There will be pre-conference tours on the 26th and 27th of June. Each tour costs $100 and can be paid when you register. If you have already registered and wish to add a tour to your itinerary, please pay by clicking here and contact Nilly Schnapp (Nilly.POMS.Israel@gmail.com) with details as to which tour(s) you would like to go on.
Tour of Jerusalem: The Israeli Parliament (The Knesset), the Supreme Court, and the Old City of Jerusalem (June 26, 2017)
Participants will visit the Israeli Parliament and meet a member of parliament, visit the Israeli Supreme Court and meet one of the justices, and tour the Old City of Jerusalem and its ancient holy sites, including the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The tentative schedule for the tour is as follows:
- 7:30AM: Bus departs the hotel
- 9AM – 12:30PM: Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and its different quarters including holy sites of the three monotheistic religions: the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- 12:30PM – 1:30PM: Lunch
- 1:45PM – 3:15PM: Tour of the Supreme Court and meeting with the Honorable Justice Anat Baron
- 3:30PM – 5:45PM: Tour of Israel Parliament and meeting with MK Professor Manuel Trajtenberg
- 5:45PM – 6:45PM: Drive back to Tel Aviv
The tour bus will depart the conference hotel at 7:30 AM promptly and for those who plan to join the bus in Tel Aviv and are arriving by train, there will be an additional stop at 07:45 AM at the “Tel Aviv – Savidor Center” railway station. For details, please email Nilly Schnapp at Nilly.POMS.Israel@gmail.com.
Manuel Trajtenberg was born in Córdoba,Argentina, and immigrated to Israel at the age of 16. In 1973, he graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a major in economics and thereafter completed a Master's degree in economics and sociology in 1976, also at the Hebrew University. In 1984, he received his PhD from Harvard University for work entitled “Economic Analysis of Product Innovation: The Case of CT Scanners.” Since completing his PhD and returning to Israel, he has served as a professor in the Tel Aviv University School of Economics.
Trajtenberg has filled several public roles. He was a consultant to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor and to the Prime Minister's Office. In 2006, he was appointed the first chair of the Israel National Economic Council, a post from which he resigned in 2009. In 2011, he was appointed to head a committee to examine and propose solutions to Israel’s socioeconomic problems. He was elected to the Israeli Parliament in 2015 as a member of the Zionist Union (previously “Labor”) party and is a member of several important parliament committees among them the Finance Committee, the Education Committee, and the Science and Technology Committee.
Sharren Haskel was born in 1984 in Toronto, Canada, and immigrated to Israel with her family in 1985. Haskel enlisted in the IDF in the Border Guard, serving in Jerusalem during the second intifada. She completed a class commander course and served as a commander of privates at Michmash base. She was released from the army with the rank of First Sergeant. Haskel completed her studies and was trained as a veterinarian nurse in Australia, where she worked in an animal hospital and volunteered with the organization to save wild animals WIRES. She holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from The Open University. She is member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee and the Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. She also chairs the Lobby for Medical Cannabis. Haskel also heads the Israel-Tajikistan and Israel-Chile Parliamentary Friendship Groups.
Anat Baron was born in Israel in 1953. Following her service in the Israel Defense Forces, she earned a law degree from Tel Aviv University in 1977. From 1976 to 1979, she did her internship at the Office of the General (Legal) Counsel to the Ministry of Defense, and later in a private law firm. In 1979, she was admitted to the Israel Bar and entered into private practice. In February 1991, Justice Baron was appointed Judge of the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court, and in July 2002, she was appointed Judge of the Tel Aviv District Court, specializing in civil law. In January 2015, Judge Baron was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel.
Tour of Israeli Industry and Technology Innovation (June 27)
During this tour, participants will visit two innovative, global companies. The first, Intel, one of the largest technology companies in the world, established its first overseas (non-US-based) branch in Israel more than 40 years ago and is now Israel’s largest privately-held employer with more than 10,000 employees. The second, NaanDanJain, is the second largest drip irrigation company in the world and was founded in Israel in 1930 by a kibbutz. Representatives from both companies who will speak to the group will provide insight into Israel’s technology revolution, which has resulted in Israel being described as the “Startup Nation” and constituting a leading world innovation force. The tentative schedule for the tour is as follows:
- 7:30AM: Bus departs the hotel
- 9AM – 11:30AM: Tour of Intel factory and R&D center in Kiryat Gat and meeting with the management
- Noon – 1PM: Lunch
- 1:30PM – 2:30PM: Meeting with NaanDanJain Management
- 2:30PM – 4PM: Tour of NaanDanJain factory and Kibbutz Naan
- 4PM – 5:15PM: Drive back to Tel Aviv
The tour bus will depart the conference hotel at 7:30 AM promptly and for those who plan to join the bus in Tel Aviv and are arriving by train, there will be an additional stop at 08:00 AM at the “Yavne West” railway station (near the Yavne Junction on Highway 4). For details, please email Nilly Schnapp at Nilly.POMS.Israel@gmail.com
Intel Corporation, one of the largest technology companies in the world, entered Israel more than 40 years ago (in 1974), one of its first investments outside the US. The company developed an R&D center in Haifa and later opened a factory in Kiryat Gat. In 2017, the company announced it is purchasing Mobileye for $15B, the largest ever purchase of an Israeli technology company. Today, the company is Israel’s largest privately-held employer with more than 10,000 employees. Intel Israel has four development centers located in Haifa, Yakum, Petach Tikva and Jerusalem, as well as manufacturing-related facilities in Kiryat Gat and Jerusalem.
NaanDanJain (NDJ) Irrigation Ltd. is the leading global producer and provider of tailor-made irrigation solutions. The company was founded in 1930 by a kibbutz in Israel and was one of the first to develop drip irrigation and water technologies solutions worldwide. Israel is the leading country in the world in drip irrigation with companies such as Netafim and NaanDanJain leading the way. NDJ constitutes the successful merger between the large Indian irrigation corporation Jain Irrigation and the Israeli company NaanDan Irrigation Systems. Today, the company offers the widest range of cost-effective and customized technologies across more than 100 countries worldwide. With over 80 years of experience, NaanDanJain designs high quality solutions that deliver increased productivity per unit of resources.