The Uncensored Rants of Yossi Abramowitz
Posted March 29, 2008
Posted March 25, 2008
Click here for sneak peak at the Biography profile of Sarah, including the now famous bat mitzvah speech she gave at Aliza’s celebration:-)
this festive evening, instead of celebrating purim on the kibbutz, we were invited to the wedding in netanya of our friend mali to ehud., both ethiopian israelis. haman s letters ordering the destruction of the jews went to the 127 countires under the domain of ahashverosh, from india to kush, which is ethiopia. to celebrate the jewish wedding of two ethiopia jews, with such youthful vigor and a great chevre, is the ultimate diss to haman s evil plans. it felt historic in every way. mali was only two years old when she trekked across the sudanese border and eventually came with her family in operation moses.
sitting at our table was mazi, one of the key activists and organizers of the atid ehad political party, headed by avraham negusei. at the last minute I was approqched by leah, abridesmaid we met many years ago when she was a brandeis student, babysat for us, became mali s best friend in boston and has since made aliya and is enrolled in medical school at technion. leah brought me downstairs to the room where the ketuba was going to be signed. I have not had any shortage of honors in my life. but I can truly say that serving as a witness and signing mali and ehud s ketura on purim is one of the highest honors I could ever imagine and will never forget it. anyone who doubts the jewish future should simply crash an ethiopiam wedding in israel. it is triumphant, a moment in ancient and modern jewish history that answers our enemies0
Posted March 19, 2008
Here’s the unofficial translation of the two-page spread in TheMarker. Hebrew version, click here.
“The Time Has Come for Solar Agriculture”
By Avi Bar-Eli
“There’s only one reason that there’s no solar energy in
APC, which engages in photovoltaic (PV) energy production, is a partnership of Abramowitz, Kibbutz Ketura in the
At Ketura, Abramowitz joined forces with entrepreneurs Ed Hofland and David Rosenblatt to form APC for the purpose of making APC Israel’s main supplier of solar electricity, together with other
Last week, The Marker reported on advanced contacts that APC is making with an international energy giant for the purpose of erecting solar power stations in the
Posted March 19, 2008
Head of Kibbutz Movement: We will not be discriminated against by the government
The newest cash crop for kibbutzim in the south - solar energy - appears to be blocked by a bureaucratic technicality.
Ten kibbutzim in the Arava and many more in the Negev are eager to become the “sun farmers” of Israel and plant their unused fields with photovoltaic (PV) panels. If allowed to do so, they could make the South entirely energy self sufficient during the day and even eventually export energy to the North. Such a capacity would also significantly reduce Israel’s dependence on foreign oil.
The Public Utility Authority (PUA) recently put together a plan for the private production of solar energy through rooftop units. However, because of a glitch in the phrasing of the plan, kibbutzim may not be able to join the program. If kibbutzim cannot participate, then companies like the Arava Power Company (APC), which is part of Kibbutz Ketura near Eilat, will have to wave goodbye to $2.5 billion in potential investment it has reportedly been negotiating to bring to Israel.
PUA’s plan is to offer individuals the opportunity to install a photovoltaic panel on their roof. The panel would generate enough electricity to power the apartment or house and the state would buy the rest of the electricity. Aside from the private initiative aspect, the plan also proposes to raise the price the state would pay for each kilowatt hour from 87.6 agorot to NIS 2.04, which would begin to make it feasible for a private individual to operate such a household station. According to PUA’s plan, a two kilowatt-peak station for private homes would cost NIS 62,000. The price of a strong solar infrastructure in the South could be up to $1.2b., according to some estimates.
The Arava Power Company would like to take advantage of this plan on a much larger scale. Instead of one panel, they’d like to put up thousands, APC President Yosef Abramowitz told The Jerusalem Post. They are ideally suited to do so because the Arava is one of the sunniest parts of Israel and much of the land is not suitable for farming. Instead of fields of vegetables, they would cultivate fields of solar energy. According to reports, the company is in the process of recruiting foreign investment to the tune of $2.5b., which could potentially cover the cost of installation in the South. Abramowitz said they had held meetings with 10 other kibbutzim in the area that were also excited about the idea, and that kibbutzim in the Negev had also expressed interest.
Posted March 13, 2008
The Charles Bronfman Humanitarian Award this year went to a woman involved in the Darfur issue, using solar energy to help women and girls. Mazel tov!
Posted March 13, 2008
In honor of Purim, presenting exclusively here a bootlegged video secreted out of a Wexner Alumni conference bet cafe routine where they take a shleppy person and do a make-over. Who is the shleppyist Jewish leader today? If you don’t know the answer instinctively, then we haven’t met. (Why do you think kibbutz life and dress fit me so well?) Lots of cameos by upcoming Jewish leaders. Thanks to Rabbi Danny Nevins, now dean of JTS, for his clandestine taping. Enjoy!
Posted March 12, 2008
Nice two-page spread in Haaretz’s TheMarker; English translation will follow next week. We accuse the Reshut Hachashmal, the regulatory body for power, of blocking solar energy.
Posted March 11, 2008
Posted March 9, 2008
From Saturday Night Live
Jewish Social Action Month - Knesset Launch