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Brazil looks to Israeli tech to solve a stinky problem

Posted on May 1st, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

By next year, several Brazilian sewage plants will incorporate Lodologic systems to change sludge into odorless, pathogen-free fertilizer for crops.

Ready for a really yucky statistic?

Sixty percent of the 6.8 million liters of daily sewage sludge generated in Brazil gets dumped back into nature untreated. And even that is a big improvement over the situation five years ago.

Now the South American country is poised to clean up its sewage problem using an Israeli invention for transforming human waste into odor-free, sterilized farm fertilizer.

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The Israeli heart and mind just transformed the lives of 1 million Africans forever

Posted on April 24th, 2017
From IsraelVideoNetwork

As a strong country today, Israel is transforming lives across rural African villages with innovations in water, solar and agriculture. Innovation: Africa, a non-profit organization founded in 2008, has installed Israeli innovations in over 130 villages reaching over one million people in 7 African ​countries.

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Global spotlight shines on Hadera, Israel’s Energy City

Posted on April 17th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Net-zero preschool, energy professions high school, industrial park for energy companies and public EcoPark are highlights of branding campaign.

Chicago is the Windy City, Paris is the City of Light… and Hadera is soon to be known as the Energy City.

This Israeli coastal municipality between Haifa and Tel Aviv is transforming into a hub for energy innovation and education. Elements already completed include a sustainable preschool building, energy-saving LED street lighting, and an annual international energy convention begun two years ago.

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Your new chair or toolbox could be made from domestic waste

Posted on April 10th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Israeli company's patented process removes minerals from household waste and turns remaining polymers and cellulose into new thermoplastic material.

Back in 1999, Yuval Tamir was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and told he had only a few weeks to live.

Today, Yuval and his wife, Tal, head a company called Infimer. The propriety technology transforms unsorted municipal solid waste into an inexpensive raw material for the plastic industry that can be used to manufacture anything from toolboxes to lawn furniture to plumbing pipes.

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Veggie secrets of actual Paleo diet revealed

Posted on April 3rd, 2017
By ISRAEL21c Staff    

A collection of 780,000-year-old edible plants found in Israel is the largest and most diverse in the Levantine corridor linking Africa and Eurasia.

A tiny grape seed discarded some 780,000 years ago is one of more than 9,000 remains of edible plants recently discovered in a Stone Age site in Israel on the shoreline of Lake Hula in the northern Jordan valley.

Dating back to the Acheulian culture from 1.75-0.25 million years ago, the collection provides rich testimony of the plant-based diet of our prehistoric ancestors, according to researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan.

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Did You Know...?

Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?


With seed money from Cantor Jason Kaufman's concert, the JCCNV was able to start a fund with all proceeds going towards a new playground for the preschool.  If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground."  If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!

Our next communal dinner will be Friday, April 28. RSVP to the Beth El office


Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM
See calendar for exact dates and subjects



For more information about ALIVE! go to alive-inc.org.


Beth El House

For more information go to https://www.bethelhebrew.org/community/beth-el-house

Beth El House enables formerly homeless families to work toward self-sufficiency and confidence.



upcoming events



Food drive the month of April



for men and women

the month of April


April 30 and May 21


Lifelong Learning


Wednesday, May 17 and 24 at 7:00 PM


There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

the full calendar