• A Canadian holocaust survivor donated a million dollars’ worth of scholarships for young scientists who emigrated from Israel. 92 year-old Marcel Addams was born in Romania and survived the holocaust. Penniless, he moved to Israel, and in time, became a successful real-estate tycoon. Addams has donated grants for 75 Israeli scientists who moved to the States to finish their post-doctoral studies in Israel, helping lure “Israeli minds” back home. This past Monday at Jerusalem’s Israel Arts and Science Academy, nine Israel post-doctoral scientists each received a $100,000 scholarship, allowing them to continue their paths in Israel.
• A thousand Chinese business managers and entrepreneurs will study innovation in a new program at Lahav, the management department at Tel Aviv University. In this program, these students will learn world-renown Israeli innovation and entrepreneurship models. It is scheduled to be a five-year program, with the Chinese city of Nanjing sending 200 managers each year. The program starts next week.
• Henry Kissinger, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, former U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, will visit Israel next month. Kissinger will be President Peres’s guest of honor at the fourth President Committee, where Kissinger will be one of six recipients of the newly created President’s Medal. This will be the first time the medal will be awarded, honoring those who made a unique and recognizable contribution to Israel. Kissinger will be awarded this medal for his “Unique contribution to Israel, for maintaining the peace in the Middle East, and for being a statesman who sees to a distance and is graced with creativity and vision.”
• Two Israeli versions of originally American reality TV shows opened their new seasons. “Kokhav Nolad” (the Israeli “American Idol”), started its 10th season, and “Beauty and the Geek” (which features a fellow student of mine as the geek), opened its third season.
• The Israeli feature film God’s Neighbors, which had been chosen to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s “Critics Week,” won the Gaul’s Society of Authors, Directors and Composers award at one of the most important film festivals. The film, directed by Meni Yaesh, was also nominated in the Caméra d’Or category for “Best First Feature Film.”
• As we approach the Olympics, Israeli athletes have been taking over the news. Swimmer Jonathan Koplev won the European championship after swimming the 50 meter backstroke in 24.73 seconds. This personal record won him the gold medal, and made him the first Israeli to hold this prestigious title. Joining Koplev on the winners’ podium was Guy Barnea, who won the Bronze medal. Gymnast Alexander Shatilov won the bronze medal in the European Gymnastics championship, held in France this past Sunday. Shatilov will be a part of the Israeli delegation to the Olympics, where he will attempt to become the first Israeli gymnast to win an Olympic medal.
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