Holy Air-2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Posted by admin on April 15, 2017 in Spotlight |

Adam and Lamia are a Christian Arab couple from Nazareth. When Lamia gets pregnant, Adam decides it’s time to make it big and provide for his family by entering the biggest local business – religion. He begins to sell Holy Air. This new business venture is unique in that Adam bottles air to sell to pilgrims.

As an entrepreneur, you can appreciate the hustle of Adam. I have to be honest I tried to sell “holy rocks” so this story definitely resonated with me. The movie is well written and truly brings audiences into this comedy-drama story. With the backdrop of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict you get a truly unique view on how people go on with their daily lives during this difficult time. When you are dealing with topics such as love, death, coexistence and business it can sometimes be complicated.Shady Srour (writer/director) does an masterful job in integrating complicated themes masterfully. Holy Air will be showing at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Dorot Volunteer Immersive Experience

Posted by admin on April 4, 2017 in Spotlight |

This past Sunday, over one hundred DOROT volunteers visited frail and home-bound seniors who reside in Westchester County, alleviating their social isolation by participating in DOROT’s Passover Package Delivery. DOROT welcomed volunteers of all ages, including community groups. DOROT is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to alleviate social isolation and provide concrete services to older adults. For more than four decades, DOROT has been an innovative leader in the fields of aging services and volunteerism. DOROT’s diverse set of programs, as well as our focus on providing inter-generational connections to seniors, has ensured that DOROT’s clients have access to the resources they need to age with dignity, independence, and grace.The volunteers spent an hour with each senior, engaging them in conversation to keep them mentally and socially active, and delivered kosher for Passover foods to help them celebrate the holiday, Utilizing 360FLY 4k you will be able to see firsthand this unique and meaningful experience.

The 360FLY 4k is truly an amazing tool that can enhance your storytelling. 360FLY 4K is one of the world’s smartest, most user-friendly 360° video ecosystem. 360FLY 4k Overview: PERFORMANCE: Powerful 16 megapixel image sensor, 2880 x 2880 pixel resolution, 64 GB internal storage and app-based controls. Edit and share video in just minutes MOBILE / DESKTOP APPS: Free 360FLY iPhone and Android mobile and desktop director apps for easy camera operation and editing and sharing videos. SOCIAL MEDIA CONNECTIVITY: Share 360° videos, First-Person POV videos, and stills directly to social media from your smartphone VIRTUAL REALITY READY: Footage transforms to VR experiences with just the push of a button VERSATILE RECORDING: Switches from full 360° recording to First-Person POV recording and back with ease DURABLE: Dustproof, shockproof, water resistant to 1M (3 feet) and built to stand up to your active lifestyle.360 degree and VR experiences provide us with a new window in stories and experiences.

As non profit organizations look to enhance their outreach and digital footprint it is clear immersive technology will be a critical tool to attract new funders and volunteers.

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Mevo: Live Experiences

Posted by admin on February 24, 2017 in Spotlight |

This past Tu b’Shvat the Hebrew Institute of White Plain’s utilized Mevo to live stream their Tu b’Shvat seder. During the event, people were able to view the program through a dynamic and unique perspective from the comfort of their own home. Utilizing Mevo for Facebook Live, people from around NYC participated in the seder in real time.

Jewish institutions such as Yeshiva University and Manhattan Jewish Experience are utilizing Facebook Live to broaden their base and connect to new audiences. Organizations are always looking for new ways to keep their members and funders connected. Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem, utilizes a live steaming Kotel camera to help connect people to the holy city of Jerusalem.They have been successful in drawing people from different backgrounds to their site through this interactive experience.

Technology allows us to deepen our understanding into news, events and lectures. Last week, over 33,000 people watched Benjamin Netanyahu’s news conference with Donald Trump at the White house through Facebook Live.The way we are consuming information is changing. People are relying on friends and organizations social media feeds to get the latest news and updates.

Now, when you participate in Taglit-Birthright Israel, MASA, or mission to Israel you can share incredible moments instantly and create dynamic content for your friends, family and followers. With the Livestream Mevo camera and its intuitive iOS app, you can create fun Israel videos with a variety of shots using just one camera and your iPhone. The camera has a 4K-resolution image sensor and some very smart software, so you can digitally pan and zoom in and out creating everything from wide shots to close-ups while still capturing at 720p HD resolution with nothing but your fingers on your iPhone screen.

Did you know that more video content is uploaded in 30 days than all three major US T.V. networks combined have created in 30 years? People are hungry for Point of View (POV) content. Live streaming transforms us into reality stars and provides a front seat to exciting experiences. We are only seeing the beginning of the “live” movement. Even Jewish nursery schools are exploring live streaming. Recently, Gan Miriam in Riverdale, NY held a Melaveh Malkah featuring Jewish master illusionist Elliott Zimet. Utilizing Mevo, over 200 people tuned into the incredible show and learned about the early education program Gan Miriam provides to the Riverdale community. Live streaming allows new avenues for organization to develop strategies for fundraising, marketing and community building.

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Nintendo Switch NYC: Alexander Pekala, CND Captain NintendoDude and Isaiah TriForce Johnson Nintendo Legend

Posted by admin on February 17, 2017 in Spotlight |

How long would you wait on line for a new game system? We had the opportunity to catch up with Isaiah TriForce Johnson, Nintendo Legend & Alexander Pekala, CND CaptainNintendoDude at the Nintendo Store in New York. The Nintendo Switch is coming out in March and these two game enthusiasts are the first in line for Switch. Why are they doing this? Check out the video now. The system will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017.

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Kosher Food and Wine Experience 2017

Posted by admin on February 17, 2017 in Spotlight |

At New York’s 11th Annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience (KFWENY) over 2,400 guests enjoyed incredible kosher food and wine at Chelsea Piers in NYC. Throughout the day over 400 varieties of top wines and spirits were shown –over 2,000 bottles were poured and upwards of 35,000 plates of mouthwatering bites from top kosher eateries were served. Kosher Food & Wine Experience is produced each year by Royal Wine, the leading producer, importer and distributor of kosher wines and spirits in the world.

Visitors to this unique celebration of food and wine enjoyed modern mash-ups including sushi, barbecue, Asian, Continental, French, Mexican, and Caribbean – all 100 percent kosher. An array of aperitifs, specialty coffees, and mouthwatering pareve (non-dairy) desserts including pastries, cakes, ice cream, and more will guarantee sweet dreams for all.

Among the new releases this year were:
France/Bordeaux: Château Giscours Margaux 2014, Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan 2014,Château Soutard Saint-Emilion 2014,Château Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes 2014, Château Roubine Rosé La Vie en Rose Cru Classé Côtes de Provence 2016;
Israel: Flam Noble 2012, Teperberg Legacy Cabernet Franc 2013, Carmel Limited Edition 2011, Psagot Peak 2014, Shiloh Heroes Edition 2014 – A special set of 3 single vineyard wines displaying the uniqueness of the Shomron terroir, Tulip Black Tulip 2013; and the launch of three new wineries from Israel – Vitkin, Jezreel and Nadiv.
Italy: Terra di Seta Assai Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2011;
Spain: Capçanes Peraj Haabib 2014;
California: Herzog Generation VIII Cabernet Sauvignon Padis Vineyard Napa Valley 2014, Herzog Limited Edition Single Vineyard Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and Herzog Reserve Single Vineyard Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.

Among the 30 participating restaurants, caterers and foods companies were: Abigael’s on Broadway, Bedford Kitchen, Etc. Steakhouse, Graze Smokehouse, Great Falls Bistro, Grow & Behold, Judd’s Memphis Kitchen, Koshe Poke, Le Marais, Marani, Miami Beach Chocolates, Pelleh Poultry, Pitopia, Pomegranate, Reserve Cut, Shlomie’s Heimesche Bakery, Silverleaf, Sprinkls, Susan Sez “Say it with Cake”, Sushi Tokyo, T Fusion Steakhouse, Teaneck Doghouse, The Nuttery and Wandering Que.

Kosher Food & Wine Experience is produced each year by the Royal Wine Corporation and has grown from shows in New York City and Los Angeles to a worldwide event with shows in several cities each with its own unique including Miami, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Paris, London and Tel Aviv – with plans to expand to Toronto, Chicago and Baltimore/DC.

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Go Live With Mevo

Posted by admin on February 2, 2017 in Spotlight |

Creating dynamic content for social media can be complicated. Businesses, politicians and brands are always looking to enhance their social presence. Mevo puts the power and capabilities of a multi-camera production studio in the palm of your hand, democratizing features and functionality that were previously only available to TV studios and companies willing to spend many thousands of dollars on equipment and manpower. The category-defining ​Mevo caught the attention of the consumer electronics and tech world alike with its ability to help anyone – from consumers and organizations, to event producers and small businesses – easily and seamlessly shoot, live edit, and instantly share the engaging stories of their live events like never before.

Mevo is the first digital video camera to feature Facebook Live integration, giving the 1.6BN people that use Facebook the most compelling way to leverage the power of the social platform’s new live video service. ​Mevo is now available for purchase in the U.S. at ​Best Buy​, Amazon​, B&H​, Livestream.com and ​getMevo.com​, for the suggested retail price of $399.99. Mevo will also be featured on Amazon Launchpad, designed to help customers discover unique and unexpected products from some of today’s brightest startups.

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Building Effective Organzations

Posted by admin on January 20, 2017 in Uncategorized |

We had the opportunity to attend the Advancing Jewish Professionals of New York City Presents:Are Jewish Organizations Great Places to Work? at UJA-Federation of New York. In March 2014, Leading Edge: Alliance for Excellence in Jewish Leadership released a study exploring the pipeline for the next generation of leaders for Jewish non-profit organization.

From LeadingEdge.org: “The vast majority of Jewish nonprofits—75% to 90% by some estimates—will need to hire new senior leaders in the next 5-7 years. The question is: where is the talent to fill those roles?”

In February 2016, Leading Edge partnered with Korn Ferry Hay Group to pilot a groundbreaking employee engagement survey. From the Executive Summary of the September 2016 report, Are Jewish Organizations Great Places to Work?: “A total of 3,422 employees across 55 Jewish organizations responded to questions about their workplace culture, the critical factors that drive their levels of engagement at work, and what motivates the likelihood that they will stay with or leave their organization.”

So, the question remains: are Jewish organizations great places to work? The event featured Gali Cooks, Executive Director, Leading Edge,Rabbi Ari Rockoff Director of Leadership Development, NCSY (OU) and Dan Hazony Director of Data and Evaluation, NCSY (OU).

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Marxent: VR Shopping

Posted by admin on January 18, 2017 in Spotlight |

We took part in Retail’s BIG Show 2017 in NYC and got a hands on demonstration from Marxent on how Virtual Reality(VR) is going to transform our shopping experiences.VisualCommerce™ Touchscreen Showroom and VisualCommerce VR™ Showroom rely on Marxent’s VisualCommerce™ Platform, to store, render, relate and publish entire 3D product catalogs seamlessly across multiple sales channels for stunning Virtual Reality experiences. Marxent is exhibiting limited demos of a VisualCommerce™ Touchscreen Showroom application featuring a complete 3D shopping experience for major kitchen appliances published to a Samsung 4k 85-inch touchscreen, along with an Ashley Furniture VR Showroom demo, an in-store VR solution that combines an iPad app with an HTC Vive 360-degree Virtual Reality visualization that is set for an initial roll out in 2017 to Ashley HomeStores in select markets.#NRF17

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Pepper:Humanoid Robot

Posted by admin on January 18, 2017 in Spotlight |

SoftBank’s ambitious android is touted as the world’s first robot that can understand emotions. Pepper is a humanoid robot that takes his surroundings into consideration to react pro-actively using proprietary algorithms. Pepper also comes equipped with capabilities and an interface that enables communication with people, including the latest voice recognition technology, superior joint technology to realize graceful gestures, and emotion recognition that analyzes expressions and voice tones. With these technologies, people can enjoy communicating with Pepper in a natural way, just like they would with friends and family. In addition, Pepper can make jokes, dance and amuse people thanks to a wide variety of entertainment capabilities, some of which were developed in cooperation with Yoshimoto Robotics Laboratory, Inc., a Yoshimoto Kogyo Group company. Capabilities that help Pepper evolve by learning through daily interactions with people are also being planned for the commercial launch timing.

At present, Pepper gets its smarts by connecting to IBM Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence platform, and Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing service.The idea is that Pepper would act as a concierge, helping with everything from locating products to bathroom directions. With a body and arms that can move in 17 directions and a head filled with sensors and doe-like eyes that are accented by colored lights, Pepper aims to deconstruct the cold-and-calculating robot stereotype.

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Music, Love and Coexistence: David Broza

Posted by admin on January 6, 2017 in Spotlight |

Israeli superstar David Broza is considered one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant performers. From his whirlwind finger picking to Flamenco percussion and rhythms, to a signature rock and roll sound, David Broza’s charismatic and energetic performances have delighted audiences throughout the world. More than singer/songwriter, David Broza is also known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian projects, predominantly, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since 1977, when his hit song “Yihye Tov” first hit the airwaves, David Broza has been working to promote a message of peace. The song’s lyrics, roughly translated as “Things Will Be Better” struck at the heart of the issue – that people all over the world want peace. Now with a string of multi-platinum albums behind him, David Broza still strives to hone this message.

Broza was awarded a Spanish medal of honor by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, for his longtime contribution to Israel-Spain relations and his promotion of tolerance. He has also been named a Good Will Ambassador for U.N.I.C.E.F. A powerful musician, passionate peace advocate and music industry innovator, David Broza awes and inspires audiences with his sincere message and musical allure.

On January 7th, 2017 David is preforming in NYC at Town Hall. The show will begin with only David on stage and with each new song he will introduce a band member or group of band members, layering a bolero-style crescendo on the audience.

Every newly-introduced musician brings their instrument to a level of expertise and sensory delight. With guitars, drums, percussion, keyboard, piano, recorder and vocals, the audience will be mesmerized by the depth of fluency and youthful, hip energy on stage. The shared joy of the musicians is both captivating and addictive. Adding to this mix are special guests qanun player, Ali Paris and Spyro Gyra saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, as well as a few unannounced surprise guests. The show is also featuring Alon Albagli, originally from Israel a talented guitarist and composer,Yuval Lion,a New York based drummer,Uri Kleinman, a bassist musician who grew up in Rehovot, Israel,Tammy Scheffer, a vocalist and composer,and Eden Ladin and artist born in New-York City and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel. A spectacular and wonderful evening lies in store.

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