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Israel: research and education

Decades before its establishment as a state in 1948, Jewish leaders worldwide considered the crucial importance of higher education and research in the emerging community. Efforts from scientists from Albert Einstein to Chaim Weizmann and others led to the foundation of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, soon after the First World War.

Today, eight universities exist in Israel along with more than sixty other institutions of higher learning. The Israeli scientific community, characterized by innovation and creativity, is widely recognized and maintains worldwide collaborations. Achievements of Israeli scientists in molecular life sciences are particularly noteworthy. 

The Israel Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ISBMB) was one of the founders of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) and finds it an honor and privilege to have been awarded the organization of the 42nd FEBS Congress in 2017 in Jerusalem.

Israel: regions and cities

Northern Israel

Israel’s lush green northern region is ideal for leisure, history and nature-focused travelers. From its wealth of Christian holy sites, including Tabgha, the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum and the 40-mile Gospel Trail, to the jewel of a port city of Haifa with its “hanging” Baha’i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic city of Acre and boutique wineries amidst breathtaking landscapes, Israel’s northern region offers activities for travelers of all tastes and interests.

Israel’s third largest city and one of its prettiest, Haifa is a multi-faceted city with several unique characteristics making it an attractive place to visit.
Safed is a picturesque city of spiritual people and artists, wrapped in mysticism and mystery, and steeped in sacred atmosphere.
Zikhron Ya’akov is a wonderful town for tourists, both local and foreign. It is built at the tip of the Carmel Mt. Range and is a main tourism and vacation site in this region.
Acre is a meeting place for East and West, new and old, beauty and ruins, all adding to its uniqueness.
Nazareth is a city of religion and faith, of spirituality and holiness, but also a city with a rich history, fascinating archeology, modern culture and Middle Eastern charm.
The Galilee is not a large region. A mere 80 miles separate its northern border-the peak of Mount Hermon from its southernmost boundary along the Jezreel Plain, the site of biblical Armageddon.
Rosh-Pina is a town whose main source of income is upscale tourism: a place of trendy cafés restaurants and guesthouses.
One of the most important archeological sites in Israel from the time of the bible, Tel Megiddo is a beautiful and impressive national park near the town of Afula.
The Golan Heights is one of the most beautiful and most traveled parts of the country as it is abundant with wonderful scenic treasures and archeological site

Central Israel

Focused around the dynamic city of Jerusalem, Israel’s capital and home to holy sites for the world’s three major monotheistic religions, and the non-stop art and culture metropolis of Tel Aviv with its gorgeous Mediterranean beaches, Israel’s central region is nothing short of an art, culture and history wonderland boasting world-renowned museums and restaurants, high-end hotels and international dance and music festivals.

Tel Aviv, the country’s economic and cultural center, is a lively, active city with entertainment, culture and art, festivals, and a rich night life.
Herzliya has three main features: popular beaches, an industrial zone which houses many hi-tech companies, and fine malls and stores
Jerusalem is a city of overwhelming emotions, a city that promises a religious and spiritual experience, excitement and pleasure, interesting tours and entertaining adventures.
In a peaceful valley between mountains and hills, surrounded by the beauty of natural groves, nestles one of Jerusalem’s most picturesque neighborhoods – Ein Kerem.
Netanya is a lively seacoast town situated on the Sharon coastal plain, and a center for tourism that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The past and the future come together in Caesarea: the new city is graced with magnificent homes and the ancient city offers tourists houses the ruins of unique buildings.

Southern Israel

Israel’s southern region is an ideal travel destination for adventure and outdoor-focused travelers. Beginning in Beersheba, known as the Capital of the Negev, travelers to Israel’s southern region can spend the day floating in the saline-rich Dead Sea; exploring the 2,300-year-old Masada; rappelling and jeep touring in the Ramon Crater, the world’s largest naturally formed crater; and swimming amongst tropical fish and coral reef in the Red Sea city of Eilat.

Eilat is the ultimate resort city, located on the shore of the Red Sea.
The lowest spot on the face of the earth, and a natural health spa – the Dead Sea is one site you don’t want to miss!!!
Massada is one of the most exciting and frequently-toured places in Israel, and relates a story of perseverance and power, faith and surrender, ambitions, and a tragic end.
The Negev desert is a vast and sparsely populated piece of land which accounts for over half of Israel’s land area.
Ein Gedi is an oasis in the desert and a green Garden of Eden in the wilderness.
Be’er Sheva, the modern-day capital of the Negev, has a history going back all the way to Abraham, father of the Jewish people.
Ein Gedi is an oasis in the desert and a green Garden of Eden in the wilderness.

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