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Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts delegation kicked off day three of the mission with a visit to Haifa University. There they met with university leadership and students to discuss the wealth of economic and educational ties between Israel and Massachusetts.

The next stop was a Town Hall Meeting on innovation economies at Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology. Governor Patrick led a discussion among members of the delegation and a broad cross-section of members of the Greater Haifa Community business and entrepreneurial communities.

After the Town Hall, Governor Patrick and the delegation visited the Shiluvim Program, a community empowerment project launched by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Boston-Haifa Connection. The program aims to help Jewish Ethiopian immigrants adjust to new life in Haifa and fully integrate Ethiopian Israelis into the community. Learn more about the Shiluvim project here.

Click here to learn more about the day from NECN’s Alison King who is traveling with the Governor.

Throughout the day, Governor Patrick had the opportunity to meet with various Israeli leaders and members of the government to discuss cooperation between Massachusetts and Israel and thank them for their hospitality. Here is the schedule of the Governor’s official meetings, click here to learn more.

  • 8:30 am: Yona Yahov, Mayor of Haifa
  • 4:00 pm: Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon
  • 4:30 pm: Tzipi Livni, Chairperson of the Opposition
  • 6:00 pm: Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel (pictured above)
  • 7:00 pm: Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor, Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy

Governor Patrick was received on the floor of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, where Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon read aloud a proclamation welcoming the delegation to Israel. The delegation will spend the night in Jerusalem.

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