Chamber Award Gala Event – Save the Date

The Chamber Annual Award Gala Event will take place on Monday, 26 September. Please mark your calendar. This year promises to be an exciting event with a venue change and other innovations. You should have received a separate email with a call for nominations of companies that made an exceptional contribution to the Israel-US business and commercial relations, during the past year.  If you would like to receive the nomination form kindly contact the chamber.


Upcoming Seminars

Trade Secrets Law: A US & Israeli Perspectives
Thursday, July 21, 2016, 09:00 - 11:00
Herzog Fox & Neeman , Asia House, 4 Weizmann Street, Tel Aviv

BDS – Save the Date  - September 13



Chamber News


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US Ambassador Leads a Large Israeli Delegation with Chamber CEO to SelectUSA

SelectUSA 2016 Foreign Direct Investment Summit was attended by over 2400 delegates from over 70 countries.  The Israeli delegation led by US Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, was one of the largest delegations to attend. The delegation of 30 executives from 20 Israeli companies included the CEOs of large industrial conglomerates, such as Chamber members Teva Pharmaceuticals, ICL Group, Caesarstone Ltd., Mobileye and Netafim to startup companies such as Woosh and Phinergy. All companies either already invested in the US and are looking to expand operations there, or are looking to establish presence and operations in the US. The Chamber assisted the US Embassy in the delegation set-up and was represented by CEO, Oded Rose. 

The SelectUSA Summit provides the companies with a direct single point of contact to all state, local Economic Development Officers (EDOs) and counties. This assists them in making an informative decision based on their business requirements and outlines their specific advantages and incentive packages.
The US Administration puts a lot of effort into the SelectUSA Summit. President Obama addressed the delegates and six cabinet ministers led panel discussions attended by the CEOs of some of the world's leading companies.  Teva's CEO, Mr. Erez Vigodman participated in a panel hosted by SelectUSA Chief, Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.


Maria Contreras-Sweet, US Secretary of Small Business Administration Meets Chamber

              Ms. Maria Contreras-Sweet, President Obama's cabinet member and SBA Administrator (equivalent to Secretary) met with Chamber CEO, Oded Rose. At the meeting Ms. described the purpose of the Small Business Administration (SBA) (relatively unknown in Israel). There are numerous federal incentives and programs that support small and medium businesses in the US. These include, angel financing, micro-loans, and other loan programs. A certain percentage of most government contracts are allotted to small businesses. This could be an advantage for an Israeli firm looking to bid on US government contracts, if they partner with or ensure that part of their supply chain is coming from small businesses. For more information contact the chamber



 Chamber Co-leads Creation of Food-Tech Israel-US Ecosystem

              The Chamber, together with Platinum Chamber member KPMG (Somech) and the Strauss Group, initiated an Israeli-American Food-Tech Ecosystem. The Ecosystem will build on the success of local Israeli initiatives such as The Kitchen and Alpha and will expand them into a larger across the ocean group that will include large food companies, startup food-tech technology companies and investor groups.  If Food Tech is on your radar, save the date for our upcoming Round-table on July 26. For more information contact the chamber


hamber Tax Committee Re-established to Represent

Internet-Business Sector

 Following a recent (4/16) Circular by the Israeli Tax-Authority that changed an existing interpretation of the international convention on taxation of internet business, the Chamber rekindled the work of the Chamber Taxation Committee. This is in response to requests from several internet-business Chamber members.

The Committee is headed by Deloitte's partner Mr. Yitzhak (Chicko) Chickorel, a Platinum chamber member. The Committee has drafted a professional opinion paper and is representing the sector in discussions with the Finance Ministry and the Tax Authority.



Water Sector News: 

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Meets Israeli Water Companies

U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade Kenneth Hyatt, recently held a round table of Israeli Water Companies organized with the Chamber. Mr. Hyatt also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Authority of Innovation (prev. Matimop) to further promote cooperation between the two governments on innovations, covering a range of fields including the water segment.

Government–Business Water Conference in Las Vegas December 2016

Our affiliate, the US Chamber of Commerce together with our Chamber are organizing a 2-day water conference that will bring together senior officials from the Federal, State and local government, together with business leaders associated with the water segment.  The conference is planned to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada between December 12–13. Save the date. More information to follow and by contacting the chamber.



Israel-America Chamber of Commerce branded American Express Card

The Chamber has entered into an agreement with Chamber member, American Express, to issue a card that will offer special benefits to chamber members. The benefits will apply to both Platinum and Gold Amex cards. The cards will be Israel -America Chamber of Commerce branded, and will increase brand recognition and visibility of the Chamber, while providing members with unique benefits. More information to follow and by contacting the chamber.



Zeev Gorodecki Scholarship Fund  -  Call for Proposals

The Gorodecki Committee met last month and issued a call for proposals of projects, studies and other ideas, that would carry the mission of the Gorodecki Foundation, to promote Israel-US business relations and the dissemination of knowledge thereof. The Call for Action is being sent to all Chamber members by mail. For more information please contact the chamber.



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2016 Membership Renewal

Members who have yet to renew their membership for 2016 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.