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We Wish All Our Members & Friends
A Happy Passover and Easter Season


Visiting CEO Brings Investor Opportunity

Chen Porat (pictured), CEO of Endobetix, will be in Chicago from May 3-6 to attend the DDW (Digestive Disease Week).

Endobetix (a portfolio company of AICC member Trendlines) is developing a minimally invasive, nonsurgical implant to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity that mimics the hormonal benefits offered by bariatric surgery. The Endobetix Bile Diversion Device diverts secretions to the small intestine and induces the release of key hormones to improve glucose tolerance and reduce fat absorption. The result: remission of diabetes and improved weight loss.

Angel investors are welcome. If you are interested in meeting with Chen, please contact Andi Chai, Senior Bus. Development Consultant of Trendlines Medical - Misgav. Andi's mobile number is +972.50.877.7010. Click here for more information about Endobetix.


Packed House at Scharf Banks Marmor Hears Challenges of Healthcare Delivery From Battlefield Surgeon

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Maj. Jacob Chen, M.D. (pictured), an IDF medical officer and American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel's (APF) 2013-2014 Fellowship Recipient, discussed the challenges of healthcare delivery in battlefield and public disaster situations.

Pictured below right (left to right) are Dr. Chen; Theodore Banks (host), Scharf Banks Marmor LLC and member of the America-Israel Chamb
er of Commerce Chicago (AICC) Board of Directors; Michael Schmitt, AICC Executive Director; Benjamin Shamir, Executive Director for APF North America; and Daniel Sabol, HSBC Bank USA and AICC President.

The program was hosted and sponsored by Scharf Banks Marmor LLC and was presented in cooperation with the American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel.

Member Profiles

Beth Kopin
Interior Design. Architectural Sensibility.
847.922.4493 (International cellular)
Chicago & Jerusalem
Member since 2014

Beth Kopin is the principal of Kopin Interiors, an award winning, North Shore-based interior design practice. Over the past 30 years, Kopin Interiors has created a unique niche by offering clients a singular combination integrating interior architecture with interior design.

Kopin's Interiors' work has appeared in a broad range of consumer and trade publications. She has been honored with numerous awards from ASID, HBGC and TRENDS publications.

Recently Beth and her family purchased a home in Jerusalem, fulfilling a life dream. In this new chapter, Beth plans on offering a Concierge Design Service to Americans planning on either moving to or buying second homes in Israel. She will be commuting between her two homes and partnering with talented trades in both lands, bridging the two worlds and bringing awareness to the American public of the small Israeli business.

Beth's education includes degrees from Harrington College of Design and the University of Illinois. She resides with her family in Highland Park, Illinois.

Abe Rotbart
Member since 2014

Abe is a citizen of the United States and Israel. After developing a career in business, he made Aliyah and was ordained by the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Jerusalem. In the community, Abe is a Volunteer Career Counselor for the OU Job Board, an active member in the Jewish Executive Network and Jewish B2B Networking groups.

Abe starting a consulting company, Creating8, Inc. and joined the AICC because of his interest in working directly with Israeli CEOs as a strategic planning partner, helping them grow their U.S. operation. Creating8's expertise is centered around strategic business consulting. What distinguishes Abe is his ability to identify both organizational and employees' strengths and weaknesses and harness skills for actionable results across the organization.

Abe graduated from the University of Illinois in 1984 and worked as a CPA in Chicago for AM&G, after which he made Aliyah to Israel. While in Israel Abe spent time at Hebrew University and Aish HaTorah Yeshivah, served as a member of a Moshav (small community) Board of Directors, worked as an accountant in Tel Aviv for Haft and Haft, CPA and then as PIC Manager for Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals. Abe returned with his family to the U.S. and lived in New York in 1997, where he served as the first Chief Financial Officer of the Rockland County Jewish Community Campus and as Chief Financial Officer for Rephen Law Firm, a legal collection operation which he co-founded. Abe returned to Chicago in December 2013 and his long term goal is to return to Israel where he has a child residing.


Malka: Israeli Craft Beer Introduction
  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:00pm
  • S o l d  O u t !
  • Featuring Austin Clar, Sublime Imports
  • Hosted at Takohl. Sponsored by:


Opportunities and Advancements in Renewable Energy
  • Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:00am
  • Featuring Yosi Rosenwaks, Chair of the Renewable Energy at Tel Aviv University
  • With American Friends of Tel Aviv University and the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest
  • Hosted and sponsored by:
Investor Lunch: OurCrowd's Newest Portfolio Companies
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm
  • Featuring Jon Medved, CEO of OurCrowd
  • With 1871 Startup Hub and the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest
  • Hosted at 1871 Startup Hub
  • Click here for information
Chicago Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration (Israel Independence Day)
Chicago, Homeland Security & Israeli Technology
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2014 at 8:00am
  • Featuring Michael Masters, Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Hosted at Miller Canfield
US-Israel Medical Innovation Meeting: Advances in Clinical Oncology
  • Friday, May 30, 2014 at 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • With the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest and the Chicago Life Sciences Consortium
  • Hosted at Dentons
  • Click here for information
"What Me Buy and Build/Renovate a Home in Israel? You Have Got to be Kidding?"
  • Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:00pm
  • Featuring Beth Kopin, Kopin Interiors


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