Events

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Albert Einstein – Transcending Time Revealing His Archives for the Next Generations

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” -- Albert EinsteinWhy is Einstein so alive today? If it wasn’t enough that he was named “Man of the Century” by Time Magazine in 1999, this coming year we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of his Nobel Prize. For this milestone, The Hebrew University is launching a new digital platform designed for students, parents, teachers, and broad audiences.Join us for a discussion about the living legacy of Albert Einstein with two science and education experts who co-serve on the Einstein: Visualize the Impossible Advisory Board: Professor Hanoch Gutfreund, Former President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, current academic head of the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University; and Dr. Margaret Honey, President & CEO, New York Hall of Science This program will introduce you to Einstein's great humanitarian efforts in addition to the driving forces behind his scientific research. Among the questions the panel will explore are: What did Einstein see that others did not? What is the most cherished document in the Einstein Archives? What does Einstein’s legacy contribute to how we might think about STEM education? What differentiates passionate learners? Streamed live, the program will feature: Professor Hanoch Gutfreund Dr. Margaret Honey Moderator: Wayne L. FirestoneExecutive DirectorAmerica Israel Friendship League Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.

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California Fires, Battling Them Together

Firefighting embodies the strong alliance between these two countries. When facing a crisis, firefighters in each of the countries drop everything and travel to help the other. With a tradition dating back to the fateful days following 9/11, in recent years, U.S. firefighting resources were deployed to support Israeli firefighters in the north of the country. Most recently, Israeli firefighters deployed to support their California brethren in the Wildfires of 2020. Join us to hear How the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs mobilized upon receiving the request for support;About some of the seemingly simple travel obstacles that had to be rushed through, made so much more difficult during Covid-19, such as visas, airline tickets;How the efforts were coordinated on the ground with CalFire;The personal stories of Israeli and U.S. firefighters working alongside each other during these historic wildfires;Hear from CalFire about how the Israeli team supported their front line efforts; and, Lessons learned from this mutual aid experience, and how future cooperation will continue. Streamed live from Israel and the United States, the program will feature: Assistant Chief Nathan BarcklayAmador-El Dorado UnitCAL FIRE Idan BraunFirst OfficerIsraeli Fire & Rescue Authority Chief Scott LindgrenAmador-El Dorado UnitCAL FIRE Itzik OzHead of DelegationIsraeli Fire & Rescue Authority Hosts: Itai Bar-Dov Director U.S. Consulates DepartmentNorth America DivisionMinistry of Foreign Affairs Shlomi KofmanIsrael Consul GeneralSan Francisco Moderator: Wayne L. FirestoneExecutive DirectorAmerica Israel Friendship League Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.

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IDF Women in Specialized Units/Jobs

The militaries, in both the U.S. and Israel, seek out the best and the brightest recruits for all leadership positions, but have traditionally provided few opportunities to women who seek combat and operational positions. Recently, a number of women, in both countries, have started to break through the “glass ceiling” for such opportunities. This webinar will explore challenges and successes, as seen and experienced through the journeys of women leaders in precedent setting roles and deployments.The panel will be introduced by Orit Adato a former Lt. General with the IDF and moderated by Meredith Jacobs, the CEO of Jewish Women International and alumna of the AIFL Influential Women’s Delegation to Israel. Building on discussions from prior webinars in our ICON’s series, this webinar will explore: Redefining the 21st Century battlefront and workforce needs; Strengthening the military by adding core competencies;Expanding and diversifying the recruitment pool for cadets; andLeveraging generational attitudes about gender and diversity as an asset. Streamed live from Israel and the United States, the program will feature: Dr. Kyleanne Hunter Ph.D., Ret.USMC Cobra Pilot Talya LankriHead of the Home DivisionNational Security Council Dr. Yael Arbel Cadet Olivia CretellaCS-11 Squadron CommanderUSAFA Host: Orit AdatoRetired Lt. GeneralIsrael Defense Forces Moderator: Meredith JacobsCEO Jewish Women International ICONS is a partnership of Jewish Women International (JWI) and the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL). Conversations are hosted by Orit Adato, Retired Lt. General, Israel Defense Forces, and moderated by Meredith Jacobs, CEO of JWI , and alumna of the America-Israel Friendship League’s Influential Women Delegation. Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL's Facebook page.