Press Release From 2022

If there is a shortage of housing, then where does everyone live?

30 November, 2022

Prof. Rachelle Alterman on the data of the housing shortage.

Link to the full article

A new study checks: How much is the forest worth to you?

21 November, 2022

A new study has revealed what we, Israelis, think about the local forests, and how we usually spend time in them: it turns out that many of us are willing to pay for their existence, that few visit them alone, and that children influence the degree of enjoyment of them (and not for the better).

Link to the full article on Ynet

Link to an article on Zavit

Israel is too crowded

09 September, 2022

One of the most prominent effects of population growth is the crowding of more and more Israelis in the tower neighborhoods.

However, according to Prof. Rachelle Alterman, the Israeli policy of encouraging residential towers is a "poisonous solution"

Link to the full article on Ynet+

The Skills Interface Program in Mathematics, Science and Technology (STEM)

08 September, 2022

The insight that has been established in recent years regarding education, in all its components, from preschool to academia, is that it is not enough to impart knowledge and it is necessary in the modern era to also impart skills and competencies, which should be part of the mission of the school system, higher education and lifelong learning in the 21st century.

The Ministry of Education has set a national goal for imparting, developing and evaluating skills and competencies that promote excellence in the entire education system in Israel, for the successful integration of graduates in academia, industry and society.

The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Samuel Neaman Institute and the Technion, conducted a pioneering study (pilot) on the development and implementation of an interface between the scientific and technological education in the education system, and the scientific engineering education in the school, for the purpose of acquiring and developing the required skills and competencies.

The skills chosen for purchase are in line with the skills led by the Ministry of Education.

A broad ecosystem has been built which includes all relevant stake holders for acquiring, teaching and evaluating skills: the Ministry of Education, the schools, the IDF, the Technion I.I.T, Beit Berel Academic College and the National Center for Examinations and Assessment and the Szold Institute.

Link to the program page at Ministry of Education

The gas crisis/ Interview with Prof. Ofira Ayalon on 'Seder Yom’ with Keren Neubach

05 September, 2022

Prof. Ofira Ayalon in an interview on the energy crisis in Europe considering the Ukraine – Russia war and climate change effects

Link to the full interview with Prof. Ayalon (starts at 35:50)

Why did we turn natural gas from a friend to an enemy?

18 August, 2022

Meirav Arlosoroff examines the question of greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas supply chain.
Prof. Ofira Ayalon reports on a study examining these issues, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, and points to previous reports on the subject under Samuel Neaman Institute

Link to the full article

'Seder Yom’ with Keren Neubach Interview with Prof. Ofira Ayalon

17 August, 2022

Prof. Ofira Ayalon in an interview on the effects of the extreme climate events of summer of 2022 in Italy and in Europe, in general. Impacts on the economy, health, supply chains, and the energy and water sectors

Link to the full interview (starts at 11:29)

Breaking through the walls: How do you recruit thousands more high-tech professionals in Israel's largest city?

11 August, 2022

Jerusalem needs the affluent and educated high-tech workers like air for breathing.

According to a report by Samuel Neaman Institute, there will be a need for 4,300 new employees in the city in the coming years. Will they be able to be recruited?

Link to the full report on The Marker

Link to another article on the subject

The Disengagement Plan

10 August, 2022

According to Prof. Alterman, a survey by the OECD of planning and building systems shows that Israel is the most centralized. This is reflected, among other things, in the long durations for plan approvals. "Not delegating powers to local governments is bad for everyone"

Link to the full article

Soon, most of you will live in a tower. How will life look like then?

08 August, 2022

Prof. Rachelle Alterman explains: "A tower is not just a building, it is a 'residential machine' and this is how it should be treated"

Link to the full article

Three who know (KAN) Interview with Prof. Ofira Ayalon - California

03 August, 2022

In an interview with Prof. Ofira Ayalon:

In April 2022, California managed to produce 100% green energy. Israel also managed to reach almost a quarter of its electricity consumption from renewable energy at one point in time. But the challenges are beyond that moment

Link to the ful interview min 1:19


With solutions, and existing budget: the waste is overflowing, and the authorities keep ignoring

03 August, 2022

Prof. Ofira Ayalon is a well-known expert in the field of municipal waste management and its many failures, getting worse by the year: "The regulator, specifically the Ministry of Environmental Protection, imposes difficulties for those who want to promote solutions in Israel"

Link to the full article

30,000 tons a year: when the Geniza overflows

28 July, 2022

How does the landfilling of the Geniza in quarries affect the environment?

Prof. Ofira Ayalon, an expert in waste management, explains.

Link to the full article on Ynet

Three who know (KAN) Interview with Prof. Ofira Ayalon

27 July, 2022

Prof. Ofira Ayalon in an interview on the benefits and problems of clean energy supply in California. As well as, on the need for energy efficiency

Link to the full interview. starts at the 12:00 min.

Prof. Rachelle Alterman in an interview in ‘KAN’ about rent

13 July, 2022

Weak euro could strengthen Israeli economy, experts say

13 July, 2022

The weakness of the euro could not only help boost European companies’ sales in the coming months but could also benefit the Israeli market, according to Dr. Gilead Fortuna

Links to the article:

Weak euro could strengthen Israeli economy, experts say - The Jerusalem Post (

Weak euro could strengthen Israeli economy, experts say (

Weak Euro Could Strengthen Israeli Economy, Experts Say - The Media Line


" The kibbutzim and moshavim found a lot of money on the roofs, and then the problems started"

08 July, 2022

Prof. Rachelle Alterman: "RAMI detrimental to the attempt to establish renewable energies"

Link to the full article on TheMarker

"The politicians are distributing huge benefits to real estate developers, those who will lose are the apartment renters, who will be left with nothing"

09 June, 2022

Prof. Rachelle Alterman, an urban planner at the Technion, warns that the long-term rental projects at a regulated price that many are now praising will have a fatal impact on apartment renters — and recommends not listening to politicians telling you how it works great all over the world.

Link to the full article in The Marker

Dr. Nohad Ali talks about his research on social resilience in Arab society

07 June, 2022

Dr. Nohad Ali talks about social resilience in Arab society: consciousness, cultural adaptation, and recommendations for action.
The study was in collaboration with the National Emergency Authority and the Ministry of Social Equality

Link to the full interview


Strategic Energy Plan in Jerusalem

06 June, 2022

At a special cabinet meeting, on the occasion of Jerusalem Day held on May 29 2022, a government decision was agreed upon concerning a strategic energy plan for the city of Jerusalem. Background materials were prepared by Samuel Neaman Institute team, which includes Prof. Ofira Ayalon, Idan Liebes and Naama Shapira, and in cooperation with Ms. Dana Gabay and Adv. Anat Mamlok, for the Jerusalem Municipality and through Eden – the Jerusalem Economic Development Company.
The government's desicion, which was conducted in cooperation with a long list of Government ministries – the Ministry of Energy, the Electricity Authority, the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, the Ministry of Development of the Negev and the Galilee, the Ministry of Religious Services and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Security –90 NIS million were allocated over the years 2022-2025.
The plan includes a series of significant steps, including the preparation of a multi-year strategic energy plan in Jerusalem (for the first time in Israel), the development of the electricity distribution network, energy efficiency as well as the promotion of renewable energy, the promotion of efficient low-emission energy transportation, the development of the natural gas sector in the city, energy development of East Jerusalem, and more.

Links to several articles on the subject:

ממשלת ישראל ועיריית ירושלים ישקיעו כ-90 מיליון שקלים בפיתוח מיזמי אנרגיה מתחדשת ואנרגיה נקייה בעיר ירושלים | משרד האנרגיה (

תוכנית אסטרטגית לאנרגיה בירושלים | מספר החלטה 1515 | משרד ראש הממשלה (

ממשלת ישראל ועיריית ירושלים ישקיעו כ-90 מיליון שקלים בפיתוח מיזמי אנרגיה מתחדשת בעיר ירושלים - ירושלים נט (

הממשלה תשקיע באנרגיה מתחדשת בירושלים | פורטל רשויות מקומיות | רשויות - הפורטל הישראלי לרשויות המקומיות (

ממשלת ישראל ועיריית ירושלים ישקיעו כ-90 מיליון שקלים בפיתוח מיזמי אנרגיה מתחדשת בעיר ירושלים - מקומונט ירושלים (

ממשלת ישראל ועיריית ירושלים ישקיעו כ-90 מיליון שקלים בפיתוח מיזמי אנרגיה בירושלים - Digital Age


KAN (Reshet Bet)/ Interview with Prof. Ofira Ayalon

31 May, 2022

Prof. Ofira Ayalon, in an interview:

The wealth fund will start operating from tomorrow, the profits are from the nation’s natural resources. It's time to use the money for the benefit of Israel's residents - reduce greenhouse gas emissions, invest in advanced technologies and prepare for climate change.

Link to the full interview (Starts at 19:35)

Prof. Ofira Ayalo at Dalik Volenitch

25 May, 2022

Prof. Ofira Ayalon is talking about the Western world throwing food in huge quantities.
The world is in a global food crisis because of the coronavirus, damage to the food supply chains as well as the impact of the war in Ukraine. On top of these- the climate crisis. In order to produce food, we need energy, water, pesticides, fertilizers and more.
So food wastage has wider effects. In order to minimize this problem we need personal responsibility (such as planning food purchases) and the responsibility of the state.

Link to the full interview

Study: the majority of the Arab communities are not prepared for a national emergency

23 May, 2022

According to the findings of a new study presented at the conference and held at the Western Galilee College and the Samuel Neaman Institute by Dr. Ali Nohad, at the next national event, more Arab citizens will be killed because 86% of the Arab communities in Israel are not protected at all, both from a security situation as in the days of Operation Keeper of the Walls and on the part of an environmental event such as an earthquake.

Links to several articles on the subject:

מחקר: רוב מוחץ של היישובים הערביים - לא מוכנים למצב חירום לאומי - JDN

מחקר קובע: במצב חירום לאומי - יותר ערבים ייהרגו - עכשיו 14 (

מחקר חדש לציון שנה למבצע "שומר החומות" קובע: 86% אחוזים מהישובים הערבים אינם מוכנים כלל למצב חירום לאומי – זצ (



Battle of the buildings the electric charging station version

18 May, 2022

In the absence of legislation, neighbors' clashes over the installation of charging stations in condominiums are increasing.

Idan Liebes, claims that out of all the installation options of charging stations, using the building’s public grid connection is the preferred method.

He explains that on average electric vehicles need to be able to charge at least twice a week at home, otherwise it will not be possible to expand the market, and failing to provide adequate solutions could lead to dangerous “pirated” charging solutions instead.

Link to the full Article on CALCALIST 

Israel Is Potential Gas Supplier for Europe as It Boosts Production

18 May, 2022

Idan Liebes says that the gas reserves in Israel are far beyond the current and expected consumption of gas in the country over the upcoming decades.
“There is a window of opportunity, and we don’t know how for how long this window will be open”

Link to the full article

Modern Statistics: A Computer-Based Approach with Python

01 May, 2022

R. Kenett, S. Zacks and P. Gedeck, Springer 2022

This innovative textbook presents material for a course on modern statistics that incorporates Python as a pedagogical and practical resource. Drawing on many years of teaching and conducting research in various applied and industrial settings, the authors have carefully tailored the text to provide an ideal balance of theory and practical applications. Numerous examples and case studies are incorporated throughout, and comprehensive Python applications are illustrated in detail. A custom Python package is available for download, allowing students to reproduce these examples and explore others.
The first chapters of the text focus on analyzing variability, probability models, and distribution functions. Next, the authors introduce statistical inference and bootstrapping, and variability in several dimensions and regression models. The text then goes on to cover sampling for estimation of finite population quantities and time series analysis and prediction, concluding with two chapters on modern data analytic methods. Each chapter includes exercises, data sets, and applications to supplement learning.
Modern Statistics: A Computer-Based Approach with Python is intended for a one- or two-semester advanced undergraduate or graduate course. Because of the foundational nature of the text, it can be combined with any program requiring data analysis in its curriculum, such as courses on data science, industrial statistics, physical and social sciences, and engineering. Researchers, practitioners, and data scientists will also find it to be a useful resource with the numerous applications and case studies that are included.,ron-kenett-shelemyahu-zacks-peter-9783031075650


School for living in heights

28 April, 2022

Prof.Rachelle Alterman: "Every tower by its very construction has a failure"

Link to the full article on CALCALIST

Israel cannot afford to become an asphalt state simply because of a handful of connected means

21 April, 2022

Prof. Rachelle Alterman on building rights and overcompensation.

Link to the full article on N12

6 a.m. with Dalik Volenitch-Interview with Prof. Ofira Ayalon

19 April, 2022

Prof. Ofira Ayalon in an interview on food scraps, waste, and the environment

Link to the full interview strats at 28:10

The residential towers – a planning and maintenance disaster

10 April, 2022

Prof. Rachelle Alterman on the "Urban Front" podcast: "The residential towers – a planning and maintenance disaster"

Link to the podcast

Garbage in style: Electra will establish a pneumatic garbage disposal system in a neighborhood in ‘Sde Dov’

29 March, 2022

A techno-economic analysis of the issue of the use of pneumatic systems, conducted in 2015 by the Samuel Neaman Institute, concluded that the reduced need for workers, vehicles, and fuel to collect waste saves operating costs in the collection system.

Link to the full article on CALCALIST

Link to the full Research 

The Ministry of Finance plan: 120,000 apartments on planned office space in Gush Dan

22 March, 2022

Prof. Rachelle Alterman stresses the importance of promoting housing solutions within existing neighborhoods. Currently, the widespread phenomenon of accessory dwelling units which produces excellent housing is illegal and should be deregulated.

Link to the full article on Calcalist

Prof. Rachelle Alterman in a lecture on How to Understand Law and Policy in the Urban Governance Context

21 March, 2022

Prof. Rachelle Alterman on the "Urban Front" podcast: "In Israel there is no housing crisis, there is a housing omission"

19 March, 2022

Irad Yavneh in a podcast on science and research in Israel

07 March, 2022

Prof. Irad Yavneh together with colleagues, in a podcast on science and research in Israel - what are the strengths and weaknesses? What distinguishes the Israeli researcher? How can we integrate research with industry, and what is the status of research in colleges?

Link to the full Podcast

From sprint to marathon - 30% renewable energies, dream, or reality

02 March, 2022

Prof. Ofira Ayalon in an expert’s discussion in the field of renewable energy.

Link to the full Video

"Without improvement in research infrastructure, Israel may lose its status as a start-up nation”

20 February, 2022

A new study by the Samuel Neaman Institute team deals with the relative decrease in Israel's scholarly output..

Link to the full article on "The Marker"

Leftovers from dining room? Kibbutz Yagur found a solution that is good for the environment

13 February, 2022

An experimental facility placed in kibbutz Yagur recieves the organic waste that accumulates in the dining room.
The project is in line with the recommendations outlined in a policy document for the treatment of organic waste recently published by Samuel Neaman Institute at the Technion and the University of Haifa. One of the main recommendations of the document is to encourage local waste treatment, rather than a remote central facility.

Link to the full article on Haaretz

Link to the Separation of Organic Waste – at the Source or at a Facility? reserch 

From the toilet to the stove: why are we afraid from producing gas from the toilet

28 January, 2022

New research examined ways to make more people adopt systems for producing cooking gas and fertilizer from human excrement, despite the clearly psychological barrier.

Prof. Ofira Ayalon explains the situation in Israel, and what we need to do to enable wastewater treatment plants to perform better.

Link to the full article on 'Ynet'

Israel has 14,000 waste fires a year, but only 14 inspectors nationwide

19 January, 2022

Burning illegal waste is a national problem that costs residents’ health. Dealing with this acute situation, worsening from year to year, is a particularly small workforce of inspectors.

Prof. Ofira Ayalon reminds us, that these fires end up with what we breathe, eat and drink.

Link to the full article on GLOBES

Waste and the Climate Change with Prof. Ofira Ayalon

18 January, 2022

Prof. Ofira Ayalon in GALATZ radio station interview: When did man start producing waste? What is more harmful to the environment - the waste itself, or the manufacturing process? How can it be dealt with best? And where is Israel compared to the world in waste management?

Link to the full interview

The Climate Crisis Has Not Skipped Israel: 2021 Fourth-hottest Year on Record

02 January, 2022

The Meteorological Service recorded and found that the number of days with rainfall dropped.

When the same amount of rain falls in shorter bursts, more of it is lost rather than absorbed into the groundwater, and there is more flooding and property damage, explained Prof. Ofira Ayalon of Haifa University and the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research Institute at the Technion.

Link to the full article on Haaretz

Link to the full Meteorological Service Report 

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