Using successful marketing strategies, Kinetis brands Israel’s creative image, giving new meaning to Zionism in the 21st century. Through activities emphasizing Israel’s vibrant creative energy and its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, Kinetis is filling the gap between perception and reality, instilling admiration abroad and pride at home. Vibe Israel, the Kinetis international project, takes international opinion leaders and makers, usually bloggers with huge dedicated followings, on a weeklong all-expenses-paid personalized experience of Israel in their selected fields of interest such as business, social entrepreneurship, environment, art, fashion, gastronomy, music, photography, and more. On the domestic scene, Kinetis Educational Initiatives (KEI) bring awareness and pride of Israel’s accomplishments to young Israelis throughout their educational lifecycle—from kindergarten to high school, army service, and university studies. KEI’s Academic Programs, IDF Workshops, and Youth Forums empower the next generation of Israeli youth with the knowledge of Israel’s unique identity and cultural legacy.
Through a national network of Citizen Rights Centers promoting social and economic justice and opportunities, YEDID leads the fight against poverty in Israel by empowering low-income Israelis of all ethnic and religious backgrounds to reach self-sufficiency. YEDID’s unique model helps people help themselves using three innovative approaches: (1) social and legal assistance; (2) community empowerment initiatives; and (3) national advocacy for policy change. YEDID’s founder and director Sari Revkin was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation in 2009, and awarded the Prize for Women Changemakers in Israel by the Rappaport Family Trust in 2014 for her leadership and vision in building YEDID, and for YEDID’s diverse activities that have helped over 400,000 people climb out of poverty.
United Hazalah is a national volunteer-based EMS organization with over 2,300 volunteers in their ambucycle fleet dispersed throughout the entire country. Equipped with first aid and defibrillators, members have managed to respond to medical emergencies within 3 minutes of an incident and save over 200,000 lives at last count. United Hatzalah and Its founder, Eli Beer, received the State of Israel Presidential Award in 2012 from Shimon Peres, and have appeared on TED. https://www.ted.com/talks/eli_beer_the_fastest_ambulance_a_motorcycle
The organization is entirely donation-based and does not charge for its services. By doubling the current volunteer corps and increasing the number of defibrillators, United Hatzalah will achieve its goal of a 90 second response time anywhere in the country.
Dr. Israel Goldstein Youth Village helps new immigrant teens, as well as economically and socially disadvantaged Israeli-born youth by providing them a safe, nurturing educational community in which to live, learn, and reach their potential. The care, support, opportunities, and quality, values-oriented, Jewish-Zionist education they receive transform the lives of these young people. Open to youth of secular and religious backgrounds, and from many countries, the Village gives its 500 students hope for a better future. Judy Siegel is Director of Development