October 2016

 Shimon Peres (1923 - 2016)
Chamber Chairperson Ofra Strauss, Board, Chamber members and team send their deep condolences to former Chamber Chair Chemi Peres, and the Peres and Waldan families on the passing of Shimon Peres, the 9th president of the State of Israel.
Few people if any did as much to promote the Israel-U.S. relationship in every aspect.  The Chamber awarded Mr. Peres with its Life-Time Achievement Award in 2015 recognizing his vast contribution to this effort.
The world will greatly miss Shimon Peres and his enormous contributions to peace, the economy, science and the well-being of all people.
May his soul rest in peace.
Mr. Peres receives the Chamber’s 2015 Life-Time Achievement Award from Chamber Chairpersons Ms. Ofra Strauss and Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, together with former Chamber CEO, Ronit Benbasat Rom. For the Chamber video on Shimon Peres' Life-Time Achievements Click Here.
SHANA TOVA - HAPPY NEW YEAR The Chamber Chairperson, Ms. Ofra Strauss joined by the Chamber Board and team wish our members, their employees and families a prosperous, happy and healthy new year. We wish to thank you for your support and for taking part in the Chamber activities.
Chamber Events
2016 Annual Chamber Event – INVITATION

The 2016 Annual Chamber Event will be hosted by Chamber chairpersons Ms. Ofra Strauss and U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro and will take place on Monday, November 7, at 18:30-21:00, in the presence of President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin.  This year's program promises to be an exciting event at the Cinema City, Gelilot. We will award companies and persons that have made an exceptional contribution to the Israel-U.S. business and commercial relationship. There will be a special focus on the film, television and internet industries.
For event tickets, sponsorship opportunities and more information please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 03-695-2341. 
Ticket prices:
Chamber Members: NIS 500 +VAT
Non Members: NIS 700 + VATFor full Invitation
Chamber Hosts Panel on BDS The Chamber together with the Law Offices of Herzog Fox &  Neeman hosted Sima Vaaknin, Director General of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Eran Shayshon VP APCO Worldwide, and Daniel Reisner, partner in Herzog Fox & Neeman in charge of Public International Law, Defense and Homeland Security, at a well-attended breakfast meeting panel on BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions).  There is growing concern amongst Chamber members and the Industry as a whole of the economic and business implications of the BDS "movement".  Read more
Chamber Hosts Eric Hirschhorn Under-Secretary of Commerce  for Industry and Security The Chamber in partnership with the Israeli Federation of Chambers of Commerce (איגוד לשכות המסחר) hosted U.S. Under-Secretary Hirschhorn for a round table with representatives of Israeli companies who are subject to Export Control regulations.  This involves re-exporting of sensitive technologies to third countries. Under-Secretary Hirschhorn was interested in the challenges facing the Israeli industry when dealing with the US authorities. At closing he commented that this interaction helped him gain a better understanding of the environment and to work towards streamlining processes and lowering some of the barriers to trade. 
U.S. - Israel Water Summit: Las Vegas NV, December 12-13, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with our Chamber and with others invite you to participate in the Chamber’s BusinessH2O Summit: Water Management Best Practices from the U.S. and Israel on December 12 at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas.
BusinessH2O will bring together business leaders, government officials, and water experts together to discuss best practices in corporate water stewardship and public policies to address the growing demand for water.Space is limited. Register now.
Date: Monday, December 12 (8am – 6pm) - Summit, Tuesday December 13 – Business opportunities
Location: Bellagio Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
Conference Website: www.businessH2Osummit.comRead More

Chamber News

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Chamber New Web-Site

With the spirit of the New Year, we launched a new web-site. This web-site will help the Chamber provide a wider range of services and information to its members, the business community and to the public. Please visit us at:
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The Israel-U.S. Food & Ag Tech Forum in the Making

The Chamber together with Chamber member KPMG are co-leading the formation of an Israel-U.S. Food & Ag Tech Forum. The forum will bring the industries in both countries closer together and help promote innovation, a better regulatory environment, and gain higher visibility to the challenges the world faces in the coming decades to feed its growing population with healthier, more nutritious and more readily available food.   The Forum’s first event is in partnership with Landmark Ventures in parallel with the Israel Dealmakers Investors Summit to launch an Israel-U.S. Foodtech Summit. The event will take place on March 28-30, 2017, in San Francisco, CA.  For more information and to join the Forum please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chamber Committee News
Chamber re-establsihes Intellectual Property Committee
The Chamber is happy to announce the re-establishment of a Chamber Intellectual Property Committee to advise its Board.  The Chamber is responding to requests of several of its members who are facing issues starting from brand counterfeiting to IP ownership and others.  The Committee will now be headed by Adv.  Yossi Markovich Senior Partner at Chamber member Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz.An invitation letter to join this committee together with a date and agenda for its first meeting, will be sent in the near future.  In the meantime you may This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

Chamber Members News

Announcing Academic Course on Relocation We are pleased to announce that at the initiative of Mr. Tsvi Kan Tor Chair of the Chamber Visa Committee and Dr. Gadi Ravid, Dean of the Business School at Netanya Academic College, and under his stewardship, will open an academic course on RELOCATION. This will be the first such course in Israel and it will be both theoretical and practical and deal with all RELOCATION aspects.Read more.

2016 Membership Renewal Members who have yet to renew their membership for 2016 or are planning their 2017 renewal are invited to do so at their earliest convenience. Furthermore, you are invited to join the leading companies in Israel that already take part in our exclusive programs – Diamond, Platinum and Gold.
To join our exclusive programs,  please contact the chamber.

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