• Israel’s currency is the Shekel.
    The flag of the State of Israel is based on the design of the Jewish prayer shawl (tallit), with a blue Shield of David (Magen David).
  • The official emblem of the State of Israel is a candelabrum (menorah). The olive branches on either side represent Israel’s yearning for peace.
  • Israeli students start studying English in third grade.
  • The Israeli National Anthem is “Hatikvah” which means “The Hope.”
  • The olive tree is Israel’s national tree.
  • Israel’s bank notes have Braille markings on them so that the blind can identify them easily.
  • In many Israeli bus stops you can find a box for tzedakah charitable giving.
  • The glue on Israeli stamps is kosher.
  • Israel has 137 official beaches.
  • Israel has the world’s second largest output of new books per citizen.
  • Israel has won five bronze Olympic medals, one silver and one gold.
  • In 1984 and 1991 Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews to safety in Israel.
  • Tweleve Israelis have won a Nobel Prize.
  • Relative to its population Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth.
  • Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as “conflict free.”
  • According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry’s most impenetrable flight security. U.S. officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.
  • Israel’s Maccabi basketball team has won six European championships.
  • Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was produced by Haim Saban, an Israeli whose family fled persecution in Egypt.
  • In 1991, during the Gulf War, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra played a concert wearing gas masks as scud missiles fired by Saddam Hussein fell on Tel Aviv.
  • Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.
  • Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.
  • Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.
  • In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world.
  • In absolute terms, Israel has more startup companies than any other country in the world, except the US.
  • Israel is also the only country in the Middle East with a free Arabic press.
  • Israelis consume the most fruits and vegetables per capita of any people in the world.
  • Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.
  • Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation.
  • Israel has one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.
  • Immigrating to Israel is called Aliyah. Aliyah means ascension, or “going up.”
  • Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship - and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 - in the world.
  • Morocco and Russia are the two countries from which the largest number of new immigrants to Israel have come.
  • Teva, an internationally well-known shoe wear company, received its name from the Hebrew word for “nature.”
  • The only research and development center for Microsoft outside of the USA is located in Haifa.
  • Intel has their largest plant outside the USA in Israel.
  • Albert Einstein was offered to be Israel’s 1st president but did not accept.
  • The Druze community, representing 8.3% of the Israeli-Arab population, serve in the Israel Defense Forces.
  • There are more than 40 kosher McDonald’s in Israel.
  • An estimated million notes are left in the Western Wall each year.
  • Over the past 50 years, Israel is the only country in the Middle East in which the Christian population has grown.
  • Israel is the only country in the world to revive an unspoken language.
  • Israel has two official languages Hebrew and Arabic.
  • Street signs in Israel are written in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
  • Israel requires all fashion models to meet a normal BMI (body mass index).
  • Outside the United States and Canada, Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies.
  • Three in ten Israelis are immigrants from over 100 different countries.
  • Omri Casspi was the first Israeli basketball pro to be drafted to play on an NBA team (the Sacramento Kings.)
  • Yiytish Aynaw became Israel’s first Ethiopian Miss Israel in 2013.
  • Hebrew is read from right to left.

 

 

  • The people of Israel come from more than 100 countries. Roughly half the population has origins in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
  • Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy equal rights with Jewish citizens of the state.
  • In 2014 Salim Jubran became the first Arab to hold a permanent appointment as an Israeli Supreme Court Justice.
  • Israel has two official languages- Hebrew and Arabic.
  • All Israelis enjoy the same freedoms we do in the US- including the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and the right to petition the government.
  • Israel is the only country in the Middle East that provides full equality for women.
  • Israel’s Declaration of Independence guarantees freedom of religion for all.
  • Each religious community in Israel has the right to found its own religious schools, councils, and courts, and the jurisdiction to preside over matters of personal status such as marriage and divorce.
  • The holy places of each religion are controlled by officials of that faith, not the Israeli government.
  • The holy places of each religion are controlled by officials of that faith, not the Israeli government.