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Department of State

New Jersey-Israel Commission

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
New Jersey-Israel Commission

About the Commission

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 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).

Original summary of the Commission

Commission Priorities

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.

 

Economic 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

Commission Members

Chairman
Mark Levenson

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

Assembly Representatives
The Honorable Jon M. Bramnick
The Honorable John DiMaio
The Honorable Gary S. Schaer
The Honorable Valerie Vainieri Huttle

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

 


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