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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

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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

Co-Chairs
Karin Elkis
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
Ambassador Dani Dayan
Ambassador Michael Oren
Dr. Ravit Barkama
Ms. Allison Nagelberg
Ms. Lori Sackler
Mr. Bruce Brafman
Ms. Betsy Fischer
Dr. Margaret McMenamin
Ms. Leslie Dannin Rosenthal
Ms. Debra Tantleff
Ms. Shari Blecher
Ms. Laura Herschlag
Ms. Ginger Gold Schnitzer
Ms. Tal Shuster
Ms. Miri Ben-Ari
Ms. Archie Gottesman
Ms. Lori Klinghoffer
Ms. Angelica Berrie
Mr. Elias Mattar
Mr. Yoram Elgrabli
Hon. Phil Goldfeder
Mr. Michael Cohen
Mr. Michael Pock
Mr. Nathan Herzog
Mr. John Frankel
Mr. Yoram Behiri
Mr. Michael Feldstein
Mr. Calvin Souder
Mr. Alex Rosemberg
Mr. Ido Zairi
Dr. Craig Gotsman
Mr. Pinakin Pathak
Dr. Bob Bendeon
Mr. Ari Rabban
Mr. Joe Shamie
Deputy Mayor Jason Ravitz
Mr. Howard Joffe
Mr. Leon Sokol
Dr. Vivian Fuhrman
Mr. Yuri Piltser
Ms. Paula Gold
Ms. Audrey Wilf
Mrs. Sharon Levine Corzine
Prof. Janice Harrington Knopf
Mr. Norman Rokeach
Mr. Daniel Straus
County Commissioner Tracy Zur
Mayor Michael Wildes
Council President Ora Kornbluth
Ms. Sarri Singer
Mr. Jonathan Frenkel
Professor Gary Minkoff
Mr. Harry Silver
Ms. Ariella Steinreich
Ms. Sheri Goldberg
Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer
Ms. Marlene Herman
Ms. Wendy Lazarus
Ms. Sarah Biser
Ms. Karen Small
Ms. Harriet Sepinwall
Mr. Jason Shames
Rabbi Yosef Carlebach
Rabbi Menachem Carlebach
Mr. Roy Tanzman
Mr. Jacob Toporek
Rabbi Aaron Kotler
Mr. Andrew Getraer
Mr. Ralph Zucker
Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner
Mr. Steven Goldstein
Mr. Jerold Zaro
Hon. Herbert Klein
Mr. Lawrence Lerner
Mr. Abe Halberstam

 


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