The traditional Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony took place at the Beit Issie Shapiro in Ra'anana. The ceremony was opened by the Chairman of the Israel-Lithuania Technology Hub, Adv. Len Judes and the Executive Director of Beit Issie Shapiro, Mrs. Jean Judes. Ambassador of Lithuania to Israel H.E. Mr. Edminas Bagdonas attended the event as the Guest of Honor.
Prior to the lighting ceremony, H.E. Ambassador Edminas Bagdonas and the Chairman of the Israel-Lithuania Technology Hub, Adv. Len Judes visited the Municipality of Ra’anana and met with the Mayor, Zeev Bielsky, to discuss cooperation between Ra’anana and Vilnius and other Lithuanian towns, in the area of high-tech, life science and entrepreneurship.
A brief presentation of Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS) was given, followed by a presentation and discussions about the ILTH activities in 2015 and planned new activities for 2016. It was also discussed how the Hub might be able to assist Beit Issie. Also, the Ambassador expressed his wish to return to visit BIS with other ambassadors.
Visiting the BIS was very special and emotional experience, noting their amazing work, dedication to the disabled children and determination to do all that is possible for them. Mrs Jean Judes emphasised the very important role that technology has in assisting and rehabilitating the children. How technology has enabled them to communicate better and be more independent. Some of the most used technologies such as the touch screens, vibrating smart phones were actually developed for handicapped persons.
We were all moved and impressed by their amazing work, dedication and cutting edge educational and technological innovations in treating the children (and adults). BIS is a special advisor to the UN on treating disabled children and upholding their rights. It is a world leader in its field! Please come and visit them on their website http://en.beitissie.org.il
Above: Picture of Chairman of the ILTH Adv. Len Judes, Mayor of Ra'anana Zeev Bielski, H.E. Mr. Edminas Bagdonas Ambassador of Lithuania to Israel and Councillor, Mrs. Sima Perry
Above: Picture of Councilor Mrs. Sima Perry, Executive Director of Beit Issie Shapiro Mrs. Jean Judes H.E. Mr. Edminas Bagdonas Ambassador of Lithuania to Israel, Chairman of the Israel-Lithuania Technology Hub, Adv. Len Judes and Ronen Gruber Executive Director of the ILTH
Above: The Executive Director of Beit Issie Shapiro, Mrs. Jean Judes presentation about the Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS)
Above: Zeev Zelig, Director of Life Sciences at ILTH, Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony
Above: Ronen Gruber Executive Director of the ILTH giving a presentation about the ILTH activities in 2015 and planned new activities for 2016
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