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Une semaine au cœur de la Health Nation

Published By Daniela
November 13th, 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

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.

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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

“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,

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 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

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

Published By Daniela
September 17th, 2017

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

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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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

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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Once a week for the past five years, Etty Magar has stepped into the Gvahim office located near Tel Aviv University. She walks in and goes straight to work. Etty, an alumni relations volunteer, is the glue that reconnects alumni

Once a week for the past five years, Etty Magar has stepped into the Gvahim office located near Tel Aviv University.

She walks in and goes straight to work. Etty, an alumni relations volunteer, is the glue that reconnects alumni with Gvahim. She contacts every one of them to find out how they are doing, if they’ve found a job and how they’re getting along with their mentors.

Some people don’t understand that Gvahim is here for them, she said. If they are looking for a new job — even a few years after completing the Career Program — they can reconnect with Gvahim and use its placement department. She urges olim to take the initiative and use whatever Gvahim has to offer, from connections to professional advice.

Etty, a native of Belgium, was an only child. “Israel was always in my heart. Even as a little girl when I went to Jewish school and learned Hebrew,” she said proudly. “I have Zionism in my blood.” In 1966 she left her mother and made aliyah when Israel was still a relatively young country.

Etty eventually met and married an Israeli Army officer. She worked for IBM Israel for 29 years, had three children and lived through four wars.

One of Etty’s first jobs at IBM was in the personal computer department, where she acquired the nickname “Etty PC.” However for 17 years she worked as an executive secretary for IBM Israel General Manager. After she left IBM in 2011, a friend who knew she had a strong connection to Israel suggested she contact Gvahim. Ever since then, she’s been volunteering with the organization.

Etty says a few things about current Israeli policies disappoint her, yet she remains the most Zionist member of her family.

Her oldest grandchild is enlisting in the army this November. Her wish is that the new year will bring tranquility and peace between Palestinians and Israelis. She hopes her grandson “will enjoy a quieter period of military service.”

At the Rosh Hashana holiday table, Etty — a true Israeli — has managed to combine her own Polish family’s traditions with that of her husband, who has Egyptian roots. The result: gefilte fish, harime — (a spicy North African dish consisting of fish, tomatoes and hot pepper) and welcoming guests to her home.

by Limor D. Schwartz, Community Manager at Gvahim and GV MAG Editor

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One sunny afternoon three years ago, while hanging out at Tel Baruch — a beach just north of Tel Aviv — Michael Azoulay and his friend, Mickael Bensadoun, noticed an attractive woman jogging past them. “She ran smoothly across the sand,

One sunny afternoon three years ago, while hanging out at Tel Baruch — a beach just north of Tel Aviv — Michael Azoulay and his friend, Mickael Bensadoun, noticed an attractive woman jogging past them.

“She ran smoothly across the sand, elegantly fitted in top-of-the-line sneakers and active wear, sun-streaked hair gathered up in a bandanna, a cellphone strapped to her arm, earphones plugged in — a typical healthy portrait of today’s woman,” Azoulay recalled in a recent blog post. “But something was wrong. Her all-together look was ruined by the thick while sunscreen she was wearing. As her face was sweating, the cream was turning into a damp, oily, uneven layer that was running into her eyes, making her blink and squint in the bright sunshine.”

That got the two Mikes thinking about a new and ultimately profitable business opportunity: a line of skincare products especially designed for women who sweat.
The company that materialized, Fré Skincare, is only the latest venture for Azoulay, who made aliya in 2000 after studying economics and finance in his native France, at Université Paris-Dauphine.

The 39-year-old, whose parents hail from Algeria, arrived in Israel not speaking a word of Hebrew, but he quickly fell in love with the Jewish state, eventually returning to work for an investment bank and learning the new language on the job.
Four years later, he joined the team at Arcaffe, helping expand the fledgling Israeli espresso retail chain from eight outlets to 45.
“It was a successful operation in the local business landscape, and I learned a lot,” Azoulay told us. “I was always attracted by the retail and consumer goods industry. I also managed to open franchises on my own (he still owns an Arcaffe outlet in Ra’anana).”
But that wasn’t enough for the aspiring entrepreneur.

In 2012, Azoulay went back to school and earned an MBA through a program between Northwestern University and Tel Aviv University. He and his friend Bensadoun — co-founder of Gvahim — eventually decided it was time to make serious money, and targeted the skincare industry for potential business opportunities.
Azoulay said his sighting of that sweaty girl running along the sand at Tel Baruch was a “Eureka moment” for him and Bensadoun. “Nobody in the world was tackling this problem,” he said. “These creams on the market do not at all fit the needs of people who are sweating.”

Fré’s products revolve around the argania tree — mainly the water extract of its leaf, the organic oil and its stem cells. Azoulay’s company imports the raw material from Morocco through a French intermediary, and works with a manufacturer in Yeruham — a town in Israel’s Negev — to turn the argania extract into various facial skin-care products.

When Azoulay isn’t busy selling cosmetics, he mentors TheNest by Gvahim’ participants — a role the former Frenchman clearly relishes.
“If Gvahim had existed when I came to Israel, maybe I would have had a different career with more opportunities,” he said. “So a few years ago, I decided to do my best to take motivated people, and leverage my network and experience to try to help them face the difficulties. For me, this is very personal. When you help other people in this way, somehow you feel you’re doing something for yourself as well. It’s a big mitzva.”
He added: “Now Gvahim has the infrastructure and the network to make things happen. Ten years ago it had no visibility. Our mentor network is growing.”
Azoulay extended a heartfelt shana tova to all new immigrants — both those already in Israel and those he hopes will make aliya sometime during 5778. “What I wish is to double the number of olim who will come next year,” he told us.

by Larry Luxner, journalist and contributing editor of GV MAG

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There are many words that describe Yael Stephanie Schneider, but melancholy isn’t one of them. In fact, this Colorado native is the complete opposite. Bright-eyed and bushy tailed is more like it. Bubbly, too. Yael immediately grabs your attention when

Yael Schneider - ALUMNA - Career Program n.54, currently at MATRIX

There are many words that describe Yael Stephanie Schneider, but melancholy isn’t one of them.

In fact, this Colorado native is the complete opposite. Bright-eyed and bushy tailed is more like it. Bubbly, too. Yael immediately grabs your attention when she enters the room, but it’s also the wonder in her eyes that makes you notice her. She is curious, but positive about her surroundings and you can’t help but wonder what she is really thinking when she looks at what’s going on around her.
On weekends, she is active, making plans to go hiking in the nature. During the week, she accomplishes anything and everything she puts her mind to in a new corporate setting.

Still finding her place in Israel (though that’s probably only because she seems to take in EVERYTHING), Yael recently volunteered for Gvahim, which helped set her up with a great new entry-level job in a field unlike anything Yael has ever done. That field is social media.
Get to know Yael a little better with her short and sweet answers to the following questions. Let’s pick her brain, shall we?

When did you make Aliyah? What has the experience been like?
I made Aliyah almost five years ago. It’s definitely been a journey. Starting out my Aliyah was definitely – you’re going over the bumps and grinds until getting situated and find your place.

What do you love about being in Israel?
I love the community aspect, that everyone wants to help each other, and it’s very warm.

How did you get started volunteering with Gvahim?
I did the Career Program, Gvahim 54 and at the end, a volunteer opportunity arose and I love volunteering so I went for it. It’s been an amazing experience and I’ve gained a lot of great friends and great community.

What kinds of things do you do for Gvahim?
I did a lot of Excel sheets and a lot of researching, phone calls – we were setting up a new software engineer program.

I heard you just recently got a job! Was it through volunteering? Was it through Gvahim?
Yes, so with Gvahim, I volunteered with them and they do the job placements. Two months after I finished my program and started volunteering, I was also offered a job at Matrix.

So obviously, you are the epitome of “New Beginnings” right now!
I have experienced a lot of “new beginnings recently.” Moving to Israel was one and starting a new career path with a new job is another.

What are your upcoming work-related and personal goals for the New Year?
This year, I want to learn as much as possible and hopefully meet the love of my life.

What do you wish for in the New Year?
To be happy.

by Simona Shemer, Gvahim Alumna, journalist and contributing editor of GV MAG

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Alex Haruni isn’t much into high-tech and corporate buzzwords, but he certainly does know his Chardonnays, Zinfandels and Petit Sirahs. The family business he runs, Dalton Winery, is today one of Israel’s top vintners — and prides itself as an

Alex Haruni - DONOR - Owner, Dalton Winery

Alex Haruni isn’t much into high-tech and corporate buzzwords, but he certainly does know his Chardonnays, Zinfandels and Petit Sirahs. The family business he runs, Dalton Winery, is today one of Israel’s top vintners — and prides itself as an industry pioneer in the Upper Galilee.

Haruni, 51, is of Persian background. He emigrated to Israel from London in 1991; four years later, his father, Matatia Haruni, founded the winery just outside Moshav Kerem Ben Zimra, near the town of Zefat.

Named after the Dalton Industrial Park in which it’s located, Haruni’s company started small and has gradually built a name for itself. The company employs 23 people directly, and many more farmers indirectly, and manages 1,200 dunams of vineyards throughout the Galilee and elsewhere.

Haruni had been a mentor at Gvahim for many years when he gradually realized that the mentoring was too focused on the high-tech corporate world.

“It wasn’t a good fit for me, because it was all about corporate placements, which was something I wasn’t familiar with, and I had a small business,” he said. “I told them I’d be happy to give more of my time, but that we should do something for people who wanted to establish small businesses in Israel but not work for a big multinational.”

So began TheNest program, and Haruni is now on its steering committee.

Today, Dalton ranks among Israel’s top 15 wineries, which together make about 90 percent of the wine consumed domestically. Dalton alone produces about one million bottles a year — up from only 30,000 in 1995, its first year of business. About 30 percent of Dalton’s total output is exported to Europe and other markets.

Israelis enjoy the rest here at home, about a third of it during Pesach. Another 20 percent of Dalton’s production is sold at Rosh Hashana — a holiday that for the Haruni family was always particularly special.

“Many families will have apple and honey at their Rosh Hashana table,” he told us, “but Sephardim have a whole tradition of symbolic foods that we eat — beans, leeks, fish heads, pomegranates and a new fruit for the new year.

Haruni’s wish for 5778? “That we should have a plentiful new year full of good deeds and mitzvot, that we move into a new year of peace and serenity.”

by Larry Luxner, journalist and contributing editor of GV MAG

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

Twenty years ago, Tania Amar was a bright-faced olah from France ready to make an impact on her new Israeli homeland. Having come with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Finance from the University of Paris-Dauphine and work experience at the French energy

Twenty years ago, Tania Amar was a bright-faced olah from France ready to make an impact on her new Israeli homeland. Having come with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Finance from the University of Paris-Dauphine and work experience at the French energy consortium AREVA, she set about making an imprint on the Israeli job market.

When you look at her impressive resume (complete with marketing, management, and business development roles at large, recognizable hi-tech companies like Comverse, NICE, Click Software, JVP, and more,) you can understand why she was fitting as one of the first mentors for Gvahim. In truth, when she began her mentoring at Gvahim 10 years ago, there was, in fact, no actual Gvahim association yet. Her role took place under the Rashi Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting French Olims. Her involvement and good reputation helped her rise in the ranks to become a Gvahim board member, developing new programs, and working with Gvahim teams on new initiatives such as the recently launched Gvahim Community. Today, alongside her important Gvahim duties, Tania is the co-founder of an international consulting firm which works with B2B companies and early stage startups to develop marketing, go-to-market, and customer experience programs and strategies.

Gvahim is proud to call Tania Amar a Board Star and a Gvahim success story.

You’ve worked in many large corporate companies. Why the decision to start your own firm?
I love to try out new things. Aliyah was already a testament to that. I usually don’t like to be too comfortable so I am always looking for new professional challenges and fun projects to initiate.
I recently had the opportunity to join an established Israeli consultant and so I did. I felt that it was the right time for me to work closely with startups and contribute my broad experience in launching new technologies and products internationally.
To have my own destiny in my hands and the freedom to initiate my own new projects with a meaningful impact in Israel, these are key drivers for me. Now I feel that my partner and I have shaped a good model to do just that!  I live in THE country of entrepreneurship and my place is to help develop and promote this amazing eco-system abroad.

What would you tell new olim who want to follow in your footsteps or find the right job for themselves?
If you feel passionate about a specific project, go for it! Making Aliyah gives a lot of positive energy to try new things, so it’s worth giving it a try. Gvahim can certainly help with your first steps. But…make sure to  come with a strong and unique  value proposition that you strongly believe in because you will need to fight for it.

If your direction is to look for a steady job, it’s also critical to come to the market with a high level of energy and motivation. Making Aliyah says a lot about you and your ability to take risks and challenge yourself, so use it as a key differentiator when interviewing. However, finding a job is only the beginning of a long journey of your integration in Israeli.  Make sure to spend time with your colleagues, even outside your department. The interaction with your work environment will be really important for a successful integration. Personally, while trying very hard to integrate the Israeli business environment, I also always kept very strong roots into my French culture. I believe that the double-culture is a very unique asset we have and it needs to be cultivated. It’s about bringing the “best of both worlds” to the table.       

Finally, a key professional success factor in Israel is Networking. Like I am preaching in my mentoring sessions, networking doesn’t end when you found a job. Make sure to find the time to continue developing your network while working. It’s much easier to do when you are not looking for a job so enjoy it! It is also your opportunity to start helping others and perpetuate the supportive cycle.

What does the idea of “New Beginnings” mean to you?
“New beginnings” is kind of my personal motto. I am a big believer in the power of change and what it brings to people who dare to try new adventures. It obviously resonates very strongly for me, as I am, again, taking a new professional turn.

Does your family have any special traditions for Rosh Hashana?
My family has been a mixture of French and Israeli cultures since I founded a new home with my Israeli-born spouse, Alon, who is also a Gvahim mentor. During Rosh Hashana, we combine the rituals from both origins with some nice Tunisian cuisine- from my parents- to spice it all up.
Shana Tova!

By Simona Shemer, Gvahim Alumna and Contributing Editor of GV MAG

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

 

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