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Sharing today's stories from Israel

JNF Boca Raton, March 2019. Photo: Boruch Len

This week, I made my debut as a speaker with the JNF USA.

I spoke about women, innovation, business and Israeli innovation at the 2019 Annual Women For Israel Luncheon in Boca Raton, Florida.

JNF Boca Raton, March 2019. Photo: Boruch Len

The audience was knowledgeable, well-versed in Israel, and full of smart and successful women.

Viva Sarah Press, journalist, speaker, educational clown.

When I was researching and writing the talk, I made sure to bring stories with great impact. Fortunately, Israel is brimming with such stories.

I love giving these talks. I love the interaction with the audience. I love surprising audiences with tales from Israel. I love watching people’s reactions.

And, when feedback is good, it is all the better as I know I have succeeded in a mission I set for myself: to share the stories of modern day Israel without corporate or government sponsorship.

The audience at the luncheon was great: there was participation in answering my questions, wows and head nodding, snickering in all the right places and audible surprise.

There was no Q&A but there was one request after the talk: that I speak a little about the pioneering Educational Clowning initiative now underway in Israel.

JNF Boca Raton, March 2019. Photo: Boruch Len

It was flattering to be thanked by the women for coming to their event. For me, it was all the more important that they came to listen. My talks only work if I have a receptive audience.

Luckily, in Boca Raton, I did.

Thanks to everyone who came out.

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