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Bonding Together for Israel

March 12, 2018

 

With a theme of ‘Bonding Together for Israel,’ Israel Bonds staff joined as one for three days of learning, connection and friendship. The shared experience took place March 12-14 in New York.

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Vice President for Sales Stuart Garawitz: "We are very, very excited to have you"

Vice President for Sales Stuart Garawitz opened the retreat by saying, “We are very, very excited to have you,” with President & CEO Israel Maimon calling the retreat “an opportunity for each of you to come together and bond as one.”

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President & CEO Israel Maimon highights the "opportunity to come together and bond as one"

 

The close feelings of comradery were highlighted by Board Chairman Richard Hirsch, who exclaimed, “This is not a meeting of staff – it’s a meeting of family.”

 

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Board Chairman Richard Hirsch praises the staff retreat as "a meeting of family"

 

Throughout the retreat, Bonds staff shared the excitement of being together, and welcomed the opportunity to exchange ideas, information and knowledge with colleagues.

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President & CEO Israel Maimon and Board Chairman Richard Hirsch applaud staff members who have been with Israel Bonds for 35 years or more

The staff participated in a series of insightful workshops and presentations, with topics including maximizing sales, developing successful events and creating effective marketing strategies. Additionally, prominent Israel Bonds lay leaders, including Chairman of the Board Richard Hirsch and fellow board members Ken Goldberg, Andrew Hutter, Shira Lewis and Irwin Raij, together with Women’s Division Chair Laura Orzy, participated in a valuable panel discussion on leadership recruitment.

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UN Ambassador Danny Danon offers praise for Israel Bonds and its staff

During a moving visit to the World Trade Center site, UN Ambassador Danny Danon greeted the staff with words of praise: “I want to thank each and every one of you for the great work that you are doing.”

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Ariel Halevy leads the staff in a series of team-building exercises

Israel’s pending 70th anniversary was the prevailing theme throughout the retreat. In emphasizing the historic anniversary, President & CEO Maimon observed, “Always remember, we are members of the only organization working for Israel in its entirety. That means each of us, whatever our roles may be, are part of Israel’s storied legacy. You deserve to be part of the 70th anniversary conversation, because each of you, in your respective roles, has helped make so much possible.”

The retreat also featured a heavy team-building component with Ariel Halevy, co-founder of Vayomar, leading the group through a series of exercises to encourage bonding and develop diverse professional skills.

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Bonds staffers greet old friends and make new ones over the three days of the staff retreat

(All photos SA Pro)