Monday, December 21, 2015

A Silicon Dragon Fascination with Israel - at the Crossroads of Traditions and Tech

With the holidays fast approaching, I’d like to reflect on a recent journey to Israel, where my trip combined a tech tour and a visit to the Holy Land, spanning Haifa to Jerusalem.
I had an opportunity to meet with expert technologists at the world-renown Technion scientific and engineering institute as well as top physicists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot  — both working on leading advances in biotech and other disciplines that could change our lives. Turning a full 360 degrees, I also had the chance to explore the Old City of Jerusalem and its many historic sights, from the Western Wall to the City of David to the Dome of the Rock.  This was made all the more memorable on a chilly, near-deserted evening in the Old City while Shabbat prayers were underway.
On a Saturday, when all public transit and everything else was closed, I walked to the well-secured, hilltop Knesset legislative center, following the elevated train tracks on the return so as not to lose my way back to the recently opened and spectacular Waldorf Astoria hotel where I was staying in Jerusalem, only steps away from the main Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City.
Keep reading my post at Forbes: Israel fascination