Afternoon Tea in Jerusalem Blog

Life in Israel

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Israeli commercial life and society

In addition to my work as a business coach, one of my interests is blogging about life in Israel. This is a country full of contrasts – over eight million citizens living in an area the size of Wales. You can see snow and the lowest place on the globe in the same day. Although surrounded by geopolitical extremes, Israel has achieved a decade of high economic growth. My work brings me in contact with an array of new companies, exciting technologies and dynamic characters. Sitting back with a relaxing cup of strong tea (with milk), you realise just how much there is to appreciate in the Holyland. Large or small operations, private sector or non profit, my clients provide experiences from which others can learn and benefit.

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  • The Jewish calendar ends up placing its new year around about the second or third week of September. In Israel, a country of 8.7 million people of whom 75% are Jewish, this is always a time for reflection on changes in its economy. According to the country's Central Bureau of
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  • A SPECIAL guest in Israel last week was Roderick Lord Balfour, who is the fifth Earl of Balfour. He was here for the From Balfour to Brexit conference, which was held at Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem (in honour of the late Sir Naim Dangoor.) At a dinner on the first
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  • The past month has seen some exciting progress in Jerusalem's business climate. What is really encouraging is that many of the initiatives are coming from the ground up. Jerusalem has been the united capital of Israel since 1967. Yet for decades, it had just two key sectors for employment - the
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  • Innovation is one of the commercial buzz words of the moment. It is usually found in the high-tech scene. It is often associated with the X, Y , Z generations. The question is should us other mere mortals, perched outside these categories, need to bother? In the UK, the piercing role
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  • Israel, the start-up nation, where growth is powered by continuing investment from overseas. Israel has created a culture of innovation in the past generation, and much of this comes through necessity. Military issues have forced the land of the Jews consistently to be one step ahead of its neighbours. The
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  • My second week in the UK has been based in Glasgow, thousands of miles away from the bustle of Jerusalem and many of my clients. On reflection, the holiday has reminded of a valuable lesson in business. While my wife has been biking around the wonders of Glentress, I have
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  • Walk down the street in Israel and it would appear that everyone is eating or playing with their mobile phone, or both. Israel is the champ for a quick dunk of pita in humous. However, now it appears that there is a rival on the scene. Believe it or not,
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  • Looe is a quaint small town, located on England's southern Cornish coastline. Yes, it is pronounced the way you might fear to call it. And yes, while it might seem just a quiet, idyllic spot for tourists, there is a lot of commerce going on in the former smugglers' coves.
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  • The cities of Charlottesville and Barcelona are both steeped in history. They are also connected because this week outsiders ensured that innocent bystanders suffered horrific acts of violence. However, the links between the two go beyond these facts, drawing in Brussels and Jerusalem along the way. Throughout much of August
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