Dan Senor, co-author with Saul Singer of the Israeli bestseller Start-Up Nation, called ISRAEL21c “the most innovative and important organization about Israel that exists today” at an event held this month in New York.
At the meeting, hosted by ISRAEL21c board member Ellen Cutler Levy and David Levy in Scarsdale, Senor told the 32 guests that the ISRAEL21c website was a valuable resource for his book.
Among the guests were Jewish community leaders from Westchester County, New York and New York City who represent a variety of local Jewish organizations from synagogues to UJA-Federation of New York, to Israel-focused organizations.
During the event Senor spoke about Start-Up Nation, the book that analyses Israel’s extraordinary high-tech successes, and shows how a country with fewer people than the state of New Jersey, no natural resources, and hostile neighbors, can produce more technology companies listed on NASDAQ than all of Europe, Japan, South Korea, India and China combined.
Co-author Singer recently returned from a visit to China for the summer DAVOS. He also spoke about the book, which has just come out in Chinese.
Start-Up Nation is doing well in Korea and Taiwan and has reached the bestseller lists in the US, India, Singapore, and Israel. Additional foreign language editions are on the way in Israel, UAE (Arabic), Brazil (Portuguese) and Russia.
During the event, attendees learned that Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs greatly acknowledges ISRAEL21c’s work and has a working relationship with the organization. In response to requests, people were told how to contribute and how to link the website to the websites of their organizations.
Cutler Levy spoke about meetings over the past few years with thousands of community leaders and college students from around the US about how to be part of the viral marketing process that helps people to have a stronger and more educated relationship with Israel.
She recommended the following to “redirect the conversation” about Israel: Subscribing to ISRAEL21c’s free newsletter; forwarding the newsletter to social and business networks, when relevant; encouraging children and grandchildren – through college age – to use the website for research purposes; suggesting that organizations subscribe to the newsletter and/or add a link to ISRAEL21c to their websites.