BENNY GANTZ (left) and Dan Shechtman..
(photo credit: ISRAEL HADARI)
1. Running and helping
The ‘Running in Color’ race, initiated by the Natal-Israeli Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War took place on Friday morning. Over 5,000 people arrived at Yarkon Park in an effort to raise awareness for the invisible wounds treated by the organization.
Chair and founder of Natal, Judith Yovel Recanati and CEO Orly Gal greeted the runners, including Gilad Altshuler and Ran Shaham, joint CEOs of Altshuler-Shaham Investment House – the main sponsor of the event, Chen Altshuler, head of the research division and Shay Yaron, director of mutual funds at the investment house. Also present at the race were members of Natal’s public council, Arik Ze’evi and Mahareta Baruch.2. Ben-Gurion Award
Tel Aviv’s Dan Hotel last week hosted the David Ben-Gurion Award Ceremony.
The award, granted by the Yad David Ben-Gurion Foundation over the past 30 years, is given to researchers, authors, intellectuals and others whose actions commemorate the vision of Israel’s first prime minister and practice his legacy.
This year, the prize was awarded to Dr. Elaine Solowey, world known agriculturist and director of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture at the Arava Institute, and Professor David Faiman, a pioneer in the research for utilization of solar energy and alternative energy.
Present at the event were: Lieutenant General (Res.) Benny Gantz, who serves as the chairman of the foundation, chairman of the Board of Directors at Bank Hapoalim Yair Seroussi, Professor Rivka Carmi, the president of Ben-Gurion University who served as chair of the judging committee, and members of the judging committee, Uzi Dayan, Michael Federmann and Professor Dan Shechtman, who gave a lecture on “how to engage youth in science.”
3. Yad B’yad tribute
The annual benefit event for the Yad B’yad Association was held at Tel Aviv’s Culture Palace last week, marking 35 years of the association’s activity. Yad B’yad provides warm homes for tens of thousands of at risk children. Shelly Choshen, founder of the association, spoke at the event and praised the organization’s great contribution. The cultural program included a tribute to Yossi Banai’s chansons and skits, ten years after his death. Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Ron Huldai, accompanied by his wife Yael – whose leg is in a cast – took the stage and played Banai’s “B’holot” on the flute.4. Dead Sea heights
Attorney Hagai Adoram, representative of the UK Property Developers company Berkeley, which has been working to establish a shopping center near the Dead Sea for the past few years, hosted a gathering at the chosen location, at the lowest place on earth. Adoram said that a state-of-the art mall selling brand names will enhance the region, which is visited by 2.7 million tourists and Israelis a year.
Mayor of the Tamar Regional Council Dov Litvinoff predicted that the region will experience a growth boost, and even revealed that he was on his way to meet with Chris Martin, singer for Coldplay, to discuss the possibility of the band performing in Masada next year.5. No escape
The opening of ‘Escape City’ – an innovative “escape room” complex – was held last week in Tel Aviv. The concept is the initiative of internationally celebrated mentalist Lior Suchard, Ron Federmann, whose family owns the Dan Hotels and Dan Duenas, part owner of MODY Ceramics. The guests toured the different escape rooms which were inspired by movies and fantasy – including The Chainsaw, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pirates of the Caribbean and Game of Thrones. Among those who came to congratulate the partners: Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Ron Huldai, Federmann’s father Ami Federmann, and his sister Daniella, and Udi and Anat Angel.Translated by Sharon Aharoni.