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TUNICK RETURNS: World-renowned American photographer Spencer Tunick and Israeli social protest leader Daphni Leef will participate in a special dialogue about the environment at a Tel Aviv International Salon event for Anglo professionals today, September 14, at the Dead Sea. The 11 A.M. discussion, "Creative Social Activism," will be held in English and moderated by Israeli environmental photographer Roie Galitz. "This is really all about the environment," said 40-year-old New York City native Ari Fruchter, a self-described "social philanthropist" from Tel Aviv who was instrumental in bringing Tunick to Israel last year for his "Naked Sea Installation at the Dead Sea." The event is part of a larger program of activities in support of the grassroots organization SaveOurSea.org.il. Additional information is available on the salon's Facebook page. (Mordechai I. Twersky )
THE HONEYMOONERS: Three days after they exchanged their vows in a New Jersey wedding ceremony, Alan and Leora Katz arrived in Israel yesterday as man and wife - and as new Israeli citizens. Alan, 23, and Leora, 22, met eight months ago when they were introduced by a mutual friend, according to a statement by Nefesh B'Nefesh, the aliyah organization that assisted the new couple. "We wanted to start a new life in Israel, and what better way to do it than at the beginning of a Jewish New Year? We are so excited to embark on this new beginning," Alan Katz said upon his arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport, according to the statement. Alan, a native of Teaneck, New Jersey, is planning to attend the Technion American Medical School in Haifa and hopes to become a doctor. His wife, who hails from East Brunswick, New Jersey, plans to study diplomacy and conflict studies at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. (Mordechai I. Twersky )
SECURE EVENT: The Iranian nuclear threat, cyber-terrorism and the security situation in Syria were among the topics discussed this week at the 12th annual World Summit on Counter-Terrorism at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, based at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Southern California native Jonathan Davis, head of the IDC's Raphael Recanati International School, served as master of ceremonies of the conference, which was attended by hundreds of counter-terrorism experts, security officials and terrorism researchers from Israel and around the world. Davis highlighted the presentation by Adrian Leppard, commissioner of the City of London Police, who discussed his force's strategy for protecting the recent Olympic Games and the close partnership between Israel and the U.K. in the fight against terrorism. Davis said: "I think there's a respect for the way Israel handles counter-terrorism, and a lot of people want to come here and to learn from us, and also share so we can learn together." (Andrew Esensten )
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