September 2016

Moshe (Muzi) Wertheim (1930 - 2016)

Former Chamber Chairperson (1991-1996) 

Chamber Chairperson Ofra Strauss, Board members, Chamber members and Chamber team send their deep condolences to the Wertheim family on the passing of Moshe (Muzi) Wertheim.

During his Chamber chairmanship, Mr. Wertheim made a significant contribution to the Chamber and worked hard to make it a key player in the Israel - US business and trade arena.  He forged strong relationships for the Chamber with companies and organizations in the US and in Israel.  Mr. Wertheim was awarded the Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 for his significant contribution to the business relationship between Israel and the US and amongst his many activities, his long standing partnership with the Coca-Cola Company. 
 Chamber Life-time Achievement Award presented to Mr. Wertheim June 16, 2014


2016 Chamber Award Event – Save the Date

The 2016 Chamber Award Event will take place on Monday, 7 November, in the presence of President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin. 

This year's program promises to be an exciting event with a venue change and other innovations. We will award companies that have made an exceptional contribution to the Israel-US business and commercial relationship. There will be a special focus on the Film, Television and Internet industries.
Upcoming Seminars

Economic BDS: A picture from the front lines
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 09:00 - 11:00

Herzog Fox & Ne'eman, Asia House, 4 Weizmann Street, Tel Aviv
See enclosed invitation 
Water Summit: Las Vegas NV, December 12, 2016
The water summit is organized by the US Chamber of Commerce.  The Israel-America Chamber, the US Chamber's affiliate in Israel together with Hagit Genish Gill, the US Chamber’s representative in Israel, is supporting the Summit by organizing the Israel Water Business Delegation.   
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 Showcase best practices and case studies in corporate water stewardship
 Establish water sustainability as an enabler of economic growth
 Promote a business case for water and engage the business community  
 Advance policy ideas, public-private partnerships, and industry solutions 
 Strengthen U.S. collaboration with Israel on water policy and technology  
 Business leaders and investors
 State and metropolitan Chambers of Commerce
 Federal, state, and local government officials, governors and state development agencies
 Water utility authorities
 Academia and research institutions
 Government of Israel, including government ministers and water experts  

 Improving water governance to promote industrial & economic growth
 Discussing public policy and regulatory challenges for industry
 Water stewardship in corporate strategy
 Public-private partnerships: Supporting models for cooperation on water management 
 Promoting investment in water: Technologies that drive innovation in water management   

Chamber News

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The Israel-US Food & Ag Tech Forum Initiated
The Chamber, in cooperation with KPMG and the Strauss Group, initiated the Israel - US Food & Ag-Tech Forum. At its Kick-off meeting, some 15 organizations participated, including food and technology companies along with government repreentatives, investors and members of academia. 
The Forum's goals are to increase business interactions between fod related industries in the US and Israel, attract more investors and entrepreneurs, conduct research and disseminate information about this industry. 
For more information and to join the Forum please contact the chamber.

Chamber Committee News
Chamber Tax Committee Submits its Evaluation to the Ministry of Treasury
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 reconstituted its  Taxation Committee. This is in response to requests from several Chamber members in this sector.

The Committee, headed by Deloitte partner Mr. Yitzhak (Chicko) Chickorel, addressed the issue with a comprehensive study of the currently prevailing situation in the OECD countries compared to Israel.  This study shows where Israel now differs from the convention and what effects this may have on the industry if this differentiation continues.

The paper is being used as a basis for on-going discussions with the Tax and other relevant Authorities. For a copy of the paper please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chamber Visa Committee promotes the simplification of the regulations for non-academic foreign experts 

The Chamber Visa Committee headed by Tsvika Kan-tor met with Immigration Authority officials following input from Chamber members. The chamber proposed several regulatory simplifications regarding employment of non-academic foreign experts. The officials were positive and we expect to soon see an improvement in the process of bringing such employees to work in Israel. An update will follow. 
The Chamber was also updated the much awaited E2 visa which is in the final stages of approval. 

Chamber Members News
Meet R&S Logistical Solutions 

RS Logistical Solutions provides governments, large corporations and companies that wish to operate in Israel, a comprehensive package of logistical, day-to-day living and mission support. The company takes care of the bureaucracy, logistics, and any other operational need - from flights, customs, and transportation, to visas and living arrangements.
Among its customers are the US State Department, The DoD, and multinationals. 
Their affiliate company in the US offers Israeli companies help in navigating the American system, build market strategy, and develop relevant contacts within the Federal, State and private sectors. 
For fellow Israel-America Chamber members, RSLS offers a 10% discount for their services. Please feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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