Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the CyberTech conference in Tel Aviv, January 26, 2016.
(photo credit: AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)
■ CYBERTECH 2017, chaired by Yossi Vardi, will take place in Pavilion 2 of the Tel Aviv Convention Center January 30 to February 1. It is one of the largest cyber solution events outside the United States, and thousands of participants from more than 50 countries are expected. In addition to Vardi, speakers will include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Dr. Eviatar Matania, head of the Israel National Cyber Directorate, Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia, Esti Peshin, Director of Cyber Programs Israel Aerospace Industries, and many other high-profile personalities from Israel and abroad.
■ AT THE finals of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality sponsored competition on innovation held last week at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, three new projects aimed at benefiting the residents of the city were chosen. One involved exploiting solar energy to the maximum; another related to heavy fines being imposed on dog owners who don’t pick up their best friends’ droppings; and the third was activities for senior citizens in the city’s parks and gardens with theatrical and dance performances by children, with the aim of bridging the generation gap and creating contact between younger and older people. In lighting the sixth Hanukka candle at the event, Tel Aviv- Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai dedicated it to the memory of Israel’s ninth president, Shimon Peres, who passed away last September, and who only a few months prior to his death expanded the Peres Peace Center into a Center for Innovation. Chemi Peres, who is the guardian of his father’s legacy and is continuing with his work, joined Huldai in the candle-lighting ceremony, told him that Shimon Peres had always been appreciative of what Huldai does for Tel Aviv.
■ LAST FRIDAY, when there were still two Hanukka candles left to light and New Year’s Eve parties in the offing, a special event under the title “The Jewish Book Case” took place at Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People, where the digital center was inaugurated. Organized at the initiative of Tzili Doron Charney in memory of her husband Leon, who died last year, the event focused on a book co-authored by Leon Charney and Israeli radio and television personality Shaul Meislish in which the plot is a mystical search of the origins of the kaddish prayer and the battle between followers of the Jerusalem Talmud and those of the Babylonian Talmud. Three months ago, at a gala event in New York honoring the memory of Leon Charney, a successful lawyer and broadcaster who died in March 2016, his widow was conferred with the title of Yakirat Beit Hatfutsot in recognition of the work and legacy of her husband, who had bequeathed a million dollars for a foundation bearing his name, and to be used as a springboard for the establishment of the Digital Center at Beit Hatfutsot.
■ KESHET, RESHET and Channel 10 are hosting an all-day symposium under the heading of Docuprime 10 on Sunday, January 15 by way of launching the new era in documentaries. Participants will include Alon Ben David, Tzufit Grant, Ilana Dayan, Raviv Drucker, Miki Haimovich, Zvi Yehezkeli and Doron Tsabari. Guest of honor will be Jo Clinton-Davis of Britain’s ITV, who will be interviewed by Zivit Davidovitch, Channel 10’s deputy director of content. Docuprime will be held at the Givatayim Theater from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
■ A SEMINAR on Yiddish in the 21st century will be held at Beit Leyvik, 30 Dov Hoz Street, Tel Aviv on Thursday, January 19. It will begin at 4 p.m. with The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer, a film by Asaf Galay and Shaul Betser. This will be followed by a lecture/discussion on translating colloquial expressions to and from Yiddish. The final session at 8 p.m. will feature Yiddish poets reading from their works to musical accompaniment. Participation fee for the whole seminar is NIS 20.