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.
Commission Members
Chairman
Mark Levenson

Senate Representatives
The Honorable Robert W. Singer
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean Jr.
The Honorable Loretta Weinberg

Assembly Representatives
The Honorable Jon M. Bramnick
The Honorable Amy H. Handlin
The Honorable Gary S. Schaer
The Honorable Valerie Vainieri Huttle

Public Members
Mark Meyerowitz
Steven Starkman, M.D
Steven Rogers, Esq.
Harlan Coben
Rabbi Yosef Carlebach
Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler
Josh Pruzansky
Jason Shames
Rabbi Alan Silverstein, Ph.D.
Rabbi Aaron Kotler
Marvin Goldklang
Sheila Goldklang
Jacob Toporek, Esq.
Jerome Herbert Enis
Howard Cohen
Roy Tanzman
Gerrie Bamira
Max Kleinman
Norman Samuels, Ph.D.
Adam Geller
Amy Winkelman, Esq.
Rabbi Menachem Carlebach
Abraham Foxman
Laibel Schapiro
Gordon Haas
Herbert Klein
Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer
Judith Sheft
Stanley Stone
Steve Newmark
Randall Mark
Steven Greenfogel, Esq.
Andrew Getraer
Ralph Zucker
Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner
Yael Zerubavel, Ph.D.
Abe Halberstam
Harriet Lipman Sepinwall, Ed.D.
Anita Fray
Gary Botwinick, Esq.
The Honorable Michael Friedman, Esq.
Rabbi Douglas Sagal
Barry Honig
Steven Goldstein
Marlene Herman, Ph.D.
David Lentz, Esq.
Karen Small
Rabbi Benjamin Yudin
Leonard Posnock
Shane Berger
Luba Sindler, Ph.D.
Emil Stern
Jerry Zaro
Rabbi Randi Musnitsky
Sammy Saka
Ruth Gerber Cole
Lloyd Rosenberg, AIA
Jonathan Gold, M.D.
Sean Gertner, Esq.
Wendy Lazarus
Rabbi Charles Kroloff
Sarah Biser, Esq.
Toby Shylit Mack
Irwin Sablosky
Howard Charish
Lawrence Lerner
Lawrence Mandel, Esq.
Howard Bookbinder
Rebecca Citron
Leonard Cole, Ph.D.
Lionel Kaplan, Esq.
Robert Davidson
Kenneth Heyman
Fred Zemel, 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.nj.gov
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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