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Just a Nosh

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Travel mag readers name Tel Aviv, Jerusalem among top destinations

Readers of the luxury magazine Condé Nast Traveler have a thing for Israel. They voted both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv among the 40 “best cities in the world,” in the magazine’s 2016 survey of destinations outside the U.S.

Jerusalem came in at number 28 and was praised for its “cutting-edge art scene” and growing restaurant scene.

Condé Nast Traveler readers were even more enamored with Tel Aviv. Naming it number 17, the magazine called Tel Aviv “one of the world’s most vibrant, diverse cities”

Voted the world’s top city was Tokyo. Last year, Jerusalem was picked in the same survey as the 11th best city in the world, but Tel Aviv did not make the list.

Israeli pharmacy chain working with government to sell medical marijuana

Israel’s largest pharmacy chain is working with the government to implement reform that would make medical marijuana more widely available. Super-Pharm has been talking in recent weeks with the Health Ministry to coordinate selling cannabis in some of its stores to those with a prescription, Haaretz reported.

While medical marijuana has been legal in Israel since the early 1990s, it was previously only sold in specialized dispensaries. Last year, the Health Ministry said it intended to make medical marijuana available at pharmacies with a prescription.

Miki Ofer, a former chairman of the Pharmaceutical Society of Israel, told Haaretz the group thinks “this is the right place for dispensing the substance, just as it is for other narcotic drugs. Also, economically, we think that this will be a potential source of profit point for the pharmacies.”

About 27,000 Israelis are legally using medical marijuana, according to Haaretz.

Israel gives Taiwanese schools tables to provide shelter during earthquakes

Israel donated 117 tables that provide shelter during earthquakes to schools in a Taiwanese city struck by a quake earlier this year. Israel’s envoy to Taiwan, Asher Yarden, decided to cancel a celebration for Israel’s Independence Day in May to use the funds to buy the tables, which were designed by a student at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

Yarden decided on the number 117 to honor the same number of people who died in February when an earthquake struck the city of Tainan. Arthur Brutter designed the tables as a final project at Bezalel. They have been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The gift, Bezalel professor Ido Bruno said, “is a wonderful example of the way design can contribute to the safety of children and enhance friendship between people.”

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