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Adelson family donates $40 million to Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
Israel Hayom via JNS By Dan Lavie
The contribution will allow construction to commence on the Adelson National Center for Advanced Cancer Therapy, which will include an oncology institute, inpatient units, clinics and Israel's first proton therapy institute.
On the one-year anniversary of his death, the family of businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson has announced a $40 million donation to the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. The donation, for the establishment of a cancer treatment center, was ordered by Adelson prior to his death.
The funds will allow construction to commence while additional sources of funding are obtained totaling approximately 700 million shekels (around $225 million).
At 43,000 square feet and 20 stories high, the Adelson National Center for Advanced Cancer Therapy will be constructed in two stages over a period of five years in the medical center's southwest wing, situated on the intersection between Tel Aviv's Weizmann and Dafna Streets. The tower will also be directly connected to a light-rail tunnel currently under construction in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area that will serve the thousands of daily visitors to the medical complex each day.
The tower will include basement parking floors, an underground wing for proton therapy, an oncology institute, as well as floors for inpatient units, clinics and other institutes. It will include full services for oncology patients, an oncology institute specializing in breast, lung and colon diseases, a medical imaging services support center, a molecular oncology institute, as well as a rehabilitation and support services center for oncology patients.
In addition, the pediatric hematology-oncology unit, which is currently situated in Sourasky Medical Center's Dana-Dwek Children's Hospital, will be transferred to the cancer center. The introduction of proton therapy treatment to Israel is big news for children and young people in the country as up until now, patients would need to travel overseas to receive such treatment.
At the soon-to-be established center, an emphasis will be placed on advanced research methods and centers of excellence for cancer policy and epidemiology, in cooperation with the Israeli Health Ministry. In addition to the advanced facilities and state-of-the-art equipment it is set to house, the center will adopt a comprehensive and holistic approach toward patients, with an emphasis on their well-being—through their rehabilitation and until their full recovery.
At the national proton therapy institute, the first of its kind in Israel, advanced proton radiation will be used for the treatment of cancer. Similar to other advanced radiotherapy technologies, proton therapy works through the precise transfer of high-energy radiation to a tumor, damaging cancer cells' DNA and resulting in the cells' destruction, without damaging surrounding tissue and with reduced side effects.
This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.
Caption: An aerial View of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, on July 6, 2010. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.
Israeli Burger Chain Serves Up Personalized 3D-Printed Vegan Burgers
Editors note: I went to try out the Veggie burger in Hertzalia on my way home from Naharyia on Jauary 10th.
Burger Chain Serves Up Personalized 3D-Printed Vegan Burgers
Just days before the world rang in the New Year, Israeli-based food tech firm SavorEat unveiled its 3D printing "robot chef" – which can whip up burgers and steaks in just six minutes – at popular Israeli food chain BBB in Herzliya.
The robot chef is a 3D printer that resembles an oven and customizes burgers to a customer's taste, with variations in protein, oil, texture, and ingredients.
The burgers are made from a mix of potato, chickpea, and pea protein, according to SavorEat CEO Rachel Vizman, who co-founded the company with Prof. Oded Shoseyov (Chief Scientist), and Prof. Ido Braslavskof The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2018.
SavorEat first announced a partnership with BBB in January. The company said at the time that it would offer their meat alternative burgers at their restaurants for a price that is similar to existing vegan options.
During the event at BBB last week, SavorEat invited guests to order veggie burgers at BBB through a mobile app, which gave them the opportunity to choose their own personal specifications for the burger including the level of fat and protein content, the size of the patty, and the temperature for cooking. Then they were able to watch the burger being made from scratch.
SavorEat develops plant-based meat alternatives using proprietary ingredients. The products are created and cooked by a robot chef according to the user's exact preferences. They are created to be as close as possible to meat in texture, flavor, and experience.
Vizman said they wanted to present their clean meat burgers to the public because "we believed that the food industry is in need of significant changes in order to remain relevant."
The company said its "robot chef technology" is designed to change the balance of power between the food industry and consumers by allowing the consumer to control the food production process and the served meal. The robot chef, allows digital production at the catering points (on-site) according to the customer's requirements and desires without compromising on taste and quality.
"We choose to boldly look at the changes of our future and to challenge the status quo in the food industry. Through the technology we have developed, we will be able to get to know our customers better, respect them and give expression to their changing needs. Now is the time for change, and it is more fitting than ever," Vizman added.
The meat alternatives produced by the robot chef within a few minutes are made in a closed system (without human touch) and are designed to exclude allergens, products of genetic engineering or gluten, while preserving high nutritional values and without compromising the familiar eating experience of meat (both in taste and texture). Along with meeting the needs of the end-consumer, the communication between the customer, the catering chain and the robot is performed by an application that stores data in a secure way on the cloud – a feature that allows great flexibility in updating recipes, remote control of the robot on the one hand, and collecting relevant consumer and business information on the other hand.
The BBB group will market SavorEat's hamburger and its technological solution for several weeks at designated locations throughout the country. BBB group was established over 20 years ago and runs a franchise with several different chains at 100 locations and restaurants across Israel, including: BBB, Moses, Burgerim, Moses Shop and the Meat Deli delicatessen chain.
SavorEat in the US While the demand for alternative protein has declined amid the pandemic, alternative protein startups still raised more than $3 billion in 2020, more than in any single year in the industry's history, according to the Good Food Institute (GFI), an international nonprofit working to accelerate alternative protein innovation.
"As the world sets its sights on a post-pandemic horizon and the global goal of net-zero emissions, investors are quickly realizing that climate risk is investment risk, making sustainable solutions for protein production attractive for reasons that extend far beyond the bottom line," Maia Keerie wrote in a post for the GFI blog.
In one of Israel's biggest funding rounds of 2021, Israeli clean meat startup Future Meat raised $347 million, the largest investment in a cultured meat company to date.
Meanwhile, SavorEat has set its sights on commercializing its plant-based meat in the US. The Rehovot-based company has signed a deal with the US subsidiary of French food services and facilities company Sodexo to launch a pilot program in the US.
As part of the program, Sodexo will examine SavorEat's robot chef system and its first product, a plant-based burger, within higher education institutions across the US. The two companies are also working on reaching an agreement for the distribution of SavorEat products.
Vizman told NoCamels in September that the pilot is the first step towards the company's plan to be commercial by 2023 and launch its solutio within the food service market in the US. The pilot is expected to go into effect in 2022.
Tiny clay seals reveal First Temple royal treasuries in Jerusalem, researchers say
Bullae recovered from Temple Mount soil and ancient buildings in Ophel Park bear impression of woven fabric, indicating they were used on bags of silver and jars of produce
The clay stamp of Hisilyahu son of Immer, who served as an officials managing the so-called Temple Treasuries. (Tzachi Dvira/Temple Mount Soil Sifting Project)
Dozens of inscribed clay seal impressions recovered during excavations near the Temple Mount have been identified as evidence of two treasuries in ancient Jerusalem in the late 8th century BCE, researchers said Thursday.
Archaeologists said the clay impressions, or bullae, were used for the management of storehouses during the First Temple period.
In ancient times, the lumps of clay were pressed over the knot of a cord securing a doorknob or a vessel, and the manager of a treasury would then impress his, or his superior's, seal upon the clay to prevent others from tampering.
Archaeologists Zachi Dvira and Dr. Gabriel Barkay found that on the reverse side of several bullae in Jerusalem, an impression of woven fabric appeared, which they said indicated some were attached to small bags containing pieces of silver or precious metals, while others were likely attached to fabric that covered ceramic jars used to store agricultural produce.
The bullae were revealed during the sifting of Temple Mount soil and in excavations at the Ophel Park adjacent to the mount. The researchers said the findings constitute concrete evidence of the existence of two central treasuries in Jerusalem, which managed the economy of the Kingdom of Judah.
According to the researchers, the names that appeared on the bullae in the Paleo-Hebrew script were of the chief treasurers in charge of the so-called Temple Treasury and the Royal Treasury of the Kingdom of Judah.
The so-called Royal Building in Ophel Park, which has been identified by researchers as a royal treasury. (Yosef Lalush/Temple Mount Soil Sifting Project)
The Royal Treasury was located in the "Royal Building" located in the Ophel Park, in which numerous storage jars were found, and more recently, at least 34 bullae were discovered. Nearly half of those seals had impressions of woven fabric, the study said.
The full name on one of the Temple Mount soil seals was Hisilyahu son of Immer, who apparently served as one of the officials managing the so-called Temple Treasuries, the researchers said. They tied him to a priestly family that served in the Temple in the 7th or early 6th century BCE.
Other artifacts discovered in the building strengthen the researchers' suggestion that it was indeed a treasury, since a partial inscription was found on a storage jar that they suggested read "minister of the treasuries." Clay stamps discovered near the so-called Royal Building in Ophel Park in Jerusalem. (Uriah Tadmor/Temple Mount Soil Sifting Project)
While excavations aren't permitted on the Temple Mount itself, the researchers said the bulla of the son of Immer is the first Hebrew inscription from the First Temple period that originates from the mount.
Some 9,000 tons of soil were apparently illegally excavated and removed from the Temple Mount in 1999 by the Islamic Religious Trust, also known as Waqf. The dumped dirt was eventually transferred to a specialized sifting facility in Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, where experts and tourists have revealed hundreds of thousands of artifacts.