Voice of the Jewish News: New tech champs

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Voice of the Jewish News: New tech champs

This week's Jewish News editorial reflects on a landmark London conference celebrating Orthodox innovators

Jewish News
Moshe Lebowitz, Healables. Credit: Shai Dolev
Moshe Lebowitz, Healables. Credit: Shai Dolev

Every year for the last decade, Israeli high-tech firms – typically led by secular Jews – have come to London to present to UK-based investors. Rarer, but still a business calendar feature, is next week’s showcase of high-tech Israeli start-ups by Israeli Arabs, pitching in the City for the fourth time in seven years.

Unheard of has been the idea of an Orthodox Jewish high-tech delegation flying in from Israel to do the same, until it took place in a shared work-space for scale-ups in Shoreditch this week. As the smell of Vietnamese street food wafted in through the window, history was made.

Sure, some of the presentations need a bit of spit and polish (one forgot his prototype, another skipped over his “effectiveness” slide) but the ideas and entrepreneurial flair were fully recognisable from past Israeli visitors.

Among the ideas were “smart glasses” to help lead the blind round obstacles, systems designed to cut queues, and even “electronic butlers” to anticipate your needs, such as automatically turning your reading light off at night when it senses you close your book. Yet the pitches were part of a bigger picture. The challenges Orthodox Israeli Jews face in launching a tech start-up are infinitely greater than those faced by their secular peers, who often know each other from army service or university.

That is why efforts to support the few Orthodox high-tech entrepreneurs who don’t just dream about inventing something but design it, raise money for it and make it happen, all the while juggling religious and family commitments, are so vitally important, not just for Israel, but for Orthodox communities around the world. They are, in a very real sense, tech champions.

It is therefore of note that some of the biggest supporters of Orthodox start-up programmes are British Jewish families, and a point of pride that Israel’s first Orthodox high-tech cohort should choose London for their first investor pitch. We wish them well.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: