Inscriptions au séminaire Olim Medial pour médecins olims

Nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer le lancement du Séminaire Olim Medial, le premier programme de carrière de Gvahim adapté aux médecins olims !

3 Jours de formations au système de santé et rencontres pour médecins olims, une premiere !

L’objectif est de préparer les médecins nouveaux immigrants ou futurs olim hadashim a leur recherche d’emploi à travers ;

  • une série de conferences de découverte  du système de santé israélien,
  • des visites de structures medicales,
  • des rencontres avec différents acteurs, partenaires et employeurs,
  • des simulations d’entretiens d’embauche,
  • des rencontres avec d’anciens olims francophones.

Les participants qui le souhaiterons se verront créer une fiche participant qui sera envoyée aux différents partenaires. Ces derniers pourront ainsi demander à rencontrer de manière individuelle les candidats. Autant de clés destinées à faciliter le contact avec les employeurs. Ces séminaires sont ouverts aux adhérents d’Olim Medical et seront organisés plusieurs fois par an en function de la demande.

Des thèmes propres à différentes populations concernées seront abordés. Ainsi, la première promotion qui se déroulera du 25 au 27 mars, s’adresse principalement aux jeunes diplomés ainsi qu’aux étudiants et internes, concernés par la poursuite d’une spécialité/sur-spécialité en Israel ou l’enrôlement a l’armée.

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Reconnaissance de la spécialité des médecins généralistes de France en Israel: vers une nouvelle simplification ?

Rdv de travail d’OlimMedical dans les locaux de l’Association Medicale Israelienne à Ramat Gan.

Oren Mizrahi et Yonathan Rubinstein du programme Olim Medical ont rencontré mardi 2 Janvier 2018 le Conseil Scientifique de l’Association Medicale Israélienne (IMA) afin de présenter le fruit de plusieurs mois de recherches pour la reconnaissance des médecins généralistes de France en tant que spécialistes en médecine de famille en Israël.

Le conseil scientifique a apprécié les traductions et comparaisons des syllabus, la présentation des procédures de reconnaissance du Conseil de l’Ordre en France, un récapitulatif de l’évolution de la formation en médecine générale depuis les années 70 jusqu’à la création de l’internat de spécialisation en médecine générale dans les années 2000. Au regard de cet exposé et des nouveaux éléments apportés, la directrice du conseil scientifique, Dana Fishbain, a déclaré que réunir spécialement les spécialistes siégeant au sein de cette organisation pour étudier à nouveau la question n’était plus simplement une possibilité mais un devoir.

Le role du Conseil Scientifique de l’IMA

L’IMA est notamment mandatée par le ministère de la santé pour définir les parcours et contenus des formations des spécialités médicales et donne un avis pour l’octroi des diplômes de spécialistes en Israel. Cette organisation est donc naturellement chargée d’étudier les demandes d’équivalences de médecins immigrants en Israel.

Au moment de la rencontre, la commission des spécialistes en médecine de famille du conseil scientifique de l’IMA distingue les demandes faites par des généralistes diplômés avant la création de la spécialité en médecine générale en France, des spécialistes en médecine générale diplômés depuis 2007. Alors que ces derniers ont une période d’adaptation variant entre 3 et 12 mois, les plus expérimentés doivent également faire reconnaitre leur titre de spécialiste par une commission de qualification du Conseil de l’Ordre des médecins en France, compléter une année d’internat et réussir un examen oral. Les médecins qui ne sont pas reconnus spécialistes, peuvent tout de meme exercer en tant que médecins généraux (sans spécialité) avec une licence de Rofe Clali octroyée par le ministère de la santé.

Un enjeu majeur apour les médecins généralistes de France en Israel

Cette évolution est très attendue dans la mesure où elle simplifierait l’accès à l’emploi de plusieurs dizaines de médecins de France alors que les 4 caisses d’assurances santé israéliennes cherchent toutes à recruter des spécialistes en médecine de première nécessité (médecins de famille, pédiatre et gynécologues notamment). Plus de 40% des généralistes en Israel ont plus de 60 ans et les prévisions de l’OCDE sont assez pessimistes quant au nombre de médecins par habitant en Israel. Dans ce contexte, la simplification des démarches d’équivalences semble être une réelle opportunité pour le système de santé et une chance à saisir.

L’objectif de ces travaux est donc d’apporter un maximum de preuves et de données pour que l’administration israélienne puisse donner un fondement cohérent et légal à une simplification de l’octroi du titre de spécialistes aux nombreux médecins concernés.

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Nous vous tiendrons informés des avancées dans les prochains jours.

Aiming for the top – The top 10 Companies That Hired Gvahim Alumni in 2017

by Simona Shemer

One of the toughest problems facing new immigrants who arrive to Israel is trying to find a job in an industry they enjoy or had experience in, in their country of origin. Maybe you’ve seen this happen – an immigrant from South Africa or Denmark or America or Brazil comes to Israel with a biology degree or a background in biological sciences and ends up working in a call center because, for one reason or another, he or she couldn’t find a job in their field.

Gvahim helps new immigrants with professional qualifications and strong work experience find a place in the Israeli market and guides those olim transition into a suitable career through programs that are career-focused, highlighting entrepreneurship, or assisting for the medical professions.

If you take a look at the list of 10 companies below, you will see that the highly-skilled olim are finding the jobs and the programs are succeeding. These companies all boast high numbers of Gvahim graduates in their employee roster. These companies have worked with Gvahim through Gvahim’s programs to find qualified candidates who will add skills, experience, and an international element to their firms. The placements become mutually beneficial for both employee and employer as the employee finds meaningful work and the employer adds a highly professional candidate with a diverse background to his company. This employee will likely be able to communicate with the company’s target audience, which are usually located outside of Israel.

Gvahim reports that if an immigrant in Israel cannot find meaningful employment within 2-3 years, he or she is likely to leave the country. They want to ensure this doesn’t happen and with the help of 91% success rate in finding employment for their candidates, they are well on their way.

The companies below represent the best of the best – firms that have hired in 2017 the most international, highly qualified candidates, thanks to Gvahim:

1. FRE Skincare – https://www.freskincare.com/

FRÉ is a skincare line that specializes in getting rid of workout-induced skin damage and signs of aging that come from the combination of sweat, intense exercise, the sun and pollution. Its founders, Michael Azouley and Mickael Bensadoun, both olim, hold Gvahim in a special place in their hearts for very significant reasons. After Azoulay made aliyah in 2000, he worked as an entrepreneur and later met Bensadoun. The two created their successful skincare range based on a moment at Tel Baruch beach where a girl sweating while running helped them decide to make a skin care line that affects the way skin reacts to sweat.

Bensadoun had his own career outside of the skincare line, serving as a Director of Special Projects at the Rashi Foundation. He eventually became a co-founder and Executive Director of Gvahim when he founded the organization along with Yair Shamir and other leading Israeli businessmen and women as a Rashi project in 2006. Azoulay, for his part, mentors participants of The Nest by Gvahim, a 10-week business accelerator for new immigrants. “If Gvahim had existed when I came to Israel, maybe I would have had a different career with more opportunities,” he told Gvahim magazine for the Rosh Hashana issue.

2. Check Point – https://www.checkpoint.com/

Why is Check Point Software, the Israeli multinational provider of software, on Gvahim’s Top 10 list? As Moscow-born professional Nina Verzhbolovich, the head of New Business Development for Russia and CIS at Check Point puts it, “It’s a worldwide leader in the cybersecurity industry. Check Point needs internationals with their insights, experiences, languages and knowledge. Being part of a high-tech company, you don’t need to be fluent in Hebrew, your experience and personal skills are more valuable here.” While Verzhbolovich did not get the Check Point job directly through Gvahim, she did take part in a Career Program, which she says is the reason she got at least 10 interviews while she was looking for her next position. Her advice? Take everything you can out of the experience – literally! “I took everything that was on the table at Gvahim – collected business cards of all the lecturers, connected to people on LinkedIn, called to my amazing HR mentor after hours and met cool people from all over the world.”

3. BDM Ltd – http://bdm.co.il/

BDM is an international health care billing and recovery firm which acts as an extension to the provider’s business office, billing international travel insurance companies, and patients who have received care. While the company is located in Israel, it deals with the American insurance and healthcare in a multilingual and multicultural way, making it the perfect opportunity to hire qualified and professional Gvahim alumni.

4. CrediFi Content Co. – https://www.credifi.com/

Rena Lev, a Senior Product Analyst at commercial real estate finance big data platform CredFi says the best part of doing Gvahim was the connection she made. Lev, an olah from Baltimore who did the Career Program with her husband, said both of them had fields that were similar enough that each person’s mentor helped the other. She definitely thinks her career program was a stepping stone to creating a great resume and understanding the Israeli market. The Hashmonaim resident can also understand why CrediFi is on the list of top 10 companies who have hired Gvahim candidates. “It’s a product directly oriented to customers in the US so speaking English and having an international background helps,” she says. “There is an overall friendly feeling in the company. The company is family friendly and I think this goes hand in hand with being a company that is olim friendly. The company understands that olim don’t have the same support system as the regular sabre.”

5. Matrix – http://www.matrix.co.il/en/about/Pages/default.aspx

Matrix is the leading IT company in Israel, according to research reports of the Israeli IT market published by the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) and STKI, the leading market research and strategic analyst firm in Israel. The company develops and implements leading technologies, software solutions, and products, while also providing various services. Matrix is an international company with several Gvahim alumni scattered among the team.

6. Signals Analytics – https://signals-analytics.com/

Signals Analytics is the story of two Israeli military intelligence officers who had experience utilizing open source and human intelligence enable cover operations in the Israel Defense Forces and then realized they could use those same concepts and technologies in the boardroom. Today, the company has 150 employees in New York, Geneva, Switzerland, and Tel Aviv. While a company founded by Israelis, Signals Analytics has become an international environment with employees from around the world. Two of the company’s Marketing Managers have been alumni of Gvahim. Also, one look at this company’s client list will make you understand why it is definitely suitable for someone coming from Gvahim – clients include international names like P&G, Nestle, Johnsons & Johnson and much more.

7. Wix – https://www.wix.com/

Besides being one of the most popular platforms in the world for website creation, Wix boasts a high-end quality group of international employees. The company, which has also done videos, blogs, podcasts, and more to promote their brand, has also worked closely with The Hive, Gvahim’s accelerator for immigrant entrepreneurs and partnered with Gvahim to take part in The Nest, offering their mentorship and community support to olim who were interested in starting their own business. Adding her skills to the team is Noemi Levy, the company’s Spanish Content and Social Media Manager, hailing from Spain. Levy loved the experience of meeting other olim from different countries around the world. She put what she learned in Gvahim to good use for the future task of interviewing at Wix, an arduous process that took 2 months! After experiencing it firsthand, she can understand why Wix could be the right job for a Gvahim alum. “Wix is considered one of the Israeli high tech unicorns, so I guess it’s on everyone’s wish list. They operate worldwide and need people that know not only a language, but a culture, with some professional background in that country’s markets.”
“There’s a lot of international people working at Wix and it’s a very oleh-friendly company,” Levy continues. “I believe that this, together with the fact that it’s a solid company, is a big reason for internationals to want to get on board.”

8. Amdocs – https://www.amdocs.com/

Is Amdocs Gvahim’s biggest success story? Yes, according to the Gvahim team who report that more than 20 Gvahim alumni have worked at Amdocs. They even go as far as to say that once the Amdocs strategy unit was comprised of Gvahim alumni. Finally, Gvahim’s most celebrated mentor is an Amdocs manager. While also based in Israel, Amdocs is a multinational company specializing in software and services for communications, media, and financial service providers and digital enterprises.

9. Cornerstone – https://www.cornerstoneondemand.com/

Cornerstone OnDemand help organizations recruit, train and manage their people. It is a global provider of cloud-based talent management software solutions with about 25 million users across 191 countries. Cornerstone has one very special person on staff at their company that once also had an important job at Gvahim. Merav Ben-Ari, now an Associate Talent Partner at Cornerstone, was once in charge of matching olim participating in Gvahim with mentors from companies and jobs similar to what those olim wanted to do. Other Gvahim alumni have also received jobs at Cornerstone.

10. Sweet Inn – https://www.sweetinn.com/

Ronen Serfati, a sales associate at Sweet Inn, a global hospitality company offering stylish holiday apartments for rent, was once involved in Gvahim’s The Nest accelerator program for small businesses. Sweet Inn is certainly a company that needs internationals working for her as they offer luxury apartments in spots that give you the cultural flavor of the city, throughout popular cities in Europe and Israel. In this case, it would help if a salesperson for this company was international as they could naturally sell the benefits and culture of their own country.

 

 

A Farewell By Gali Shahar-Efrat

Dear Gvahim Community,
After three challenging and exciting years as CEO of Gvahim, I have decided to change my professional direction. As such, I recently turned over the helm to my successor, Juan Taifeld. I am very pleased that so much was accomplished during my term, and am certain that Juan will guide the organization to new heights, as per the meaning of the Hebrew word Gvahim.
Gvahim offers career development programs for new immigrants, tailored to Israel’s human resources needs. This enables skilled new Olim to integrate and excel in the Israeli professional arena, and to enhance the country’s human capital with the wide perspective needed in today’s global economy.
Two of our more recent programs that help counter acute personnel shortages are the Olim Medical program (the first pre-aliyah program for French Jewish health professionals) and the Career Program for Hi-tech Engineers.
During the past three years, the percentage of employment amongst highly skilled Olim who trained in our programs rose above 90% in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, a strong foundation upon which Gvahim will build in the coming years.
I want to thank the exceptional Gvahim team of highly dedicated and challenge-loving individuals. I look forward to serving Gvahim in my new capacity as board member, and wish Juan, the team, and “our” Olim the greatest success.
With my warmest gratitude and regards to you – our friends and supporters,
Gali Shahar-Efrat

PIONEERING SUSTAINABLE FASHION – Daniella Zarkon, Alumna of TheHive Tel Aviv #7

by Juliette Rech, intern at TheHive

The Most inappropriate person for the job

When the idea of creating a startup came to Daniella Zarkon, young olah from the United States, she was probably the most unsuitable person for the job: 26 years old, just graduated, woman. No matter the statistics, being a newcomer allays all mental barriers erected by stereotypes about entrepreneurship. « You have the confidence by knowing that you have already made the biggest step by leaving your home and coming here. ». In for a penny, in for a pound: with her degree in environmental studies in hand, Daniella pitched her project to TheHive 7th screening committee. A project which the most practical expression was then a sheet of paper. The board, drawn from Israeli business lords and TheHive staff, didn’t disguise its scepticism. God knows how she managed to convince them that if her « company » was barely at the idea stage, it would further increase the added value of the incubator. Five months later, she came out from TheHive with a solid business plan and a fully working online marketplace enabling ethical and sustainable fashion brands to sell their products to like-minded customers.

Entrepreneurship is more than starting a business  

The company is called « Marrakesh » after the 1994 Marrakesh Agreement, birthplace of the World Trade Organization, whose purpose is to achieve greater equity and transparency in global trade. « When I made Alyiah from the United States, I already knew that I want to create a sustainable company, but I wasn’t sure of which sector. I realized that fashion industry is the most polluant industry after oil, about 20 % of world water pollution. I realized that if I focus on fashion industry I could have a really big impact. ». From day one, Marrakesh stems from the conviction that the only real solution to global warming is economic. And even more. By listening to Daniella, Entrepreneurship seems to be the breeding ground for many achievements. While Marrakesh targets the American market, Daniella chose to incorporate it in Israel after considering how the positive spin-offs of her business would be distributed in the two societies : « You have to work really really hard to start a company. At the end of the day you are still active. I don’t remember how much money goes to the social welfare system but I know the money is going to benefit everyone in the (Israeli) society whereas in the States, my money will go to the top 1% of the population. I want to give back to the homeland as well. » Business is finally almost a pretext, something which ties many forms of idealism, fed by the common genes between immigration and the entrepreneurial streak: « Entrepreneur doesn’t always mean starting a new business. It means to me an adventurer, somebody who leaves the comfort of his own home. I think that Israel is unique because it is made up of so many olim. The whole country was basically founded by entrepreneurs. Either that means starting up a kibbutz in the south or starting a high-tech company in the center. ».

Tackling the successful entrepreneur « type »

26 years old, woman and just graduated: very discouraging data, regarding the average profile of successful entrepreneurs. Though she was at first sight the most inappropriate person for starting and running a company, Daniella won the Final Pitch of TheHive 7th. A committed business, as a tool for achieving sustainable, social and integration goals at the same time, was the strongest foundation she could provide for her company. By doing so, this young newcomer lies in the continuity of the pioneering ideal.

10 TIPS for olim in the medical professions

by Oren Mizrahi, Director of Olim Medical by Gvahim

1. Choose a coach or a program like Olim Medical to get prepared for interviews. Even if you were an independent worker before Aliyah the probability to work for your own local business is quite small at least in the beginning few months. You will quickly learn that achieving an interview successfully is not trivial and that Israeli HMOs are quite afraid of hiring someone who didn’t work with a hierarchical organization for many years.  
2. Be sure that your CV is 100% adapted to the Israeli standards. According to alljobs.com, an Israeli job board website, 80% of the employers are spending less than a minute to check a CV. You will certainly not have a second chance to prove that you are in the process of truly integrating in the Israeli society if your CV is not clear enough.
3. Get connected to professional networks. More than 75% of the recruitment in Israel are following cooptation formal/informal process.
4. Have in mind that the healthcare market is very small in Israel. l and all the stakeholders are connected. You should pay attention to each contact, each event and meetup you are participating and each Interview you are doing. Everyone is recruiting you a little bit even those who are only potential patients.
5. Initiate your diploma recognition process before Aliyah; it will help you to anticipate your “Alyah Case” and the budget you need before finding a stable position. Moreover, if you will apply a few months before Aliyah, when you show your official recognition documents to a potential employer, it will be substantial proof of your motivation.
6. Don’t ask your Israeli aunt to translate your documents. Choose a notary recommended by a professional from the same profession and speciality that already passed successfully the equivalences process. Do not forget to keep the original versions with you; send only the copies and the notary’s translated versions and keep a scan of everything.
7. Stay updated with the equivalence processes, rules for army enrolment, markets demands. The relevant info applicable when your former colleague made Aliyah might not be relevant today.
8. Assess your opportunities in the North or South of Israel: Many organizations are seeking for specialists in cities you didn’t think about. Remember that Israel is a small country. Choosing a place to work according to the impact of your contribution to the “local” economy could bring you more opportunities to (re)start a significant career in Israel.
9. A good Hebrew is the main key to success. You should begin an ulpan before Aliyah! Ask your Jewish Agency / NefeshBNefesh local desk for information and find the right solution according to your level and availabilities. Do not wait for the first days in Israel to seriously learn Hebrew.
10. If you are student, make sure to ask for some advice in Israel before choosing a residency speciality because in some few cases the recognition might be complicated.

How can Olim Medical help you?
Olim Medical is a unique and tailor made program for medical professionals wishing to make Aliyah. It provides an answer to the critical lack of skilled human capital in the healthcare sector in Israel by facilitating Aliyah and access to open positions all over Israel.
We receive a new request every 1.5 days in average. 600 persons contacted us and almost 400 physicians have already been assisted in their Aliyah process, mainly from France.
Program components:
• Information conferences, trainings, study-trips and visits
• Effective assistance with degree recognition/the licensing process (pre and post-Aliyah) process by Israeli authorities
• Liaison with the Israeli administration and professional organization
• Placement support: guidance and HR consulting for finding a suitable job
• Mentorship & networking opportunities
• Access and introductions to our developed partnerships and working relationships with all the major hospitals and HSOs in Israel.

Olim Medical program is generously funded by The Adelis Foundation.
Program commitment fee: 450 NIS
Program real costs: about 3.300 NIS/participant

Why is it for French physicians only?
Because we do believe that each program member deserves a tailored service, adapted to his very specific case and taking in consideration the rules applicable for the country of origin. We are planning to progressively open the program to other regions and medical professions but can only be possible with important investments and research efforts to ensure a real qualitative service.
We will be happy to count you as a donor of our program (click here for more info).

Contact us: OlimMedical@gvahim.org.il

FROM OLA TO CEO IN ONE YEAR – Valerie Kaliski, Alumna of Career Program #52

by Marcus Gilban, journalist, Alum of Career Program #50

One year after her aliyah, French immigrant Valérie Kaliski, 41, has stepped into the role of CEO for Crediplace, “one of the world’s most disruptive start-ups in the finance sector,” as she describes. Her seventeen-year career working with international business development is back on track, crowning months of studies and networking in the Jewish state. Gvahim has had a pivotal role, she said.

Creditplace was founded by a group of Israeli senior economists and analysts. Why did they choose an olah chadashah to lead their company?
They were looking for a candidate with a strong international experience in finance. I was shortlisted with Israeli candidates from all over the world. I believe I was chosen due to a mix of reasons including education and professional experience, competencies, personal background and a bit of luck, of course. I wanted to be part of Israel’s success story. We left everything behind and decided to settle here, this is why I often picture us as pioneers. Telling my history to the board members may have had a positive impact.

You have dedicated part of your career to the Rothschild & Co bank in Europe. What are the main professional challenges to start a whole new story in Israel?
I have always been driven by the wish to explore and contribute to something special in the global context from both personal and professional viewpoints. Very early, I decided to study and work overseas, I guess it is a bit of the ‘wandering Jew’ cultural heritage. The crucial asset is the adaptability! Company size, cultural gap, business environment, everything is new and it’s all a matter of adapting fast enough.

I have read that one third of French olim chadashim have returned to France for not finding their dream job in Israel. Has this ever been a concern for you? Did you ever think of giving up during this first year unemployed?
I arrived in Israel and immediately started the ulpan classes, joined Gvahim, looked for a job, and had several interviews as part of recruitment processes. I confess I had no time for fear, we always kept a positive attitude. Aliyah was done, there was no way back. Failing was not an option.

What can you teach from your Gvahim experience with your mentor, HR consultant and sessions?
I strongly appreciate all the time and energy that they gave us. Attending the Gvahim program helped me trigger my new professional start. We are very lucky to benefit from such advice, coaching and network. No other country in the world offers that! 

BRING IT FORWARD – An Alumni-born new initiative at Gvahim

by Rachel Hartman, Alumna of Career Program #23 

Last year, while driving home to Tel Aviv from a weekend up north, Fred got a call from a new graduate of Gvahim. Claire was a professional from France who had been living in Israel for about two years. She had recently completed Gvahim’s job accelerator program, and was looking for advice from someone in a similar stage in professional life, but who was more knowledgeable about the professional world in Israel. It was in this call that they both identified a problem that many Olim face: the lack of a professional peer social network.

When Olim come to Israel, we usually leave our social network behind in our home country. We know the impact this can have on our personal lives, but most don’t realize the impact it can have on us professionally. People use their professional social networks to not only find jobs, but to help with CVs, game plan answers for challenging questions in interviews, sanity check job offers, and more. While friends back home are usually just an SMS away, they’re no longer a good professional sounding board.

 

First Bring It Forward training at Gvahim’s Center

Bring it Forward’s mission is to fill this gap by helping new Olim establish a professional peer network in Israel. The program will match new Olim with Olim who have been in Israel longer, the more seasoned Oleh (referred to as a G-mate). The pairings are very carefully thought out, based on a variety of factors (such as age, language, and career aspirations), to ensure both parties will get the most out of the experience. Once matched, the G-mate and his/her Oleh partner will be required to meet once a month for four months, but can meet or talk on the phone as needed.

Before starting officially with the Bring it Forward program, G-mates undergo a training program. This training program is meant to both prepare the G-mates to make their pairing with the Olim more fruitful, and to create a community amongst the G-mates themselves. This inner G-mate community will become a high-value professional family, well worth the time and effort of joining. The end goal of the Bring it Forward program is to create a more vibrant and active community for all involved.

Claire and Fred have worked tirelessly to create the Bring it Forward program, and to organize it in a way that makes it both dynamic and a true value add to those involved and the community at large. Their tireless dedication to the betterment of the Gvahim community is appreciated by all, and serves as an example to future graduates. We all wish them will with the smart and ambitious endeavor, and look forward to seeing what happens in the future.

ADDED VALUE – Interview with Mark Ellins, veteran volunteer and mentor

By Larry Luxner

When multinational executive Mark Ellins — who runs the newly created High-Tech, Sales and Marketing alumni group within Gvahim — made aliyah back in 1983, he wasn’t serious about life in the least.

“I was a typical 18-year-old Jewish boy coming to play in Israel, work on a kibbutz and join the army,” he told us recently. “When I changed my status to ‘new immigrant, people said ‘Kol hakavod lecha.’ They were so impressed. In those days, it was a bigger deal than today. I have a picture taken with Yitzhak Rabin where he’s laughing at me, asking what the hell a Jewish boy from Beverly Hills is doing here. Even my friends on Facebook still laugh at me.”

But it wasn’t all about partying and getting lucky with girls. For the young Ellins, Israel was a bonanza professionally as well.

“I had a Forrest Gump kind of experience, where sometimes luck just landed on me,” he told us. “I was pulled into sales while studying at Bar-Ilan University. I thought high-tech was very interesting, so I started as a local salesman. In 1993, a company that imported software said ‘you should join us.’ That company turned out to be Microsoft.”

By the late ‘90s, Ellins saw how rapidly telecom was growing and wanted to get in on the ground floor.

“I just fell into these things that helped propel my career and enjoy the high-tech boom. It was a fun ride,” he said, recalling how he joined Efrat — which eventually morphed into Comverse Technology — and lived in Tokyo for two and a half years, enjoying first-class plane travel and luxury hotels. That high-flying lifestyle lasted all the way — all the way up to the dot-com crash of 2003; the financial crisis of 2008 finished it off.

Today, he said sadly, “there is no more Comverse. It was a billion-dollar company with one billion dollars in the bank. They lost it all.”

Ellins, 52, lives in Givat Shmuel — a small community near Petah Tikva — and heads sales and marketing for Brame Technologies. He’s been involved with Gvahim since 2008. And thanks to his rich and varied past, he knows what it’s like to start from scratch.

“As an oleh chadash, I had a great experience,” he said. “So I want to give back to olim, because I understand their frustrations. The market has been good to me, but it’s also slapped me in the face more than once or twice.”

The group Ellins manages for Gvahim has just over 1,300 members on its Facebook page. He’s also mentored at least a dozen Gvahim alumni who later landed high-tech sales and marketing jobs at major companies like HP, Amdocs and Arrow Computers.

“People would come to me even if I wasn’t a mentor,” he said. “I don’t do it to be remembered, but some of them have stayed my friends to this day.”

Since 2010, Ellins has specialized in the military and avionics computer electronics market. As such, he has some advice for new immigrants to Israel.

“Right now in sales, if you’re in a junior position, you should be looking at software as a service (SaaS),” he said. “And anyone with B2B experience should be looking into cybersecurity, homeland security products and project-based systems, but the defense industry is very, very difficult for an oleh chadash to penetrate. They will usually take an Israeli with an army rank, for example, a colonel.”

One more piece of advice from Ellins: “The market is looking for specific experience. You must fit the profile 100 percent. You can’t be just a good salesman and think you’ll be adaptable to every sector. That was back in the old days. Today, people must offer specific value.”

MENTORING FOR SUCCESS – Interview with Mark Haselton, mentor for the Career Program Alumni

By Larry Luxner

As global pipeline manager at Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals, Mark Hasleton supervises the development of promising new therapies to treat a range of diseases. He’s happy if maybe five out of 100 such drugs see the light of day.

But as a mentor with Gvahim, Hasleton’s batting average is considerably better than that.

The British-born executive, who made aliyah from London eight years ago with his wife and three kids, has volunteered for Gvahim since 2012. In the process, he’s helped dozens of new immigrants land jobs not the conventional way — but the Israeli way.

“I just happened to come across Gvahim by chance actually, and someone gave me advice when I moved here. So it seemed like a good opportunity to repay the favor,” he said in a recent phone interview. “The people I’ve mentored all seem to be doing OK. They must be happy with it because they’ve often referred their friends to me.”

Mark, 45, says he meets up with new olim face-to-face for at least half an hour.

“If they come into Teva, I try to set up other meetings for them at the same time that might be relevant,” he said. “Every two weeks, we catch up for 20 minutes by phone. If anything pops up in the meantime, people can call me.”

But because, as Mark says, “a lot more goes on at Teva than just pharmaceuticals,” new arrivals who come to him for mentoring can expect help linking up with potential employers in other fields such as law, finance and information technology.

Don’t send out resumes blindly

The problem, he warns, is that looking for a job in Israel takes personal connections — something most recent immigrants are unaware of.

“People who come from Europe are used to the paradigm of sending out a CV, getting a response back, setting up an interview and getting a job. Then they come to Israel, send out CVs and don’t even get a response. That’s because a lot of the jobs that are advertised here are already gone,” Mark explained.

“Usually, companies will decide they need someone. They ask around who’s good, then they’ll decide they want that person to fill that position,” he continued. “Then HR will tell them they need to advertise it — even though the job has essentially been given to someone. So sitting at home sending out CVs is ineffective, and it can also be very detrimental and quite depressing for the person doing it.”

That’s why Mark tells people the first thing they should do is stop looking for a job.

“The key is all about networking – and how you present your self. If someone called me and asked if I have a job for them then I would have to say no. If, however, you call me and say ‘I’m new in Israel, I’d love to hear more about what you do,’ it’s no skin off my nose, and talking about me is my favorite topic,” he said.

Doing that helps educate potential employees about companies and sectors they hadn’t even thought about. More importantly, he said, “when those people who they’re meeting need somebody, they’ve already interviewed that person. You’re no longer just a PDF in an inbox, you’re someone who had the initiative to come out and meet him or her. I find frequently that the CV doesn’t match the person — but this way, the oleh and the person in a position to hire have already met.”

In the end, Mark said, this method works much better than emailing resumes to companies that may never respond.

“Right now, four or five jobs are out there that are tailor-made for you,” he advised. “The more you network, the more your chances of finding one or two of those jobs. They’re out there, but they’re not advertised. People who take this seriously and network aggressively find those jobs, and after four to six weeks — if they do it properly — they’re sitting down with two or three offers.”

 

THE JERUSALEM CONNECTION – Interview with Pini Glinkewitz of the Jerusalem Municipality

By Larry Luxner

When Portuguese-speaking Gabriel Jarovsky and his wife, Marcela, arrived in Israel nearly a year ago from their native Brazil, neither knew much Hebrew at all — but they wanted to learn as quickly as possible. So the young couple chose Jerusalem’s Ulpan Etzion, took an intensive five-month crash course and ultimately fell love with the city.

Yet without job connections or fluent Hebrew language skills, finding employment in their fields was tough. Gabriel, 33, a graphic designer who had his own software design company back in São Paulo, took a job at Café Landwer; Marcela, 30, a licensing and trademark specialist, began working at an ice-cream shop.

One day, Pini Glinkewitz — director of the Municipality of Jerusalem’s aliyah and integration branch — walked into the café, and Gabriel struck up a conversation.

“I had seen him a few times at Ulpan Etzion, so I approached him and told him I wanted to stay here in Jerusalem, but it wasn’t easy to find a job, especially with my low-level Hebrew,” he said. “Pini gave me his card and told me to go talk to Gvahim.”

That turned out to be sound advice. The Gvahim program — which cost 700 shekels and consisted of four one-on-one meetings of half a day each with a personal consultant — taught the Jarovskys how to “repackage” themselves, develop a job search strategy, adapt their resumes to the Israeli market and provide local networking opportunities.

“They helped us sell ourselves here in Israel, which is very different from Brazil, and how to produce a CV,” he said. “Less than a month later, I got a really good position.”

Gabriel is now a graphic designer at Jerusalem-based Quickode Ltd. His wife works at Yvel, a jewelry manufacturer. They continue to live in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood and have no intention of leaving.

“Without the people from Gvahim, it would have been really hard,” said Gabriel. “They created shortcuts and connected the dots. In my opinion, it’s completely worth it.”

Gvahim’s 92% success rate

That’s the kind of success story Glinkewitz loves to share. The Haifa-born social worker — a Jerusalem resident for more than half his 56 years — was former head of the municipality’s community work department before assuming his current job.

“It was a dream to bring Gvahim to Jerusalem,” said Glinkewitz, who approached Gvahim three years ago with the idea of jointly establishing a career program to help Israel’s capital city retain its young, skilled professionals.

“We saw that many young olim with academic degrees were taking Gvahim’s courses in Tel Aviv, because we didn’t have any in Jerusalem,” he said, estimating that 25 percent of those taking Gvahim’s courses at Tel Aviv University commuted from Jerusalem. Many left the capital city altogether once they got jobs in the Tel Aviv area.

“Tel Aviv got opportunities, but Jerusalem lost, because we didn’t have Gvahim here. So we began negotiating with Gvahim in order to bring them to Jerusalem,” said Glinkewitz.

By all accounts, that partnership has been a resounding success, with 92 percent of the participants in the program eventually finding professional-level jobs in the city.

“We’re not talking about working at a coffee shop or as a security guard,” he explained. “This means finding a suitable person for a suitable job at a suitable company.”

Jerusalem attracts more olim than Tel Aviv

Interestingly, Jerusalem is the only municipality in the country that helps pay for Gvahim. At present, every session has about 25 participants and takes place at Tzeirim BaMerkaz on Shivtei Israel Street. Courses run in English; the program manager is Danish-born Jonni Niemann.

“This was my baby and it’s still my baby — and it’s grown very nicely,” he said, noting proudly that Jerusalem today ranks as Israel’s leading city for new immigrants. During the first 11 months of 2017, the city attracted 2,475 olim, just ahead of Tel Aviv (2,404). New immigrants also flocked to Netanya (2,008), Haifa (1,888) and Bat Yam (1,124).

And they’re a diverse group, too. In 2016, roughly 1,200 olim who settled in Jerusalem were English speakers from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The city also attracted 900 French speakers, 500 Russian speakers and 200 Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Latin Americans like the Jarovskys.

“We’re doing this because we realize the importance of bringing Gvahim here,” said Glinkewitz. “Jerusalem has a kind of difficult image, that it’s expensive, that job opportunities are only in government or social work, that things are closed on Saturday, that it’s not high-tech. Its image is that it’s a hard place to live. But the cost of living in Jerusalem is actually lower than in Tel Aviv.”

Israel’s capital is also home to many biomedical giants including Teva Pharmaceuticals. It also has a 4,000-acre business park near the light rail, and in six months a high-speed train will be inaugurated — with three more light rail lines in the next five years — further sparking economic development in Jerusalem.

Asked what he’d like to see more of, Glinkewitz didn’t hesitate. “More career programs in Jerusalem, especially a medical program,” he replied. “We want anything that will lead olim to Jerusalem and get them to stay here.”

Gel de la réforme de la limite d’âge et de la durée du service militaire des Médecins Olim !

Credits photo : Eytan Pardo Roques

Ce mercredi 20 décembre 2017, la Commission Alyah & Intégration de la Knesset, sous la direction du député Avraham Neguise (Likud), s’est réunie en urgence pour discuter d’une  réforme voulue par l’armée concernant l’âge d’enrôlement des médecins nouveaux immigrants.

Les nouvelles règles qui devaient entrer en vigueur le 1er janvier 2018 relevaient de 32 à 35 ans l’âge a partir duquel le service militaire n’est plus obligatoire pour les hommes médecins et rendaient le service obligatoire pour les femmes médecins célibataires ainsi que pour les dentistes. Enfin la durée du service devait aussi de passer de 18 à 24 mois, sans garantie de prise en compte de la spécialité médicale. Ces mesures auraient donc eu un effet très dissuasif pour l’ensemble des jeunes médecins qui envisagent de venir exercer en Israel.

Suite aux arguments et chiffres avancés par Yonathan Rubinstein, responsable du programme Olim Medical de Gvahim ainsi que par NefeshBNefesh, les représentants militaires ont annoncé ne pas avoir pris de décision définitive et ont donc décidé de suspendre cette réforme. A la demande de la Knesset, l’armée devra donc se concerter avec le ministère de la Alyah et de l’intégration et le ministère de la Santé, également presents ce matin,  avant de prendre une décision.

Fin decembre, Gvahim a déjà rendez-vous avec des responsables militaires afin de leur présenter la situation de manière plus détaillée et d’initier une réflexion sur des alternatives possibles pour pallier au manque médecins et dentistes dans les rangs de Tsahal sans freiner l’Aliyah.

Le travail efficace de la commission de la Knesset, que nous remercions, et la mobilisation des acteurs concernés a donc permis de stopper cette mesure et d’ouvrir une nouvelle réflexion commune dans un état d’esprit positif et constructif.  Nous restons donc au statut actuel et avons une occasion exceptionnelle de mettre en place un modèle plus juste et gagnant pour tous les acteurs.

Gvahim remercie également la fondation Adelis qui soutient le programme Olim Medical, Myriam Leser  directrice génerale adjointe de Qualita presente à la Knesset ce matin, ainsi que tous les médecins qui nous ont aidés ces derniers jours à préparer cette commission en nous remontant leurs points de vues et leurs retours d’expériences ou en acceptant de témoigner dans l’article de Oz Rozenberg paru ce matin dans le quotidien Maariv http://www.maariv.co.il/news/israel/Article-614632

Médecins, vous pouvez contribuer au débat en nous envoyant vos idées et aspirations sur OlimMedical@gvahim.org.il

 

Gvahim has a new CEO, Juan Taifeld – MAZAL TOV!

Gvahim has a new CEO, Juan Taifeld – MAZAL TOV!
Juan was born in Mexico and made Aliyah to Israel in 1991. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Tel-Aviv University (TAU), a Master’s degree in Management and Educational Leadership from TAU and a second Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Juan’s most recent position was as Regional Manager of the Jewish Agency for Israel in Latin America. Earlier in his career, he was the Worldwide Educational Manager of Hanoar Hatzioni NGO, and before that he worked at the Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy in Israel.
Please join us in wishing Juan Taifeld best of luck in his new role.

Une semaine au cœur de la Health Nation

TheHive by Gvahim #8 TLV kick-off - 9 Nov 2017

Un israélien à la tête de l’Association Médicale Mondiale

Le Professeur israélien Léonid Edelman, président de l’Association Médicale Israélienne et directeur du département d’anesthésiologie du Centre Médical Rabin de Petah Tikva (Clalit) vient d’être élu président de l’Association Médicale Mondiale (AMM). Interviewé par Actualité Juive, il déclare : « pas un jour ne se passe sans qu’une start-up ou une société israélienne ne développe une nouvelle technologie de pointe pour déceler des pathologies ou du matériel médical innovant. Pas un jour où un laboratoire de recherche ne met au point un traitement d’investigation ou d’intervention prometteur. »

Il n’y a pas une semaine en Israel sans congrès médicaux internationaux, sans nouvelles idées révélées par des accélérateurs de startups technologiques et sans innovations éprouvées par des armées de chercheurs passionnés. Fruit de siècles d’exil – pendant lesquels l’exercice de professions scientifiques fut érigé en Graal et l’entrepreunariat se confondait avec l’instinct de survie – et du désir ardent de vie d’une nation renaissante, la Health Nation nous offre un réel voyage vers le futur.

 

Un nouvel écosystème prometteur autour du digital et de la santé

Lundi, vous lisez qu’une nouvelle montre développée par CardiacSense, pourra détecter les anomalies cardiaques et que ses inventeurs viennent de lever 750 000 dollars, en plus des 3 premiers millions investis, pour que vous puissiez vous la procurer dès l’année prochaine aux USA.

Mardi, vous assistez à une conférence sur le développement des startups à Haïfa. Entre autres, Moran Bercovici, jeune professeur de 35 ans du Technion, tente de vous expliquer que ses recherches sur les micro-fluides permettent déjà de diagnostiquer une particule anormale dans plusieurs piscines olympiques et permettront bientôt d’animer un film plastique en 3D. Dr Avi Schroeder vous initie a la médecine personnalisée. Il dit s’être inspiré des tests aux allergènes pour déterminer quel traitement est le plus efficace afin traiter des cellules cancéreuses. Professeur Ester Segal vous apprend que bientôt nos emballages comporteront des petites cavités avec des pouvoirs antibactériens qui permettront une plus longue conservation des aliments.

La ville de Haïfa ne fait pas qu’héberger des géants comme Google, Intel, Microsoft ou Philips. Elle offre de plus en plus de plateformes d’échanges entre les acteurs de cet écosystème, pour y favoriser le l’entrepreunariat et laisser une place aux acteurs de taille plus modestes. L’incubateur dédié à la médecine digitale MindUp conjugue déjà, par exemple, les infrastructures d’IBM, l’expertise de Medtronic en matière de matériel médical, l’expérience clinique de l’Hôpital Rambam ainsi que l’effet de levier du fonds d’investissement  Pitango qu’on ne présente plus.

Mercredi, vous recevez une invitation pour le salon DigitalHealth.il qui réunit chaque année depuis 2014, à Tel-Aviv, plus de 400 startups en partenariat avec Start-Up Nation Central, EY et IATI. En 2016, cette conférence a attribué le prix de la startup la plus prometteuse à Aidoc : une application qui aide les radiologues à analyser leurs radios et détecter plus efficacement et précisément  des anomalies.

Image - Oren Mizrahi

Pitch au MedTech Ra’anana le 2 Nov. 2017

Jeudi, vous vous rendez a Ra’ananna, ville où siègent notamment HP, SAP, Dell et Salesforce. Les pitchs de l’accélérateur MedTech vous font à nouveau voyager dans le temps. Les entrepreneurs viennent y présenter leurs projets et répondre aux questions d’un jury d`e-professionnels et d’investisseurs. Vous apprenez par exemple que l’on peut réguler sa respiration avec une montre connectée et des jeux sur smartphone avec iFeel Labs. Rivka Sara Gorban (NATAN labs) vous raconte qu’un circuit-imprimé sur une languette servant de test urinaire jetable permet de détecter des maladies cardio-vasculaires et d’obtenir des résultats informatisés. Yoav Ariav de ProactiveCare Technologies,  vous présente son carnet de santé connecté qui permettra de faire plus de médecine préventive et d’aider notamment les sujets à la procrastination médicale. Vous découvrez que des personnes atteintes de la maladie de Parkinson pourront danser sous la pluie avec l’assurance de Gene Kelly grâce à une panoplie d’accessoires connectés avec les devices de PD-Aid. Enfin, Spirugar vous propose un  cupcake qui vous fait replonger dans Alice aux pays des merveilles et vous dit « mange-moi »  alors que sa composition a été étudiée pour permettre de conjuguer diabète et gourmandise.

Vendredi, vous écoutez la radio et découvrez que des élèves ont transformé le toit de leur lycée, le Gymnasia Herzliya, en cultures de Spiruline low-cost. Ils voyagent pour transmettre leurs techniques en Afrique et élaborent la recette d’une barre nutritive pour lutter contre la malnutrition.

 

De nouvelles opportunités pour  ceux qui envisagent Israel comme une destination de choix pour entreprendre

On imagine déjà comment l’association des programmes Olim Medical (aide à l’emploi pour les professionnels de la Santé) et TheHive (accélérateurs de startups technologiques) permettront d’accompagner des idées qui affluent du monde entier vers Israel dans le domaine, médical en transitant par ce réseau professionnel exceptionnel qu’est Gvahim.

TheHive et TheNest (accélérateurs de petites entreprises) ont déjà vu fleurir de nombreux projets de nouveaux immigrants en Israel alliant domaine de la santé et nouvelles technologies. Dario Geisinger, Uruguayen qui a fondé à Jérusalem Libr@Home – une expérience de réalité virtuelle totalement immersive favorisant la neuro-plasticité par des exercices d’intégration sensorielle et de stimulation pour la réhabilitation et le suivi des troubles de l’équilibre – a déjà levé 1 Million de dollar de l’Israeli Innovation Authority. De nouveaux olim viennent de rejoindre Dario parmi les entrepreneurs de TheNest qui innovent pour votre bien être. Restez-connectés, nous vous parlerons d’eux dans un prochain article.

 

 

Si la nomination du professeur Edelman à l’AMM est bien une fierté pour les professionnels de la santé israéliens c’est aussi l’histoire d’une immigration réussie. Né en Lettonie en 1952, Leonid deviendra Dr. Edelman à Riga et fera son Alyah en 1987 avant de se spécialiser en anesthésie à l’Hôpital Hadassa Ein Kerem de Jérusalem, en passant par l’Angleterre et les Etats-Unis. Son parcours sonne comme l’incarnation d’une promesse.  La promesse d’une société qui, dans sa quête de solutions pour relever les défis du XXIème siècle, innove chaque jour et rayonne par son souhait de partager avec le monde le fruit de ses recherches. Une promesse que l’association Gvahim s’efforce de concrétiser par l’accompagnement d’olim dans leur intégration professionnelle et leurs projets d’entreprises.

Oren Mizrahi, Directeur de Olim Medical by Gvahim

Shana Tova from Moshic Mor, Chairman and Gali Shahar-Efrat, CEO of Gvahim

The Land of Israel needed not only the immigrants, it needed the Pioneers, and the difference between them is simple. The immigrant comes to take from the land, the Pioneer comes to give to the land. Immigration to Israel is necessarily limited, and therefore there is a need for an elite type of immigration. Zionism is not a philanthropic enterprise. We need the excellent type of Jews who will develop our national home.” Ben Gurion speaking at the 18th Zionist Congress in Prague, 1933.

As we conclude another year of activities at Gvahim, we take the opportunity of Rosh Hashana to celebrate our achievements over this past year, and embrace the year to come, guided by the vision of building a greater Israel through the empowerment of new generations of Pioneers.

At Gvahim, new beginnings are the hallmark of our graduates and our organization, not only on Rosh Hashana, but throughout the year: new jobs, news startups, new small businesses, new partners & new programs. For our Olim, just moving to a new country, to start a new life, is a brave step that requires courage, creativity & perseverance. We are nothing but inspired by your determination & spirit and we are honored to be accompanying you on this meaningful journey!

As an organization dedicated to the success of new immigrants and returning citizens, witnessing our Alumni’s achievements in the Israeli job & entrepreneurship markets is our greatest joy. As we close this year, we not only celebrate your achievements, but we are also proud of the incredible potential we see in you to contribute to the future of Israel.

Driven by our conviction that successful Aliya is key to the future prosperity of Israel, Gvahim has aimed to tripled the capacity of its programs; to be able to support 1000 Olim & returning citizens a year to fulfill their professional aspirations in Israel. We firmly believe the state of Israel will greatly benefit from your knowledge, your skills and your energy.

We would like to sincerely thank all of our volunteers, mentors, consultants, donors, partners & the dedicated Gvahim team, for their invaluable contribution to achieving our mission. It is through this unique network of supporters, and our shared sense of purpose, that Gvahim has the ability, year after year, to reach new heights and to make a greater impact on Israel.

With more than 3000 Alumni, from 60 different countries, Gvahim is the hub for the largest international talent network in Israel. By continuing to strengthen our network, we will enhance our ability to support you in your next steps in Israel, and we invite you to take an active part in the Gvahim social & professional network. This Rosh Hashana, we are also proudly launching our new Gvahim Magazine, which will keep us all connected and updated on Gvahim’s news and activities.

This year again, let’s dream big, let’s embrace new challenges, let’s reach out to more people and broaden our programs into new areas. Let’s keep the spirit of ‘new beginnings’ all year round and continue planting the seeds of Israel’s prosperity for the years to come.

Thank you all for being part of Gvahim and helping us fulfill the vision of Israel’s founding fathers. Your involvement and commitment help us build a stronger country together. We wish you a great year of health, prosperity & fulfillment.

Shana Tova,

Gali & Moshic

 

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Yonathan Rubinstein – TEAM MEMBER – Olim Medical

Yonathan Rubinstein made Aliyah 10 years ago, lives in JLM, and has been working at Gvahim for 6 months in the new program Olim Medical. Together with Oren Mizrahi, the Director of the program, Yonathan helps doctors, nurses, pharmacists to navigate the complex transition from France to Israel.

What do you wish for your Olim Medical program in 5778?
I hope that the coming year will be a continuation of the impressive growth we had during this first year of operation. We have reached a very wide network in the health industry in Israel, and we are helping more and more doctors, nurses, pharmacists to integrate in Israel in their professions. Health professionals from France can bring a high value in experience and knowledge to the Israeli health system. I wish for the next year to mark another jump ahead in numbers and success stories.

What do you wish to yourself?
Naturally I hope that my family will continue growing – Yonathan is married and father of a little girl who just turned one – in Israel.
On the professional level, I wish to continue coming to Gvahim – an organization that I discovered little more than six months ago – with the same smile I have today, the smile of one who comes to work happy to contribute and to bring and all what I am good at and all of my background and knowledge.

Tell us about a special family tradition for Rosh Ha-Shana
To be honest, in my family there isn’t much more than apples and honey. But at my wife’s table I found about many more traditional foods that we eat during the Rosh Ha-Shana dinner, for example fish, to represent the blessing we give that we may be head and not tail, leaders and not herd.

To learn more about OLIM MEDICAL click HERE

 

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GVAHIM IN NUMBERS – 2017

Elior Benaroch – Software Engineer at CheckPoint Israel

Elior Benaroch has a first degree in Mathematics and a second in Computer Sciences, both from top level universities in France. And he is a returning citizen. So you would think his path to a successful career in Israel was paved with golden bricks. But no, it wasn’t. For him Gvahim was key to enter a much desired career in hi-tech, and bring his experience, talent, energy to the start-up nation.

“With a master degree recognized and sought by companies, I thought that finding a job in Israel would be a formality. It was not the case. The labor market is different here, in its structure and demand. During the training with Gvahim, I gradually understood what was wrong in my approach. Less than a month later, I was doing interviews that I did not have access to before”
Elior Benaroch, now a Junior Programmer at Checkpoint Israel 

While Israel needs to employ thousands of new engineers every year, to keep up with the growth of the start-up ecosystem and keep up with international competition for the most innovative nation, Elior’s story is much more typical than expected. Cultural barriers, lack of knowledge on the trends of the hi-tech in Israel, lack of the networks and connections that enable Israelis to access to interviews for not published openings, these are only a few of the difficulties that new immigrants as well as returning citizens face. That’s why Gvahim in 2017 started a new career program, fully dedicated to Software Engineers and engineering professions. See more here: http://gvahim.org.il/software-engineers-program/

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Tal Kriesler – NOTRAFFIC – TheHive Ashdod #7

The NoTraffic founders wear the smiles of the winners. And winners they are: they got first place at the Demo Day on September 12th, closing the accelerator of TheHive Ashdod, batch n. 7. When we interview Tal Kreisler, CEO, their start-up is already testing in the US.NoTraffic is a tool that enables real time traffic analysis, all based on AI algorithms. Safety increases, better driving experience, happy and safe drivers.

Your start-up NoTraffic won the Demo Day at Ashdod, where all the start-ups of Batch n7 presented their projects – mazal tov! Now what?
One of our targets of this year was to win the Demo Day, and that’s done, we are very happy of it. Now we running towards the next milestone. Yesterday Uriel – co-founder and CTO – flew to DC to a program with 6 Startups where we switch to testing mode – this is third time we do testing, until now it was minor tests, but this will be in a larger scale.
After the US testing, in November we have a planned pilot in Ashdod with the Ashdod Municipality. TheHive by Gvahim made the first connection and now we are in direct relationship with the Municipality. Next, we are in talks for more pilots with two more municipalities. These pilots are taking us to smaller details on which street lights we will try our product on.
In parallel we are working on a 18 months fundraising with the real product: we aim to raise 2 Million Dollars.
And looking even further, our next big step is moving to the US market to become global. We want Israel to benefit from our product, but the future of NoTraffic is to become global.

Let me take you back to where it all started: so Uriel on his car is stuck at a never-ending red light, nobody else is on the road in other directions. What happened next that brought you guys here?
Uriel is a very special guy: he likes problems – that’s a funny thing to say about a person, but it’s really true – and likes finding solutions for the problems. Uriel is a visionary. Once the traffic light question hit him, he studied everything that can be studied about traffic regulations and laws, and started working on the hardware (he has a background in security). He soon realized that he needed a pure algorithm person and found Or, the current CMO. After working on the tech part, they felt need of a business person and they found me through mutual friends. All happened through friends, including Uriel being introduced to his future wife, and talking about new beginnings: they are getting married in 2 months! We are all good friends, so this challenging journey becomes also fun.
Or and Uriel started to apply to different accelerators, and a friend recommended TheHive. We don’t have a particular relation with Ashdod to begin with, TheHive in Ashdod was chosen because we needed a good program for support and connections. And about TheHive – the vibe in the accelerator is all about cooperation, no competition whatsoever – we all learn from each other, we all very are appreciative of every success of the other startups. After completing the TheHive Ashdod, we applied also to DRIVE, an accelerator for smart mobility. After TheHive we did also Drive, more specific for our sector.

As a team made of Israelis and olim chadashim, what is in your experience the added value of the ole chadash in a start-up?
Many benefits: you want to be global, and you check a lot of markets, you have to meet a lot of people from many other places, you have to learn a lot. The fact that there is one of us who comes from a different part of the world and knows the culture and the language, is a great value. But really, it’s not just the language: it’s the know-how – an Argentinian knows how to approach and evaluate Spanish speaking markets – that is a great added value/
In the specific case, Uriel came to Israel with his family and due to financial issues he has been supporting his family since he was 16 . After he was part of the exit in Trusteer at the age of 29 he bought a house for his parents – his family story gives him drive and passion to succeed.

Make a wish for yourselves for the next year.
We will reach our milestone, I hope that by next year we will be after fundraising. And we want to build our company the way we want it, tailor-made to our dreams, with the DNA of three friends – not just office, a people’s company – with a holistic view giving to the each of us the possibility to express themselves. Like Steve Job said – I don’t hire people to tell them what to do, I hire people so they tell me what to do.

What is the most unexpected thing you did/ate on a Rosh Hashana?
We did a company BBQ for Rosh Hashana – we sent Uriel, the Argentinian – to take care of the food shopping for 8 people, one of them a vegetarian. He came back with 11 kilo of meat. It was like sending a kid to a candy store – he couldn’t resist to buying all the good meat. And that tells a lot about Uriel and our group.

by Daniela Fubini, Gvahim Director of Marketing, and GV MAG co-Editor

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GV MAG – Issue n. 1 – Rosh Ha-Shanah 5778 / September 2017