The Israel Conference™ is a business conference that brings together leading technology innovators and investors in High Tech / Media and Entertainment / Advertising / Mobile / e-Commerce / Content / Gaming / Clean Tech / Energy / Medical Tech / Security / Consumer Products coming out of Israel that are market-making and in demand.   Over 700 business executives will attend on Thursday May 29 & Friday May 30, 2014 in Los Angeles to meet leaders of significant businesses that were founded in Israel / have R&D in Israel / do business in Israel / and investors in Israeli companies in an interactive forum to increase your business and investment opportunities.  Speakers represent the spirit of the inventiveness of the Israel market.  Attendees will gain an insider’s understanding of the growth of both public and privately-held Israel-facing companies.  310 / 445-5388    


2013 David Wiessman Bridge Builder
Award Dinner


The 2013 David Wiessman Bridge Builder Award honoring Noble Energy was held at the Westin Galleria Houston on Wednesday, November 6. The evening was attended by over 350 people, including Ambassador Meir Shlomo, Congressman Gene Green, Chairman Barry Smitherman of the Texas Railroad Commission, and many more.

Photo credit: Steve Lee Photography    

Delegation to Israel, October 19 - 25, 2013

The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce led a delegation of individuals to Israel from October 19 -25, 2013. The delegation emphasized the technologies that can serve as the key to a much more efficient exploitation of natural resources (Water, Soil, Energy & Materials) and brought together Israeli & international business executives, political decisions makers and leading researchers.


The delegation also attending a VIP Reception and Private dinner that was also attended by the Israel One Delegation and Governor Rick Perry

Texas-Israel Day at the Capitol

May 8, 2013


From left to right: Bob Driegert (board member), Gabriel Carranza (UNT), Jay Rubin (Community Assoc. of Austin), Ari Feinstein, Blaine Nelson (Chairman-elect), Joseph Paritzky (board member), Gov. Rick Perry, Arie Brish (board member),  Zvi Yaniv (board member), Sury Sacher, Clare Freeman, David Ronn (board member), Douglas Carter (TAMUSA, board member),  Becky Berger.

The first Texas-Israel Day was held on May 8, 2013 at the Texas State Capital. The day marked a milestone in the growth and evolution of the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce.  The historic day began with a private 45 minute meeting between Gov. Rick Perry and 13 of the Texas-Israel Day delegates including many Chamber board members. In that meeting, Gov. Perry expressed his strong support for the mission of the Chamber and vowed to continue his work in building the
bridge between Texas and Israel.


Texas-Israel Day continued with the Chamber delegates being recognized in the Senate by State Sen. Kel Seliger and then in the House by Rep. Stephanie Carter, who presented the resolution designating May 8, 2013 to be Texas-Israel Day. After lunch in the Capitol Café, the Texas-Israel delegation settled in Conference Room 3E.4 in the Capitol just off the Senate Chamber for an afternoon of meetings and presentations.


The Delegation’s focus was on Water Conservation, and took the opportunity to meet with several very important elected officials and advocates of water conservation in Texas. Beginning with a visit from TXDOT Chairman Ted Houghton, the delegates also met with members of the Texas Water Development Board including Mark Ellison, Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman, Heather Harward, Executive Director of H2O for Texas, and Joseph Paritzky, former Minister of Energy & Water for the Government of Israel.


Making Texas-Israel Day even more important for the Delegation was the fact that a package of historic legislation designed to help protect public health and the Texas economy from the devastating impacts of drought was being voted on that day.

Since then, the 83rd Texas Legislature has established its legacy by approving the package of legislation and giving Texas voters the opportunity to implement the new
State Water Plan at the ballot box this November 5.

Through the package of legislation listed below, the 83rd Texas Legislature set up a historic revolving loan program available to governmental entities sponsoring local water projects, provided Texas voters the opportunity to approve a fiscally responsible investment in Texas’ water future, and dedicated $2 billion to finance the loan program, if voters approve the proposition in November:

  • SJR 1Williams/Pitts (Passed by House and Senate. Sent to Texas voters.) (For more information, see “Onward to the November election” below.)

  • HB 1025 – Pitts/Williams (Passed by House and Senate. Sent to the Governor.)

The day ended with the Chairman’s Reception, generously hosted by Holly Deshields at McGuireWoods Consulting’ s offices within walking distance of the state Capitol..  The Delegation enjoyed re-capping the events of the day and remarks by Texas-Israel Chamber Board Chairman, Jeff Morris.

U.S. Certificate of Origin for
Exports to Israel