Sivan Ya’ari, the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, is the guest speaker at Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Israel speaker series on Thursday, April 12, at 7:15 p.m. A wine and cheese reception follows. Innovation: Africa so far has transformed more than a million lives as it has provided villages with Israeli solar, agricultural, and water technologies.

Lee Lasher chairs the evening; the committee includes Martha Cohen, Andrew and Leah Harary, Rob and Irene Gottesman, and Ronnie and Marc Schlussel.

Jason Gewirtz, who is a CNBC executive producer and a writer, and Shai Kivity, an IDF Talpiot officer from 2007 to 2016, will speak on Thursday, April 19, at 7:15. For more information, go to