Israel’s social protest movement shows signs of victory as some costs drop; but its goal is much larger, and it won’t end with summer.
Tokyo, September 6, 2011 – For “Yuriko,” a Japanese mother struggling to help her child overcome fears about another tsunami like the one that hit the island in March, solutions seem hard to come by. But now, through an American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) post-trauma program using a huggable plush dog named “Hibuki,” Japanese children and their families will take a step toward healing. Pioneered during the Second Lebanon War to help Israeli children overcome stress and anxiety from rocket attacks, the Hibuki program has recently been expanded to Japan by JDC experts who visited tsunami-affected regions and trained Japanese teachers, nurses and other professionals to use the sad eyed, long armed stuffed animal to “hug” children and talk through their worries.
There are probably not many rabbis helping to provide cleaner water in Myanmar (Burma) or first-aid training to wildlife rangers in Kenya.
But Rabbi Yossi Ives, the minister of Richmond Synagogue, is doing just that through the organisation he has founded to put Jewish humanitarian values into practice.
His enterprise, Tag International Development, supports social action and community-building in developing countries, by using Israeli know-how.
WASHINGTON, D.C. August 23, 2011—Ester Levanon, born in Petah Tikva, Israel, was barely 2 years old when her father was killed in the 1948 Independence War. It was her grandfather who offered to finance her university studies.
At age 20, Levanon got her master’s degree in mathematics, then went on to complete an advanced management program at Harvard Business School and crowned her studies with a PhD from Technion -Israel Institute of Technology.
After graduating from Technion, she spent time at the environmental science department at Tel Aviv University where she discovered the world of computers. Her math masters helped her when she joined a software ‘house’ in 1970.
Levanon’s first significant job was a consulting assignment with the Shin Bet in 1973, the Israel Security Agency which responds directly to the Prime Minister. Levanon spent 12 years in the computer division of the Shin Bet.
She joined the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in 1986 as Chief Information Officer. Initially, she was vice-president for IT and operations and implemented universal automation. In Levanon’s opinion, “For a stock exchange, IT is the most important.”
Five years ago, after a decade as Deputy-CEO, Levanon became CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
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Basically the lesson I learned from this is that living in a different country does not necessarily mean you are experiencing it properly. Of course it is comforting to have a group of people around you with whom you can go through the beginning hardships of expat life together with, however don’t limit yourself to this group. After all, you are there to get a taste of the country and its people as well, and visiting tourist sites, restaurants, and doing the things that expats or tourists do, is far from what locals do! Trust me, it’s well worth the effort!