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One of the more startling innovations that SAP failed to announce at a recent Sapphire user conference came in a presentation that showed the unshowable: a heterogeneous environment that included SAP and, in full, copyrighted glory, the logos of its two archrivals, Oracle and PeopleSoft.
The message was almost revolutionary. SAP will actively support integration with non-SAP applications, including those from its most bitter competitors.
An unwritten rule has dominated the enterprise software market since punch card days: deny the existence of competing products and, against all evidence to the contrary, promote the idea that customers can and will standardize on a single enterprise vendor to run their myriad business processes.
The contrary evidence has been what made this head-in-the-sand strategy so patently absurd. The majority of real-world IT departments are a hodge-podge of enterprise applications, and a huge amount of IT’s efforts are focused on making these applications work together.
SAP isn’t the only vendor that has woken up to this reality. PeopleSoft, Oracle, and even smaller upstarts like Sweden’s IFS AB are talking about making free use of the competitions’ applications and data. It’s starting to look like the summer of love all over again.
Or is it? While America is the land of redemption, I remain a little suspicious of how well any ERP vendor will manage this shift in attitude toward the competition. In the end, many of you will stick to what you’re doing now: a combination of duct tape and baling wire, supported by an open check to the systems integrator of your choice, with a big chunk of change tossed at your enterprise applications integration (EAI) vendor as well.
Part of my skepticism comes from the obvious absence of altruism in these ERP vendors’ actions. Indeed, support for heterogeneity goes straight to the vendors’ bottom line. The more integration they do, the more the vendor can claim a larger number of users in the enterprise. And the more users, the more licensing revenue. These born-again integrators also get to solidify their account control, particularly if the vendor’s single sign-on portal is used as the point of integration.
The vendors also get to capture consulting dollars. When you choose an ERP vendor’s integration solution, you cut the umbilical cord to your EAI vendor and short-circuit the systems integrator’s free lunch. Some of your budget will still flow in these directions, but more and more will likely be siphoned off to the ERP vendor.
The other problem is that I fear the IT blame game will only get worse. Who do you call when your SAP portal can’t launch a PeopleSoft application because an Oracle Financials process failed? All of a sudden your integrator or EAI vendor starts to look like your best friend.
Of course, this friendship comes at a price. The upside of letting your ERP vendor handle applications integration is that you may genuinely lower your integration costs. Baling wire, duct tape, integrators, and EAI technology are not the most elegant technology platforms for enterprise-wide applications. A pre-integrated applications environment should be cheaper to implement. And when things do go wrong, it’s nice to dial only one phone number before you get to start yelling.
As with most innovations on the vendor side, the impact on the user will be mixed. The vendors’ new-found love for integration will work best at greenfield sites and in adding incremental improvements to existing environments. There will be no winner-take-all conversions that make the wholesale replacement of heterogeneous systems a viable strategy for user or vendor alike. At best, this new-found tolerance for the competition will chip away at EAI vendor revenues; witness the recent shortfalls at WebMethods and Tibco.
So keep an eye out for the new promise of heterogeneous support. It’s a minor palace coup masquerading as a full blown revolution. But as palace coups go, it’s a good one. The outgoing regime had its head in the sand. The new one knows you need to support a multi-vendor world. All these vendors still need to prove that they actually play well with the competition. But admitting that customer needs might be more important than competitive positioning is a good first step.
Joshua Greenbaum is a principal with Enterprise Applications Consulting, a technology and marketing consultancy in Daly City, Calif.
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Music for a Summer Evening Boston Landmarks Orchestra opens annual free concert series tonight at Hatch Shell
Boston Landmarks Orchestra, under the direction of Christopher Wilkins, kicks off its free summer concert series at the Hatch Shell tonight at 7 p.m. Photo by Michael Dwyer
There may be no finer place to be this evening than the Hatch Shell on Boston’s Charles River Esplanade. Oh, you’ll have to share space with a couple of thousand fellow citizens. But it will be worth it. For tonight marks the start of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s 2023 season of free summer concerts.
Comprising some of the Boston area’s finest professional musicians, the BLO has earned a reputation for presenting eclectic classical music concerts on the Hatch Shell, as well as for performing in city neighborhoods, youth centers, and public parks. Since its founding in 2001, the orchestra has played classical music from a range of composers in a fun, approachable way.
Tonight’s opening concert, titled Music for a Summer Evening, includes, appropriately, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a work for voice and orchestra that nostalgically recalls a child’s memories of summer. The lush piece is based on a largely autobiographical prose poem by Pulitzer-winner James Agee. First performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1948, Barber’s composition has become a staple of 20th-century classical music.
Led by musical director Christopher Wilkins, the orchestra will also perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite, one of the British composer’s most famous pieces, originally written for a military band; Frederick Delius’ Summer Evening, one of three tone poems created between 1888 and 1890; The Blue Planet, a 10-minute orchestral work by Peggy Stuart Coolidge that later became the official theme song for the World Wildlife Fund (Coolidge was the first female American composer to have a recording made of her symphonic works); excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi’s five-act opera I vespri siciliani; and Edward Elgar’s moving Enigma Variations, composed in 1899. The composition features 14 variations on a single theme—each said to be a musical sketch of various friends of the composer’s. Elgar’s most famous composition, the Enigma Variations has been recorded more than 60 times since he first recorded it in 1924.
Concertgoers will want to arrive early for tonight’s free concert, as student brass and wind quintets from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute will be performing a prelude between 6:15 and 6:45, as the crowd assembles.
The other concerts at the Hatch Shell this summer: a special appearance by Cambridge-based Mercury Orchestra, presenting selections from Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger and Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, on July 26; a BLO performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on August 2; Anthems of the World, a concert of classical pieces by the BLO that will include a Landmarks-commissioned work by composer Gonzalo Grau on August 9; a performance by the Longwood Symphony Orchestra titled A Night in Vienna, on August 17; and to close out the season, a BLO concert titled Landmarks Dance Carnival on August 23. Find more information about these concerts and the BLO’s summer neighborhood concerts and educational programs here.
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra concerts are tonight, Wednesday, July 19, and every Wednesday through August 23, at the Hatch Shell, at 7 p.m. (save for the concert on Thursday, August 17). All concerts are free. In the event of rain, tonight’s concert will be tomorrow, Thursday, July 20, at the Hatch Shell, or if again raining, at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., also at 7 p.m. Take any MBTA Green Line trolley to Park Street, transfer to an outbound Red Line train to Charles/MGH. Find information about weather conditions and postponements here.
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Civil Disobedience, a Love Story Yes, they met at BU, outside Howard Zinn’s office
Susan Silverman (CAS’85), an activist rabbi, and her husband, Yosef Abramowitz (CAS’86), a solar energy pioneer, are taking Israel by storm with their vision of a sustainable and just future. Photos by Rina Castelnuovo
He wants to be president. She wants Jerusalem to become the adoption capital of the world.
Ask 11-year-old Ashira what’s interesting about her family and she’ll tell you: “Everything!” Ashira is one of the couple’s five children. The raucous, high-profile family, who migrated from Newton, Mass., to Kibbutz Ketura in the Negev before settling in Jerusalem, are observant Jews and fervent Zionists unafraid to challenge religious orthodoxy and Israeli recalcitrance. In an age of cynics, they are unabashed idealists.
“Our family motto,” says Silverman, “is, ‘Don’t be a schmuck.’”
It’s September in the Holy City. The nights grow cooler and the High Holy Days spill into the lighthearted weeklong Festival of Sukkot. If one were to take Judaism’s heartbeat, the stethoscope would best be placed on this soulful, simmering metropolis. “I love this city’s immediacy,” says 51-year-old Silverman, who never expected to make aliyah, the Hebrew term for Jews returning to their spiritual homeland, when the family first came to Israel for what was to be a year’s sabbatical. Etched with the battle lines of secularism versus fundamentalism, modern versus old, Arab versus Jew, Jerusalem embodies one of Silverman’s favorite expressions: “If you’re addicted to meaning, Israel is like pure heroin.”Where everybody knows your name
In Israel the two are becoming household names.
At 50, Abramowitz is president and CEO of the global energy company Energiya Global Capital, which is developing solar energy in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. The company just inaugurated its first commercial solar field in Rwanda. He is also cofounder of Arava Power, an eight-year-old company that built Israel’s first commercial solar field—18,500 photovoltaic cells over 20 acres—at the edge of Kibbutz Ketura. The kibbutz is near the southern city of Eilat, and the company hopes to soon supply 80 percent of the city’s power.
In April Arava Power launched five new solar fields, all larger than Ketura. In May Abramowitz announced his bid for the Israeli presidency, in the hope of modernizing and lending political and cultural muscle to the mostly ceremonial post. Historically a reward for decades of public service, the position has been held since 2007 by former two-term prime minister Shimon Peres, who is now 90.
After three years at Ketura, the family settled into a light-soaked duplex in Jerusalem’s prosperous Baka neighborhood, where the streets are named for the 12 ancient tribes of Israel. Here Silverman and Abramowitz, their children leaning in, routinely join an ongoing repertory of journalists, rabbis, politicians, and scholars to debate the state of the world over cast-iron pans of shakshouka at the local Café Itzik. Their passions can be burdensome and exhausting; where most people see cloudless skies as a reprieve, Abramowitz sees an inexcusable squandering of potential kilowatts. While most of us react to media images of war orphans with impotent heartache, Silverman has written a theological manifesto rallying fellow Jews to welcome those orphans into their families.A precocious firebrand and a free spirit converge
The sun is fading into the eve of Yom Kippur, and around a family table long enough to accommodate a procession of visitors, the Abramowitz-Silvermans (except for daughter Aliza, who is studying at the Berklee College of Music) dive into platters of salad and pasta before the looming daylong fast.
Everything is interesting. Beside the traditional challah sits a plate of injera, the spongy flatbread of Ethiopia, birthplace of Susan and Yosef’s sons Adar, and Zamir, a hearing-impaired child they adopted at age four. In Israel Zamir received cochlear implants, and as Susan rounds up the kids for the walk to shul she reminds her son to “put on your ears.” In the spirit of atonement and starting the New Year with a clear conscience, they take turns naming the previous year’s wrongs. The children and teenagers share regrets about their obstinacy or not fully appreciating their parents. Abramowitz, who the Jerusalem Post named “one of 50 most influential Jews in the world” three years running for his accomplishments as Arava Power CEO and who is one of CNN’s 6 most prominent green pioneers worldwide, apologizes to his family for his difficulty in prying free from the demands of his work. Silverman softly says, “I’m sorry I’m so spacey.”
Silverman and Abramowitz converged at BU in the mid-1980s, when Abramowitz founded and led an antiapartheid and South Africa divestiture movement. Those were tumultuous years on campus, as students, faculty, and labor unions clashed with the administration of the late President John Silber (Hon.’95). Abramowitz was a precocious firebrand, a child of activists whose Zionism was solidified during the family’s three-year stint in Israel. He proved to be an unrelenting thorn in Silber’s side—their battle of wits immortalized in a 1986 US Supreme Court ruling (Abramowitz v. Boston University) supporting Abramowitz’s right to hang an antiapartheid banner from his dormitory window. (At the time BU had $22.3 million invested in South Africa.)
Abramowitz says he is grateful to Boston University for jump-starting “a lifetime of beating up governments for good causes.”
Silber “was my nemesis,” says Abramowitz, whose bold acts of defiance, along with Silber’s description of them as “temper tantrums,” dominated the headlines of the Daily Free Press and often spilled onto the pages of the Boston Globe and the national press. “He just wanted to get rid of me.”
“Yosef didn’t fit into any box,” recalls his College of Arts & Sciences Judaic studies professor and friend Hillel Levine. “He was a smart kid from Newton here on a scholarship, and he turned the place upside down.” For Abramowitz the BU years offered an education he came to be grateful for, jump-starting, he says, “a lifetime of beating up governments for good causes.” He’s been arrested twice; in 1985 he was arrested outside the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C., on behalf of refusenik Boris Lifshitz, a young engineering student from Leningrad who was allowed to attend BU after a student group led by Abramowitz helped raise thousands for his tuition. Abramowitz was convicted, a conviction later overturned in a US Supreme Court ruling. Two years later, protesting on behalf of Ethiopian Jewry at the World Zionist Congress outside the Jerusalem Convention Center, he was beaten and arrested by Israeli border police. (He was released without charge.)
Silverman found the young Abramowitz to be “a totally original character.” Hailing from a liberal, secular family that was its own lonely Borscht Belt in a white-bread suburb of Manchester, N.H., Silverman was a free spirit. The oldest of four sisters, she and her siblings were eliciting gasps from Republicans with a rendition of Rocky Horror’s “Time Warp” at a local pub while Abramowitz was spending a high school year tending livestock on a kibbutz. She jokes that she majored in “smoking and drinking” at BU—psychology, actually—while Abramowitz designed his own major in Jewish public policy.
But since childhood Silverman had also felt a pull to embrace her faith. In Abramowitz, who was chair of the World Union of Jewish Students and an activist for the rights of Soviet Jews, she found someone who followed his own compass, a man for whom Judaism was synonymous with social justice. Both protégés of the late historian and social activist Howard Zinn, a CAS professor emeritus of political science, they showed up for the same rallies and sat together bleary-eyed at a four-day vigil against BU’s South Africa investments outside Silber’s office. Abramowitz says he first spoke to Silverman when she was coming out of Zinn’s office and he was on his way in. “I asked, ‘When do you graduate?’ and she said, ‘Next week,’ and I said, ‘Well, have a nice life.’”
Their actual first date is a matter of dispute. An occasionally rocky decade and many geographical separations later, when they decided to marry—the ceremony was performed by Levine, an ordained rabbi who has since presided over the bar and bat mitzvahs of several of the couple’s children—Abramowitz declared that their future together was destiny. Silverman’s take was, she says, “We’re so devoted to each other that we’ll thumb our noses at destiny.”
“We’re complete opposites,” says Silverman.Shortening their name to just…Jews
Tall, athletically built, and prone to swearing, Silverman rails against injustice in a honey-coated voice nearly identical to that of her sister Sarah, who lives in Los Angeles near middle sisters Jodyne, a writer and producer, and Laura, who played Sarah’s sister on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program.
Sarah, who famously managed to use the word “vagina” repeatedly in her speech at niece Aliza’s bat mitzvah, is also a serious and outspoken supporter of her sister and brother-in-law’s causes. She paid tribute to the couple early in her career in one of her few appearances on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.” “My sister Susie just got married, and they took each other’s names,” Sarah announced. “So now she’s Susan Silverman-Abramowitz. But they’re thinking of shortening it to just…Jews.”
For all his defiance, Abramowitz appears bemused and slightly disheveled, his milkich complexion forever cowering under the Middle Eastern sun he has labored so hard to harness. His nature is forgiving. “He never wishes anyone ill,” says his wife. And from former colleague Palestinian-Israeli engineer Tareq Abuhamed, “I’ve never seen him get angry.” This isn’t necessarily seen as a virtue. Amir Cohen, at the time the chief operating officer of Abramowitz’s pre-Israel, multimillion-dollar media company, Jewish Family & Life, was quoted in a 2006 Jewish Week article as saying that Abramowitz “is almost oblivious to bad news. His half glass is always completely full. If he believes in Jewish peoplehood, he cannot imagine why this is not the thing everyone is fully committed to.”
One of Abramowitz’s forearms is obscured by a rainbow of rubber bracelets honoring various causes, and his résumé is similarly multihued. The former journalist, editor, and internet entrepreneur has amassed, Zeliglike, a string of right place, right time credits. These include winning the free speech ruling while at BU, engineering a gathering of thousands of Jews “left behind” in Ethiopia, being the last person to see Lubavitcher Grand Rebbe Menachem Schneerson—considered by his followers to be the messiah—alive, and immigrating to Israel already a candidate for the Knesset (he joined the unsuccessful ticket as a favor to a politically like-minded Israeli friend). For three years Abramowitz was president of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews, and he was the keynote speaker at Russia’s 2004 national human rights convention. He helped to establish the Ethiopian Atid Ehad party in Israel and worked to bring solar energy to Israeli Bedouins.
There’s more. With a master’s from the Columbia School of Journalism, the young journalist single-handedly took down the leadership of the Jewish National Fund (JNF)—yes, the one Jewish children everywhere collect pennies for—after uncovering its creative financing. These revelations resulted from a freelance assignment Abramowitz, who had been an editor at Moment magazine, took on reluctantly because he needed the cash, but ended up costing him more than he was paid. In typical Abramowitz fashion, he threw himself into the story, hiring private investigators and paying for travel out of his own pocket. (The JNF has since become a vigorous supporter of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, an educational center and alternative energy think tank based at Ketura, where Arava Power was born.)Battling cynicism, politics, and entrenched interests
Michael Cohen, a Vermont rabbi and director of strategic partnerships for Friends of the Arava Institute, the supporting American arm of the nonprofit environmental group, was among the founding faculty of the institute at Kibbutz Ketura in the mid-’90s, when Abramowitz brought his young family back to live in the community where he’d spent a year two decades earlier.
Cohen recalls Abramowitz “crumpling in the desert heat” and assuming that the kibbutz had, at the very least, solar-powered air conditioners. Abramowitz (a journalist, not an engineer) did some quick research and learned that his family had joined 150 others under some of the highest levels of solar radiation on the planet. From then on, no one could tell him that a solar field, which would initially use more power than it would generate, was a pipe dream. “People said, ‘You are a naïve American kibbutznik. If it was a good idea, someone would’ve done it already,’” Abramowitz recalls. “I said, ‘We’re in the middle of the desert. It makes complete sense to me.’”
In 2006, with office space donated by Arava Institute, Abramowitz teamed with American investor David Rosenblatt and longtime Ketura member Ed Hofland to “do the impossible: battle the cynicism, the politics, and the entrenched interests and push forward” to establish a solar power industry in Israel, says Cohen. Five years later, after the resistance of 23 separate agencies, the 49.5-megawatt Ketura Sun rose, the only solar field in the world with a mezuzah. (It also functions as a sundial.) Unfolding at the edge of the kibbutz like a Goliath-sized deck of cards, Ketura Sun is expected to offset approximately 125,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. And as Cohen observes, “it wasn’t just about energy—it was about peace. Arava teamed with Palestinians and Israeli Bedouins.” Arava is now a $20 billion industry, and Ketura Sun is one of six Arava-run solar fields, three on other kibbutzim in the south near Ketura and two in the northern Negev near Beersheba.
Abramowitz’s success with Arava has thrust him into the headlines of H’aaretz and the conservative Jerusalem Post, which report on his string of honors, most recently the Bonei Zion Prize, awarded by Nefesh B’Nefesh, or Jewish Souls United, a nonprofit that promotes aliyah from North America and the United Kingdom. It’s given to six Israelis from English-speaking countries who “encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism” by making a significant contribution to the state of Israel. Abramowitz was cited for his entrepreneurship and technology. In February the Jerusalem Post ran a story under the headline “Captain Sunshine mulling presidential run,” with a photo of Abramowitz standing with an arm thrown affectionately over the shoulder of Peres as Susan and Sarah Silverman look on. In the article, Abramowitz, who concedes he is mostly testing the waters for a more realistic pitch in 2023, said that if the Knesset “decides they don’t want the brand equity of the presidency to be an aging politician…they know who to call.”
Even with the seven-year wait for the next Knesset vote, Abramowitz would be Israel’s youngest president since the nation’s birth in 1948. “We’re a young, vibrant, innovative country that has a lot to offer the world,” he says. “Wouldn’t it be amazing if the president mirrored that?” Although the presidency would require him to step down from his executive roles, he wants it so badly that he can, well, taste it. “First of all, the president’s house would be vegetarian,” Abramowitz says. “We would have pluralistic Friday night services that would be televised. I’d create a Jewish Peace Corps–style program and export sustainable food and energy technologies to Africa. Every time ambassadors would come to present their credentials, I’d ask about the carbon footprints of their country and what’s being done to reduce them. And I’d ask about human rights for minorities in their countries.”
“And ours,” Silverman adds. “Yes,” he says. “And ours.”A tactic passed down from activist Howard Zinn
Silverman has a terrible sense of direction, an inconvenient manifestation of her spaciness that forces her to backtrack along the cobbled byways of the Old City on her way to the Western Wall, or Kotel.
It has been a site for Jewish prayer and pilgrimage dating back as far as the fourth century. In the past year Silverman has become a prominent voice for Women of the Wall. At one point Silverman and a companion dodge a raucous bar mitzvah procession, a kind of Semitic second-line parade with blaring horns and balloons in the blue-and-white colors of Israel. Passing through the security gate, where she faces a soldier’s scrutiny for her Women of the Wall T-shirt, she collides with another bar mitzvah, and frowns. At the Wall, all of the women—young girls, grandmothers, mothers—are on one side of a wooden barrier, teetering on plastic chairs and craning their necks to glimpse the jubilation of the men in their unrestricted area. Silverman is incensed. The right of women to pray, marry, and mourn freely, she says, “is not negotiable.”
In February 2012 Hallel asked to go with her mother to Rosh Chodesh, “the head of the month,” or new moon, when women protesters gather to don tallit and pray at the Wall. Silverman was booked on a flight to the United States that morning, but at the urging of her daughter and her husband, she rescheduled, and arms linked with her daughter, got arrested instead. (In May 2013 an Israeli judge ruled that a 2003 Supreme Court ruling prohibiting women from carrying a Torah or wearing tallit at the women’s section of the Wall had been misinterpreted, which put an end to the arrests there.) Hallel had learned the civil disobedience tactic of going limp, passed down through her mother from Zinn, and she used it as the police dragged her off. (Although the Zinns were not observant Jews, Howard’s wife, Rosalyn, referred to Silverman as “our rabbi.”) In awe of Zinn after taking his lecture class as a BU junior, Silverman began going to see the popular professor at his office. “He’d sit there eating his roast beef sandwich, and I’d ask him questions like, ‘How do you change the world?’” she recalls. “He’d take a bite and then flash this Howard Zinn sunshine smile and say, ‘One person at a time.’”
Silverman postponed a flight to the United States, linked arms with her daughter at the Western Wall, and got arrested instead.
Abramowitz first tore a page from Zinn’s book when he resisted, by peaceful means, the University’s efforts to remove that now-iconic antiapartheid banner. “Susan and I went to Hillel House and got big poster boards and made huge signs that said, DIVEST, which were promptly removed by Buildings and Grounds,” Abramowitz recalls. “So we hung another one, and when B&G came to my door, I put on my prayer shawl and tefillin and just stood in the doorway praying with my eyes closed. This poor guy didn’t know what to do, so he just left. It was unbelievable. I’d won a little battle using a tactic Zinn was preaching.” When Silber tried to evict Abramowitz from his dorm, the case caught the attention of a BU School of Law student named Steve Masters (LAW’86), who presented the case to the American Civil Liberties Union. With Zinn’s help, the law firm Hill & Barlow represented Abramowitz pro bono, leading to the Supreme Court’s free speech ruling in his favor.
At BU Abramowitz also caught the attention of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel (Hon.’74), BU’s Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, who despite his close relationship with Silber became a supporter and friend. “I was always scared to go see him because I never thought I was ready,” Abramowitz says of Wiesel. “But when this whole thing was heating up, I finally walked into his office, and Martha, his assistant, said, ‘It’s about time.’” Wiesel, says Abramowitz, “gave me chazakah,” Hebrew for strength. Years later, Wiesel would write the introduction to Jewish Family and Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today’s Parents and Children, a book coauthored by Silverman and Abramowitz.
In the 1990s, Silverman served two years at Congregation Or Chadash, a Reform synagogue in Germantown, Md., doubling its congregation. But the job was so all-consuming that one day she heard herself rushing her toddler past some flowers the child had stopped to smell. “I actually told my daughter there was no time to smell the roses,” says Silverman, and she decided then and there to phase out of the job.
These days, she says, “I have no pulpit, but it means that everything I do represents the Jewish people in some way.” She recently finished and is shopping publishers for a book called Casting Lots: How Raising My Children Helped Me Find God, a theology on adoption that is also a manifesto. As Levine observes, “It’s the most anti-Nazi policy—a vision where values matter more than blood.” Her website chúng tôi is a play on words: “Just Do It, and Justice,” she says. Adoption resources abound online, but Silverman sees her mission as coaxing people to consider international adoption, through stories, videos, and slideshows of adoptive families like hers. “It’s to inspire people,” she says, and to correct what she sees as pervasive misconceptions about international adoption.
Silverman, Abramowitz, and increasingly, their children are not shy about saying they want to change the world. But many of the barriers they face are homegrown: the Orthodox grip on Israel’s government, its resistance to renewable energy. Yet in spite of its problems, Israel is a perfect fit for Abramowitz and Silverman, who take a page from David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister and one of Abramowitz’s heroes, who said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”
They revere what they call the country’s organic lifestyle for people of their values. “And considering the saga of the Jewish people, who were able to reemerge into history with power and ingenuity after 2,000 years of exile, is so inspiring,” says Abramowitz, “but I don’t believe in resting on our laurels. A friend of mine asks, how can Israel become a platform for solving global issues, and that’s what’s exciting to me. I feel privileged to be part of this story.”
A version of this story was published in the summer 2014 edition of Bostonia.
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There are many reasons why you should integrate your ecommerce platform with an ERP system, ranging from boosting your revenue to improving the quality of your customer relationships and increasing your productivity.
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Tying in with our previous point, ERPs can generate more revenue for your company through automation and increased productivity. There isn’t a business in the world that doesn’t have “more revenue” high on its list of priorities, so this benefit must be worth considering.
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Different ERP systems offer different features. For ecommerce businesses, some functions are more important than others. Here are a few key ERP features for ecommerce businesses:7. Customer Relationship Management
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Try to put yourself in your customers’ shoes. Would you rather do business with a company that puts your needs first or one that doesn’t seem to care about you?
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It isn’t easy to run a business without efficient, real-time financial data. This is why the accounting and financial management tools are vital components of any ERP solution worth its salt. Financial data is key to being able to plan for the future.
This ERP feature allows you to create efficient forecasting models, anticipate delivery lead times, plan for reorders, and centralize your processes overall. Ultimately, financial management will enable you to keep your profit margins tight, and the more you can do that, the more likely you are to keep making a profit.
In case you already use accounting software for your online store, you should think about integrating it with an ERP system. This way, you can benefit from more specialized information and share insights across departments more quickly.9. Inventory Management
Inventory management is one of the critical ERP features for an ecommerce platform. As we mentioned earlier, successful ecommerce businesses tend to operate at a high volume, making it easier to make mistakes related to inventory management.
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In any business that involves delivering items, you want to be able to look at the entire fulfillment workflow. ERP solutions often partner with shipping companies like FedEx and UPS, allowing you to track shipments and include them in the system you use to notify your customers.
Axie Infinity and Mobox are some of the top metaverse coins creating a change in the crypto domain
Metaverse is believed to be the next generation of the internet. Recently Metaverse tokens are on the rise giving massive returns to their investors this year. Blockchain and NFTs are considered an important aspect of the budding metaverse ecosystem. According to coinmarketcap, The current market capitalization of Metaverse-related crypto has passed $23 Billion. With the growing number of projects, Traditional crypto investors are actively diversifying their investments into the metaverse sector. Here are the top 3 metaverse crypto which could lead the next potential metaverse boom.
: MetaWorldPad, a project launched just 2 weeks has already gained more than
and the token price is still not showing any signs of stopping. MetaworldPad’s upcoming ecosystem includes mainstream utilities like Metaverse Launchpad, tokenization, and NFTs ecosystem.
token is a deflationary token that applies 12% and 18% tax on all buys and Sells transactions. 6% from Buy and 9% from every sell transaction are distributed among MWP holders in USDT, a stablecoin. The remaining taxes are used for buyback, added to the liquidity pool and ecosystem development.
AXIE INFINITY (AXS):
is the biggest Metaverse and gaming cryptocurrency that has already attracted more than 3 million active players on the platform. Axie Infinity become well known among other play-to-earn games as a currency that provides a source of real-world income for its players. Axie Infinity is a Pokemon-inspired play-to-earn metaverse game where players can collect, raise, breed, and battle digital pets called Axies.
Axie Infinity (AXS) crypto was up by 2% percent in the last 24 hours and trading at US$ 47.58 per token. On November 6, the cryptocurrency clocked an all-time high of US$ 160 per AXS. Soon the cryptocurrency might achieve new highs among the metaverse currencies. As of March 2023, Axie Infinity (AXS) is available to trade on numerous exchange platforms, including
like Binance, Huobi Global, Coinbase, FTX, Bithumb, KuCoin, chúng tôi and Kraken.
The biggest application of metaverse is considered to be in the gaming sector.
(MBOX) is another metaverse crypto that is a mix of “DeFi” and “gaming”. Mobox hit the headlines in August 2023, after it was featured on Binance’s Launchpool. Mobox is a gaming platform that combines farming NFTs and yield farming to create a play-to-earn ecosystem. Mobox is among the leading projects of the metaverse sector with a current market cap of $2B.
players purchase KEYs to unlock chests and get random MoMo NFTs that can be bought and sold. According to CoinGecko data, the MBOX crypto has a total supply of about 389 million tokens and its circulating supply is 120 million tokens. At the time of writing, the MBOX crypto was up by 5 percent in the last 24 hours and trading at US$ 1.98 per token. On December 1, the cryptocurrency clocked an all-time high of US$ 15.44 apiece. In the last seven days, the MBOX crypto has declined 15% percent and it is again gaining momentum.
Fans of the award-winning Playstation 3 game, The Last of Us, have eagerly been waiting for a sequel for a while now. When Naughty Dog announced The Last of Us Part II, excitement immediately started to build.
The Last of Us Part II will further explore the theme of revenge but also delve into some of the unanswered aspects of the overall universe in which it takes place. You will also get the chance to see characters return from the first game, including Ellie and Joel, in what sounds like a nice follow on from a game many of us loved.
The excitement for The Last of Us Part II has been ramped up recently, following Naughty Dog’s decision to let the media play over two hours of the game, plus the debut of a brand new story trailer that gave us a glimpse into what to expect. Also featured in the trailer was a firm release date. The Last of Us Part II release was planned for February 21st on PlayStation 4.
However, a recent announcement from Naughty Dog has revealed some bad news – the original release date is to be pushed back a few months. It looks like fans will have to wait until next summer – May 29th, 2023 – before they will be able to get their hands on this title.
Creative director Neil Druckmann issued an apology after it dawned on the team that the game needed more work to bring it “up to the level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality.” Rather than compromise the quality of the game, they decided to set the release back.
Druckmann wrote: “At this point, we were faced with two options: compromise parts of the game or get more time. We went with the latter, and this new release date allows us to finish everything to our level of satisfaction while also reducing stress on the team.”
While this is a relief for the team behind the game because it gives them more time, Druckmann highlights that they are as disappointed as fans no doubt are.
Is It All Bad News?
Fans may very well be disappointed at waiting a few more months, but the positive side is that we won’t be receiving a game that doesn’t live up to the reputation of the previous title.
Would you rather have a game that isn’t up to standard after all?
“We wish we could’ve foreseen the amount of polish we needed, but the size and scope of this game got the better of us. We hate disappointing our fans and for that we’re sorry,” Druckmann wrote in his apology.
This level of transparency from the developers is refreshing and lets us know that they are really putting everything they have into this title. The fact that they are doing everything they can to avoid a rushed release is good news, although disappointing at first.
With this part of the statement, it raises plenty of questions (and excitement) about the game. If the size and scope are so much bigger, does this mean that the new title will deliver something truly great? We certainly hope the wait will be worth it!
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