- Written by Yachad House
Mazal Tov! "Yachad House" for Social Integration Opens Its Doors to The Special Needs Community
The "Yachad Gifts" Project trains and employs people with disabilities and helps them integrate into the work force.
This week, OU Israel participated in the inauguration of Yachad House, a project that employs people with special needs and prepares them for full integration in Israel's work force. The project also offers daily programming, Shabbat hospitality in communities throughout Israel, special outings, summer camp experiences –all of which are fully integrated. Members of OU Israel's upper management team, including CEO Rabbi Avi Berman and Assistant Director Haim Pelzner, participated in the grand opening of Yachad's new home, which will house offices, an employment-training center, and a shop that will be operated and staffed by people with disabilities. The mezuzah was affixed to the new premises by OU Israel's R' David Katz.
For the past several years, Project Yachad, which mainstreams English-speaking people aged 6-75, has offered confidence-building activities, life-skills classes, and more, for special-needs olim and their families. The Yachad shop sells gifts and gift packages created by people with special needs in a unique, inclusive, integrative environment.
Yoel Sterman, Director of OU Israel's Yachad Project, explains: "Creating appropriate training and employment opportunities enables people with special needs to mainstream into the community completely and to make a respectable living. Customers from around the country and around the world hold this project in high regard, and enjoy purchasing gifts and gift packages created by people with special needs."
"This year, we decided to open a shop in which people with special needs can work in an integrative environment; it's important to us that it's done together, " adds Yoel Sterman.
Rabbi Avi Berman, CEO of OU Israel, explains why the project was initiated. "The Torah commands us to assist those who have different needs, and to accept all members of the community equally. It is our privilege and our responsibility to enable every person to live with dignity. It's so exciting to see the progress, to see our vision for Yachad take shape. The Yachad House is a place that represents the central values of human dignity and acceptance of the other. We are happy to be a part of this family and this great vision."
Photos credit: Netanel Ariel
- Written by Tourism Ministry
LIGHTING UP HAIFA
The Tourism Ministry and Haifa Municipality have initiated an international light design competition to create spectacular audio-visual installations in the city, with an investment of NIS 20 million – similar to existing exhibits in Singapore, Spain and Dubai
Jerusalem, January 15, 2018 – The Tourism Ministry and the Haifa Municipality, in cooperation with Haifa Port, has just launched Haifa Lights, a month-long international light design competition, outlined in a dedicated website. The competition, which is open to applicants from around the world working in the field of light, laser and advanced systems, will result in the selection of a team that will plan, design and establish an inspirational light art project at the Port of Haifa that will boost tourism to the city and the region. The NIS 20 million project will be financed equally by the Tourism Ministry and the Haifa Municipality.
The Haifa Lights project will be a new and free permanent attraction, comparable to similar light attractions in Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore, conbined with other attractions such as water shows and projections in the port.
The project will enhance the appeal of the city of Haifa to tourists and visitors, adding to the many attractions the city has to offer. The Tourism Ministry believes that this project has significant tourism potential and will provide a nighttime tourist product that will expand the options for leisure and nighttime activities for tourists in the area.
The project, which will be managed by the Haifa Economic Corporation and under the control of the Old Acre Development Company, will comprise two light shows. The first light installation, located in the Haifa Port area and Downtown Haifa using colored laser screenings that reaching great heights, will be visible from many parts of town and will illuminate the city sky with colored lights. The show will include a unique soundtrack that will be heard via loudspeakers located at several points around the town and on a dedicated app.
The second show is designed to be a close-up experience to be viewed from the center of the Haifa Port, near Hangar 15. This will be the first phase of the “Urban Sea Front” program designed to open the gates of the Haifa Port to residents, visitors and tourists, offering leisure activities in the area. The 15 minute shows are expected to begin operating from September 2018, on a daily basis at fixed times during the evening.
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin: “With the record-breaking incoming tourism figures, I see great importance in the city of Haifa and development of tourism there. The original and innovative “Port of Light” initiative will be a major attraction that will promote Haifa as a leading tourism city in Israel. This will be an exceptional tourist attraction and I wish the best of luck to all those taking part in the competition”.
Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav: “The Port of Light project is one of many we are promoting together with the Tourism Ministry, with the great help of Minister Levin, in order to position Haifa as the tourism metropolis in the north of the country, while exploiting the many existing attractions in the city and the region. Thanks to these efforts, Haifa has become a regional tourist center for visitors from around the world, as can be seen in the tens of hotels planned and under construction in the city, and in the hotel occupancy which is among the highest in the country.”
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- Written by Israel Defense
The Cybertech Tel Aviv Conference, which will be held on January 29-31, 2018, is expected to be larger than ever before. Thousands of people have already secured their place at the conference, which is considered the largest cyber event outside the US
Cybertech Tel Aviv 2018 Conference & Exhibition, which will be held on January 29-31, 2018, at Pavilion 2, Tel Aviv Convention Center, is expected to be larger than ever before. Thousands of people have already secured their place at the conference, hundreds of companies will take part in the exhibition, and so far dozens of delegations from more than 30 countries have confirmed their arrival to the event. Every year, Cybertech Tel Aviv attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the world and is considered the largest conference in the cyber world outside the United States.
Cybertech TLV, which will be held for the fifth consecutive time, will bring together leaders of the cyber industry, government decision-makers from around the world, investors, technology experts and enthusiasts for dialogue and presentation of commercial problem-solving strategies for diverse challenges in the cyber realm. As part of the exhibition, hundreds of companies and startups will showcase their cutting-edge solutions and innovative technologies.
As mentioned, dozens of delegations from all over the globe will visit Cybertech Tel Aviv 2018. Some of the countries that have already confirmed their delegations include Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Honduras, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy (where the Cybertech Europe Conference was held in September 2017, attended by more than 4,000 people), Japan (where the first Cybertech Conference was held last month, attended by over 2,000 people), Mexico, the US, the UK, Spain, Ukraine, South Korea, Singapore, Portugal, Romania, Poland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Switzerland, Vietnam and many more.
This year, conference topics will include, among other things, the cyber challenge in the health sector, aviation and transportation cybersecurity, seaports and maritime cybersecurity, and international cooperation in order to deal with global cyber threats.
For full information about the conference: https://www.cybertechisrael.com/
To register for the conference and exhibition: https://www.cybertechisrael.com/registration
Among the keynote speakers at the event are: Gil Shwed, Founder & CEO of Checkpoint; Aharon Aharon, CEO of Israel Innovation Authority; Udi Mokady, Chairman & CEO of CyberArk; Dr. Dorit Dor, Vice President of Checkpoint; Prof. Rivka Carmi, President of Ben Gurion University; Dr. Orna Berry, Vice President of DELL-EMC; John Delk, Chief Product Officer & GM of Security Product Group at Micro Focus; David Burg, Global Cybersecurity Leader at PwC; Marc van Zadelhoff, General Manager of IBM Security; Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, Chief Technology Officer at RSA; Tony Cole, VP & Global Government CTO at FireEye; Esti Peshin, General Manager of IAI's Cyber Division; Nadav Zafrir, CEO & co-founder of Team8; and many more.
For the full list of speakers: https://www.cybertechisrael.com/speakers
As in previous years, a start-up competition will be held during the conference. Startup companies will have the opportunity to present their developments to a panel of investors and industry experts. The winner will receive two tickets to the RSA Conference, including flight expenses.
To register for the competition: https://www.cybertechisrael.com/startup-competition-1
Stay tuned for more information about Cybertech Tel Aviv 2018!
Published at http://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/32406
Photography: Gilad Kavalerchik
- Written by Silvia G Golan
Cybertech 2018 Breaking Records:
A summit meeting of the heads of the global cyber industry and hundreds of companies and start-ups with new developments
Cybertech 2018 will be the largest cyber technology convention ever in Israel and the largest cyber conference outside of the United States.
Representatives of companies and governments from 80 countries, representatives from dozens of leading venture capital funds from Asia and the West and hundreds of journalists will attend the conference.
Yigal Unna, Director General of the Israel National Cyber Security Directorate will open the conference
The Mossad, the Israeli Security Agency, the police investigation bodies, the innovation authority and more: The UN Security Council will present a project of information technologies against terrorism on the Internet; a huge delegation from New York City will host a special cocktail party and try to attract Israeli start-ups.
Among those who’ll speak in the conference: Gil Shwed, founder & CEO, Check Point; Aharon Aharon, CEO, Israel Innovation Authority; David Scharia, Head of the Technical Expertise & Research Branch, UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate, and more.
January 29-31, 2018, Convention Center Tel Aviv – Bitan 2
The leading Information-Security technology companies in the world will present the latest developments in the cyber warfare, and will reveal new state of the art defense programs against cyber threats, threats that are causing harm to today’s organizations and countries. All of this will happen in Cybertech 2018 – an event dedicated to the international cyber society, running for the 5th time on 29-31 of January at the Convention center in Tel Aviv. This is the biggest and most important cyber event in the world outside the USA. Every year, Cybertech draws thousands of guests and groups from abroad, including Delegations from 80 countries around the world, representatives from huge companies, leading the field of cyber in Israel and around the globe. This event connects investors, entrepreneurs and companies from the cyber world; its main goal is to bring together as many players in the cybernet community: industry CEOs, government officials, experts, security people, hackers, startup people, head of corporations, ambassadors and more.
Cybertech is a conference combined with an exhibition, where representatives of the GSS, the Mossad and Israeli Police, alongside hundred Israeli startup companies, will present the newest technologies and innovations in the war against cyber threats in various areas: traffic, security, production, communication, health and government.
The conference will host lectures from hundred representatives from Israel and around the globes, among them representatives from leading companies such as IBM, Check Point, and Google alongside government officials. Some of the most burning subjects will be discussed during the conference, alongside various events and areas that will be dedicated to cyber and its many innovations. a special panel about leading the UN’s counter-terror committee as part of a global effort to fight the terror network; Port & Maritime Cybersecurity – cyber security in both seas and ports; CyberMed – cyber security in hospitals and clinics; Cybertech Junior – the future generation of the cyber world; Smart mobility and more.
Among the speakers in the conference: Igal Una, Director General, National Cyber Security Directorate, Israel; Yuval Diskin, Chairman, Cymotive Technologies; Aharon Aharon, CEO, Israel Innovation Authority; Dr. Yossi Vardi, Conference Chairman; Cristian Cucu, Government CIO, Romania; David L. Devries, DTMB Director and State CIO, The State of Michigan; James Patchett, President & CEO, New York City Economic Development Corporation; David Scharia, Head of the Technical Expertise & Research Branch, UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate.
More participates: Gil Shwed, founder & CEO, Check Point & Dr Dorit Dor the VP of Products in the company ; Udi Mokedy, Chairman &CEO, CyberArk; Nadav Zafrir, CEO & Co-Founder, Team8; Marc Van Zadelhoff, General Manager, IBM Security; David B. Burg, Global Cybersecurity Leader, PwC; Tony Cole, VP & Global Government CTO, FireEye; DR. Zulfikar Ramzan, Chief Technology Officer, RSA; John Delk, Chief Product Officer & GM, Security Product Group, Micro Focus, beside alongside government officials from around the world, seniors from the global cyber industry, investors and delegations from abroad.
In addition to the opportunity to get to know the latest innovations and solutions in the Israel and international cyber community, both exhibition and conference will be held in order to present strategic solutions for many challenges. The solutions are designed to face cyber-attacks threatening a wide variety sectors like finance, security, traffic, services, research and development, energy, production, service, health, government, communication and more.
Most of the world's leading companies will participate in the conference and exhibition, including Microsoft, Google, Micro Focus (HPE's new cyber company), Check Point and more.
The conference will be used as a platform for business connections between companies, strengthening existing alliances and creating new connections between investors, industry big shots, government officials, experts from the world of cyber, military community, decision makers, hackers, opinion leaders in the innovation turf, start-up companies, head of enterprises, directors of information systems, ambassadors and more.
Photo by Gilad Kavalerchik
- Written by Steven Aiello
A unique Arab-Jewish delegation returned to Israel from Kosovo happy, united, and victorious. The group, including 11 Muslim, Jewish, and Christian students from all over Israel, is only the second ever Jewish-Arab youth MUN delegation to travel abroad, both times as part of the Debate for Peace MUN leadership program. From November 30 through December 6 the delegation met with religious and diplomatic leaders in Kosovo and competed in the Kosovo International Model UN (KIMUN) conference organized by the ICHAT youth organization.
The delegation included students from cities and high schools throughout Israel: Bashaer, Sharet Netanya, Givat Brenner, Ginsburg Ha’alon, St. Joseph, and the Jerusalem Hand in Hand school. Before the conference students underwent extensive preparation, including a special preparation session with MUN guru Daniel Gindis. They also met with the ambassador of Albania to Israel Dr. Bardhyl Canaj, and with Felicita Jakoel, an Albanian-Israeli Jew and learned more about Albanian hospitality, and Besa, the special code of honor which is often cited in reference to the extraordinary story of Jews being saved during the Holocaust, as well as about the unique heritage of Romaniote Jews.
Once in Kosovo, the group got to see Albanian hospitality up close. From beginning to end, the ICHAT organizers worked tirelessly to ensure that every need was met, so that the program ended with close friendships and a desire by all of the delegation members to return to Kosovo.
The delegation met with the UN Mission to Kosovo, UNMIK, and heard about the unique mandate that it had received through which it had helped to found much of the state institutions in the young state of Kosovo. Later the group met with Ana Hacic-Vlahovic, Political Officer at the US Embassy in Prishtina, and held a Q and A session with her. Through both meetings, the delegation got a better understanding of the complex relationship in Kosovo between the UN, EU, NATO, and various state and non-state actors working to improve economic and governmental affairs in Kosovo, and diplomatic affairs with the country. Ms. Hacic-Vlahovic told Diplomacy “I am so glad to have had the opportunity to meet with the students and discuss the U.S. relationship with Kosovo and the ways in which we are helping improve the rule of law, economic development, and regional stability. It was particularly rewarding to have this amazing group of students who represent various geographic regions and groups within Israel visit Kosovo and see how youth can make positive change in a post-conflict society. It is incredibly important to have youth involved and interested in international affairs because they are the key to building tolerant, multiethnic societies.
The KIMUN group also visited several historical and heritage sites in Kosovo, including the home and burial sites of the famed Jashari family, and the classical Ottoman town of Prizren. In Prizren, led by Dr. Irfan Daullxhio, the delegation saw mosques, churches, Suffi centers, and the under-construction Jewish center, and met with the heads of the Jewish and Catholic communities in Kosovo, and the leader of the Halveti Sufi order in the Balkans.
Of course the focal point of the trip was the MUN conference itself, and it was there that the group really shone. The topics covered included Kosovo’s application to enter UNESCO, counterterrorism, and “Transforming the World” (featuring the underlying goals of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals). While all of the students worked hard to prepare for the conference, only three delegates in the entire conference received the cherished Best Delegate award, with two coming from the Israeli delegation. George Abu Daoud was chosen as the Best Delegate of UNESCO for his energetic representation of Ukraine, teaming with the delegate of Georgia for a tireless effort to marginalize Russia and place the conference focus on the issue of state sovereignty. Aviv Hanuka, the delegate of Senegal, was rewarded for his patience and diplomacy, winning the Best Delegate in the General Assembly, and authoring two of the four amendments which managed to pass the 2/3ds threshold at the end of the conference.
After nearly a week of intense sightseeing, diplomatic meetings, and competitions, the delegation left Kosovo on December 6. As a Jewish-Arab group with students of diverse backgrounds, students learned much from being with one another, and presented a variety of perspectives to everyone they met, along with a unified message of coexistence and tolerance. Together with the rich Albanian history of interfaith humanism, this made for a very successful delegation.
ICHAT Communications Director Agnesa Jashari expressed the sentiments of many at getting to meet the “amazing youngsters from Israel. KIMUN 2017 wouldn't have been such a success without their active participation. Their motivation, dedication, intelligence and smiling faces are to be admired. Knowing their potential, curiosity and their will to learn, a bright future is awaiting for them.” Her colleague Albane Hoti stated that “"There is no road to peace; peace is the road itself"- This is what Debate for Peace delegation showed during KIMUN 2017”, reminding the group that they would always be welcomed and find a second home in Kosovo.”
ICHAT Director Besmir Kokollari also recognized the group’s contributions, noting that “KIMUN 2017 was special because of the diversity that this event brought in Kosovo. You added the most important values to this KIMUN, and gave an important message to us and all those who were here: 'We all Debated for Peace'.”
Shaked Haninovich, from Givat Brenner High School said that for her, “the diversity between us was one of the main reasons for the trip to be even better than I could have ever imagined.” Mayada Othman, from Bashaer High School added that “the people in Kosovo were more than amazing, they did their best for us to always feel well and comfortable during our stay there. It really felt like home.”
Read more about Debate for Peace here: debateforpeace.wordpress.com