Program to examine Israel’s outsized leadership in tech


Tiny Israel has become known as a leader in innovation and start-ups. For decades, just about everyone with a cellphone has benefited from technology developed in Israel – and now millions are benefiting from a vaccine that Israelis helped develop. Yet, those are just the tip of the iceberg on how Israeli innovation and entrepreneurship touches our lives.

In a Zoom program on Feb. 9, Nadav Kidron will discuss Israeli innovation in general, as well as Israeli research on COVID-19.  Kidron, who cofounded Oramed Pharmaceuticals in 2006, will use his personal journey to illustrate how Israel earned a reputation as the “Start-up Nation.” 

Kidron is an entrepreneur whose experience includes senior executive roles in a wide range of industries. Currently, he is chief executive officer and director of Oramed.

The free Zoom program, on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., is part of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s Israeli Culture Series, which takes place on the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Amit Moshe Oren at 401-421-4111 or

The program is co-sponsored by The Rhode Island Israel Collaborative. The collaborative is a not-for-profit organization that fosters and strengthens trade, business, academic exchanges and research between Rhode Island and Israel to benefit the people and economy of both.

LARRY KATZ ( is the director of Jewish life and learning at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.