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New Jersey and Israel:
Sharing a long and strong relationship

The New Jersey-Israel Commission was established in 1989 to implement the goals of the Sister State 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.

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).

Commission Prioritites

The New Jersey – Israel Commission’s mission is to foster economic, scientific, educational and cultural ties with the State of Israel, one of the Garden State’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.

Ecomonic 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
New Jersey and Israel - Extraordinary Relationship
  • New Jersey and Israel Sister States since 1988
  • New Jersey-Israel Commission created in 1989 to foster the relationship
  • Israel is New Jersey's 14th leading export market; further, New Jersey is the fourth largest exporting state to Israel (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade Administration)
  • During the five-year period of 2007 through 2011, New Jersey exported $4.2 billion of goods to Israel (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade Administration)
  • In 2011, New Jersey's industrial exports to Israel were as follows:
    • Overall, New Jersey exported $741 million of merchandise to Israel
      (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade Administration)
    • $280 million of Computer and Electronic Products were exported; New Jersey ranked as the third largest state for this industrial category
      (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade Administration)
    • $224 million of Transportation Equipment was exported to Israel; New Jersey ranked third in this category
      (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade Administration)
    • $39 million of Chemicals were exported to Israel; New Jersey ranked third
      (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade Administration)
    • $37 million of Machinery other than Electrical was exported to Israel; New Jersey ranked seventh
      (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade Administration)
  • More than 700 New Jersey companies doing business with Israel
    (Source: The Jewish Standard; 25 March 2011)
  • 28 Israeli companies have affiliates in New Jersey
    (Source: UniWorld Business Publications)
  • 41 New Jersey companies have affiliates in Israel
    (Source: UniWorld Business Publications)
  • Hundreds of cultural exchanges in the arts and humanities between New Jersey and Israeli institutions and artists including NJPAC, The State Theatre, McCarter Theatre, The Newark Museum and others
  • More than $10 million in approved joint venture funding in high-tech sectors such as life sciences and telecommunications link New Jersey firms like Merck, Ericsson and Johnson &Johnson with Israeli partners
  • $30 million invested by New Jersey in State of Israel Bonds
  • Scores of cooperative efforts between New Jersey and Israeli researchers will result in scientific breakthroughs and development of cutting-edge technologies
  • Academic collaboration between researchers at Princeton University, Tel Aviv University, Rutgers University, The Technion, NJIT, Haifa University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Weizmann Institute, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Hebrew University
  • Joint agricultural research will lead to increased quality and quantity of produce
  • Hadassah Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson share experiences in areas of public health, trauma surgery, terrorism and domestic security
Mission
The mission of the New Jersey-Israel Commission is to foster economic, scientific, educational and cultural ties with the State of Israel, one of the Garden State's most important trading partners.
Comission Members
Mark Levenson, Chair

List of Commission Members
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