The Southern California-Israel Chamber of Commerce (SCICC) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to fostering bilateral business, trade and investment opportunities between Southern California and Israel.

With its extensive, dynamic network of companies, business executives and political leaders, the SCICC has served as a facilitator of joint venture programs between the two countries for over twelve years.

Through networking events, mentorship programs, investment forums, educational seminars and industry-specific meetings, the SCICC contributes to stronger business alliances between Southern California and Israel.

The SCICC is an essential gateway for individuals and companies of all sizes who currently conduct business in Southern California and/or Israel; plan to initiate or expand into these areas; seek strategic trade and investment partners; or simply want to stay informed about their respective business and investment climates and opportunities.

Board of Directors

The 2009 Board of Directors is in formation. Persons interested in joining the Board in Southern California or participating in the advisory Board in Israel should contact one of the following Members:

Jason Ciment
Executive Board Member
Email: jason@ladezign.com

Jason is co-founder of LaDezign.com where he offers companies and non-profit organizations web design and search engine optimization (SEO) services. For 11 years, his creative team of expert designers and in-house web programmers has offered:

  • Website Design
  • E-commerce Store Platform
  • Content Management Systems Software
  • Web Development Programming

Jason is a graduate of Yeshiva University (B.S.) and Fordham Law School.

Jacob Segal
Executive Board Member
Email: jsegal@investorsresearchgroup.com

Mr. Jacob Segal, Principal of Investors Research Group (IRG) is an active investor/advisor to Southern California based companies with sales in the $ 3- 20 million dollar range. His investment experience includes transactions with companies in the airport concessions business, financial service marketing, wire and cable manufacturing, radio programming distribution,medical devices and bakery equipment. Mr. Segal is and has been an investor in Creative Host Services, Thaya Communications, Suede AM Pack, American Equity Trust and Rhythm Radio. Additionally, Mr. Segal participated in the acquisition, management and disposition of over $200 million in real estate investments including apartment buildings, shopping centers and office buildings. Mr. Segal received his BachelorĂ¢??s in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his MBA from UCLA.
Investors Research Group (IRG) is a private investment group that invests in Southern California based companies with sales in the $3- 20 million dollar range and in real estate investments in the $2- 20 million dollar range.
Teri Cohan Link
Advisory Board
Email: linkco@speakeasy.net

For the past twelve years, Teri has provided strategic business development and environmental consulting services to a broad range of clients, including municipalities and privately held companies in the United States and abroad.

Her consulting specialties are debt and equity financing for small businesses and implementation of environmental technologies, while the range of Teri's municipal work has included strategic development and implementation of legislatively mandated environmental outreach programs in the areas of household hazardous waste, storm water issues, and used motor oil recycling, Teri is currently serving as Chair of the Southern California Israel Chamber of Commerce. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and an MA degree from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, having received her BA degree from UCLA.
Amotz Brandes
Advisory Board
Director of Marketing and Business Development / The Chameleon Group
Email: abrandes@chameleon1.com

Mr. Brandes is a veteran of an Israeli Defense Forces' Special Reconnaissance and Intelligence Unit. He began his career as a Security Agent for El-Al Israeli Airlines in Los Angeles. Since joining the Chameleon Group he formed the Consulting Division and developed training programs in "Emergency Response", "Predictive Profiling" and "Security Engineering". Mr. Brandes has an extensive project management and business development experience from international and federal projects done with companies such as SAIC, Boeing and Hewlett Packard. He is the Author of the "Terrorist Threat Mitigation Reference Guide" and a lecturer and presenter in corporate and government settings, worldwide. Mr. Brandes has a B.A Degree in International Development Studies from UCLA.
David Gardner
Advisory Board
Email: david@americanimmigrationlaw.com

David B Gardner has more than 24 years experience as an international lawyer in California as well as England and Hong Kong. He currently practices as an Attorney with his own firm in Los Angeles specializing in U.S immigration and naturalization law (www.americanimmigrationlaw.com).
David is a co-founder and continuing member of the Executive Board of the Southern California Israel Chamber of Commerce and has organized numerous programs dedicated to promoting business in and with Israel. He is currently directing the educational and training programs of the SCICC including its scholarship and professional practical training programs facilitated through the American Israel Economic Education Foundation and the California Israel Economic Education Foundation. He is a co founder and a director of the Spirit of Youth Foundation (www.spirit-of-youth.org), past president of Congregation Bnai David Judea in Los Angeles and was awarded the honor of Cavalierri for legal services to the Italian Government.

Members Benefits

Becoming a member of the Southern California Israel Chamber of Commerce is an excellent and cost-effective way to get the networking and exposure you need for your business to generate more revenue and supports SCICC's mission to promote business relations between Israel and Southern California.  Click here to join now and support the SCICC in promotig Israeli businesses!

What does the SCICC offer?

  • Creates a network and establishes alliances between Southern Californian and Israeli companies, business leaders and government officials;
  • Hosts events featuring distinguished speakers from the American and Israeli economic, business and political arenas;
  • Hosts focused seminars on issues specifically affecting your business;
  • Facilitates one-on-one meetings for potential trade and investment partners;
  • Organizes Bi-national trade missions and industry-specific business exchanges;
  • Answers direct inquiries and requests for information and offers referrals;
  • Facilitates strategic alliances, technology transfers, trade links and joint ventures between Southern Californian and Israeli Companies.

Why should you join the SCICC?

  • Strategic Marketing through exposure on the SCICC website, on promotional material and at events;
  • Networking through introductions to key business and political leaders and access to Chamber members;
  • Business Development through identification of emerging technologies;
  • International Growth through preliminary screening and evaluation of potential joint venture partners, products and technologies and information on issues of relevance to bi-national trade;
  • Cultural awareness and counseling on conducting business in Israel;
  • Corporate Entertainment through privileges at Chamber events;
  • Industry specific business exchanges/ trade missions;
  • Educational programs, seminars and conferences.
  • Click here to join now!