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Tuesday, March 19 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Shared Society in Israel: From the Government to the Grassroots

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Arab citizens make up 20% of Israel’s population, yet they contribute only 8 percent of its GDP and constitute only 8 percent of public-sector employees. Today’s discussion brings together Israeli government, business and social-sector leaders to discuss top-down and bottom-up approaches to advance opportunities for social mobility among Israel’s diverse populations. The panel addresses the recent and unprecedented investments by the government in economic development for the Arab community; how Israeli entrepreneurs are working to grow the Arab business sector; civil society’s role promoting shared society; and gaps where philanthropic investment can make a meaningful difference.

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Jeffrey R. Solomon

President, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
Jeffrey R. Solomon is the president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, a group of foundations operating in Canada, Israel and the United States. An author of over 80 publications, he served as an adjunct associate professor at New York University and sits on numerous... Read More →

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Shalom (Shuli) Dichter

Executive Director, Hand in Hand
Shalom (Shuli) Dichter is a civil society activist and expert on Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. Since January 2011 he has been the executive director of Hand in Hand, the center for Jewish-Arab education in Israel that operates bilingual schools and establishes joint community activities... Read More →
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Jimmy Levy

Founder and Managing Partner, Al Bawader Fund
Jimmy Levy is the founder and managing partner of Al Bawader, the first investment fund focused on the Arab private sector in Israel. The fund has committed capital of $50 million.  Jimmy is also the founder of Galil Software, the leading software outsourcing provider for Israel's... Read More →
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Aiman Saif

General Director of the Authority for Economic Development in the Minority Sectors, Prime Minister's Office--Israel
Aiman Seif has worked in Israel's Prime Minister's Office for 14 years—first as senior economist, and since 2008 as the director of the authority of economic development of the minority sectors. Aiman sits on the boards of the Investment Centre, the Authority of Planning and Construction... Read More →
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Sigal Shelach

Director, JDC-TEVET Employment Initiative, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Sigal Shelach became director of JDC-TEVET, JDC's employment initiative in Israel, in 2012. She oversees the development of employment programs and promotes the adoption of successful JDC initiatives by the government of Israel. In 2002, Sigal served as an advisor on municipal employment... Read More →

Tuesday March 19, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT
Palm Room Beverly Hilton

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