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Shari Arison

שרי אריסון
Who am I really?

Who am I really?

Businesswoman and philanthropist, Shar Arison, and Nurit Eldar, the facilitator of workshops on spiritual and personal development, are now launching a new book together that delves into the question of “Who am I really?”. Through personal conversations that are essential and profound, alongside many examples from their own personal lives, the two raise questions that open a window into their personal and spiritual path, while sharing insights on the process of self-discovery.


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Think good, speak good, do good

For over three decades, Shari Arison operates to promote Doing Good on every activity level: business, philanthropy, spirituality, books, art, and unique international ventures and projects.

“Every day, I try to do my part to create positive change, bringing added value to people, society, and the environment.”

Shari Arison has been implementing values in businesses and organizations through The Doing Good Model that she created.

To visit the websites of the Arison Group companies and organizations, which are operating to realize the vision of Doing Good, click below.

Doing Good



Shari Arison is named President of The Arison Foundation in Miami


Shari Arison moves back to Israel, and establishes The Arison Foundation’s operations in Israel


The foundation’s first large-scale project since it began its operations in Israel – The Arison Laboratoty for Human Brain Imaging, at the Weizmann Institute


The Arison family purchases Shikun & Binui, controlled jointly by Arison Investments and Shikun & Binui employees

Shari Arison founded Shargad to establish road-side restaurants and rest areas, receiving concession rights for the Movenpick restaurant chain, including a restaurant in Tel Aviv. The rest areas and restaurants were closed in 2006


Shari Arison begins vision work, out of which she then created the visions of all the companies and organizations at the Arison Group, which later founded The Doing Good Model

The first cornerstone is placed for the Ted Arison Medical Tower (Ichilov Hospital)

The controlling stake in Bank Hapoalim was sold to the Arison-Dankner Group, led by Ted Arison

Shari Arison is appointed a member of the board of directors at Bank Hapoalim, and serves in this capacity until 2003


Shari Arison establishes Matan- Investing in the Community,to create culture of giving in Israeli businesses community

The Arison School of Businesses is established at IDC Hezliya


Ted Arison passes away, and Shari Arison takes the reins to lead all the businesses in Israel


Shari Arison inaugurates the Arison Campus of Arts in Tel Aviv, which she built


Shari Arison establishes Essence of Life, aimed at raising awareness and providing tools of inner peace


The Ted Arison Family Foundation partners with the nonprofit Ruach Tova (Hebrew for Good Spirit), which it will adopt later, in 2007

The book A Journey in the Land of Light is published, written according to Shari Arison’s vision, followed by the play A Pearl of Light


Shari Arison receives Honorary Fellow of the Decade, from IDC Herzliya


Shari Arison establishes the Awareness Communication Center, at IDC Herzliya


Shari Arison becomes the controlling shareholder of Shikun & Binui, acquiring shares previously held by 441 Shikun & Binui employees

Shari Arison becomes the controlling shareholder of Bank Hapoalim, acquiring shares previously held by the Dankner family and its American partners

Shari Arison acquires control over Salt Industries, which she later transformed into a private company, changing its name to Salt of the Earth

Shari Arison launches Essence of Life Radio

Shari Arison establishes All One, aimed at creating a global conversation with the message of “we are all connected, all one”. The idea is that humanity at large will choose the future of us all, in all aspects of life: economy, health, education, security, and more

Photo: Sivan Farage

Shari Arison initiates Good Deeds Day in Israel. In 2011, the event goes international, with global participation across the world


Shari Arison launches Miya – a global water-efficiency company that she founded to realize the vision of securing the abundance of fresh water in the world

Photo: Sivan Farage


Shari Arison creates The Doing Good Model, which solidifies the many visions she has been developing since 1997 implemented in her businesses and philanthropic organizations

Shari Arison establishes Mahuti (Hebrew for My Essence) – the Essence of Life visitors center

Shari Arison publishes her first book Birth – When the Spiritual and the Material Come Together, which becomes an instant bestseller


Shari Arison receives the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) award for her contribution to promoting the economies of Israel and America


Shari Arison launches Goodnet – the social Internet initiative and gateway for Doing Good


Shari Arison publishes her book Activate Your Goodness, an instant global bestseller translated into numerous languages worldwide

Shari Arison is named Honorary Doctorate of Humane letters from George Mason University, for her work in advancing values-based business and philanthropy


Shari Arison publishes her art book Material for Thought


Shari Arison publishes her book The Doing Good Model, translated into many languages


Shari Arison publishes her children’s book A Day of Good Deeds, translated into many languages

Shari Arison receives the Knesset's (Israeli Parliament) annual Medal of Light (Itur Ha`or) for The Ted Arison Family Foundation’s contribution and commitment towards Holocaust survivors, and for Shari Arison’s activity within Israeli society for the benefit of the State of Israel


Shari Arison establishes the Doing Good Model company, aimed at implementing values at the core of businesses and organizations outside Arison Group


Led by Shari Arison, Arison Investments sells Shikun & Binui, in which she implemented the vision of Sustainability, to the Saidoff Group, after serving as its controlling shareholder for 22 years

Led by Shari Arison, Arison Investments sells some of its shares at Bank Hapoaliom, in which she led the vision of Financial freedom, and ceases to be the brank’s controlling shareholder after more than 22 years


Led by Shari Arison, Arison Investments sells Salt of the Earth, in which she led the vision of Vitality, to Fortissimo Capital

Led by Shari Arison, Arison Investments sells the global water company Miya, in which she led the vision of Abundance, to the global private equity group Bridgepoint

Shari Arison launches a new radio program on EoL Radio – The Path to Enlightenment and Inner Peace


Shari Arison explores opportunities in international businesses that bring added value for humanity

Awards & Recognition

America-Israel Friendship League

In 2010, she received the America-Israel Friendship League’s Partners for Democracy Award for her contribution to the economic relationship between Israel and the USA.

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In 2011 and 2012, Shari Arison was ranked on Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women. In 2010, she was No. 2 on Forbes World’s Greenest Billionaires in recognition of “her contributions to the environment, both in Israel and throughout the world, which she puts into practice in her business dealings.” In 2008, she was listed on Forbes World’s 50 Most Influential Women.

Forbes israel

Forbes Israel repeatedly ranks Shari Arison as one of the Most Powerful Women in Israel, for the impact that she exerts on the Israeli public and society.


In 2007 and 2009, Shari Arison was chosen Woman of the Year by Globes, and she continues to be listed as one of The 50 Most Influential Women in Israel.

IDC Herzliya

In 2005, she was named Honorary Fellow of the Decade at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), where she had served as a board member.

Israel Parliament

In 2016, Arison received the Knesset's (Israeli Parliament) annual Medal of Light (Itur Ha`or) for The Ted Arison Family Foundation’s contribution and commitment towards Holocaust survivors, and for Shari Arison’s activity within Israeli society for the benefit of the State of Israel.

Jerusalem Post

The Jerusalem Post repeatedly ranks Shari Arison as one of the world’s Top Influential Jews, acknowledging her for the extensive work she does in business and philanthropy, to realize her vision of Doing Good.

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Shimon Peres Former President of the State of Israel

“Shari contributes immensely to Israel, and her impact is a testimony to her goodwill and great spirit.”

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Bill Clinton President of the United States of America

"Shari, your work has impacted the world in a profoundly positive way, touching lives everywhere in your everlasting pursuit to make the world a better place."

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Dr. Deepak Chopra MD, New York Times best-selling author of Spiritual Solutions

"Shari Arison's overwhelming philanthropic generosity will inspire you, encourage you, and show you how to take your own leap of faith from ordinary to phenomenal.” (Excerpt of praise for the book Activate Your Goodness)

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Dr. Brian Weiss MD, New York Times best-selling author of Many Lives, Many Masters

"I believe that Shari Arison can play a crucial role in our achieving world peace." (Excerpt of praise for the book Activate Your Goodness)

Ariana Huffington Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group

“Shari Arison expands our understanding of what it means to do well in business, and shows that if leaders build their companies around these values, there will be a powerful alignment between their own well-being, the companies’ bottom line, and the good of the planet." (Excerpt of praise for the book Activate Your Goodness)

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Dr. Ángel Cabrera President, George Mason University

"Shari Arison’s example of practicing moral responsibility in business is one that we want to share with our students as they begin the next phase of their lives. Our vision for our graduates is to become involved and ethical citizens, committed to building a world that is just, free, and thriving. Shari Arison’s work shows how this can be achieved.” (Excerpt of praise for the book Activate Your Goodness)

Prof. Uriel Reichman President, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya

During IDC's second year, while we were still operating out of a rickety old military base, Shari Arison, in a gesture of faith and initiative, created a contribution that enabled us to build the Arison School of Business. Since then and to this day, in both times of hardship and success, she lives the special IDC story and mission together with us. Shari Arison is an anchor of friendship and inspiration to us all.

Photo: Gadi Dagon
Prof. Gabriel Barbash Former CEO of Tel Aviv Souraski Medical Center, Tel Aviv

“What took place in actuality, was that The Ted Arison Family Foundation and Shari Arison embraced the medical center. The excellent hospitalization conditions give doctors and staff the space they need to operate at ease. There is more privacy, more comfort, and a more respecting environment for the people and the medical teams that cater to them.”

Shimon Peres Shimon Peres
Bill Clinton Bill Clinton
Dr. Deepak Chopra Dr. Deepak Chopra
Dr. Brian Weiss Dr. Brian Weiss
Ariana Huffington Ariana Huffington
Dr. Ángel Cabrera Dr. Ángel Cabrera
Prof. Uriel Reichman Prof. Uriel Reichman
Prof. Gabriel Barbash Prof. Gabriel Barbash