18 March 2019 - 12 Adar II 5779 - י"ב אדר ב' ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Former Israeli Ambassador to Japan lights torch at ceremony marking Israel’s 70th anniversary E-mail

Ruth Kahanoff, former Israeli Ambassador to Japan, was one of 12 prominent members of Israeli society to light a torch at an official ceremony on Mount Herzyl in Jerusalem on the 18 April, the eve of the Yom Hat’Atzmaut 70th anniversary of the State of Israel.

Ambassador Kahanoff lit a torch in the name of MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation. MASHAV was established 60 years ago as the official foreign aid arm of the State of Israel.

Since then, it has sent thousands of experts and instructors to every corner of the world to share the know-how and experience that have transformed the world into a better place for hundreds of millions of people. MASHAV is the bearer of tidings, and embodies the Jewish/Israeli concept of Tikun Olam – healing the world (the commitment to work towards a better world).

Ambassador Kahanoff has extensive diplomatic experience and has made a significant impact on Israel’s foreign relations. She has also served as MFA Deputy Director General for the Asia-Pacific Region.

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