Tel-Hai Magazine - Fall 2020

Critical Issues Facing the Galilee The Sixth Galilee Panhandle Conference in Memory of Elad Erlich A vital initiative focusing on the Eastern Galilee relies on regional creativity and energy to highlight critical issues has recently taken place, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Galilee Panhandle Conference in memory of Elad Erlich z”l has been taking place over several weeks this fall, addressing major chall e nges such as establishing of a university in the Eastern Galilee, making health services more accessible regionally , promoting local culture through government support and developing economic and employment models appropriate to the changing situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference emphasizes regional cooperation and addresses the growing gaps between Israel's geographical center and periphery. Sponsored by Tel-Hai College, the Shinui Kivun (Change in Course) Organization, the Eastern Galilee Cluster and local authorities in the region, the Sixth Annual Conference reached new audiences with its bold agenda for growth and development in the region. On September 2020, panels featuring national experts addressed the critical issues facing the Galilee Panhandle: health, employment, higher education and culture. Health experts discussed how the current pandemic can serve as a catalyst for improving health services accessibility. Speakers emphasized the importance of cooperation between different health maintenance organizations and highlighted the urgent regional need for investment in preventive health care. The panel on employment focused on the rapid economic and workforce changes occurring in Israel and the world as a result of the pandemic. Udi Erlich Giladi, Human Capital Director, Bank of Jerusalem, discussed these dramatic changes, as dozens of bank workers transferred from in-person to work-from-home positions. Other panelists emphasized the importance of cooperation among local authorities to attract new employment opportunities to the Galilee. The higher education session brought new energy to the goal of establishing a university in the Galilee as a catalyst for regional development. Panelists underscored the available regional resources, indicated the obstacles and discussed ways for local leadership to unite to successfully realize the common vision.

Magazine, Fall 2020

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