joined forces with co-founder Daniel Cowen in 2012, and the 3Doodler went on to raise nearly $4 million USD in two successful Kickstarters and has since become the best-selling 3D printing product of all-time.

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CE Week NY: AirSelfie

Posted by admin on June 28, 2018 in Spotlight |

We checked out AirSelfie 2 at CE Week NY . AirSelfie is an innovative new photo – video -tech concept developed by a group of visionaries and made available to all thanks to AirSelfie Holdings. The idea behind it is as simple as it is brilliant: why should we put up with videos and selfies limited by what our smartphones can do? AirSelfie empowers people to capture and share their most special moments and memories in an incredible and unique way. It had to be simple to use, safe and easy to carry around. So, thanks to an international team of developers and engineers and designers, AirSelfie Group researched and created a flying camera that exceeds all current standards. AirSelfie goes beyond anything on the market, breaking the rules that have dominated the sector so far.
The Venture Team

AirSelfie – the product and its accessories – has been designed by an international team of talent hailing from all over the world. Developers and engineers from Shanghai, Italian designers, experienced corporate leaders all coordinated by the AirSelfie Holdings Group, which through its affiliates, manages development, production and distribution globally.

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Whisky Jewbilee

Posted by admin on June 12, 2018 in Uncategorized |

Whisky Jewbilee now in in 7th year has provided whisky enthusiasts an incredible event last week. The Wandering Que & Ari White provided guests with delicious food and incredible experience. We spoke with Joshua Hatton President & CEO, Whisky Jewbilee about the evolution of Whisky Jewbilee. #WhiskyJewbilee #Whisky #NYCEVENT

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POW!!! Jewish Comic Art and Jewish Comic Con

Posted by admin on April 28, 2018 in Spotlight |

In conjunction with Jewish Comic Con and Congregation Kol Israel, The Jewish Art Salon hosted the exhibition POW!!! Jewish Comic Art and Influence curated by Joel Silverstein, Goldie Gross and Joshua Stulman. This exhibition of approximately 32 artists highlights the current explosion of comic books with Jewish themes and fine artists who use comics as inspiration. This weekend is Jewish Comic Con we spoke with Fred Polaniecki (President of Congregation Kol Israel & Director of The Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery and Jewish Comic Con), Yona Verwer (Co founder/ Director Jewish Art Salon), Goldie Gross( Exhibitions Curator & Producer Jewish Art Salon) and Joshua Stulman (Publisher Israeli Defense Comics). Learn more @ http://jewishcomiccon.org/ .

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Falafel Ball Eating Competition

Posted by admin on April 20, 2018 in Spotlight |

The first ever 🥙 Ball eating contest at Pitopia in honor of the 70th Birthday of #Israel 🇮🇱 was amazing! Spoke with the winners and MC Kosher Guru . Delicious food, good company and much love for Israel. #foodie #kosher #kosherRestaurant #Middleeasterncuisine #YomHa’atzmaut #kosherfoodie #Falafel #eating #Competitiveeating #AmYisraelChai

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Young Adult Engagement

Posted by admin on April 20, 2018 in Spotlight |

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Profile: ART SHAMSKY

Posted by admin on April 20, 2018 in Spotlight |

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Art was a professional baseball player for thirteen years starting his illustrious career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1960. He was traded to the New York Mets in the winter of 1967 and was a major part of the ‘Miracle Mets’ that won the 1969 World Championship defeating the Baltimore Orioles. During the championship season, Art batted .300 and led the Mets in the National League Playoffs batting .537 vs. the Atlanta Braves with seven hits in thirteen at-bats. The popularity of the 1969 Mets is everlasting and Art maintains, “There isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t want to talk to me about the 1969 Mets.” In addition to being part of that incredible New York Met team, Art also had another distinction to add to his baseball career.

In 1966, while a member of the Cincinnati Reds, he tied a Major League record by hitting four consecutive home runs in four at-bats over two games. He is the only player in Major League history to hit three home runs in a game who was not in the starting lineup when the game began. Also, two of the three home runs came in extra innings. The fourth home run was hit as a pinch-hitter in the following game. The bat used to accomplish this speacial feat is currently on display in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Since his retirement from baseball, Art has maintained his visibility in New York City working in different endeavors. He has been an entrepreneur in various businesses, including owning a number of restaurants and real estate projects. He has also worked as an on-camera sports broadcaster at WNEW-TV Channel 5 in New York City, ESPN Television, and a broadcaster for The New York Mets, doing play-by-play and color commentary on radio and television. In addition, Art hosted a talk show on WFAN Sports Radio and has written featured articles for newspapers and magazines.

Art is the author of “The Magnificent Seasons”, a book about the New York Jets, New York Mets, and the New York Knicks, all winning championships, ironically all for the first time in their history, in the period 1969-1970. The book not only follows the exploits of the three teams, but the effect they all had on the people of New York City and the country at a time when so much turmoil affected us all. Assassinations, the war in Vietnam, social unrest, political upheaval and much much more was tearing the country apart. These three underdog teams helped many people put their problems aside for a short period and gave hope to many who were filled with despair. Also, Art has been featured on the cover of Bazaar Magazine, and appeared on the popular television sit-com “Everyone Loves Raymond.” In the series, one of the main characters is an Art Shamsky fan, who names his dog “Shamsky.”

In the summer of 2007, Art managed the Modiin Miracle, one of the six teams in the new professional Israel Baseball League, a history making endeavor. In 2012 he was named “Ambassador” for Baseball for the Israel Association of Baseball. In that role he helped Israel’s effort to be part of The World Baseball Classic and also help in the development of baseball/softball in Israel. His web-site www.artshamsky.com features popular collector items and describes his newest venture in Mentoring and Consultation for youngsters. Art continues to make personal appearances and speaking engagements and is currently working on another book to be published in 2019 on the 50th Anniversary of that incredible 1969 New York Met Championship.

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Rockets Into Roses

Posted by admin on April 20, 2018 in Spotlight |

“Rockets into Roses’ products are unique, hand-sculpted works of art, fashioned by metal sculptor Yaron Bob, from actual rockets that landed in Israel. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind, custom, hand-made, very limited edition collector’s item

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Passover Accessories

Posted by admin on April 2, 2018 in Spotlight |

Passover is a time to celebrate with friends and family. We took a look at some innovative accessories to enhance the holiday. Modern Tribe has some fun items that helps children get into the holiday through the Ten Plagues Masks and Star of David Knee High Socks for adults. Holidays gives individuals the opportunity dress up and show your love for Judaism through dynamic fashion. Some examples of unique fashion items we found were themed Passover t-shirts for Israeli T’s and an Israeli flag sports jacket from Shinesty. These will sure turn heads in your synagogue and community. If you feel really committed to the holiday and want to create a live action Passover experience Fun.com offers unique costumes of Moses and Pharaoh to bring your story to life

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