The Lounge: June 12, 2018

Last Thursday, the Azrieli Sarona Tower – for now the tallest tower in Israel – was officially inaugurated.

June 11, 2018 21:24
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The Lounge: June 12, 2018

From left, Liora and Mickey Federmann; and Tamar and Harel Beit-On. (photo credit: BRUNO SHARVIT)


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1. Hebrew University

This past Saturday night, the Hebrew University Board of Governors’ session opened at the Jerusalem Cinematheque in celebration of 100 years since the university’s cornerstone was laid. Attending the event were Harel Beit-On, CEO of the Viola Foundation and his wife Tamar; and Mickey Federmann, chairman of the Board of Governors and chairman of the outgoing Board of Directors of the Hebrew University and his wife Liora; Joseph Cedar and his father Prof. Chaim Cedar; and President of the University Prof. Asher Cohen.

2. Azrieli Sarona Tower

Last Thursday, the Azrieli Sarona Tower – for now the tallest tower in Israel – was officially inaugurated.

The event was hosted by Azrieli Group executives, including chairperson Dana Azrieli and CEO Eyal Hankin, and was attended by Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai. The tower was designed according to the vision of the late entrepreneur and architect David Azrieli, and in cooperation with Moshe Tzur Architects.

The tower was built according to a unique geometrical layout, which makes it appear like it’s spinning on its axis. Attending were Morris Kahn, Teddy Sagi, Yair Seroussi, Pini Cohen, and Jonathan Kolber.

3. IDC Herzliya

Last Thursday, IDC Herzliya held its annual ceremony honoring distinguished lecturers and researchers of the academic institution and honorary members of IDC Herzliya. This year, honorary memberships were awarded to women only, including Liora Ofer, one of the most prominent businesswomen in Israel.

4. Tsinghua University

In an impressive ceremony held last Thursday at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, the president of Tel Aviv University, Prof. Joseph Klafter, was awarded an honorary professorship. The title was given to him by the president of Tsinghua University, Qiu Yong. For five years, Tel Aviv University and Tsinghua University have been running the Xin Center together, a joint research center focusing on nanotechnology. The professorship that was bestowed upon Klafter is considered one of the most prestigious awards offered by Tsinghua University to leading academics from around the world.

5. Greenberg Traurig

Real estate firm EY Israel held its annual conference last week at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv during which a special panel to discuss investment opportunities in the US real estate market was held. The panel was initiated by international law firm Greenberg Traurig (GT), and led by advocate Robert Ivanhoe, chairman of GT’s global real estate department, and Lawrence Sternthal, head of real estate at the Israeli branch of GT.

Other panel participants included leading real estate professionals from Israel and the US, including Mody Kidon, founder of the ALTO Real Estate Funds; Gil Rushinek, CEO of Electra Real Estate and Electra America; And Ofer Yardeni, CEO and chairman of Stonehenge NYC, who said that although he has been living in New York for 33 years, he still describes himself as an enthusiastic Zionist.

Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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