Mifalot Red Evening
Mifalot Education and Society held its annual fundraising event last week at Zappa Herzliya, titled ‘Red Evening 2019,’ to mark the organization’s 20th anniversary. Mifalot uses sports as a platform for social change, and to build a community based on understanding, partnership, tolerance, and the acceptance of others. The highlight of the event was an auction of artwork by leading artists, in collaboration with Sotheby’s and directed by Sigal Mordechai, CEO of Sotheby’s Israel. There to participate in this important goal: Galit Schneidman, chair of Friends of Red Evening and her husband, Efi Schneidman; Irit and Moshik Teumim; Moti and Pilit Orenstein, founders of Mifalot; Dr. Meir Bornstein, director-general of Mifalot; Shira Vishi Davidi; and Ido Har-Tov, Gitam Group CEO.

Microsoft reactor
Microsoft launched a new “reactor” – a technology hub for developers and startups in Israel – in Tel Aviv last Tuesday. The reactor is located on Dubnov Street and joins six other similar sites located in San Francisco, Sydney, Seattle, Redmond, New York and London. The reactors were created to function as a place for study and inspiration and to be part of the innovative Israeli “ecosystem.” The launch event was attended by: Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud + AI Group; Charlotte Yarkoni, corporate vice president of the newly created Microsoft Growth and Ecosystem division; Shelly Landsmann, general manager for Microsoft Israel; Assaf Rappaport, CEO of Microsoft Israel R&D; and Merav Davidson, Microsoft  GM Engineering and Ecosystem.

Holocaust Day
In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the World Jewish Congress (WJC), an international organization representing more than 100 Jewish communities around the world, has relaunched its annual campaign to commemorate the day under the hashtag #WeRemember.

The campaign was designed to raise awareness and knowledge about the Holocaust and the need to combat antisemitism. In 2017, the campaign reached a record 650 million people worldwide thanks to the participation of leading international figures including the pope, the UN secretary-general, the prime minister of Scotland, the president of France, and the heads of leading sports groups and celebrities such as Gal Gadot. Among the participants in this year’s campaign were: WJC President Ron Lauder, Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich; Bank Hapoalim CEO Arik Pinto; Estee Lauder General Manager Oren Revach; Chemi Peres; and Bar Refaeli.

Gourmet sustainability
In Tel Aviv, Nespresso’s business division held an event at the restaurant Taizu, during which chef Yuval Ben Neria prepared a gourmet meal under the principles of sustainability. The meal was designed to produce a minimum amount of waste, with the aim of increasing public awareness that even small things can make a big difference. The event was attended by notable figures from the world of sustainability and business, as well as a few of Nespresso’s strategic partners. Attending the evening were: Moshe Mari, CEO of Nespresso Israel; Sharon Shachar, director of the Nespresso Business Division; Maya Jacobs, CEO of Zalul; and Tanya Bird.

Israel Nature and Heritage
Shaul Goldstein, director-general of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, is currently in the US meeting with Jewish community leaders to recruit a new president and additional members for the executive committee in Israel. He met with Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; and David and Stacey Kaufman, chairs of the Israel Nature and Heritage Foundation in the US. Hoenlein told Goldstein that conservation and heritage are important issues in the Jewish world, especially among young businessmen, and that he himself believes the Jewish community has a commitment to build a strong foundation.
Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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