Published On: Sat, Apr 27th, 2019

Israel’s Cutting-Edge, High-Tech Side Coming to Boca at IMAGINATION ISRAEL on Eve of Israel Independence Day 

Open to the public, IMAGINATION ISRAEL will bring the community together for inspiring and informative demonstrations of five high-tech innovations. The program is offered free of charge but pre-registration is required at jewishboca.org/imagination.

Presented by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and American Friends of the Hebrew University, IMAGINATION ISRAEL will take place at B’nai Torah Congregation (6261 SW 18th St Boca Raton FL).

Following the demonstrations, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the presenters.

“Imagination Israel is a unique, exciting opportunity to get a close-up view of the phenomenon that has branded Israel the ‘Start-Up Nation,’ said Beth McCoy, CEO of the American Friends of the Hebrew University.

Israel’s high tech industry and economy are lauded by Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and other magnates who make their own investments there. This tiny country’s high-tech efforts continually draw investments, partnerships and acquisitions from mega-corporations such as Apple Inc., Google, Intel Corp., IBM and Cisco Systems that create jobs in Israel and enable entrepreneurs to move on and start their next ventures. And, while Israel continues to create a lot of startups, more of them are scaling up and independently growing into larger companies. 

“Israel produces astounding products that are changing the world we all live in for the better,” said Matthew C. Levin, the Federation’s President & CEO, who will moderate the program. “This tiny country’s high tech prowess and ability to draw continually increasing investments for it make up one of the miracles of modern Israel to celebrate on Israel Independence Day. And Diaspora Jewish involvement in Israeli business is an important way to support our homeland.”

Developed in Israel by leading entrepreneurs and scientists for an array of uses, the innovations to be showcased – like so many others generated there – hold benefits for consumers far beyond Israel, in the United States and worldwide. 

Five significant Israeli innovations will be presented at IMAGINATION ISRAEL, including the following:

  • Professor Yaakov “Koby” Nahmias will present the “Smart Organ-on-Chip Platform,” a project of Tissue Dynamics Ltd. This groundbreaking human-on-a-chip technology develops tools that helps the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries predict a substance’s toxicity level and potential effects. Offering an effective complement to traditional screening methods, it can lead to a significant reduction in the need for animal testing.
  • Professor Ittai Ben-Porath, on the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine, will discuss a “Non-Invasive Blood Test for Disease Detection” developed there. The test can analyze dying cells in the bloodstream and determine if the process was due to a cancer cell. It can detect cancer long before it spreads, as well as early Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases and diabetes.

For additional information or to register, visit jewishboca.org/imagination, call (561) 852.6002 or email jcrc@bocafed.org.

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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