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In This Issue:
  • New Members
  • Member Profiles (Yeshiyah Amariel, Brandon Stec, Deb Zaluda)
  • Israel Business Leads
  • Illinois Innovation Index 
  • Upcoming Events  

New Members - Welcome!

Ilya Yeverovich
Bank Leumi USA

Hasan Barzani (profiled in 02/05/15 issue)
ChosenOne Sports

Adam Kaplan
Gavin/Solmonese LLC

Avrum Lapin
The Lapin Group, LLC 

Brandon Stec (profiled in this issue)
Procurement Concepts

Financial Services
Tom Schapira

Insurance Services
Oz Barhama
Zurich Insurance

Israel Focused Non-Profits
Mr. Yeshiyah Amariel 
Amariel Voluntary Israel Projects

Ms. Cindy Iglitzen-Socianu 
Ms. Cari Margulis Immerman
American Friends of Magen David Adom 

Ms. Karmin Daniel 
Mr. Jacob Twig 
The Professionals Moving Specialists 

Rob Kopman
30-Minute Seder

Real Estate
Barak Gilor (profiled in 02-18-15 issue)
Hadar Investment Group

Mr. Shimon Mery
Mr. Eli Tal 
NONSTOP Locksmith

Member Profiles

Yeshiyah Amariel
Amariel Voluntary Israel Projects

972-52-514-3786 (Israel)

Yeshiyah Amariel spent 7 years with the Nature and Park Authority of Israel and worked in research of the Negev alongside archaeologist Yehuda Govrin since 2002. He founded Amariel Voluntary Israel Projects (Amariel VIP) in 2009 with the core principle of "Assist through PDI or promotion/Development/ Investment." The organization has a conglomeratic business structure to start or support Pro-Israel NGO ventures, and to establish partnerships in academia, publishing, media, community, small businesses and religious institutions. They expect to provide benefits like advisory positions at startup NGOs for qualified members.

Amariel VIP offers young volunteers the opportunity to earn experience and college credits toward degrees in Jewish studies, agriculture, archaeology, history, business, journalism and media. Past partnerships include:
  • Soup kitchens in Israel including Meir Panim in New York, Jerusalem and the Negev
  • Ecological and community projects like the Netanya beach clean-ups with the Walk About Love
  • Religious and community ventures like Project Torah in South Africa
Current partnerships and supported ventures include:
  • Archaeology: Tel Arad Restoration Project
  • Media ventures like Inside Israel
  • Kosher Culture Foundation in Florida and Jerusalem
  • Donations to GiveStar in Los Angeles
Brandon Stec
Co-Founder & VP of Business Development
Procurement Concepts


Brandon Stec is Co-Founder & VP of Business Development for Procurement Concepts, a national company based in the Chicago area. Procurement Concepts is one-stop shop for a company's back office needs. As a group purchasing organization (GPO) that aggregates spend across small, medium and large corporations, their results end in extreme discounts and increasing purchasing power for their members. Membership to Procurement Concepts is totally free.
Brandon is a native of Buffalo Grove, IL and earned his Bachelor's Degree in 2007 from Indiana University in Sports Marketing and Management with minors in Business, Psychology. After college, Brandon moved to Kansas City, MO and worked with the Kansas City Chiefs and earned his MBA from Baker University. He was a volunteer adult adviser for BBYO for four inspiring years. Brandon credits this experience with guiding him toward entrepreneurship and practicing his passion for creative writing, having written first drafts of three different novels.

Deb Zaluda
US Director
Custom Private Tours
Puzzle Israel
Chicago, IL 60614

Deb joined with Puzzle Israel, an Israel based tour company, this past spring.  Puzzle Israel was founded 4 years ago by two young Israelis, Nir Margalith and Guy Marom, at about the same time that Deb founded her own Israel tour company, Journey Israel, LLC.
Deb grew up in Chicago and has lived there her whole life. But since first traveling to Israel at age 21, she learned a love of country and people she hadn't known before. She has since been back and forth to Israel dozens of times. 
Each time Deb goes to Israel, she feels it's as if it's the first time. The feeling when she lands. The feeling when she hears Hebrew all around. Pure joy and excitement. 
So after practicing law for many years, Deb decided to take that joy and excitement and share it with others. She started Journey Israel because she knew there was a better way to see Israel than "on the bus, off the bus" tours. After learning that Nir, Guy and the entire Puzzle Israel team had the same goal and understanding, she decided to team up with them to enable her to do even more.
Deb's passion for the people and culture and sights and sounds of Israel is contagious, and together with Puzzle Israel, she hopes to pass that passion along! Deb works with families and groups and communities to design journeys that highlight the land, people and culture and everything else that Israel has to offer.

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Israel Business Leads

Click here for the latest opportunities from our Israeli partner - The Federation Of Israel Chambers of Commerce (FICC).

FICC serves as the umbrella organization to six regional Chambers of Commerce: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beer Sheva, Eilat and Nazareth.

Illinois Innovation Index

Illinois Academic R&D Expenditures Reach Record Levels: Illinois’ universities are capturing record levels of funding for basic, applied, and development research in science and engineering (S&E).

Click here for complete story.

The Index is a partnership of the Chicagoland Chamber of CommerceIllinois Science & Technology Coalition, and World Business Chicago.

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events
Chicago Community Yom Hatzmaut Celebration

Apr. 22, 2015



May 5, 2015

Israeli Craft Beer Happy Hour


May 21, 2015
After Work


Request For Member Profiles

Send us your profile so we can tell your fellow members and the community about your business and goals in an upcoming newsletter.

Profiles should be 250 words or less and include your contact information. Please also provide us with a recent color head shot for inclusion.

For reference, click here and here for recent newsletters with member profiles. 

Feature Gallery

Trendlines-Israel Medical Device Roadshow at Matter

Mar. 24, 2015

Above: Todd Dollinger (3rd from left) and Steve Rhodes (2nd from right) with representatives from Trendlines incubator companies.


Annual Board of Directors & Membership Meeting

Feb. 13, 2015

Above: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner during Q&A following his keynote address

Click here for all past events

America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago

There are many chambers of commerce in Chicago, but the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago (AICC) is the only one devoted to Israel.

  • Facilitate trade and investment between the US and Israel
  • Promote Israeli goods and services
  • Present business networking and educational programs
  • Lead trade delegations and business match-making events
  • Work closely with the Government of Israel to advance bilateral trade

Daniel K. Sabol
Jane C. Fischer
First Vice-President
Michael H. Traison
President Emeritus
Michael R. Schmitt
Executive Director


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