Foundations October 23rd   @ The Peres Center for Peace, Jaffa

A stone or concrete structure that supports a building from underneath
An idea, principle or fact that provides support for something else
A basis, tenet, principle or axiom upon which something stands or is supported
An underlying base or support

These four definitions are just a few that describe the word foundations. Each one within itself provides options for how to read the phrase. The word is vast and varied, with connotations for each reader.
This year's TEDxJaffa, held at the majestic Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, will feature speakers who will each define this concept through their personal or professional lens, through comedy, feminism, education, community building, music, games, cultural theory, biology, cycling, evolution, discipline and more. Join us for a day of thought-provoking ideas.
x=independently organized event
About TEDx
At a TEDx event, live speakers and TEDTalks videos combine to spark discussion and connection in an intimate setting. These local, selforganized events are branded TEDx; x=independently organized TED event. TED provides general guidelines for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support world-changing ideas through multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available for free at TED.com.
The Team
Alli Magidsohn

Alli Magidsohn is the dreamer behind TEDxJaffa, having founded the event. With the first experience happening in 2011, Alli's vision has been to create an atmosphere of uncommon inspiration, bringing people together to share the excitement that surrounds powerful ideas.

Currently, Alli lives in San Francisco, where she helps companies get to the core of their message and develop strategies for them to captivate both new and existing audiences. Check out her website here.
Lindsay Tauber

Lindsay was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo; she then spent good chunk of her early adult life in New York City before moving to Israel a decade ago. She earned a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy from Tel Aviv University and a teaching degree through the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Her professional career has taken a number of paths as well, including being an educator and curriculum developer, a Jewish philosophy teacher, one of the partners in an arts and education Internet start-up, a translator and editor, marketing writer for a water efficiency company and, of course, lead organizer of the 2014 TEDxJaffa project. Lindsay also enjoys running, biking and reading. One of her favorite things about life in Tel Aviv is reading New Yorker magazine on the beach.
Gilad Tauber

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Gilad spent his early years at the Dror school, interspersed with the Ofek School for Exceptional Students. Continuing with his intellectual pursuits after his army service as a paramedic, Gilad earned a bachelor's degree in Physics and Chemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a master's degree in Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. His professional adventures have ranged from paramedic and bartender to guiding tours through a stalactite cave. Gilad is currently a patent agent and enjoys bicycling and cooking fantastic delights.
Shoshana Friedman

Hailing from Chicago, IL Shoshana Friedman has been living in Tel Aviv for the past six years where she works as the deputy editor for the awesome website Goodnet, Gateway to Doing Good. Shoshana holds a BA in Spanish literature with a minor in anthropology and sociology. Her professional background includes nonprofit work, event production and the founding of a cupcake business. In her spare time you can find Shoshana practicing her tennis skills, hopping to the beach or engaging in philosophical conversations with people from all walks of life. A major fan of TED, Shoshana is delighted to be part of the team this year.
Galit Shaham

Galit divides her time between her job as a researcher at the brain-tech company, ElMinda, and working on her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Hebrew University. She is an experienced software developer, holding a BA in Statistics and Psychology from Tel Aviv University. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Kfar Saba, she now enjoys the adventure of living in Tel Aviv.
Tiferet Bassel

Born in the ancient mountain top city of Jerusalem, Tiferet now lives in the flat and historic city Jaffa, right by the blue blue sea. Having recently earned a bachelor’s degree from Tel- Aviv University in Eastern Asian and Interdisciplinary studies, she now spends her days in the water, recovering from this mind-expanding experience while concocting her next adventure. Among the rest, Tiferet teaches Hebrew and English, works in small design studio and as a freelance translator. She enjoys reading, listening to random podcasts and telling entertaining anecdotes to just about anyone who wants to listen.
Koby Berkovich

Koby Berkovich(VP R&D at MyPermissions) is an entrepreneur, software, web & mobile architect, communication systems engineer and will someday teach a fish how to climb a tree (after he will teach his dog to 'stay').

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
Sasha Zabersky

Hi, I'm Sasha and I'm a web designer. My work excites and inspires me because it combines my two obsessions, creating order that makes perfect logical sense (you should see my kitchen cabinets) and bringing a touch of the aesthetic and even beautiful into everyday life.
Daragh Lally

Daragh is an Internet Marketing Specialist who moved to Tel Aviv from Dublin in 2011. He is passionate about the using the internet to empower people, as well as as a marketing tool. What he loves most about living in Tel Aviv are the endless sunshine and shakshuka.
Muhammad Agbarieh

Muhammad Agbarieh is a resident of Jaffa. He has completed a number of courses on a wide-range of subjects, including the law, medicine, the environment and leadership; and Muhammad is also a graduate of the “Children for Peace” program in cooperation with Jeunes du Monde from Toulouse, France. He participated in round table discussions with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair asking the question “Is it possible to learn leadership?” Muhammad also won the Education Ministry’s competition entitled “A story is born.” Between his many studies and activities, Muhammad volunteers teaching underprivileged children, working with the elderly and he is also a tour guide in Jaffa.
Barak Koren

Barak Koren (Barakooda) is an experienced 3D Technical Artist who enjoys using his creativity to help scientists, engineers, studios and individuals from various disciplines to visualize their dreams.
Sivan Iahav

Born and raised in Ramat Gan, Sivan spent her early years studying and creating art. Sivan earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and East Asia studies from Tel Aviv University. After graduating she travelled to China and practiced her Chinese, collecting life-long memories. Her professional career has ranged from a coordinator of a student exchange program to online advertising and marketing. Sivan currently works as a Marcom coordinator and enjoys jewelry making, painting and cooking.
The British Council connects people with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK.
BIRAX (the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership) is a £10 million initiative of the British Council and British Embassy in Israel that funds cutting-edge research using stem cell therapies to tackle some of the world’s most dreadful diseases.
Founded in 1996 by the President of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres, The Peres Center for Peace conducts numerous projects annually, involving thousands of beneficiaries. Programs are designed to promote lasting peace and advancement in the Middle East, by fostering tolerance, economic and technological development, cooperation and well being - all in the spirit of President Peres' vision.
Koby Berkovich(Director of R&D at MyPermissions) is an entrepreneur, software, web & mobile architect, communication systems engineer and will someday teach a fish how to climb a tree (after he will teach his dog to 'stay').

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
Hi, I'm Sasha and I'm a web designer. My work excites and inspires me because it combines my two obsessions, creating order that makes perfect logical sense (you should see my kitchen cabinets) and bringing a touch of the aesthetic and even beautiful into everyday life.
Abigail Tenembaum and Michael Weitz of Virtuozo are The Speaker coaches at TED Global.
Arthur Fuhrer is a self-taught professional photographer, living and working in Tel Aviv, Israel. His passion is people photography, and he is fascinated by the intricacies of human behavior and human interactions. Whether he's shooting a wedding, a portrait, or his own family, he seeks to capture beautiful moments that are authentic and meaningful, and turn them into memories that will live forever.
Arthur had been into photography since the age of 16, but has been made to believe that photography is not a "real profession". He therefore went on to study medicine, and currently holds an MD from the Tel Aviv University. Even though he thinks it looks great on his resume he doesn't plan to ever use it again. He then co-founded an Internet company, where he spent the next ten years appearing to be working while actually taking pictures on every occasion. When the company sold out, he returned to the only thing he felt he knew how to do, and became a professional photographer.
Aviv Ron is an enthusiast photographer. He has studied photography both formally and independently and is active in various communities and forums. His work has been presented in several exhibitions, and he is very proud to have recently started to sell his art to collectors around the world.
Aviv is a seasoned executive who has been a CEO of several companies in the Hi-Tech and Real Estate industries. He is a co-founder and a Director at Huntington Property Investments, and serves as VP Business Development and Strategy at Kramer Electronics.
Aviv is active in the community and serves as a mentor of social ventures at IVN, Israel Venture Network. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a BSc from the Technion in Haifa. Aviv lives in Ra'anana with his wife and two daughters.
THE STUDIO is a graphic design collaboration of creative people. Our love of design, art and creative thinking, makes it possible to design for various fields such as commercial and cultural.
INGO - rental furniture for your most exclusive events, since 1992.
Piece of Cake, one of Jaffa's most delicious and well-loved bakeries, was opened in 2004. Since then, every week the team works 'round the clock to produce a wide variety of pastries, cakes, breads, quiches and cookies, making the bakery a main destination of the city, known for the rich aromas emanating from its doors. In addition, across the street, visit Cafe Alma, where all of the bakery's delights are served alongside Italian coffee, salads, sandwiches, shakshuka and more...
Ami Yares is a musician and educator based in Jaffa and active globally. A multilingual artist, his performances and workshops galvanize communities to become more socially conscious and active. His work crosses international boundaries, combining his American roots upbringing with life in Jaffa and beyond. Sing Out! Folk Magazine calls his music, "A multicultural sharing of sounds that pay homage to his homeland." Ami is also the co-programming director of Heartbeat: the Palestinian and Israeli Youth Music Project (www.heartbeat.fm).