On April 22, 14 cities will shut their lights for one hour in effort to raise awareness to energy preservation, environmental protection
Fourteen cities will participate this year in Earth Hour, marked in Israel on Thursday, April 22, concurrently with the 40th worldwide Earth Day.
This is the third year that Israeli cities participate in the project, which is aimed at raising awareness to energy preservation and protection of the environment, and is marked by turning off the lights for one hour, between 8 and 9 pm.
The largest global project for environmental awareness began four years ago in Australia and expanded to Israel and many other countries in the world. From year to year, it has been expanding even further in Israel.
While Tel Aviv was the only Israeli city that participated in the project in the first year, last year five more cities joined and this year 14 cities will take part, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, Kfar Saba, Eilat, Ashkelon, Dimona, Yavne, Modiin-Maccabim-Reut, Ness Ziona, Petah Tikva, Rishon Lezion and Ra’anana.
Earth Hour is marked around the world at the end of March, and this year millions of people in some 6,000 cities and municipalities participated. This year, as in previous years, Israel chose to move the event to another date and mark it separately.
This year the event will coincide with the 40th global Earth Day, as part of the fight against global warming, pollution and damage to the environment around the world.
At the center of Earth Hour is the symbolic act of shutting off the lights in all the houses, offices, factories and other structures. Data collected from the electricity company shows that the response to Earth Hour has been increasing in Israel every year.
However, energy economizing is not the main objective, but rather the message of partnership and awareness for the cause of energy preservation.
Earth Hour will take place, as in previous years, in partnership with Yedioth Ahronot, Ynet and 14 municipalities that will participate in the lights-out.
The project is also in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Life and Environment organization, Society for the Protection of Nature, Adam, Teva V’din Foundation, Israel Bike Trail, Israel Electric Corp., and Pais Lottery. The event has been planned in cooperation and coordination with the police, Defense Ministry and the IDF.
During Earth Day, numerous events will take place in the participating cities, in cooperation with educational institutions, youth movements and environmental organizations. In the evening, shows will be held on the wall of the Old City in Jerusalem and in Kikar Rabin (Rabin Square) in Tel Aviv.
Museum of Science fair in May to highlight groundbreaking developments being made by Israelis, Israeli institutions in clean energy, medicine, and technology
A weekend of programming showcasing Israeli innovation will culminate at 9 am on Sunday, May 2, during a technology fair at the Museum of Science in Boston.
The fair – co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to New England – will include addresses by Prof. Peretz Lavie, president of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology; Dr. Rafael Beyar, CEO and Director General of Rambam Health Care Campus; Michael Granoff – Better Place; and many others.
The event will highlight the groundbreaking developments being made by Israelis and Israeli institutions in clean energy, medicine, and technology.
Visitors will be able to see Israel’s progress on its plan to be the first country to have a majority of electric cars on its roads; efforts to be a pioneer in solar and wind energy; and thriving innovative economy.
Educational exhibits will be sponsored by the following Israeli universities and institutions: The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology; Rambam Medical Center; Hadassah Medical Center; New England-Israel Business Council; Jewish Heart for Africa; Bloomfield Science Museum; and South Area Solomon Schecter Day School.
The Alan J. Tichnor Memorial Event will conclude on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Mishkan Tefila with a keynote panel discussion on the future of Israeli innovation and technology, featuring senior leadership from Israeli universities and moderated by Dan Senor, Author of Start-up Nation; The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. The discussion will include greetings from the academic community delivered by Dr. Jehuda Reinharz, President of Brandeis University.
Sunday’s event at the Museum of Science requires Exhibit Hall Ticket, and is free to Museum of Science members. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.iiweekend.com .
The Timekeeper tells story of gay German, older Jewish man who are thrown into concentration camp
The Timekeeper, written by Dan Clancy and directed by Lee Gilat is heading to New York on April 22.
The Israeli production has toured England, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Greece and Canada.
The play tells the story of Hans, a gay German man, and a much older, conservative Jewish senior who’ve been thrown into the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
The two seemingly have little in common – except humor.
The cast includes Rami Baruch, Roy Horovitz and Omer Etzion. The Timekeeper will be staged for one night only, on April 22, in New York’s Theatre Row.
For more information, visit www.theatrerow.org
Source: Ynetnews, Shalomlife