The Chamber staff will be on vacation April 14-21, 2014.

For urgent matters, contact Ariela Hezi-Ashkenazi, 054-3020759.

For further information and for nomination forms in English and in Hebrew, click here.

For details on purchasing a table, click here

The Chamber and Herzog Fox Neeman Law Firm will co-host Jill Lublin, publicity and networking expert, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 10a.m.-noon, at the Law Firm office, 4 Weizman St., Tel Aviv. Ms. Lublin's topic is: "Speak and Be Heard." She’ll show participants how to network, benefit from referrals, masterfully get through interviews and have their name recognized in all the right circles.

Ms. Lublin is the bestselling author of three books on the issues of publicity and networking: “Guerrilla Publicity”, “Get Noticed…Get Referrals”, and “Networking Magic”. An international speaker with more than 200 speaking engagements each year, her unparalleled knowledge of publicity and networking has gotten the attention of ABC, NBC, CBS, The New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fortune Small Business and a long list of media outlets worldwide. 

For Ms. Lublin's website, click here

Participation is at no cost but requires registration, as space is limited. For information, contact the Chamber, 03-6952341 or [email protected]

U.S. Embassy in Israel

Chamber Instrumental in Passage of Global Entry as well.

The Israel government has approved Sunday, March 30, 2014, the implementation of E2 visa, allowing Israeli investors and their immediate families to stay in the U.S. for a long period of time – and vice versa.

The move came as a direct result of efforts spearheaded by the Chamber Visa Committee, chaired by Advocate Tsvika Kan-Tor of Kan-Tor & Acco law firm. "E2 will lead to significant economic development between Israel and the U.S., especially in enabling businesspeople from both countries to invest in the other, develop and create more jobs, he said."

Ofra Strauss, Chairperson of the Strauss Group and the Chamber, congratulated the government for its approval. Ronit Benbasat Rom, CEO of the Chamber, predicted that this move would contribute to an increase in bi-lateral trade, beyond the current $40B per year. "The Chamber will continue with its efforts to remove regulatory and tax-related trade barriers with the goal of advancing trade relations between the two countries. This would strengthen Israel's position as a global center of investments, R&D and innovation, which, in turn, would add jobs.  

"We anticipate further fruitful cooperation with the Israeli government and continued advancement of bi-lateral trade," she added.

Global Entry

Gideon Saar, Minister of the Interior, has recently approved the beginning of a pilot  program that would expedite entry to the United States for Israelis. As a result, Israel joined the Global Entry Program, which will contribute to business cooperation between the two countries.

The pilot implementation process was accompanied by extensive efforts of the Chamber, which took an active part in committee meetings and with the relevant ministers, to truly represent the needs of companies and to clarify why this project is significant in easier facilitation of business activities between both countries.

To read E-2 related articles, click here.

Click on the following links for relevant articles:

Article in Yediot Ahronot, in English

Article in Yediot Ahronot, in Hebrew 

Article in The Marker, in Hebrew

Article in Israel Hayom, in Hebrew


Dr. Michael Oren was a guest of the Chamber and Herzog Fox Neeman Law Firm Members Club on April 9, 2014. Dr. Oren discussed the developments concerning the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the statements by Secretary of State John Kerry blaming both sides.

For a complete report, click here

The Chamber, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and more than 350 business leaders and government officials from nearly 20 countries, launched the Middle East Commercial Center (MECC), which will represent business and trade organizations, American Chambers of Commerce abroad, national chambers of commerce and industry, and major companies.

For Secretary of State John Kerry's welcoming address, click here

For further information, click here

Fairfax County, VA officials met with representatives of Israeli HLS companies on April 2, 2014 to introduce them to opportunities the county provides.  At the meeting - of which the Chamber was a partner - which was aimed at Israeli security companies interested in investing in Fairfax, or expanding their business, participants heard a review of incentives from County Representative Asher Kotz.

Joel Moss, business development and sales manager at Fairfax-based Partners2Partners, said that key factors to consider when entering the U.S. include a company's budget, product price and complexity, prime location based on needs and the prospective customer.

Ralph Robbins, Executive Director of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, said that three elements are required for successful penetration of a new market: access to market, to money and to support.

Mr. Robbins will be in Israel until May 9, in order to meet with company executives, from all fields, interested in opening operations in Virginia. Discussions could cover financial incentives, market access and other general information. For further details, contact the Chamber, [email protected]

The Chamber, together with the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce and the Maryland/Israel Development Center, held a roundtable discussion on the Obama Health Care Plan on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the Federation headquarters.

Keynote speakers included Lynn Shapiro Snyder, medical attorney at the Washington-based law firm Epstein Becker & Green; Dr. Jan Berger, President of the U.S. International Health Academy, and Virginia Sweeter, Senior Vice President at The Pharmacy Group. They discussed the plan as pertaining to Israeli life science companies planning to introduce an innovative medical product into the U.S.

For presentations from the event, click here.

Ofra Strauss, Chairperson of Strauss Group and the Chamber, appeared before more than 14,000 participants  at the annual AIPAC conference on March 3, 2014. Ms. Strauss' topic was "Israel Beyond the Headlines," during which she emphasized U.S.-Israeli business relations.

For a link to Ms. Strauss' appearance, click here.

Chamber members participated in an event at the U.S. Embassy - "FBI - a Discussion on Private Sector Awareness of Economic Espionage," on March 13, 2014. 

The speakers discussed dangers that business professionals traveling abroad might face, including unwanted download of information from laptop computers, extensive questioning, luggage searches and cell phone thefts.


Subscribe to Front page feed