In order to add new programming and expand our impact in 2016, Vibe Israel launched the American Friends of Vibe Israel in New York on May 14, 2015. The event was an expo of Israeli innovation bringing a little taste of Israeli creative energy to New York City. The event featured, innovative Israeli food like Ika Chocolates, Max Brenner and Pitopia, a wine tasting from the Israeli Wine Producers Association (IWPA), a robotics display from Kadima Mada, music by Tavche Gravche, an art display from FreshPaint and the designs of Monkey Business. The event included guest speakers, Jennifer Hensley, Executive Director of the Association for a Better New York and Joanna Landau, Founder and Executive Director of Vibe Israel. The event also included video messages from William C. Rudin and Ambassador Ido Aharoni.
With over 200 guests, it was incredible to look around the room and see how Vibe Israel’s message of an inspirational innovative Israel brings together, secular and religious, young and old and even non-Jews. We even had a few Vibe Israel Tour Alumni join us for the special occasion!