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Holocaust Survivors Rock The Runway In Israel Beauty Pageant
It's an event intended to recognize these women and offer respect for what they underwent.

“Tonight we’re letting some women who survived the Holocaust have something that was robbed from them in their youth,” said David Parsons of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, a sponsor of the Helping Hand group which organized the event. “We want to give something back to them tonight it’s for them to enjoy.”

Walking along to tunes like “Pretty Woman,” the participants included German-born Malka Gorka, 73, who came to Israel in 1948 with her parents and Hungarian-born Carmela Ben Yehuda, 89, who arrived in British-run Palestine in 1945 after surviving the Nazi German Auschwitz death camp.”

“Holocaust survivor, Carmela Ben Yehuda, 89, dances during the annual Holocaust survivors’ beauty pageant in the Israeli city of Haifa October 30, 2016. “

“Holocaust survivor, Malka Gurka, 73, walks down a red carpet during the annual Holocaust survivors’ beauty pageant in the Israeli city of Haifa October 30, 2016. “

“Some contestants are reflected in a marble column during the annual Holocaust survivors’ beauty pageant in the Israeli city of Haifa October 30, 2016. “

“Holocaust survivor Anna Grinis, 75, celebrates after winning the annual Holocaust survivors’ beauty pageant in the Israeli city of Haifa October 30, 2016. Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stands next to Grinis.“


Good story and I’m so happy they got to do this.

i was just reading about how from about 1939 to 1943 the palestinian communist party (made up of both jews and palestinians) were shutting the city down so often that it was commonly known as red haifa. reading about these possibilities is pretty sad, since they didn’t succeed, but at the same time, hopeful, since they someday might.

Israel On Fire

Fires are currently going on in a few places in Israel.
The biggest ones are in Haifa, the 3rd largest city in Israel (also were I happen to live.) Some of the other cities effected by fires were Modi’in, Rishon Lezion and recently Sha’ar HaGai.
The current suspicion is that people took advantage of the strong wind and dryness attacking Israel lately to ignite fires (that the wind would spread.) The people who have caused this are unknown yet, however, but it is currently decided that this happened due to political reasons.
In Haifa, more than 60,000 citizens were informed to leave the city. More than 100 were hurt by breathing smoke. No one died, and we’ll keep praying for it to stay like that.
Israel is receiving help rom Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Italy, Russia and a few others to put out the fires.

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The architecture of #Palestine during the British Mandate

New ‘Social Construction’ exhibit at the Israel Museum explores the European influence on the evolution of Israel’s modernist visual heritage.

“Social Construction,” a new exhibit at the #Israel Museum in #Jerusalem running through December 31, 2016, puts a spotlight on the “white architecture” that early 20th century European modernists imported to pre-state Palestine – and the social values this style reflects.

Curator Oren Sagiv gathered roughly 40 analytical and interpretive drawings together with more than 60 archival photographs of some of the iconic architectural projects built between 1930 and 1940 during the time of the British Mandate.

The Bialik School in Tel Aviv was built in the 1930s by Yaacov Shiffman (Ben Sira). Photo from the Kalter Collection

Of course, Tel Aviv is nicknamed the White City for its unrivalled abundance of these simple white, rounded buildings designed in what is known as the Bauhaus or International style. But they’re found in large numbers also in Jerusalem and #Haifa.

This classic #Bauhaus building at 65 Hovavei Tzion Street in Tel Aviv was built in 1935 by Pinchas Hit (Philip Huett). Photo from the Kalter Collection

The 1930 May Cinema in #Haifa was done by Yehuda Lilienfeld. Photo from the Kalter #Collection

“Social Construction” shows how the development of these urban centers “emerged from the influence of international modernism while forming a unique architectural language inspired by the ambitions to establish a new state and to create a new social order,” according to the museum.

A peek into “Social Construction” at the Israel Museum. Photo: courtesy

“The influx of immigration to Palestine following the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the concurrent political upheavals in eastern Europe brought a generation of architects who embraced modernism as a new beginning.”

Architectural plans for The Casino, a landmark building on the Bat Galim promenade of Haifa built in 1934 by Alfred Goldberg. Photo courtesy of the #Israel #Museum

Located in the museum’s new Palevsky Design Pavilion, “Social Construction” draws on the research of Israeli architects Ada Karmi-Melamede and Dan Price, co-authors of Architecture in Palestine During the British mandate, 1917-1948. An English translation of the book was published as a companion to the exhibition.

Simulating a black hole

40 years ago Stephen Hawking predicted that black holes emit a special kind of radiation. Consequently black holes are theoratically able to shrink and even vanish. This radiation arises when virtual particles (pairs of particles developing because of quantum fluctuations inside the vacuum; usually they nearly instantly destroy each other) are near the event horizon. Then the virtual particle pair gets divided: one disappears in the black hole (and its quantum mechanical information) and the other one becomes real. Thus the black hole radiates but unfortunately this radiation is so low that astronomical observations are nearly impossible.
Therefore scientists have to simulate black holes to get empirical evidence. The physicist Jeff Steinhauer of the Technion, the University of Technology of Haifa in Israel exactly did this. He realized an idea of physicist Bill Unruh with an acoustical event horizon. He uses a fog made of rubidium atoms which is only slightly above the absolute zero. Because they are trapped inside an electromagnetic field these atoms become a Bose-Einstein Condensate. Inside of this condensate the acoustic velocity is only a half millimeter per second. With the help of accelerating some above this speed an artificial event horizon is created. The low temperatures lead to quantum fluctuations: pairs of phonons develop. In the simulation these pairs also get divided: one gets caught by the supersonic event horizon; the other one becomes some kind of Hawking radiation.
It is still not sure if this experiment really simulates black holes. According to Ulf Leonhardt it does not proof for sure that the two phonons are entangled. Thus it is not sure if the pairs arised out of one fluctuation. Leonhardt even doubts that the fog of atoms is a real Bose-Einstein Condensate. Leonard Susskind thinks this experiment does not reveal the mysteries of black holes: for instance it does not explain the information paradox, because acoustic black holes do not destroy information.