- Written by Silvia G Golan
Photo Silvia Golan
Moshe Rosenblum: "The number of visitors to the mall has tripled and amounts to 200,000 per month"
The Ofer Sirkin Mall, of the Ofer Group is completing these days a large strategic process with a comprehensive investment of 40 million NIS.
Within this strategic process, the mall has undergone an extensive change in the mixture of stores, and a gradual increase in the number of leading fashion chains and brands, together with businesses that offer diverse services. Among the new stores: Top Ten, Laline, To Go, Delta, Sacara, Goldberry, Crazy Line, Hoodies, צומת ספרים , Body Shop, Kravitz and more..
Among the new stores of leading brands: Castro, Fox, New Pharm, Erroca, Golf, GREG Coffee, Kitan, News Shoes, Aristo-shmat, Magnolia Silver Jewelry, Gali Shoes, Discreet Shoes.
The strategic process includes, among others, the enlargement and upgrade of the business areas, change of the floor, ceiling and lighting, change of elevators, addition of escalators, change of toilette rooms and addition of toilette rooms for children and handicapped persons, renewal of the mall indoors, repair of gates and entrances, change of load elevators and supplier entrances, upgrade of electricity, water and air conditioning infrastructures. The significant changes and upgrades in the mall allow the customers to enjoy an especially profitable, quality and attractive buying experience.
The Ofer Sirkin Mall was built in 1977, being the first mall in Petach Tikva. The mall is located in the middle of a new neighborhood near the Sirkin intersection in Petach Tikva, between central traffic routes (route 40 that connects it between the Segula intersection in the north and the Yehud intersection in the south, road 471 and highway 6), which makes it easily and preferably accessible.
The main intended public of the mall amounts to about 80,000. Its social-economic status is defined as middle and upwards, consisting of mixed population that includes non-religious, traditional, religious and orthodox. In addition, the mall has clients that live in nearby towns, such as Nehalim, Beerot Yitzhak, Magshimim, Mazor, Kfar Nofech, Bnei Atarot, Kfar Sirkin and Kfar Maas.
Moshe Rosenblum, the Ofer Malls CEO said: "The Ofer Sirkin Mall is an urban mall, which due to its massive renewal and huge investment has acquired high standards, similar to inter-regional malls. Immediately after completing the renewal process, the number of visitors tripled and amounts to 200,000 per month. As a result, the income of the operating stores has increased in tens percents, and the growth prospects by the end of 2014 is about 20%".
The innovative urban Ofer Sirkin Mall provides an exciting buying experience for the whole family.
Photo Yoval Sharaf / Dudi Hason
- Written by Bahai Org
HAIFA, Israel, , (BWNS) — A new official website of the Baha’i Faith has been launched providing general information about the Universal House of Justice – the international governing body of the Baha’i community – and making available selected statements and letters that have been written by it or prepared under its supervision.
The Universal House of Justice is elected every five years by representatives of over 170 national Baha’i communities. The most recent election took place in April 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of when it was established.
The official website for the Universal House of Justice can be viewed at universalhouseofjustice.bahai.
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Photo Silvia Golan
- Written by Office of the President
The prestigious award will be conferred upon Chancellor Merkel at a special ceremony at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on Tuesday 25th February as part of her visit to Israel
The committee's recommendation: "Chancellor Merkel placed Germany's unwavering commitment to Israel's security at the forefront of relations between the two countries. The strategic and security cooperation between Israel and Germany has reached new heights under her leadership."
The President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, will confer the Presidential Medal of Distinction upon Chancellor Angela Merkel. The medal is the highest civilian award in Israel and is being bestowed upon Dr. Merkel for her unwavering commitment to Israel's security and the fight against anti-Semitism and racism in particular through education. The award will be conferred upon Chancellor Merkel during a special ceremony (Tuesday 25th February at 15:30) at the President's Residence in Jerusalem during her upcoming visit to Israel. At the event, which will be attended by senior figures involved in Israeli-German relations, President Peres will confer the Presidential Medal of Distinction upon Chancellor Merkel and they will both deliver speeches to mark the occasion. Following the ceremony President Peres and Chancellor Merkel will conduct a diplomatic work meeting during which they will discuss the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, the Iranian nuclear program and relations between Israel and Germany.
President Peres and the committee gave the following reasons for the award: "Dr. Angela Merkel, is an exceptional leader with a deep moral conviction and high ideals including in her warm relations with the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Chancellor Merkel sets a wonderful example on education against anti-Semitism, racism and hate and works tirelessly to expand the work being done on these issues with the aim of educating future generations in Germany towards equality, tolerance and acceptance of the other. Chancellor Merkel not only strengthened the diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany but also the security relations. This commitment has been exemplified by the numerous examples of Germany standing absolutely by Israel's side within the European Union and the firm stance taken by the government against the delegitimization of Israel in the world. Chancellor Merkel placed Germany's unwavering commitment to Israel's security at the forefront of relations between the two countries. The strategic and security cooperation between Israel and Germany have reached new heights under her leadership. Chancellor Merkel is a leader of vision and foresight, an outstanding personality and she has captured the hearts of the entire world. She is a leader whose values inspire hope and whose actions inspire wonder."
Background Information on the Presidential Medal of Distinction:
The Presidential Medal of Distinction is awarded to private individuals and organizations that have made unique and outstanding contributions to Tikkun Olam (Bettering the World), Israeli society and the State of Israel's image around the world, and which constitute examples of initiative, innovation, creativity and vision. The medals themselves feature the North Star to symbolize the right path and a menorah, the symbol of Israel and the continuous link between past and present. The medal is crowned with the words from Samuel 9:2 "from his shoulders and upward." The Presidential Medal of Distinction is comparable to the "Legion of Honor" (France) or the "Order of Canada."
The advisory committee for the Presidential Medal of Distinction includes retired Supreme Court President Meir Shamgar, former President Yitzhak Navon, Professor Suzie Navot, Dr. Mohammed Issawi, Rabbi Dr. Ratzon Arusi, Gil Shwed and Professor Anita Shapira.
Previous winners of the award include President Obama, President Clinton, Elie Wiesel, former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, the Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Zubin Mehta, Attorney Uri Slonim, Judy Feld Carr, The Rashi Foundation and Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.
President Shimon Peres & Chancellor Angela Merkel Photo: Mark Neiman/GPO
- Written by USA Embassy
The United States and the State of Israel concluded an agreement on March 5 to continue support of the production of the Iron Dome weapon system.
The Iron Dome system is capable of intercepting and destroying short-range rockets, and mortar and artillery shells, and is an invaluable component of Israeli missile defense. During Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, Iron Dome was credited with saving countless Israeli lives, and was called a "game-changer" by many Israeli policy-makers. Yesterday's agreement ensures continued U.S. funding for procurement of Iron Dome systems and interceptors, and provides for significant co-production opportunities for U.S. industry. Under the terms of the agreement, $429 million will be transferred immediately to Israel to support Iron Dome procurement.
The agreement represents strategic value for both nations. Israel will obtain valuable resources to contribute to its defense and U.S. industry will receive meaningful co-production opportunities for Iron Dome components.
- Written by Ministry of Tourism
The Tourism Minister and the ITTAA are expected to make an official announcement regarding the adoption of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism at the ITTAA conference on Wednesday * Minister Landau: "This is a festive day for Israeli tourism" *
ITTAA CEO Yossi Fattal: "The association is pleased to join in this initiative by the Tourism Ministry and take the lead with this Code of Ethics that ensures responsible and sustainable tourism."
Tomorrow, (January 22, 2014), the Israel Tourist and Travel Agents Association (ITTAA) is expected to adopt the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism in its annual conference. The code, which has been promoted by the Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau via the professional staff in the ministry, has already been adopted by other countries around the world.
The Tourism Ministry recently approached the ITTAA, headed by Jacob Karni, suggesting that they adopt the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism - this with the understanding that this is an international trend that has been promoted in recent years by UNWTO, the private international sector and government travel agency organizations. The ITTAA took the decision to adopt the code and the formal declaration will be made tomorrow at its annual conference.
Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau: "This is a festive day for Israeli tourism. Israel has aligned itself with the highly developed countries in regards to quality of service and tourism ethics. Adopting this Global Code of Ethics for Tourism is the first step on the path to improved quality of service and the tourist experience in Israel - this in order to ensure that every visitor who comes to Israel will want to return and tour our beautiful country."
The Global Code of Ethics for Tourism is available on request.