Sederot, Israel
Sederot, Israel

Sapir College is a college in Israel, located in the northwestern Negev desert near Sderot. It is the largest public college in Israel, with an enrolment of 8,000 students. The college is named after minister Pinchas Sapir. The communities of Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council established the college in 1963 as an evening school for adult higher education. It later became an Academic College affiliated with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sapir was granted independent academic accreditation from the Council for Higher Education in 1998.The college awards Bachelor's degrees in Communication, Cinema and Television, Software Systems, Marketing, Administration and Public Policy, Industrial Management, Law, Human Resources Management, Cultural Studies, Logistics, Economics, and Social Work, as well as a multidisciplinary B.A. in the Humanities and Social science. The college also awards a Master of Arts degree in Administration and Public Policy. The college also offers study in further five subjects , and provides training for engineering technicians. Several annual conferences and events are organized at the college: The Sderot Conference for Society is an annual event bringing together political and economical experts to discuss relevant social issues and conflicts. The Film Festival of the South - an international film festival organized by the department of film and television.↑ ↑ Wikipedia.

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NEW YORK, NY, May 23, 2017--Exciting Ongoing Developments: We feature eight new contributors in the International Lens Magazine, with each one exhibiting an incredible piece of work that interprets of each month's subject, resulting in a diverse collection of photography, articles and Interviews.So, allow us to welcome our new contributors to Lens Magazine!A self-described old school photographer that is passionate about people, Klinger loves to capture the essence of others, as evidenced by his close-up photography style for portraits. Enjoy his latest article 'Home' in our upcoming issue.A writer and storyteller, Pinto-Rodrigues loves to explore, being a well-seasoned traveller that has lived in five different cities across four cities and three continents. Read her extensive coverage of the World Press Photo Festive 2017 in the latest issue.With an extensive background in journalism, Montreal native Croitoru has recently discovered a love for photography, taking to the streets of his city to capture the daily musings of everyday people. Learn more about this talented photojournalist with his amazing 'A Compulsive Thief' feature article in issue 32 of Lens Magazine.As a photojournalist that has volunteered in Israel, Berens is deeply committed to covering social issues and various news stories throughout Europe, using his lens to help tell his stories. As his studies continues, we are more than happy to have his amazing contribution to the magazine, including the article 'Welcome Home'.Having taken part in exhibitions from the age of 17, Guy Geva captures a range of images in both studio and landscape photography. While different in style, the meaning between each is connected through is main subject matter: weakness and the end of existence, touching upon this theme in our new issue.A graduate of the Camera Obscura School of Art, Galitz Photography School, and Sapir College, Omri Shone has a rich background in journalism and copy writing, although his time as an art director inspired him to combine his writing with photography.With over 30 years' experience in photography, Neta Dekel brings a great wealth of knowledge to Lens Magazine, including his latest piece covering the Danakil Desert and its native tribes. He is a specialist in geographic and cultural photography, capturing the images of people, places, nature and landscapes, although dabbles in other areas at times.Photographer Guy Aloni views his work as something more than passion; for him it is part of his journey in life. An avid street photographer, Aloni puts people at the center of his work, including coverage of the Bedouin people in his latest contribution - 'Bedouin's Home'.Not only does our latest issue feature a host of new contributors, but also extensive coverage of the prestigious World Press Photographer contest. This includes analysis of the event itself, as well as interviews with several participants and winners from various photography fields, conducted by the amazing Anne Pinto-Rodrigues.There is a total of four exclusive interviews to enjoy in our new issue, all of which relate to the overarching subject of "The Meaning of Home". Each of these individuals were winners of the competition in various fields.WPP Prize: Nature - First Prize, SinglesWPP Prize: Daily Life - First Prize, SinglesWPP Prize: Nature - Second Prize, SinglesWPP Prize: Spot News - Third Prize, StoriesInspired by the friendly competition of the World Press Photo Festival, Lens Magazine is proud to announce our very own competition "Shining Shot".We are looking for photographers from across the world in every field to participate in the competition. There's no restrictions, we want people from all walks of life to showcase their amazing photography skills.Submissions will be accepted from July 2017, and each winner in their respective field will feature in an upcoming print issue of Lens Magazine, see their work featured in an exhibition, as well as being the recipient of a fantastic prize!Lens Magazine is available in print and on many digital platforms, including Magzter Pocketmags , Google Play and the App Newsstand. Magzter is one of the leading digital newsstands in the world today, with a global reach of millions.The International Lens Magazine takes a single concept each month, and allows its contributors to delve into any ideas and emotions evoked from this theme, leading to a rich and varied selection of photographs and stories behind them. The magazine featured the most known photographers in the world along side with emerging photographers from all around the globe. Each and every issue is beautiful and impressive as they are unique.The official website also echoes the concept explored in each issued, with regular article contributions offering amazing advice on a range of photography techniques.Contact:Ziv Kay+972502343318


There is extensive research evidence indicating that children and youth are the most vulnerable population for developing psychological symptoms relating to war and terror. Although studies have documented a wide range of detrimental emotional and behavioral effects of such exposure, much less is known about the effects of exposure to a continuous security threat for children and adolescents. Against this background, the current article examined the implications of continuous exposure to missile attacks among 1096 children and adolescents enrolled in public schools near the Israeli border with Gaza. Participants filled out quantitative questionnaires, which relate to the pathological consequences of continuous exposure to security threats, and to the role of the school and the community as a protective environment against disruptive behavior resulting from such exposure. The findings revealed that PTSS responses were mainly related to the security threat, whereas interpersonal aggression resulted from other types of traumatic events. Significant differences were found between aggression and posttraumatic symptoms, by age and gender. PTSS was found to be lower for older participants and higher for girls, whereas aggression was higher for boys and higher for older participants. Furthermore, the sense of belonging to the place of residence was negatively associated with PTSS as well as with aggressive behavior: the higher the participants' sense of belonging, the lower their levels of PTSS and aggressive responses. In contrast, the sense of belonging to the school was negatively associated only with aggressive behavior: the higher the participants' sense of belonging to the school, the lower their aggressive responses. The findings are discussed in the light of trauma theories and in light of the results of previous research. The study contributed to knowledge about the differential consequences of exposure to a security threat, and highlighted the importance of differential interventions with children who show post-traumatic symptoms versus those who show aggressive behavior. Accordingly, the security situation should not overshadow social issues that need to be addressed, such as family violence and aggression among school children. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd


Ben-Abu Y.,Sapir College
Symmetry | Year: 2017

Potassium channels are integral membrane proteins that selectively transport K+ ions across cell membranes. They function through a pair of gates, which work in tandem to allow the passage of the ions through the channel pore in a coupled system, to which I refer to here as the "gate linker". The functional mutation effects, as described in the literature, suggest that the gate linker functions analogously to a triad of coiled springs arranged in series. Accordingly, I constructed a physical model of harmonic oscillators and analyzed it mechanically and mathematically. The operation of this model indeed corresponds to the phenomena observed in the mutations study. The harmonic oscillator model shows that the strength of the gate linker is crucial for gate coupling and may account for the velocity, direction, and efficiency of ion transfer through the channel. Such a physical perspective of the gating process suggests new lines of investigation regarding the coupling mode of potassium channels and may help to explain the importance of the gate linker to channel function. © 2017 by the author.


Ben-Abu Y.,Sapir College
Physics Education | Year: 2017

The photoelectric effect is a fundamental subject taught as a part of physics courses in both high schools and universities. It is a phenomenon relating to the ejection of electrons from a metal surface by the action of light (or electromagnetic radiation). Some of the textbooks commonly used in those courses contain a crucial conceptual error concerning the meaning of stopping potential in Millikan's arrangement of the photoelectric effect. In this paper, I point to this error, detail an explanation of the error by explaining the actual meaning of stopping potential and offer some experiments to clarify it. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.


Zaltzman T.,Sapir College | Yosibash Z.,Ben - Gurion University of the Negev
Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations | Year: 2011

The solution u to the Laplace equation in the neighborhood of a vertex in a three-dimensional domain may be described by an asymptotic series in terms of spherical coordinates u = ∑i Aiρ ν ifi(θ,φ). For conical vertices, we derive explicit analytical expressions for the eigenpairs νi and f i(θ,δ), which are required as benchmark solutions for the verification of numerical methods. Thereafter, we extend the modified Steklov eigen-formulation for the computation of vertex eigenpairs using p/spectral finite element methods and demonstrate its accuracy and high efficiency by comparing the numerically computed eigenpairs to the analytical ones. Vertices at the intersection of a crack front and a free surface are also considered and numerical eigenpairs are provided. The numerical examples demonstrate the efficiency, robustness, and high accuracy of the proposed method, hence its potential extension to elasticity problems. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Campos R.C.,University of Évora | Besser A.,Sapir College | Blatt S.J.,Yale University
Archives of Suicide Research | Year: 2013

The present study examines whether self-criticism and depressive symptoms mediate the relationship between recollections of parental rejection and suicidality. A community sample of 200 Portuguese adults completed, in counterbalanced order, a socio-demographic questionnaire, the short form of the Inventory for Assessing Memories of Parental Rearing Behaviour (EMBU), the Depressive Experiences Questionnaire (DEQ), the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), and reports of any suicide intention and/or ideation and suicide attempts. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) indicated that recollections of parental rejection are significantly associated with depressive symptoms and suicidality. Recollections of parental rejection are indirectly associated with depressive symptoms and suicidality through self-criticism. The association between self-criticism and suicidality is mediated by depressive symptoms. In addition to a significant direct association between recollections of parental rejection and suicidality, the final model indicated that recollections of parental rejection are significantly associated with self-criticism. That same self-criticism is significantly associated with depressive symptoms which, in turn, are significantly associated with suicidality. Individuals with recollections of parental rejection are at greater risk for suicide ideation and behavior, possibly because such experiences predispose them to intense self-criticism which is a risk factor for depression associated with suicidal ideation and behavior. © 2013 Copyright International Academy for Suicide Research.


Zwikael O.,Australian National University | Unger-Aviram E.,Sapir College
International Journal of Project Management | Year: 2010

The literature has found contradictory results regarding the impact of human resource management on project success. This paper focuses on one important human resource management process - team development - to investigate its importance in the project environment. Results show that most team development practices that work well in the operational business environment do not have a significant influence on project success. However, project duration was found to moderate the relationship between team development and project success: the effectiveness of team development increases in longer projects. The paper identifies and analyzes team development practices that have a positive impact on project success exclusively in long projects. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd and IPMA.


Chaitin J.,Sapir College
The American journal of orthopsychiatry | Year: 2014

This article explores the uses of personal narratives of massive social trauma in conflict, most specifically as they relate to the Palestinian-Israeli context. It is asserted that there are types of narratives, fixated on persecution, hatred, and fear, that can obstruct peace, and different types that encourage peace and reconciliation. The article discusses the impacts of sharing personal narratives on the victims and others in society, the connections between personal and master narratives, and ways in which dialogue that incorporates personal narratives can encourage peace. A theoretical categorization of 4 types of personal narratives of massive social trauma is proposed: narratives of vengeance, victimhood, confusion, and embracing the other. Examples from Israelis and Palestinians that reflect this conceptualization are discussed. It is concluded that a more nuanced understanding of types of personal narratives is needed when engaged in peace-building endeavors in an ongoing conflict.


Lahat L.,Sapir College
Policy Sciences | Year: 2011

One of the challenges facing policy analysts is how to improve policy processes in the era of governance. The present article examines how perceptions analysis,i.e. the identification of perceptions of different leaders in a specific policy field, may contribute to policy analysis. The article focuses on two questions: What explains leaders' support for different policy options? Can the examination of leaders' perceptions help in identifying potential bases for collaboration? Based on mixed methodologies, the study includes interviews with 103 people who influence the policy process and policy discourse in Israel. The findings reveal the importance of the perceptions of causes in explaining leaders' policy preferences and suggest that identifying their perceptions may help analysts distinguish bases for promoting collaboration and trust among different actors in the policy process, as well as enhancing the legitimacy of the policy process as a whole. © Springer Science+Business Media,LLC.2010.


Lander I.,Sapir College
Clinical Social Work Journal | Year: 2014

This paper highlights forgiveness therapy, a therapeutic approach that has received limited attention in the social work literature. This study represents a beginning exploration of its cross-cultural application. Theoretical and empirical perspectives on forgiveness and forgiveness promoting psychotherapy are provided, and Enright's pioneering process model is delineated. A case study of the utilization of forgiveness therapy with an Israeli Bedouin-Arab woman who experienced a traumatic interpersonal injury within the polygamous family is presented. LaRoche and Maxie's guidelines for conducting cross-cultural psychotherapy are utilized to examine important dynamics that emerge in the case study. These authors' recommendations, which are consistent with a process-oriented conceptualization of culture, as well as intersectionality, appear potentially useful for informing the transcultural application of forgiveness therapy. Future research questions and directions related to the utilization of forgiveness promoting psychotherapy with diverse populations are considered. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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