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2013

Annual Board of Directors and Membership Meeting

  • Wednesday, January 23 at 11:30 am, Chicago, IL
  • Keynote Speaker: Rita Athas, President of World Business Chicago
  • Election of Directors and Officers

Israel Medical Device Company Roadshow

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:30 am, Chicago, IL
  • With the Government of Israel Ministry of Trade and Labor, and the Office of the Chief Scientist of Israel 

Buy Israel Goods Week - February 25 - March 3

Small Solutions to Big Challenges (Rescheduled to November 22, 2013)

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2005 at 8:00 am (Cancelled)
  • Featuring Professor Yuval Golan, Director of the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • With American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest
  • Hosted at the Illinois Science + Technology Park

Management of Limited Water Resources

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm, Chicago, IL
  • Featuring Professor Mordechai Shechter, Founding Dean of the School of Sustainability at the Interdisciplinary Center, and Chairman of the Research Committee in Economics at the Water Authority
  • With the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest, and the Jewish National Fund
  • Hosted at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC

Cultural Origins of High-Tech Entrepreneurship in Israel and North America

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm, Chicago, IL
  • Featuring Prof. Menahem Blondheim, Academic Director of The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • With American Friends of the Hebrew University
  • Hosted at DLA Piper

OurCrowd:  A New Way to Invest in the Startup Nation

  • Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:30 am.  Chicago, IL
  • Featuring Jonathan Medved, Chief Executive Officer of OurCrowd

Lunch With Eli Groner, Israel's Minister of Economic Affairs to the United States

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2013
  • With the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest
  • Hosted at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Lunch sponsored by Michael Traison

OurCrowd: A New Way to invest in the Startup Nation

  • Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm
  • Featuring Jonathan Medved, Chief Executive Officer of OurCrowd Ltd.

Medical Design: From Home Healthcare Devices To The Operating Room of the Future

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 7:30 am, Skokie, IL
  • Featuring Dr. Noemi Bitterman, head of the Technion’s Industrial Design program at the Faculty of Architecture & Town Planning
  • With American Technion Society  

North America-Israel Biotech Conference

  • Monday, April 22, 2013, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, - Chicago, IL
  • With the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest
  • Hosted and Sponsored by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Co-Cponsored by the Illinois Science + Technology Park 

Business Leaders Forum

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm, Chicago, IL
  • Featuring Mitch Feiger, President and CEO of MB Financial

Portfolio Diversification Through Seeding Israeli Innovation

  • Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:00 am, Chicago, IL
  • Featuring Brian Rosenzweig, Managing Partner/VP of Development of JANVEST Technologies, LLC
  • Hosted and sponsored by Scharf Banks Marmor LLC

Open House Celebrating Our Return to the Loop

  • Come network with members and friends at our new downtown Chicago office!  Israeli wine and appetizers included
  • Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

U.S.-Israel Medical Innovation: Advances in Clinical Oncology

  • Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:45 am, Chicago, IL
  • With the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest, Chicago Healthcare Consortium, and AIPAC
  • Hosted and sponsored by Dentons

Entrepreneurship And Global Corporate Relocation Law

  • Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11:30 am. Chicago, IL
  • Featuring Tsvi Kan-Tor, Founding Partner, Kan-Tor & Acco
  • With American Friends of Tel Aviv University

Diversity and Inclusion in Academia and Employment in Israel

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 11:30 am.  Chicago, IL
  • Featuring Amos Shapira, President of the University of Haifa
  • With American Society for the University of Haifa, and the Chicago Sister Cities International Program
  • Hosted at Miller Canfield

Nano Photonics / Sensitive Wear Monitoring

  • Friday, July 12, 2013, at 7:30 am.  Skokie, IL
  • Featuring Professor Jacob Scheuer, Associate Professor, Tel Aviv University School of Electrical Engineering; and Professor Noam Eliaz, Head of the Biomaterials & Corrosion Laboratory, Tel Aviv University School of Mechanical Engineering
  • With American Friends of Tel Aviv University 
  • Hosted and sponsored by the Illinois Science + Technology Park

Chicago Investor Lunch: OurCrowd's New Israeli Start-ups

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm. Chicago, IL
  • Hosted and sponsored by Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

Start-up Nation on Steroids

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:30 am, Chicago, IL
  • Featuring Elad Cohen Toren, VP StarTau, Tel Aviv University’s Entrepreneurship Center
  • With American Friends of Tel Aviv University and the Jewish Business Network
  • Hosted and sponsored by Bank Leumi USA

Portfolio Diversification Through Seeding Israeli Innovation

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm, Highland Park, IL
  • Featuring Brian Rosenzweig, Managing Partner/VP of Development of JANVEST Technologies, LLC

Labor Unions and a Centralized Economy: Israel's Economic Challenges

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm
  • Featuring Uriel Lynn, President of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce
  • Hosted and sponsored by McGladrey LLP

Exporting to Israel: Find Export Customers in Israel

  • Monday, August 19, 2013 in Peoria
  • Thursday, August 22, 2013 in the Quad Cities
  • Featuring Uriel Lynn, President of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce
  • With the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest, the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, the Jewish Federations of Peoria and the Quad Cities, and the Peoria and Quad Cities Chambers of Commerce

Today's Israel: A Technological Marvel

  • Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 11:30 am
  • Featuring Professor Shy Arkin, Vice-President, and Chairman of the Authority for Research and Development at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • With the American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Hosted at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

2013 Awards & Celebration Dinner

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Reception and Dinner at The Standard Club
  • Keynote speaker: Jeffrey Smisek, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer, United Airlines
  • Business Leadership Award Recipient: Albert R. Grace, Jr., Co-Founder and President of Loop Capital
  • Sandler Award Recipient: Debra S. Rade, Managing Attorney of Rade Law LLC; Founder & CEO of Rade Consulting LLC; Past President and Current Member of the Executive Committee of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago

Israel Medical Technology Roadshow

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013
  • With the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest
  • Hosted and sponsored by Brinks Gilson & Lione

Evolution of Security and Economics in Israel: From the Yom Kippur War to Mining Gas in the Mediterranean

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm
  • Featuring Admiral (ret.) Ami Ayalon, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the University of Haifa, Past Director of the Shin Bet, Past Commander of the Israeli Navy
  • With American Society for the University of Haifa
  • Hosted at DIRTT

Capital Investment Between the U.S. and Israel

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:30 am, Chicago, IL
  • Featuring Phil Orlando, Chicago Equity Analyst of Federated Investors

How to Evaluate Political Risk in Investment Decisions

  • Monday, November 11 at 8:30 am, Chicago, IL
  • Featuring Hillel Schuster, lecturer at Bar-Ilan University Graduate School for Business Administration and Principal Head of Corporate Finance at KPMG Israel
  • Presented with Bar-Ilan University as part of "Israel Up-Close 2014", a lecture series by the School of Communication, Bar Ilan University, Israel"

Reception in Honor of Amit Lang, Director General of Israel's Ministry of Economy                     

  • Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Downtown
  • With the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest

U.S.-Israel Healthcare Innovation Conference: Advances in Imaging and Radiology

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Hosted and Sponsored by Brinks Gilson & Lione

Israel Investment Promotion Center Life Science Roadshow

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • With the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest
  • Hosted and Sponsored by Scharf Banks Marmor LLC

Beyond the Start-Up Nation: Sell Up or Scale Up?

  • Featuring Michael Freedman, Founder and Executive Director, Asquith Israel Merchant Bank
  • Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:30 am
  • With the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest
  • Hosted and Sponsored by HSBC Bank USA