Solar Revolutionary Yosef Abramowitz to Speak at Hebrew College
Newton Centre, MA —In the upcoming Martin Kace lecture on April 6 at Hebrew College, Yosef Abramowitz will share his unconventional journey from Boston Jewish educator to Israeli solar impact investor.
In 2006 when Yossi Abramowitz and his family moved from Newton, MA to Kibbutz Ketura in the Negev Desert, solar energy was not foremost on his mind. But when the social activist realized that the year round sun was not being harnessed as a power source, he teamed up with an Israeli and an American business leader to build Israel’s first commercial solar field.
Abramowitz rapidly expanded from Israeli solar pioneer to the international stage as one of the co-founders of Gigawatt Global, an American/Dutch/Israeli company. With private investment and grants, including a partnership with President Obama’s “Power Africa” initiative, Gigawatt Global installed a first-of-its-kind solar field in Rwanda, providing 6% of the country’s power.
Consul General of Israel to New England, Yehuda Yaakov, describes the three-time Nobel Peace Laureate nominee and an Israeli delegate to the Paris Climate Conference as, “one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, successfully translating his passion for human rights into a comprehensive plan of action to supply Africa with renewable energy. He and his American colleagues embody the potential for American-Israeli collaboration to improve the lives of millions.”
In the Martin Kace lecture, Abramowitz will discuss how being an observant Jew and human rights activist were central to broadening his vision and expertise as an Israeli solar investor. “At this point in my life I’m interested only in social change that is scalable at crazy levels,” commented Abramowitz in a recent interview with the Jewish Journal.
Hebrew College, founded in 1921, promotes excellence in Jewish learning and leadership within a pluralistic environment of open inquiry, intellectual rigor, personal engagement and spiritual creativity. Its programs include a Rabbinical School, a School of Jewish Music, a School of Jewish Education, and graduate degrees and courses in Jewish studies; community education for adult learners; and a supplemental Hebrew high school and middle school. For more information, visit www.hebrewcollege.edu.