Holmdel Residents Appointed to NJ-Israel Commission by Governor

Adam Geller was appointed as a public member of the commission. Sarah Biser was reappointed.

Holmdel resident Adam Geller was appointed as a public member of the New Jersey-Israel Commission by Gov. Chris Christie this week. Holmdel resident Sarah Biser was reappointed.

The commission was formed in 1989 to "to promote the development of trade, culture and educational exchanges; encourage the development of capital investment and joint business ventures; and foster a spirit of cooperation," according to the 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)
  • State Sen. Robert Singer

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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