- Minister of Education Yuli Tamir was the guest speaker at an IVN event held to promote active citizenship on May 27th in Raanana at the home of Benny and Mika Levin. Over 150 IVN Members, friends, and national and local government representatives from the education ministry attended the evening. Eliezer Ya'ari, Director of the New Israel Fund (IVN's strategic partner in the Education for Active Citizenship Program) led a panel discussion of teachers and students from Kiryat Shemona, Sderot and the Bedouin village of Tuba-Zangariya. IVN Citizenship Co-Chairs Isaac Hillel and Yehudah Cohn encouraged the implementation of formal citizenship studies in all grades K-12 together with social action programs.
The Annual Social Entrepreneur (SE) Event was held at the home of IVN SE Mentor Shai & Mina Beilis this April in Kfar Saba. The event was well attended and the guests included the SE Fellows, IVN mentors, IVN members, representatives from the New Israel Fund and Sacta-Rashi - strategic partners of IVN in the program; the press, SE selection committee members, and potential donors. The keynote speaker was Isabel Maxwell, IVN Voting Member and Chair of the SE program, who spoke about the Global Power of Social Entrepreneuring. Her presentation was very informative and moving. The audience felt that they came away with a true understanding of and a feeling for the power of a social entrepreneur and it gave new meaning to the importance the work of our SE Fellows.