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Five Livingston Residents Named to New Jersey-Israel Commission

Christie announces one dozen Essex County residents appointed to trade, cultural, educational group in state.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced the appointment of Marvin Goldklang and Sheila Goldklang of Livingston as well as the reappointment of Howard CohenMax L. Kleinmann and David Lentz, also of Livingston, as Essex County representatives to the New Jersey-Israel Commission, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

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:

• Dr. Luba Sindler, West Orange
• Shane C. Berger of Bloomfield
• Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler, West Orange
• Rabbi Alan Silverstein, West Caldwell 

Members reappointed to the commission include:

• Mark S. Levenson, Esq., West Orange
• Gary R. Botwinick, Esq., West Caldwell
• Norman Samuels, PhD., West Orange.

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.


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