Israel Expo 2013 was a huge success, attracting more than 10,000 people for a day of celebration of Israel’s 65th birthday and Israeli technological innovation, culture and food. The event drew all ages, all walks of life and people outside of the Jewish community. It was presented by Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County (JFFS) and co-sponsored by a variety of Jewish and secular organizations.
JFFS is proud to announce that Shalom Shalev was voted as the first prize winner of the first IsraeLeader program. Shalev was nominated by Tarbut V’Torah for creating and implementing its three-week trip to Poland and Israel, and for the profound impact the trip has had on the school’s 11th grade students for the past ten years. JFFS was also proud to recognize Dr. Gordon Fishman as the second prize winner, nominated by University Synagogue for his leadership as founding chair of Israel Expo.
Twelve deserving individuals were nominated, and the community voted for the winners. TVT will receive a JFFS grant of $3,600, and University Synagogue will receive a JFFS grant of $1,800, to be used specifically for Israel-related programming.
IsraeLeader recognizes individuals who have spearheaded outstanding community Israel projects or programming that enhances the community’s connection to Israel.