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International start-up seminar in Israel

Some 15 entrepreneurs took part in a six-day professional international start-up seminar in Israel, Start Haifa 2018, on 2-7 December. The event was produced in collaboration with the Israeli Foreign Office. The six-day seminar is designed to expose the participants to the highly acclaimed Israeli innovation ecosystem.

The Danish Embassy

The Danish Embassy held a concert commemorating the 75th anniversary of the saving of Denmark's Jewry. The event took place on 21.10, at the Tikotin Museum, and included a performance of the Danish Girls' Choir of Fredensborg Chapel, as well as a feature film about the saving of Denmark's Jewry. Attending the event was Denmark Ambassador in Israel, Ms. Charlotte Slente.

Romanian channel TVR CLUJ

Romanian channel TVR CLUJ
photo taken by Reuven Cohen

Romanian channel TVR CLUJ filmed a performance of a Romanian Folklore Troupe of approximately 90 dancers at Haifa's Memorial Park. The channel is known for producing and filming content for the Jewish audience. The filming took place in few locations in Israel, and the resulting documentary will air in leading TV shows in Romania as well as in Israel.

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A flotilla from Sweden

A flotilla from Sweden
photo taken by Motti Kimchi

A flotilla from Sweden arrived in Israel as a token of solidarity. The Elida carried approximately 45 Swedes; it docked at Herzliya's Marina. On 10.18, flotilla members visited Haifa, to tour the city and the Technion. A special reception attended by many distinguished guests, was held in their honor at Scandinavia House.

A delegation led by Mayor of Bremen

A delegation led by Mayor of Bremen, Dr. Carsten Sieling, visited Haifa to mark the 40th anniversary of the Haifa Arts Foundation, and to take part in Haifa's International Film Festival, which the Foundation has supported from its very first day.

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The 7th China–Israel Hi-Tech Investment Summit

The 7th China–Israel Hi-Tech Investment Summit
photo taken by Yoav Bachar

The 7th China–Israel Hi-Tech Investment Summit took place at Dan Carmel Hotel. In recent years, Haifa Municipality, Haifa Economic Cooperation (HEC) and Messila – Medical Startup Academy, organize the summit. The summit covered new trends in various cutting-edge technologies: robotics in medicine and digital health; smart transportation and smart safe city; cyber security and AI; 3D printing; biotech and new technologies for the aging; renewable energy technologies.

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Holiday of Holidays Festival celebrates its 25th year

More music, more shows, more flavors, more scents, more tours, and more exhibits characterized 2018's Holiday of Holidays Festival. The festival is an initiative of Beit HaGefen—an Arab-Jewish cultural center—and Haifa Municipality, who founded the festival, which spans three weekends every year in December, and takes place in Beit HaGefen and Wadi Nisnas. This year it expanded beyond the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood, with some of the events taking place in the German Colony, with many additional tours in the area. The aim of the festival is to promote and foster tolerance and mutual respect through culture and art.  The main events included liturgical music concerts in churches; performance stages in Beit HaGefen and Wadi Nisnas; street performances; children theatre; Friday shows in Beit HaGefen Auditorium; the National Antique Fair and so on.  The gala opening at Haifa Auditorium included Around the Day in 80 Worlds—a singing, dancing and acting performance by Mot Pour Mot Group from Marseille, with special guests Ronny Someck, Yankele Pilzer and Rabia Khoury, and Omri—a festive concert of the Firqat Alnoor Orchestra, with guest vocalists Violet Salameh, Raymonde Abecassis and Natalie Peretz.
photo taken by Reuven Cohen

More music, more shows, more flavors, more scents, more tours, and more exhibits characterized 2018's Holiday of Holidays Festival. The festival is an initiative of Beit HaGefen—an Arab-Jewish cultural center—and Haifa Municipality, who founded the festival, which spans three weekends every year in December, and takes place in Beit HaGefen and Wadi Nisnas.

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WITH MUTUAL RESPECT, COEXISTENCE IS POSSIBLE

Seventy WJC Jewish Diplomats from more than forty countries attended a conference titled Haifa as a Model for Coexistence 

The World Jewish Congress hosted in Israel members of its flagship program—the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps—to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. On the three-day mission, they visited Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa, and engaged with leaders of Israeli society in various areas.

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THE MAN WHO WAS ALWAYS THERE

Prodromos Papavassiliou was a friend of Israel, who fought against the Nazis and helped Holocaust refugees exiled to internment camps in Cyprus. Haifa honored his memory with a square 

Prodromos Christou Papavassiliou (1919-2006) was born in Famagusta, Cyprus. In 1943, he joined the British Army to fight the Nazi regime, and in the course of his service befriended Jewish soldiers.

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MISSION: COMMUNITIES

Evolving Hadar neighborhood became a destination for new immigrants and boasts the most colorful population in the city

When talking about a melting pot, one usually refers to a large group of heterogeneous people who after a while become a homogenous, unified group. In this respect, with the wide variety of populations living there, Hadar is not a melting pot: the different and diverse groups that compose the neighborhood maintain their uniqueness, despite and because of the constant interaction between them.

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RIDING HIGH

Following a revolutionary overhaul of the public transport system in Haifa, Yefe Nof is on the verge of launching a cable railway line

In recent years, the Israeli Ministry of Transport resolved to promote and advance the priorities of public transport and infrastructure, instead of encouraging private vehicles and expansion of roads. Being a branch of the Minisrty of Transport, Haifa's Yefe Nof company, a municipal corporation, has been working for years to advance this vision within the city limits, but also outside of city jurisdiction and at the whole metropolis area.

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