2018

The Untold History of Jews and Kosovo Albanians Includes the showing of the film PAGEZIMI (The BaPTISM)

  • Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 6:00pm

  • The film describes the true account of Holocaust survivor Shaul Gatenyo, a Sephardic Jew saved in Kosovo during the Second World War. How did he survive? Who saved him? Why was Gatenyo baptized in the Church of Letnice, where the world renowned Albanian Humanitarian and Catholic Saint Mother Teresa began her own mission.

  • Chicago Loop Synagogue

Business leadership award celebration

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 5:30pm - 8:30pm

  • Featuring: Business Leadership Award recipient Edward Seidel, University of Illinois System and the Discovery Partner’s Institute; with remarks from the Honorable Aviv Ezra, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest; and Gail Reiss, President & CEO of American Friends of Tel Aviv University

  • Held at Marshall’s Landing

BRINGING LIFE SCIENCE TO LIFE: THE JOURNEY FROM RESEARCH TO THE REAL WORLD

  • Friday, November 9, 2018 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm

  • Featuring: Benny Elbaz, Neuroscience Post-Doc at UChicago and regional head of ScienceAbroad; Michael Flavin, Flavin Ventures; Israel Raz, Extera Partners; Dave Wollenberg, Expert at McKinsey New Ventures

  • Hosted by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

HOW THE CRISIS OF 2008 SHAPED ECONOMIC THOUGHT IN THE PAST DECADE

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm

  • Featuring Professor Assaf Patir, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Presented in cooperation with American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the America - Israel Economic Forum

  • Hosted by Bank Leumi USA, Marc Pershan & Dror Zetouni

ISRAEL INNOVATION SHOWCASE SPRING EDITION - FINTECH

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm

  • Gilles Gade, Founder, President and CEO, CrossRiver, A FinTech Bank "Banking as a Platform"

  • Fred Hoch, Founder and General Partner, Technexus Venture Collaborative; Executive Chairman, Illinois Technology Association (ITA); Managing Member, Sea Lane Ventures

  • FinTech Startups: Coinifide, Digital Currency and Asset Solutions, Yuri Zamostin, CEO; FinScend, Dispute Technology for Banks, Aaron Lazor, CEO & Co-Founder and Moshe Teren, CTO & Co-Founder; CyGov, Intelligent Cyber Security, Yair Solow, CEO & Co-Founder

  • Moderated by Fred Tannenbaum, Partner, Gould & Ratner LLP

  • Held at 1871

Improving Agriculture From Below

  • Monday, March 19, 2018, 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (CDT)

  • Networking, Discussion, and Breakfast

  • Featuring: Professor Shimon Rachmilevitch, Director of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands and Chair of the Israeli Society of Plant Science

  • Presented in cooperation with American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Great Lakes Region

  • Sponsored by Scharf Banks Marmor LLC


2017

Doing Business In Israel - Wichita, Kansas

  • Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6:00 pm

  • Featuring The Honorable Guy Cohen, Consul for Economic Affairs; Head. Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest, and Ms. Lee Afgin, Atomation

  • Held at the Wichita Marriott

THE FUTURE IS HERE: HOW ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE WORLD - Quad Cities (Moline, Illinois)

  • Thursday, March 30, 2017, 5:00 pm

  • At the campus of Western Illinois University – Quad Cities

ISRAEL INNOVATION SHOWCASE - SPRING EDITION

  • Monday, May 22, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in Chicago, IL

  • Keynote Speaker: Diana Mendley Rauner, First Lady Of The State Of Illinois

  • Moderator: Alyssa Jaffee, Pritzker Group Venture Capital

  • Featuring Israeli companies, founded by women, that you will want to know about: Tali Kogan, Tel Aviv Couture; Ilit Raz, Joonko

  • Held at 1871

Western Illinois University Quad Cities Mission to Israel

  • May 20 - May 27, 2017

Social Services: Guarantor of Israel's Economy & Security

  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 12:00 pm

  • Featuring Yael Eckstein, Senior Vice-President, International Fellowship of Christians & Jews

  • Hosted by the International Fellowship of Christians & Jews

ISRAEL INNOVATION SHOWCASE & AWARDS CELEBRATION

  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:30pm to 8:30pm

  • Honoring Jane B. Carlton & Dennis W. Carlton, Creators of the Carlton Fellowship at the University of Chicago

  • Featuring Innovative Israeli Startups

  • Held at 1871

CYBER WARFARE: FROM POLITICAL TERRORISM TO THE BUSINESS WORLD

  • Tuesday, November Tuesday 21, 2017 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Featuring Israel Defense Force (IDF) Brigadier-General Gal Hirsch

  • Presented in cooperation with The Israel Leadership Institute, Club 1948, and Stand With Us

  • Sponsored by Winston & Strawn, LLP


2016

MERGING EDUCATION & BUSINESS: BRINGING JEWS, CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS TOGETHER IN ISRAEL

  • February 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm, Chicago

  • Featuring Boaz Nol: Israeli entrepreneur and social activist; Director of Resources and Development, Open University of Israel

  • Hosted by Bruce A. Fox, at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

ARABS, CHRISTIANS & JEWS: STUDYING TOGETHER TO SUCCEED & BUILD A NATION

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 11:30 am 1:00 pm

  • Featuring Professor Moshe Cohen-Eliya, President of the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan Israel

  • Hosted at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP

  • Sponsored by The College of Law and Business

INNOVATION IN ISRAEL’S DEFENSE SECTOR & ITS EFFECT ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • Thursday, May 19 at 11:30 am

  • Asher Tishler, Israeli Entrepreneur, Defense Analyst, and Author

  • With the Jewish Community Relations Council of the JUF Chicago

  • Hosted at Scharf Banks & Marmor LLC

STARTUP HAIFA: HOW THE UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA IS CREATING LIFE SCIENCE COMPANIES

  • Monday, September 19, 2016 at 8:00am

  • Featuring Elka Nir, CEO of Carmel Ltd. (technology transfer organization of the University of Haifa); Senior executive in high tech and medical devise start-ups in U.S. and Israel; and Professor Fuad Fares, Head, Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Department of Human Biology, University of Haifa; Founder and inventor of PROLOR Biotech Company

  • With American Society For The University of Haifa

  • Co-Sponsored by Michael Rosen

  • Held at the Illinois Science + Technology Park


2015

COLLABORATION WITH UNIVERSITIES IN ISRAEL - IT STARTS HERE IN CHICAGO!

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:30am - 10:00am, Skokie, IL

  • Featuring Steve Franklin, Director, Great Lakes Region, American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Rick Kruger, Director, Midwest-Chicago Region, American Friends of Tel Aviv University; Joy Leff, Director, West Central Region, American Technion Society; Judith Shenkman, Executive Director, Midwest Region, American Friends of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Moderated by Michael Rosen, Managing Director, Rosen Bioscience Strategies

  • Hosted by the Illinois Science + Technology Park

MEET ISRAEL'S MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND SCIENCE AFFAIRS FOR NORTH AMERICA: AND LEARN MORE ABOUT WAYS TO GET CONNECTED TO ISRAEL'S CUTTING EDGE PRECISION AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY

  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Chicago, IL

  • Hosted by Michael Traison

THE STORY OF EMIZIL- A ROAD TOWARD THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW ANTI-CANCER DRUG

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

  • Featuring Professor Uri Nir, Dean of Students and Director of the Nano Medicine Center at the Institute of Nanotechnology, Bar-Ilan University

  • With American Friends of Bar-Ilan University

  • Hosted by Miller Canfield

TARGETING THE ENERGY GENERATION SYSTEM OF CANCER CELLS: THE ROAD TOWARD A NEW ANTI-CANCER DRUG

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:30am – 9:00 am

  • Featuring Professor Uri Nir, Dean of Students and Director of the Nano Medicine Center at the Institute of Nanotechnology, Bar-Ilan University

  • With American Friends of Bar-Ilan University

  • Hosted by the Illinois Science + Technology Park

LEARN ABOUT THE ADVANTAGES OF DOING BUSINESS IN ISRAEL AT MADISON WI'S FIRST BIRD SEMINAR

  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Program includes a case study from Madison's Virent, including the company's recognized benefits, recommendations, and best practices for Israeli collaboration.

  • With the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest, the BIRD Foundation

  • Hosted at the MG&E Innovation Center

VIEWS ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 11:30am 1:30pm

  • Featuring Dr. Gil Michael Bufman, Chief Economist of Leumi Group

  • With Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest

JOINT VENTURES: ISRAEL THE START-UP NATION AND THE QUAD CITIES

  • Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

  • Featuring BIRD funding recipients Heller Industries and Fives Machining Systems; Andrea Yonah, US East Coast Representative, BIRD.

  • With the BIRD Foundation, Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest, Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Quad Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center & Illinois Small Business Development Center at Black Hawk College, & iWireless Center & America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago

ISRAEL’S BRAIN TRUST: NEW INSIGHTS INTO THE ENIGMA OF THE BRAIN

  • Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30 pm

  • Featuring Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professors Leon Deouell, Human Cognitive Neuroscience Lab & Adi Mizrachi, Department of Neurobiology

  • With American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

ISRAEL INNOVATION SHOWCASE & AWARDS CELEBRATION

  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Featuring BeatMed, LightCyber & Tangiblee. Business Leadership Award presentation to Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871; Keynote Address "Living Entrepreneurially" by Steve Miller, Partner & Co-Founder of Origin Ventures,lead investor in GrubHub.

  • Networking, business, food, open bar & fun throughout the night. No Dinner Tables!

  • With America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago

  • The Standard Club

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES WITH KOSOVO'S PRESIDENT HE ATIFETE JAHJAGA

  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • With Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest; Albanian-American Association of Intellectuals, Businessmen and Activists; and Albanian-American Women's Association of Greater Chicago

  • Hosted by McGuire Woods