We are pleased to share with you the following news highlighting IVN Member activity:
- IVN Chairman Eric Benhamou received the 'Israel in our Hearts Award' presented annually at Israel in the Gardens, the San Francisco Bay Area's celebration of Israel's independence. Israel in our Hearts Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to Israel and proven leadership in an initiative or program that has enhanced the Jewish community's relationship with Israel. Eric was one of ten recipients. Israel in the Gardens attracts approximately 10,000 people. Israel in the Gardens was co-chaired by IVN Members Yael and Amnon Landan. Israel in the Gardens is presented by the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel. Orli Rinat, another IVN member, is the current Chair of the Israel Center and IVN Member Jim Koshland is the Campaign Chair of the Jewish Community Federation.
- IVN Vice-Chair Benny Levin met with fellows from the PresenTense Institute for Creative Zionism (PICZ). PICZ is an incubator for social entrepreneurs whose mission is to seed ground-breaking initiatives that change the way the Jewish People live, think and work. Response to Benny's talk was very positive - "one of our participants said that she felt "goosebumps" when you told about your project, that she couldn't believe people were doing such forward-thinking things and blending the best of all worlds." To see Benny's talk, visit: http://creativezionism.weebly.com/blog-and-updates.html .
- Congratulations also to IVN Board Member Shlomo Dovrat, who received an honorary fellowship from the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center. The Honorary Fellows award is granted by IDC Herzliya every year to individuals whose outstanding leadership and entrepreneurship is having an enormously positive impact on the State of Israel in general and its Education/Higher Education system in particular.