Arison Bestseller To Be Published in the U.S. By Phoenix Books

October 7, 2009

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ — A November 17 release date has been set for the U.S. market publication of BIRTH: When the Spiritual and the Material Come Together, the best-selling book authored by Israeli business leader and philanthropist Shari Arison.

Initially published in Israel by Kinneret Zmora Bitan Dvir Publishing House, the book will be released in the United States by Phoenix Books, which secured the global publishing rights to the highly sought-after project.

BIRTH: When the Spiritual and the Material Come Together sets forth Arison’s view that the world is “collapsing” around us because of broad-based greed on a personal, community and corporate level. She defines greed as not only financial, but also manifested by the mismanagement of the environment and the breakdown of fundamental social values.

“We’re very excited to be releasing the book in the United States and are confident that it will be received as strongly by American readers as it was by readers in Israel,” Arison said. “The book offers a blueprint for productive social change and delivers practical guidance. Above all, it offers compelling messages of hope that we feel will resonate with readers in the U.S. and, ultimately, the entire world.”

Arison’s account details her own journeys — both spiritually and in business — that led to the repositioning of the Arison Group as an enterprise focused on balancing profit with a strong commitment to the environment, sustainable practices, and philanthropic giving.

For example, she was able to influence Bank Hapoalim to initiate a public education program, Shikun Binui, on responsible lending to promote green building development and created a new company called Miya to harness better water management. In the philanthropic arena, Matan was her initiative to encourage Israeli corporations to increase charitable giving and Ruach Tova was organized to facilitate individuals volunteering to help others.

Arison’s core message is that change is crucial, but that “change is not in the hands of government, not in the hands of a leader or guru, and not in the hands of the powerful or wealthy. It is in our hands, the hands of each and every one of us,” she says.

Importantly, Arison maps out workable model — one that will “enable individuals, corporations and perhaps countries to transform the collapse into change, to transform the crisis into an opportunity, and to bring together the spiritual and material, and to deliver the future from a combination of the two,” she says.

The Arison Group is a global business and philanthropy group, headquartered in Israel. The Group’s activities are carried out via two channels — business and philanthropy — that bring to fruition the values of sustainability: Arison Investments focuses on the business core of sustainability and applies the vision of securing the human existence to the field of global business. The Ted Arison Family Foundation focuses on listening to the needs of the community, by extending a loving hand. The foundation implements giving to the community through its donations and activities for improving the quality of life in Israel and for bringing about a transformation of the social environment.

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