Mission
The mission of the New Jersey-Israel Commission is to foster economic, scientific, educational and cultural ties with the State of Israel, one of New Jersey's most important trading partners.
Comission Members
Mark Levenson, Chair

Senator Robert W. Singer
Senator Thomas H. Kean Jr.
Senator Loretta Weinberg
Senator Jim Whelan

Adam Geller
Shane C. Berger
Dr. Luba Sindler
Martin E. Mabe
Steve Newmark
Marvin Goldklang
Sheila Goldklang
Sammy C. Saka
Rabbi Charles Kroloff
Jason M. Shames
Andrew Getraer
Rabbi Randall Mark
Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler
Rabbi Alan Silverstein, Ph.D.
Josh Pruzansky
Rabbi Randi Musnitsky
Rabbi Aaron Kotler
Ralph Zucker
Steven J. Greenfogel, Esq.
Emil "Yitz" Stern
Ruth Gerber Cole
Amy Winkelman, Esq.
Rabbi David-Seth M. Kirshner
Abraham Foxman
Mark S. Levenson, Esq.
Chairman Sarah B. Biser, Esq.
Gary R. Botwinick, Esq.
Rabbi Yosef Carlebach
Rabbi Menachem Carlebach
Rabbi Douglas Sagal
Rabbi Laibel Schapiro
Toby Shylit Mack
Barry S. Honig
Irwin Sablosky
Howard E. Charish
Sean Gertner, Esq.
Lawrence I. Lerner
Lawrence D. Mandel, Esq.
Howard J. Bookbinder
Rebecca Citron
Howard Cohen, CPA
Leonard A. Cole, Ph.D.
Jerome Herbert Enis
Gerald A. Flanzbaum, Esq.
Anita Fray
Jonathan A. Gold, M.D.
Steven Goldstein
Gordon F. Haas
Abe Halberstam
Marlene Herman, Ph.D.
Lionel A. Kaplan, Esq.
Herbert C. Klein
Max L. Kleinman
Ambassador (Ret.) Daniel C. Kurtzer
David Lentz, Esq.
Norman Samuels, Ph.D
Lee E. Schwartz
Judith A. Sheft
Karen L Small
Stanley H. Stone
Yael Zerubavel, Ph.D.
Roy H. Tanzman, Esq.
Jacob C. Toporek, Esq.
Rabbi Benjamin Yudin
Gerrie Bamira
Leonard Posnock
Robert Davidson
Kenneth R. Heyman
Lloyd A. Rosenberg, AIA
Harriet Lipman Sepinwall, Ed.D.
Fred D. Zemel, Esq.
Committeeman Michael S. Friedman, Esq.
Contact the NJ-Israel Commission
New Jersey-Israel Commission
P.O. Box 820
Trenton, NJ 08625-0820

Tel: (866) 534-7789
Fax: (609) 292-5509

Email: Feedback@sos.state.nj.us
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New Jersey and Israel:
Sharing a long and strong relationship

The New Jersey-Israel Commission was established in 1989 to implement the goals of the Sister State Agreement - to promote the development of trade, culture and educational exchanges; encourage the development of capital investment and joint business ventures; and foster a spirit of cooperation between the citizens of the State of Israel and the State of New Jersey.

Commission History

In 1988, under Governor Thomas H. Kean, a Sister State Agreement was signed between the State of Israel and the State of New Jersey.

The New Jersey-Israel Commission was established in 1989 to implement the goals of this agreement - to promote the development of trade, culture and educational exchanges; encourage the development of capital investment and joint business ventures; and foster a spirit of cooperation between the citizens of the State of Israel and the State of New Jersey.

The New Jersey-Israel Commission was placed under the purview of the Department of State in July, 2007. Prior to this, the Commission came under the New Jersey Commerce, Economic Development & Tourism Commission (which is now the New Jersey Commerce Commission).

Commission Prioritites

The New Jersey – Israel Commission’s mission is to foster economic, scientific, educational and cultural ties with the State of Israel, one of New Jersey’s most important trading partners.

The Governor appoints the public members of the Commission, which has three committees that focus on three key areas of interest: economic development, education, and culture & tourism.

Ecomonic Development
The economic development committee identifies opportunities for increased economic development between New Jersey and Israel, including joint business ventures and capital investment.
Economic Committee - Mark Levenson, Chair
Education
The Commission facilitates supports and encourages collaborative research projects, University to University Exchanges, and educational programming beneficial for schools, universities, and the general community.
Education Committee - Dr. Marlene Herman, Chair
Culture
The Commission actively supports art exhibits, film festivals, and cultural missions on the state and local level, group events, and other tourism exchange programs to build awareness and understanding between the citizens of Israel and New Jersey.
Culture Committee - Jerry Enis, Chair