Seizing the Moment:
Miami & Israel Scaling Community & Business Growth
Thursday, April 29, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET
Main Program on Zoom (12:00 - 1:00pm ET)
Networking Sessions on Spatial Chat (1:00 - 1:30pm ET)
Join Jewish National Fund-USA to hear from two popular mayors on how they are taking their cities to new levels. Mayor Francis X. Suarez of Miami & Mayor Tal Ohana of Yerucham (Miami’s sister city in Israel) will share with us how they are governing during these extraordinary times and how they are capitalizing this moment of unprecedented growth to better their cities. Miami and Yerucham might be worlds apart but have more in common than meets the eye.
The program will also include an update from Tamar Gil Menachem from the Lauder Employment Center in Israel to discuss their successful economic development model keeping young talent in smaller communities.
Following the program, jump into various networking sessions including:
- Chat with event attendees ranging from investors, business leaders from a variety of industries, & community members
- The launch of the SoFla-Israel TIE Council (Tech Innovation Entrepreneurship); the premier networking group connecting the South Florida tech community to Israel’s ecosystem
- Discussion on South Florida’s real estate market
- Real estate investing & philanthropy
- Updates from the communities in the Negev in southern Israel
Featured Guest Speakers
Mayor Francis X. Suarez
Mayor of Miami
Francis X. Suarez is the 33rd Mayor of the City of Miami. He serves as Chair of the Environment Committee, on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and Vice-Chair of the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). He previously served as Miami Commissioner for District 4 during an eight-year tenure.
Mayor Suarez is dedicated to elevating the quality of life of the residents he serves by focusing on transportation and connectivity, resiliency, and job creation by nurturing the growth of technology and innovation. He is also committed to expanding affordable housing, tackling the poverty pandemic and, as a corollary, reducing crime.
Mayor Tal Ohana
Mayor of Yerucham
Tal Ohana was elected mayor of Yeruham in 2018 and is the first woman to hold this position in the town’s history. As mayor, Ohana’s focus is on economic development and social mobility. From 2010 until her election as mayor, Ohana served as deputy and acting mayor of Yerucham, managed the city’s education and strategic development portfolios, and was a member of the Planning and Building Committee. In 2011, she established a movement for Zionist activities in Morocco that today has the participation of hundreds of Jewish youth from Israel and abroad.
Tamar Gil Menachem
Deputy Director, Eretz-Ir & Associate Director, Lauder Employment Center
Tamar Gil is the Deputy Director for Eretz Ir, which promotes community resilience in Israel’s Galilee region and Negev Desert by encouraging civic activism and the creation of businesses that have a social impact. Gil leads the partnership between Eretz Ir and Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) Lauder Employment Center, which provides comprehensive career services, guidance, and resources to college alumni and the general Negev population. Following the success of the Negev's Lauder Employment Center, Gil is leading the replication of the model in Israel’s north. Gil previously completed an extended service in the Israeli Air Force as commander of air-picture operators.
Mike Teichberg, Director, Miami-Dade
[email protected] or 305.682.0025 x897