New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced the appointment of several local residents to the New Jersey-Israel Commission, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
State Sen. Robert Singer was one of the people reappointed to the commission. The longtime representative was part of the state's delegation during an official visit by the Governor to Israel last year
The commission, part of the New Jersey Department of State, was established in 1989. Its goal is to help promote the development of trade, culture and educational exchanges, as well as the development of capital investment and joint business ventures between the state and Israel and encourage a spirit of cooperation, according to the New Jersey Department of State website.
New Jersey and Israel signed a Sister State Agreement in 1988 under former Gov. Thomas H. Kean. The commission was established in 1989 to implement the goals of the agreement.
Members appointed to the commission include:
- Adam Geller (Holmdel)
- Martin E. Mabe (Manalapan)
- Sammy Saka (Oakhurst)
- Ralph Zucker (Lakewood)
- Rabbi Aaron Kotler (Lakewood)
Members reappointed to the commission include:
- Sarah B. Biser (Holmdel)
- Rabbi Yosef Carlebach (Ocean)
- Rabbi Laibel Schapiro (Long Branch)
- Toby Shylit Mack (Marlboro)
- Sean D. Gertner (Lakewood)
- Lawrence Mandel (Lakewood)
- Jerome Herbert Enis (Manalapan)
- Anita B. Fray (Allentown)
- Abraham Halberstam (Lakewood)
- Gerrie Bamira (Oakhurst)
The relationship and shared cultural, economic and educational engagements between residents, businesses and institutions included Christie’s April 2012 trip to Israel with a delegation of business and religious leaders from across the state, Christie press spokesman Sean Conner said Monday, Feb. 4.
During his trip, Christie met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres and visited prospective companies to forge new partnerships, Conner said.
Today, more than 700 New Jersey companies are doing business with Israel and twenty eight Israeli companies have affiliates in New Jersey, he added.
For more information on the New Jersey-Israel Commission, click here.