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Israel empowers people with disabilities, teaching Israeli entrepreneurship in Miami, 1st female CEO of Tel Aviv Stock Exchange hi-tech company, and much more!

By Michael Ordman

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Empowering people with disabilities

Israeli companies Fiverr and Salesforce have partnered in a unique 6-week pilot program to train Israelis with disabilities as Salesforce administrators. It is a project of Fiverr Empower which finds freelance employment for special needs individuals through the Fiverr platform.
https://www.israel21c.org/fiverr-and-salesforce-to-empower-people-with-disabilities/
https://blog.fiverr.com/post/fiverr-teams-up-with-salesforce-to-empower-people-with-disabilities

Teaching Israeli entrepreneurship in Miami

Florida International University in Miami is to offer a course on Israeli entrepreneurship and innovation. “Innovation Nation: The Global Influence of Israeli Technology and Entrepreneurship,” aims to impart lessons from Israel’s startup ecosystem to aspiring business leaders.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/miamis-largest-university-launches-course-on-israeli-entrepreneurship/

The only female CEO of a TASE hi-tech company

Tali Shem Tov of Israeli digital IT Services company Speedvalue is the only woman CEO of a hi-tech, traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. She was previously CEO of Qualitest (see here) until it was acquired by Bridgepoint VC for $420 million.
https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3914273,00.html

http://www.speedvalue.com/

Record number of women join Border Police

A record 320 female recruits have begun their training for Israel’s Border Police, which for the first time will have a majority of female officers. Currently, only one place is available for every 10 wishing to join the Border Police, so two new units are to be set up.
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/08/05/record-number-of-female-recruits-will-soon-be-protecting-israels-borders/

A new leash of life for special needs

The developers of Israel’s dog-walking app Dogiz have launched a social-impact project called Walking Together. They work with several NGO’s and the IDF to offer training and paid dog-walking work to adults (e.g., with severe autism) who cannot find employment.
https://www.israel21c.org/dog-walkers-on-the-autism-spectrum-get-new-leash-on-life/
https://www.dogiz.com/en-il/walking-together/

Agreements with Bahrain

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has signed an historic agreement with the Derasat Institute of Bahrain to set up a network of research institutes in the Gulf region and elsewhere. Also, Bahrain’s senior foreign ministry diplomat made a first visit to the IDF to discuss strengthening security ties.
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/311381
https://www.jns.org/bahraini-undersecretary-of-foreign-affairs-pays-historic-visit-to-idf/

Israel’s first Druze Air Force Colonel

In December, Awad Suleiman became the first member of Israel’s Druze minority to be promoted to the rank of Colonel in the Israeli Air Force. He has now taken command of his new unit. His commander said Awad would be an inspiration for many to follow him.
https://www.jns.org/first-druze-colonel-in-israeli-air-force-takes-command-of-maintenance-unit/

Boosting ties with Morocco

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid signed three accords during the first ministerial visit to Morocco since 2003. They covered air service, culture, sports and youth, plus a mechanism for political consultation. Lapid inaugurated a liaison mission and promised a future exchange of embassies.
https://www.jns.org/lapid-inaugurates-liaison-office-in-morocco-reveals-opening-of-mutual-embassies-within-months/

https://worldisraelnews.com/in-morocco-lapid-signs-three-accords-to-boost-ties/

Energy advisor for the US

Amos Hochstein, born and raised in Israel, has been appointed to serve as Senior Advisor for Energy Security at the US State Department. Hochstein served in the Israeli Defense Forces from 1992 to 1995. He was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources in 2015.
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/311524

Firefighting aid to Greece

Israel has sent 16 firefighters and two planes to Greece to help battle its wildfires. https://www.israel21c.org/israel-dispatches-firefighters-to-battle-blazes-in-greece/
https://www.jns.org/israel-sending-two-firefighting-planes-to-battle-raging-fires-in-greece/

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