Bayit Hayehudi's Naftali Bennett 390.
(photo credit: YouTube Screenshot)
■ ON SUNDAY Naftali Bennett, who heads the Bayit Yehudi Party, will be speaking
at Federation Hall, Hangar 11 at the Tel Aviv Port at the invitation of the Tel
Aviv International Salon. The Salon was established in 2009 to provide a
challenging, thought-provoking and intellectual discussion forum for the young
Tel Aviv international and Israeli community. It provides this ever-growing
community with opportunities to learn about, debate and discuss Israeli, Jewish
and world politics, history, media, economics, social, cultural and
environmental issues with top leaders in these fields.
at the Salon have included former CIA director James Woolsey; Tzipi Livni; Yair
Lapid; Natan Sharansky; Silvan Shalom; US Ambassador Dan Shapiro; Dr. Dan
Schueftan, director of the National Security Studies Center; war reporter Itai
Anghel; Knesset members Danny Danon, Isaac Herzog, Avishay Braverman and Einat
Wilf; and Ido Aharoni, Israel consul general in New York.
issued by TAIS contains an extensive biography of Bennett, illustrating the
different areas in which he has worked, thus providing fodder for discussion if
what he has to say politically fails to stir his audience.Attendance is for young professionals and by invitation only. To request access, please visit http://NaftaliBennettSalon.eventbrite.com
PRODUCER and model Noa Tishby is on a frequent commute between Hollywood, where
she has been living for several years, and her native Tel Aviv. She was back
again for the gala opening on Sunday of Gindi TLV Fashion Week, where some 20 of
Israel’s leading designers got together in the Gindi project in the heart of Tel
Aviv to exhibit their concepts of urban chic. Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, who
attended the opening, at which there were also visitors from abroad, said that
events of this kind bring honor to Tel Aviv.
In a previous incarnation,
the name of the game was Israel Fashion Week, but the fact of the matter is that
Tel Aviv is Israel’s fashion capital and has been since long before the
establishment of the state. Many of the country’s top designers are products of
Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, which though it is located in Ramat
Gan, comes within the range of wider Tel Aviv.
While there are fashion
design schools in Jerusalem and Haifa, as well as in Tel Aviv proper and
possibly elsewhere in the country, Shenkar rules as the hallmark of Israel’s
fashion history and fashion education. Many of its alumni whose names have
become household words return to teach or to give an occasional lecture
Designers showing at Gindi TLV Fashion Week, which
concluded yesterday, ran the gamut of long-established fashion icons such as
Gideon Oberson, Dorin Frankfurt, Raziela Gershon, Hagar Alembik and Sasson Kedem
to rising young stars such as Eynav Zini, Lee Grabenau and Alon Livne. Among the
1,300 or so people in the audience at the opening were Spanish actress and
international model Rosie de Palma and Israel actress and model Ayelet Zorer. On
the runway were Israel’s supermodels past and present, including current queen
of the catwalk Bar Refaeli and former models and beauty queens Ilana Shoshan and
There was one sad note at the opening – a brief memorial
tribute to long-time Yediot Aharonot fashion writer and editor Nurit Bat-Yaar,
who succumbed to cancer last week. A front-row seat was reserved for her at
almost every fashion show long after she had retired.
■ EVEN WHEN money
is globally very tight, there are still individuals, charitable trusts and
institutions that are giving it away. One such philanthropic enterprise is The
Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Fund, which is providing more
than $6.2 million to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for multidisciplinary,
application- oriented robotics research and systems development. The grant will
be used to establish the ABC Robotics Center at the university. ABC stands for
agricultural, biological and cognitive robotics. Research and development will
focus on medical, service, industrial and agricultural robotics.
autonomous robots, capable of performing new tasks in complex and unknown
environments and interacting with people, do not yet exist. Robots require
human-like cognitive capabilities to successfully enter real-world settings and
cope with dynamic and unstructured human environments. This requires robots to
be equipped with advanced perception and dexterity, as well as the ability to
adapt to changing conditions and to efficiently learn new tasks.
human interface is also critical to the successful integration of robots within
society,” says Prof. Dan Blumberg, deputy vice president and dean for research
and development at BGU. “Robots will need to be equipped with specific physical
and behavioral characteristics to make interaction comfortable and natural to
This important component will be addressed by research seeking
understanding of cognitive processes in humans and animals in order to create
autonomous robots that can interact intuitively with humans and in human
environments,” he says.
Another aspect of the research will be to gain an
improved understanding of the principles of intelligence based on insights from
these robotic experiments. A portion of the grant also provides fellowships to
postdoctoral and doctoral students, updated technological equipment and
additional faculty positions.
“The Helmsley Charitable Trust is proud to
partner with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in advancing the science,
technology and human interactivity of robotics, which will be so critical to
medicine, industry and agriculture in the future,” says Sandor Frankel, a