BERLIN – Germany’s capital city served on Wednesday as the launching pad for the
first gathering of hundreds of young Jewish professionals from Israel and across
Europe, to solidify exchanges in the areas of technology innovation, business
and the arts.
In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Tamar Shchory, CEO
of the Leadel organization, which sponsored and organized the conference, said
one of the goals is “to connect young professionals with the Jewish world and
engage people not affiliated with Jewish life.”
Shchory, who lives in Tel
Aviv, said the next step of the program is to create a mentor system that places
“young professionals together with mentor success stories.”
“The aim of
the event was to explore the true meaning of innovation, creativity and success
in today’s challenging economic, social and political environment, and inspire
the participants through hearing about success stories of Jewish innovators and
entrepreneurs,” Shchory said.
The two-day conference attracted over 260
participants from Israel, Germany, the UK, France and Switzerland.
ranged in topic from “A Smarter World – Trends in a Changing World” to “Cracking
the Innovation Code” and “Tel Aviv as a Start-up City.”
faculty from the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, located in Ramat
Gan, presented final projects at the event’s opening dinner.
a textile design student from Shenkar, told the Post that the college’s
installation at the event’s opening at the Jewish Museum uses “six printers and
takes images from 26 projects” which it converts into postcards that the
printers spit out onto the floor. Shahar used a sophisticated knitting process
to construct a plant-like moss design which was reproduced on the
Hila Shaltieli, a visual communications professor, told the
Post that the thinking behind the installation was to show “printers as
low-technology” that “constantly create leaves like posters.”
created artistic interpretations of their projects to fit the leaves, or
The 26 student projects spanned diverse disciplines, including
graphic and art design.
MK Ronen Hoffman, Israeli singer Ivri Lider and
Yanki Margalit – an Israeli entrepreneur, founder of Aladdin Knowledge Systems
and currently Chairman of SpaceIL – delivered talks and
The Diaspora Affairs Ministry supported the
“This was an unprecedented event bringing together some of
the biggest names in global innovation and business to sit together, speak to
and interact with young Jewish professionals,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of
the European Jewish Congress and founder of Leadel, said.
He added, “This
was the ‘Start-up Nation’ meeting Europe, and I hope that the event helped the
younger generation, through meeting with entrepreneurs and inspiring and
successful businessmen, to connect to being Jewish through business innovation
and success. Through the presentation of Jewish models of success, whose
Judaism is a significant part of their identity, the event will take European
Jewish and Israeli innovation to the next level.”