City Notes: TEDx takes Tel Aviv

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January 19, 2017 15:57
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TEDxTelAviv executive director Yadin Soffer, actor Chaim Topol, former education minister Shai Piron and Channel 10 journalist Gilad Adin. (photo credit: RAMI ZARNAGAR)


In February the popular TEDx lecture series is coming to Tel Aviv for the first time, with a speaker lineup of interesting Jewish and Israeli leaders from the technology, education and design sectors.

The list of presenters on February 6 at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium includes model and activist Lauren Wasser, Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Aaron Ciechanover, Stanford University Prof. Yoav Shoham, law student and futuristic technology expert Limor Kfiri, cybersecurity expert Dr. Nimrod Kozlovski, singer Rita (Yahan-Farouz), and composer Gil Shohat. Other speakers include journalist and chef Ruthie Rousso, stylist Orly Shai, IDF lead programmer Maj. Rotem Bashi, Aleh Negev founder Doron Almog and Airobotics CEO and co-founder Ran Krauss.

The program is set to feature presentations by TEDx- TelAviv executive director Yadin Soffer and senior journalist Gilad Adin of Channel 10 News along with performances by Rita, drum-based band Tararam and visual artist Dan Groover.

All of the talks will be presented in English and translated simultaneously to Hebrew. Tickets cost NIS 375 and can be purchased at

120 meters of Zionism at Ben-Gurion Airport

As part of events marking 120 years since the First Zionist Congress, Ben-Gurion Airport has teamed up with the World Zionist Organization to feature a 120-meter- long display in the travel hub’s departure hall.

A launching event was held on Sunday for the display of photographs, illustrations and graphics depicting landmarks in the history of Zionism. The multi-panel collage display depicts issues that led to the Zionist movement’s fulfillment of its vision over the past 120 years, including immigration, settlement and agricultural development, the Diaspora, Jerusalem, security and defense, minorities in Israel, the revival of the Hebrew language and pioneering women in Zionism.

Some 8 million passengers are expected to view the exhibit while it is on display this year. Various leaders attended the event, including Transportation Minister Israel Katz, WZO chairman Avraham Duvdevani, Ben-Gurion Airport director-general Shmuel Zakai, Airports Authority director-general Yaakov Ganot and Airports Authority chairman Eliezer Marom.

In 1897, the Zionist movement to reestablish a Jewish homeland in what is now Israel was established as a political organization under Theodor Herzl at the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland.

Young diplomats mark Holocaust at intimate Tel Aviv event

Some 20 foreign diplomats took part this week in an interactive social event to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed on January 27.

As part of a collaboration between the American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS program for young leaders and the Zikaron BaSalon Holocaust commemoration and education initiative, the diplomats met on Tuesday at a Tel Aviv apartment to discuss and learn about the Holocaust in a casual and intimate setting.

Zikaron BaSalon was established seven years ago and encourages hosts to hold living-room meetings for guests to stand testament to the historical accounts of Holocaust survivors and interact openly as the generation of survivors dwindles.


Indie music fest to rock Emek Hefer

The unique sounds of Indie music (independent music) are coming to rock Emek Hefer this weekend with this year’s Indie- Hefer festival.

Ten artists are due to rock the crowds on Friday at Hangar 9 at the Emek Hefer Industrial Park, located five kilometer south of Hadera. The festival’s lineup includes theAngelcy, The Paz Band, Tatran, Lucille Crew, Full Trunk, Quarter to Africa, Nechi Nech, Shtuby, Ouzo Bazooka and LBT.

The festival is scheduled to take place regardless of the weather, due to the indoor venue. Along with dance floors, the venue will also have bars, food stands and lounges. Entrance to the festival is limited to those aged 18 and up. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door at a price of NIS 199.


Camel Burn festival to heat up the Negev

Fuse together the serenity of the Negev Desert, traditional Beduin tent culture and funky music parties, and you have the Camel Burn festival.

Starting yesterday and running through Saturday, January 21, at the Sfinat Hamidbar Beduin-style encampment near Beersheba, Camel Burn 2017 offers festival-goers a hot weekend-full of activities and camping in the middle of the winter season.

In the spirit of communal living and appreciation for nature, the festival grounds include bathing facilities and sleeping arrangements in three large tents that can hold hundreds of people.

The weekend extravaganza also offers bonfires, arts workshops, meditation, concerts and the occasional camel ride. Friday’s musical lineup includes Beatsboots, Ulises, Uri Sasson, Flying Colors, Hantarish, Satipatthana, Diana Up & Baruch Hametofef, Ari Miller and Earth Sine. Performances on Saturday include those by Coam, Yair Golov, Tiggeh, Diana Up, DJ Shaked and Satipatthana vs Beatboots.

Tickets cost NIS 159 per person and can be purchased at https:// For more information contact organizers at

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