Haredim In Israeli HiTech

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Haredi women help develop space vehicle chip

Two ultra-orthodox women graduates of the Jerusalem College of  Technology’s Lustig Institute in Ramat Gan have helped develop a microchip produced by Verisense,  a leading Israeli semiconductor design company,  for a defence industry company that will place it in a space vehicle.

The women, Tehiya Dayan and Lior Halavi,  received their bachelor of science degrees in software engineering two weeks ago.

In recognition of their work, the two received awards from the CEO of  Verisense,  Pini Lazovik,  and the project was chosen as  an outstanding development project at the Jerusalem College of  Technology.

Dr.  Dan Buchnik  supervised the project and was involved in the development of algorithms and methods for full coverage of the various modes of the microchip that will be placed in the space vehicle.

The project was designed to ascertain whether designed by Verisense’s  generically produced chip can be designed and developed for the simultaneous performance of multiple tasks and to prove that it can be produced for operational use.

According to Lustig institute director Dr. Zvi Ilani, the project is one of many advanced hi-tech projects that place its graduates at the forefront of  hi-tech in Israel and around the world. (via JPost)

Haredim as the next wave of  tech entrepreneurs?

In the minds of many people, the terms “ultra-Orthodox” and “high-tech entrepreneur” are two that don’t match up. The former are open to new ideas, experiment with advanced technologies, show independent spirit, and are at home on the Internet — quite the opposite of the average ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi Jew, according to the image many Israelis have.

But is that an accurate image?  To hear Haredi entrepreneur Itzik Crombie tell it, it is not.  Crombie, a Habad (Lubavitch) hassid who could be called a “serial entrepreneur,” has started several business, the latest of which, iSale Global, won an award last year for an app it developed to help salespeople  sell more.   Crombie doesn’t  see himself as an exception, but as a pioneer.

Haredim are just as creative and imaginative, and as willing to succeed, as are secular Israelis. In fact, from what I have seen among those in the high-tech world, they are even more ambitious,” Crombie told The Times of Israel. “The problem is that they don’t have role models to show them how to navigate the business world and get to the point where they can build their own businesses.”

To that end, Crombie organized, along with venture capital fund Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), the first Haredi Hi-Tech Forum, in which ultra-Orthodox business people, industry leaders, and business experts will present ideas on how to take a high-tech idea and run with it, getting financing and backing, and achieving business success.  (via Times of Israel)

The Haredi Center for Technological Studies

The Mercaz HaChareidi for Technological Studies was established in 1996 by Dr. Avraham Fuss Z”l with its mission to create a professional framework to allow those men in the Chareidi community that want to learn a trade, to do so in a fitting atmosphere whilst at the same time maintaining their Talmudic studies.

Dr. Fuss realized that there was no religious framework available for the Chareidi community to realize the goal of financial success so he forged ahead to create such a structure. The Mercaz caters to women during the morning hours and men during the evening hours, allowing the men to continue their Talmudic studies whilst at the same time preparing the ground to enter the workforce. The Mercaz, established with Gedolei Yisroel’s wholehearted encouragement, is the leader in the field of professional training in the Chareidi community both in quantity and in quality.  More than 10,000 graduates attest to the importance and success of the Mercaz.

Mercaz has established 5 branches in the large Chareidi centers: Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Ashdod, Modiin I’llit (Kiryat Sefer) and Haifa. The student body reflects a male\female ratio of approximately 40% male 60% female.

The Mercaz offers some 40 courses in a wide variety of fields designed to match the needs of the Israeli market. The courses include: computer program engineering, architecture and interior design, industrial design, construction engineering, computer maintenance and communication network management, computer graphics, multimedia, web-design, bookkeeping, wage accountancy, taxation consultancy, travel agency, real estate brokering and a fully accredited electricians course.

All the courses are accredited by the relevant governmental offices such as The Ministry of  Trade and Industry, Mahat and the Ministries of Justice and Tourism.

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