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Israeli Innovation Weekend in Boston - April 30-May 2nd - RSVP Now!

From: Jonathan S.
Sent on: Thursday, April 15, 2010 10:06 AM
Dear Boston Israel Cleantech Alliance member:

I am pleased to announce the upcoming Israeli Innovation Weekend, scheduled for April 30 - May 2 at Congregation Mishkan Tefila and the Museum of Science. The program includes a number of exciting cleantech-related speakers, and complete details are copied below.


Presenters Include:
1. Michael Granoff - Better Place, Head of Oil Independence Policies
2. Ory Zik - HelioFocus, Founder
3. Sivan Borowich - Jewish Heart for Africa, Founder and President
4. Dan Senor - Author of "Startup Nation"
5. Prof. Eilon Adar - Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Director

I hope to see you there!


Jonathan Shapira
Boston Israel Cleantech Alliance
[address removed]

Healing the World through Technology, April 30 through May

Boston Israeli Innovation: Healing the World Through Technology

Congregation Mishkan Tefila (CMT) is collaborating with the Consulate General of Israel to New England to host the third annual Alan J. Tichnor Memorial Event, Israeli Innovation ? Healing the World through Technology, from April 30 through May 2, 2010. The events will be taking place at CMT and the Museum of Science (MOS), which will host a related Israeli technology exhibit from May 2 through May 9, 2010.

The family of Alan J. Tichnor established a fund in his memory to provide a meaningful annual program to remember his many years of philanthropy and leadership in the Jewish community and for the State of Israel. Mr. Tichnor, a prominent figure in the Boston and national Jewish communities, served as International President of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and helped establish the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. A trustee and board member of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he was also President of CMT.

Below is a summary of the weekend?s programs.

* On Friday, April 30th at 7:30 p.m. at CMT, keynote speaker Asaf Vitman, Minister of Economic Affair for the Embassy of Israel, will deliver an address on The Evolution of the Israeli Economy, 1948-2010.
* On Saturday, May 1st, at 9:30 a.m. at CMT, Ms. Sivan Borowich Ya?ari, founder and President of the Jewish Heart for Africa (JHA), will provide a morning presentation on the work JHA is doing to bring sustainable Israeli technologies to African villages. In the country of Tanzania, where 77 percent of the population depends solely on agriculture for survival but lacks clean water to maintain their crops, JHA developed a solar water pumping system that can pump over 5,000 gallons of water a day.
* On the evening of Saturday, May 1st, at 7:30 p.m., CMT is hosting ?Night on Ben Yehuda Street? which will feature Israeli food, music, dancing, wine tasting, and an Israeli shopping experience.

* On Sunday, May 2nd, at 9:00 a.m., a technology exhibit showcasing innovation and technology being developed in Israel by companies and universities will take place at the Museum of Science in Boston. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Rafi Beyar, CEO and Director General, Rambam Health Care Campus, focusing on developments in the life science sector in Israel. Drs. Ory Zik and Elon Ador will discuss Israeli solar and water technologies respectively, Michael Granoff will deliver a presentation entitled, ?How to Run a Country without Oil ? and How Israel Will be First,? and the afternoon?s speaker series will conclude with the panel of venture capitalists discussing the importance of investing in Israeli technology. The technology exhibit will also feature the following exhibitors:

o Technion ? Israel Institute of Technology
o Rambam Medical Center
o Hadassah Medical Organization
o Jewish Heart for Africa
o South Area Solomon Schechter Day School
o New England-Israel Business Council
o Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem

* The speaker series portion of the Alan J. Tichnor Memorial Event will conclude on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Mishkan Tefila with a keynote panel discussion on the future of Israeli innovation and technology, featuring senior leadership from Israeli universities, including Technion President Peretz Lavie, and moderated by Dan Senor, Author of Start-up Nation; The Story of Israel?s Economic Miracle. The discussion will include greetings from the academic community delivered by Dr. Jehuda Reinharz, President of Brandeis University. The technology exhibit at the Museum of Science will continue through Sunday, May 9th.

All events held at Congregation Mishkan Tefila are open to the public. Tickets for Saturday evening?s gala are $50. Sunday's event at the Museum of Science requires Exhibit Hall ticket, and is free to Museum of Science members. All other events are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Congregation Mishkan Tefila.

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