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Israel Former President Shimon Peres, Lifetime Leadership Awardee
 
The Times of Israel first Annual Gala
 

On Sunday February 15th the Times of Israel (TOI) held its First Annual Gala, with an awards ceremony attended by a full house of over 1,200 guests at
the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. 

The theme of the gala was “Telling Israel’s Story,” to celebrate the best of the country. The ceremony honored families of the fallen and outstanding Israelis in diverse fields from politics to entertainment and innovation. Recipients included Israeli former President and Nobel Prize Laureate Shimon Peres for Lifetime Leadership, law professor Alan Dershowitz as Advocate for Israel, supermodel Bar Refaeli representing the Israel Image, and star basketball player Derrick Sharp for Sporting Achievement. Other awardees were Waze Founder Uri Levine, Iron Dome father Brigidier General Danny Gold, actress/model Gal Gadot star of Fast and Furious and upcoming Wonder Woman in the Batman vs. Superman movie, as well as computer scientist Dr. Kira Radinsky and business leader Dr. Yehudit Richter. 

In an on-stage interview of Israel’s former President Shimon Peres interview by TOI Editor David Horovitz, Peres projected world optimism, that, “I do believe we shall make peace with the whole Arab world”; advised courage, that “A man has a choice to be a coward or not to be afraid.  Don’t be afraid. Israel must be a land of hope, not a land of fear”; encouraged hope, “”If you dream, dream great”; eschewed terror, “Terror is the real danger…not us.”; and praised youth as the future of Israel.

New York Patriots owner Robert Kraft honored California volunteer IDF soldier Max Steinberg killed in an attack in Gaza, who had been seen on television wearing a Patriots cap. The audience cheers as Kraft announced, ‘We all are Patriots.”

Attendees gave a standing ovation to the American couple who named their newborn son after a man killed in an Israeli synagogue while attempting
 to save others.     

Advocate Awardee Alan Derschowitz gave an emotionally rousing acceptance speech, lambasting academic colleagues fearful of offending others by openly supporting Israel.
 
Humanitarian Awardee Meira Aboufalia, Chairperson of IsraAid, noted her organizations missions helping refugees in Jordan, Kenya and Kurdistan, and working against gender-based violence in Haiti and South Sudan. She described the efforts in the spirit of arvut hadadit, a Hebrew term for solidarity
or mutual responsibility.
 
Accolades for Israel abounded, with basketball player Derrick Sharp, point guard for 15 years for the Maccabi Israeli team, who praised Israel as the best country in the world and noted that his son misses the pizza.   
 
The Protector of Israel award went to Brigadier General Danny Gold, project chief of Iron Dome Defense System that diverts enemy missiles.   
 
The Computer Scientist/Technology Pioneer Award went to Dr. Kira Radinsky, co-founder a company that forecasts market trends, who was also the youngest person on the 2014 coveted Forbes list of the 50 Most Influential Women in Israel. Dr. Yehudit Richter, who earned a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Boston University, received the Business Leader/ Economic Development Award for co-founding companies producing innovative medical device companies, including new technology in heart stents.   
 
Further sparkling the evening were performances of dance by the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, music by violinist Tania Vinokuur, a duet by Artist of the Year Miri Mesika and Abraham McDonald, and even a comedy routine by Avi Liberman.
 
Luminaries present included Israel U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor, Israel U.N. Consul General Ido Aharoni, Colombia U.N. Ambassador Isaac Giliniski, President of the World Jewish Congress Ron Lauder, President of the Jewish National Fund Jeffrey E. Levine, El Al Airlines President David Maimon, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Dr. Judy Kuriansky, who had just returned from an Ebola mission in Sierra Leone with Aboulafia’s IsraAid.
 
The Times of Israel was founded three years ago, on February 14, 2012, to tell Israel’s story, so the world would better understand the remarkable and thriving nation and its outstanding Israelis. The online publication is in English and three other languages (French, Arabic and Chinese), with plans to launch local editions.
Proceeds of the Gala will be donated to Israeli charities, such as IDF Widows & Orphans, Jewish National Fund, American Friends of Magen David Adom, OneFamily Fund, and American Friends of Rambam Medical Center.
 
Advocate for Israel awardee law professor Alan Dershowitz
Advocate for Israel awardee law professor Alan Dershowitz
Presenter New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft
Presenter New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft
Presenter Israel U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor and Dr. Judy Kuriansky
Presenter Israel U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor and Dr. Judy Kuriansky
Humanitarian awardee IsraAid Chairperson Meira Aboulafia
Humanitarian awardee IsraAid Chairperson Meira Aboulafia
Basketball player, Derrick Sharp, point guard for 15 years for the Maccabi Israeli team
Basketball player, Derrick Sharp, point guard for 15 years for the Maccabi Israeli team
 
 Golden Screen awardee, actress/model Gal Gadot, Fast and Furious star and Wonder Woman in upcoming Batman vs. Superman
 Golden Screen awardee, actress/model Gal Gadot, Fast and Furious star and Wonder Woman in upcoming Batman vs. Superman
 
Israel Image awardee actress/model Bar Refaeli, with Protector of Israel awardee Brigadier General Danny Gold, Iron Dome Defense System project chief
Israel Image awardee actress/model Bar Refaeli, with Protector of Israel awardee Brigadier General Danny Gold, Iron Dome Defense System project chief
 

 

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