YULA Students Attend AIPAC Seminars Hayden Klein (‘20) and Yoni Merkin (‘21) Over the course of the year, YULA sends students to various AIPAC seminars and conferences to educate them about advocating for Israel. The first conference this year took place October 14-15, when several students from both YULA Boys and YULA Girls attended the Saban AIPAC Regional Training Seminar (ARTS), which focused on educating students about Israel, so they can become advocates for Israel in high school, college, and beyond. Akiva Brookler (‘21), one of the students who attended, thought the Saban seminar “was a great opportunity to meet people who share the same pro-Israel agenda as I do.” The seminar featured speakers who educated the students about Israel and the many challenges it faces. Speakers also delivered seminars on how to advocate for and teach about Israel effectively. The conference was mostly led by AIPAC staffers, but it also included speakers such as Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez.
Another conference that YULA students attended was AIPAC’s Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit, which was held October 27-30 in Washington, D.C. Seven YULA delegates attended, along with 400 teenagers from all over the country. During the conference, students listened to sessions given by AIPAC staffers and college students involved with AIPAC. From these sessions, teens learned how to advocate for Israel after graduating from high school and heard college students speak about their experiences advocating for Israel. “The sessions were incredibly informative when it came to all the issues regarding Israel,” Jake Fishman (‘20) said. On the last night of the conference, the AIPAC staff put together a college fair and carnival for all of the students. During the fair, representatives from colleges all over the country pitched reasons that high-schoolers should consider their universities. The representatives also informed the teens about pro-Israel and Jewish life on campus.
YULA’s delegation to AIPAC’s Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit poses outside of Rep. Karen Bass’s (D-Calif.) office. Afterward, a carnival was set up with games and food for all the teens to enjoy, which “was a great way to connect with the other students in a less high-strung environment, with amazing food,
activities, and people,” said Batya Tropper (‘19). After the conference, delegates from both YULA and Shalhevet went to the Capitol to lobby a staffer of Rep. Karen Bass
(D-Calif.), who represents YULA and Shalhevet’s district.
Israeli Innovations Hope Fatal Accident on Israeli Highway Yaelle Shaye (‘22) to Make World a Safer, Eight people erased in the on suspicion of manslaughter. proximately 300 miles long, into Cleaner Place blink of an eye. A family de- Laurent Ankri is believed to have a two-lane highway. This project Daniel Zarur (‘22)
The Mazor X system makes spinal surgery safer and more reliable. The Bloomberg Innovation Index lists Israel as the world’s tenth-most innovative country. Three companies illuminate this trend. Mazor Robotics, a company that has recently been acquired by MedTronic for $1.7 billion, is just one example of Israel’s innovation. The Mazor X, their product, is a robotic guidance system that allows for easy planning and performance of spinal surgery by integrating the surgical arm, workstation, and a 3D camera. Israel is
using Mazor X to help the world by making spinal surgery safer and more reliable. But Israel does not stop there. Safety is a top priority for Israel, which is why the Quadsight system was created. This obstacle-detecting camera was showcased in the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where it was awarded the 2019 CES Innovation Award in the vehicle intelligence and self-driving technology category. Under any weather or lighting condition,
stroyed by something as simple as a phone, a drink, and drugs. These are dangers that are prominent in our everyday lives, whose risks are greater than we can ever imagine. On October 30th, driving along Route 90, these dangers caused the deaths of the Atar family: a family of eight living in Psagot, Israel. The entire Atar family - Yariv Atar, 45, and his wife Shoshi, 47, and their children, Yaakov Yisrael, 12, Ateret, 11, Ayelet, 9, Moriah, 7, Yedid, 5, and Avigail, 3 - , off of school because of local elections, were killed when a driver coming from the opposite direction swerved into oncoming traffic and hit them. A few members of the family are believed to have died on impact, while others died trapped in the blazing car. Laurent Ankri, 52, from Giv’on Hahadasha, was driving an SUV when she hit the Atar’s minivan. Ankri was taken into custody by a Be’er Sheva court
been driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The 52-year-old has 20 prior traffic offenses and was found in possession of cannabis. Following his arrest he was subjected to a blood test, the results of which have not been published. Ankri maintains that he was blinded by the sun, causing him to accidently swerve into the wrong lane. His wife and daughter were injured in the collision, and immediately after the crash, he was reportedly devastated and stated, “I killed them, I am never driving again.” This devastating tragedy was the last straw for Israelis. In these past few months alone, there have been three deadly collisions on Route 90. A couple and their 10 month old baby were killed when their vehicle collided with a bus, and six Palestinian men were killed when they crashed into a truck. Amongst other modifications, Transportation Minister, Israel Katz, has assembled a plan to widen Route 90, which is ap-
is set to cost around NIS 10-15 billion ($2.7-4 billion) and is expected to be carried out as a Public Private Partnership. Car accidents occur every minute of every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, 37,000 people die in car accidents each year, and around every 16 minutes a fatal car accident occurs. These numbers rise each time someone speeds, drives distracted, or under the influence. Driving safely is a pressing issue in society, and people suffer every day from the consequences of risky driving. Next time you’re driving and you get a text, don’t pick up your phone. Don’t get behind the wheel distracted or under the influence. The difference between life and death can be the simple decision of waiting to apply your lipstick, or calling an uber. We must all work together as a society to prevent these accidents and keep our roads safe.
the Quadsight system will detect semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles. By using this system, drivers will be safer on the road because of the extra set of eyes. The Israeli company Elya saw how terrible pollution has become in our world and could
not ignore it. Elya reuses plastic to create other plastic products by using a formula of all-natural ingredients. Elya strives to lead the polyethylene-based recycling industry all around the world and raise awareness of the growing issue. In the hopes of one day being able to eliminate the severity
of pollution, a large number of countries have passed legislation that requires the use of recycled materials, and Elya is leading the way in reusing these materials.