events I host that bring people together
around ideas worth sharing

Zappa, Jun 2014

Bubbles is a new format of gathering where we ask (and answer!) the big, (and not so big) questions of life, in an ever so light, fun and funny way. Between dusk and midnight, we tested our hypothesis that the right mix of alcohol and jokes, shared by A-list speakers and comedians, has a "down-to-earth-ing" effect on ideas, that are traditionally confined to the ivory worlds of academia, government and big money. People said they learned a lot and had fun. And so did we. It was a good pilot night for what we hope to make a new tradition in Israel.

It was fun to host, together with Dan Ariely this quirky mix of speakers: Adir Miller, Amit Segal, Barak Ben Ezer, Barak Sorni, Dana Maor, Elah Alkalay, Eran Hildesheim, Eyal Levinter, Eyal Winter, Ifat Kariv, Iris Stark, Keren Elazari, Liat Aaronson, Maunel Trajtenberg, Moshe Teomim, Nadav Eyal, Noga Levidson Nadan, Omri Marcus, Ori Eyal, Ori Greenberg, Yair Tauman, Yoel Cheshin, and Yoni Bloch.

Failcon Tel Aviv
Cinematech, Jan 2014

FailCon is a conference for startup founders to study their own and others' failures and prepare for success. FailCon is produced in over a dozen cities on 6 continents around the globe and this was the first Failcon in Tel Aviv, produced by Bat-chen Grinberg and Tali Pais. I had the joy of hosting the event and help put the program together. We went beyond startup founders to investors, army officers and politicians.

We heard personal stories of failure from: Yanki Margalit, Naftali Benet, Liad Agmon, Ishay Green, Daria Shualy, Yosi Taguri, Ofer Vilenski, Gigi Levy, Emma Butin, Eden Shochat, Yoni Dariel, Yoel Gat, Roy Tertman, Gideon Amichay, Gil Ben-Artzy, Inbal Arieli and more.

McCann, Dec 2013

Thousands of women in more than 220 TEDx events around the world took part in watching TEDWomen live from SF on Dec 5th. Abigail Tenembaum [TED speakers' coach], Liat Aaronson [TEDxTelAviv and TEDxHolyLand co-organizer], and I hosted more than 100 fabulous women for a live simulcast of TEDWomen at McCann Israel private cinema on the evening of Dec 5th. On top of the great program coming in from SF, TEDxTelAvivWomen featured a short program of local TEDx talks by Israeli Women.

TEDWomen 2013 will continue TED’s multi-year conversation about women’s work and lives, present and future. This is where Sheryl Sandberg gave the talk that lead to her book and movement ‘lean-in’ and where Jane Fonda gave an unforgettable talk about life’s third act.

Young Leaders' Fast Track
GA, Nov 2013

This session featured 8 Extraordinary Young Israelis Changing Israel and World Jewry, at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations in Jerusalem.

Short personal talks from a new member of Knesset, the emerging generation of Israeli philanthropists, a woman in her 20s whose life-changing story impacts her community, and more. These stories reveal a unique Israeli mosaic of social activism led by young adults in Israel nowadays

ELEW Concert, RJ/DJ Party
The Zone Club, Aug 2013

I met Eric at TED 09 and have been a fan of his unique style since. This was his first visit to Israel and he has very generously said yes to an impromptu gig the night before he flies back to NY. 120 friends gathered for what started as a concert and built up to a a RockJass dance party, followed by a jam session.

Eric Lewis, better known by his stage name ELEW, is an American jazz pianist who has found crossover success playing rock and pop music. He is known for his unconventional and physical playing style, which eschews a piano bench and includes reaching inside the piano lid to pull at the strings directly, as well as the creation that he calls Rockjazz, a genre that "takes the improvisational aspect of jazz and 'threads it through the eye of the needle of rock.'"

Education 4 Excellence
Habima, June 2013

TED inspired morning at Habima National Theater for Education 4 Excellence. I had the huge pleasure of hosting this unique annual event, featuring as speakers: Yanki Margalit, Itay Talgam, Benny Landa, Havivit Takla, Karen Tal and Dan Ariely.

College for All is an Israeli non profit organization that operates unique educational centers throughout Israel's economically distressed areas , for children who possess potential for individual and academic excellence, involving them in an intensive afternoon program from 3rd to 12th grade.

Techonomy Tel Aviv, June 2013

In partnership with Campus Tel Aviv (powered by Google Entrepreneurs), Techonomy will facilitate a series of conversations on June 5th in Tel Aviv about Israel’s emerging role as a tech superpower. The two-hour event will begin with a talk by Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick, followed by a panel discussion entitled “Can Israel Be the Tech Capital for the Next Five Billion?”

The panel will include Israeli innovation experts Yosi Abramowitz of Energiya Global Capital, TheMarker’s Guy Rolnik, GetTaxi’s Shahar Waiser, and Modi Rosen of Magma Venture Partners. Kirkpatrick will moderate the discussion.

TEDxTelAvivSalon, June 2012

TEDxTelAviv Salon is a super casual, mini TEDx, hosted in a private residence by Guy Spier (a friend and TEDxZurich co-organizer) and yours truly (TEDxTelAviv co-organizer). The event is designed to bring the people who made these events happen together, and keep the TED conversation going between larger scale open events. Here's the full event info and speakers' bios on

The first TEDxTelAvivSalon featured Avi Barliya, Enon Landenberg, Yanki Margalit, Lior Manor, Doron Marco and Itay Talgam and here are their talks.

The Israeli Extension
Aug 2011 and Aug 2012

The 2012 event is a sequel. The full 2012 event info is here and below is all about the First Behavioral Economics Summit for Startups.

Startup-Onomics is about infusing behavioral economics into the core DNA of new companies. It’s about HOW your users make decisions and WHY they make them. And more importantly, understanding the implications of this behavior to your bottom line.

Dan Ariely's first Behavioral Economics Summit for Startups is lead by an all-star cast of speakers and takes place in San Francisco. The summit will extend to Israel in a 2-day event, streaming speaker talks live and allowing local startups to interactively join West-Coast gatherers.

My friend Abigail Tenembaum and I are both behavioral economics sworn fans and now we have the joy of delivering the this awesome gift from Dan Ariely to about 20 Israeli startups.

The main website of The San Francisco Behavioral Economics Summit for Startups has more about behavioral economics and how understanding it increases site conversion rates, creates effective pricing strategy, improves customer and employee retention and overall help users change the ‘hard-to-change’ behavior.

And here's all the information about the live streaming event in Israel.

TEDxTelAviv, April 2010

A one-day Spring celebration of imagination and inspiration, featuring profound thinking, jaw dropping demonstrations and sprinkles of entertainment. The event theme -'Thriving on Turmoil' - reflects the inherent contradictions that characterize Israel: ancient-modern, religious-secular, rich-poor, east-west, devout-irreverent, tradition-innovation. TEDxTelAviv demonstrated how this diversity has catalyzed cutting edge technology, world-class research, great works of art and ingenious social entrepreneurship.

I had the privilege of organizing TEDxTelAviv with two good friends, Shimon Schocken and Liat Aaronson, an incredible tribe of TED fans and the backing of leading Israeli companies.

A taste of this festival below and the complete photo gallery, speaker list and talks on

TEDxLowerEastSide, Dec 2010

TEDxLowerEastSide joined the global dialogue over the course of a two-day event at Saro Bistro.

Menu included a live streaming of the complete TEDWomen program, live performances and talks by some of NYC’s most gorgeous and inspring women, engaging conversations, Balkan delicacies, and an after party in the TED tradition at the Back Room.

The full event details on

Memorable moments here, people, news and updates on TEDxLES Facebook page.