Thursday, July 14, 2011

Add These to the List...

 More contributions from Israelis:

Two Israeli scientists, Prof. Haim Rabinowitch, former rector of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Prof. Nachum Kedar, developed the cherry tomato in 1973. Looking for a way to slow down the rapid ripening of ordinary tomatoes in a hot climate, they identified the genetic combination to slow down maturation and also a way to exploit the genes to produce cherry tomatoes. (Yummy!)
 Cherry Tomatoes

Rummikub was invented by Ephraim Hertzano, a Romanian-born immigrant who came to Mandate Palestine in the early 1930s. He hand-made the first sets with his family in the backyard of his home. The game combines elements of rummy, dominoes, mah-jong and chess. Hertzano sold the first sets door-to-door and on a consignment basis at small shops. Over the years, the family licensed it to other countries and it became Israel’s #1 export game. In 1977, it became a bestselling game in the United States.
(If you haven't played yet, we suggest you try it. There is even an on-line version! Great family fun!) Rummikub

Bamba is one of the leading snack foods produced and sold in Israel. They are made from peanut-butter flavored puffed corn. Bamba contains no cholesterol, preservatives or food coloring, and is enriched with several vitamins. Nevertheless it contains high amounts of fat. It  Some describe it as ' Cheez-Doodles without the cheese'. (Children LOVE these snacks!) by Osem

אין כמו במבה   Nothing is like Bamba 

On these very hot days we cannot forget the Israeli contribution to our summer comfort~ the car sun screen. Back in the 80's, the Israelis that were living in California noticed everyone dealing with 'hot-seat' problems. They set to work and began marketing the first windshield screens for the US comsumer. The original ones were made of heavy cardboard that folded like a fan. They were white on one side and had this message on the reverse side ~if needed:

Later someone became more creative. Here is a popular screen from that time:
Of course we have become more sophisticated and the screens are made from a variety of materials and colors. Just remember the next time you are folding up your screen~ thank an Israeli !


  1. My children LOVE Bamba! And many thanks for the window screen! So simple but so helpful!!!


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