The lounge

Translated by Hannah Hochner.

April 16, 2019 01:36
3 minute read.
Morris Khan

Morris Khan. (photo credit: SIVAN FREIJ)


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Israel-America CoC

Last Wednesday, The Israel-America Chamber of Commerce launched its biannual Outsight program to provide creative solutions to the changes in future employment, to incorporate as many people as possible in jobs that will be created as a result of accelerated technological development, and to support the integration of young people from Israel into this dramatically changing work world. Among the participants at the conference, which was held at Shtufim in Beit Yehoshua, were: Oded Rose, CEO of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce; Yaniv Garty, CEO of Intel Israel; Oren Sagi, general manager of CISCO in Israel; and Shai Levy, CEO of AMDOCS Israel.

Lend a Hand

A few weeks after its sale to NVidia, Mellanox is continuing its activity and encouraging equal opportunities in Israel. At the Tzrifin IDF base in the center of the country, a ceremony was held to hand out uniforms and a Mellanox unit was inaugurated in conjunction with the organization Lend a Hand to a Special Child, which assists children with special needs by helping them realize their potential, encouraging their independence, and helping each child integrate into her or his community, the army and later in a job. The organization also offers assistance and tools to the children’s families. The Mellanox unit was inaugurated by Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox; Gabi Ofir, program director of Lend a Hand; Amir Prescher, Mellanox senior vice president of End-User Sales and business development; Michael Kagan, CTO and a Mellanox co-founder;  Nimrod Gindi, Mellanox vice president, Merger and Acquisitions; Rabbi Mendy Blinitzky, CEO of Lend a Hand; and the children helped by the organization.


Morris Kahn hosted many guests on Thursday at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv to watch the broadcasting of the historic achievement of the Beresheet spacecraft’s attempt at landing on the moon together. The project’s presenter, Aviv Geffen (aka Moon Boy), and singer Omer performed in front of all the guests. Together they tried to see the glass as three-quarters full. Guests included: Danna Azrieli, chair of the Azrieli Group, her husband Danny Hakim and her mother Stephanie Azrieli; Raviv Zoller, CEO of Israel Chemicals and his wife Miri; Shuky Sheffer, CEO of Amdocs; Yaron Bloch, chairman of Leumi Card; Dudi Weissman, owner of Sonol; Zvi Stepak, one of the controlling shareholders of Meitav Dash; Elliot Antebi; Poju Zabludowicz; and Judith and Henry Take.

Lone soldiers

Last Friday at the Flam Winery near Eshtaol, a special fundraising event was held especially for lone soldiers. This unique program assists lone soldiers before their enlistment, during their service and for three years after their IDF service. This program is run by an organization that assists young people at risk who were expelled from various frameworks or who grew up on the streets, who’ve decided to contribute to society and enlist. The event was hosted by Gilad and Golan Flam, the owners of the winery, together with Drorit Nitzani, the community relations director of the lone soldiers program, and Liora Rubinstein, director of the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin. The festive event included musical performances by Monica Sex and Maor Cohen and lots of bright sun and fine wine.

Italian Law Conference

Last week, the Italian court system held its annual conference in Rome. One of the panels, including a number of Israeli representatives, focused on empowering women and dealing with women’s roles in democratic countries. The panel was presided over by Yohanna Arbib, who served as chairwoman of the Italian Law Conference. Participants in the conference included: Elisabetta Casellati, president of the Italian Senate; Vice President of the Italian Parliament Mara Carfagna; Brooke Goldstein, founder and executive director of The Lawfare Project; and Efrat Duvdevani, director-general at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. The participants jointly called for the establishment of a national project that would encourage Italian innovation and strengthen trade relations between Israel and Italy, including cooperative efforts with the Peres Center.

Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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