December 7, 2007 / 27 Kislev 5768
Jewish Agency Participants
1. Sami & Annette Bollag- Switzerland
In 1968 Sami joined his father's wholesale fashion business. In 1974 he bought it and moved to Zurich. Gradually he became the owner of Esprit International. Recently, Mr. Bollag established new fashion company to distribute fashion brands in Switzerland and Europe (i.e. Castro).
Mr. Bollag is an active Board member of Synagogue Committee - Jewish Community of Zurich. In the past he served as Board member of German & Italian-speaking Keren Hayesod, and then as the President. In 2005, he served as Chairman of the Keren Hayesod June Conference.
Sami Bollag became a JAFI Board Member in October 2006.
2. Stephen Gross- Montreal, Canada
Stephen is the Vice Chairman of La Senza, a leading Canadian and international intimate apparel specialty retailer in Canada. La Senza Corporation operates over 326 La Senza Lingerie, La Senza Express, La Senza Spirit and La Senza Girl stores throughout Canada. In addition a further 341 La Senza and La Senza Girl stores are operated internationally in 34 other countries through it's franchise operated stores.
3. David Cape- Montreal, Canada
David Cape manages the overall operation, and is President of Groupe Marcelle Inc., a major skin care and cosmetics company whose products are sold in Pharmacies and Mass-Merchandise stores across Canada.
He is involved in many aspects of community life in Montreal including Vice-President of the Bronfman Jewish Education Center, Executive Committee member of Federation CJA and is Chairman of the Israel and Overseas department.
David is presently the co-chair of the Partnership 2000 Beer Sheva/Bnei Shimon/Montreal.
4. Shlomo Toledano- Director Israel & Overseas KH UIA Emissary Federation, CJA
5. Lior Leser -Miami USA
Lior Leser is an Israeli born US attorney and managing partner of Leser Hunter, Taubman and Taubman in Miami Beach. He is an experienced attorney providing corporate counsel to privately held, high growth high transaction companies. He is committed to supporting Israeli companies in the technology sector who are interested in doing business with the United States
6. Jeffrey Cohen – New Jersey, USA
In April 2005, Jeffrey H. Cohen joined UBS as a Managing Director and Global Head of Retailing within the Investment Banking Division. UBS is a leading financial firm, combining financial strength with a reputation for innovation and a global culture that embraces change. UBS is one of the world's largest wealth managers, premier investment banking and securities firm, and one of the largest global asset managers. UBS employs around 67,000 people, and has operations in over 50 countries and in all major financial centers.
Jeffrey is a major donor in the Metro West NJ Federation.
7. Joel Reistein – Boca Raton, USA -Lawyer
8. Jacob Ner David- Israel
A founder & managing partner, Jacob has been a successful entrepreneur for more than a decade. He has built and managed four companies to profitable exits, raising over $150 million from leading venture capital funds, institutional investors, and strategic industry players.
In 1996, Jacob co-founded Delta Three (NASDAQ: DDDC), one of the first commercial Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers. In 1999, Jacob founded and served as Chairman & CEO of NomadIQ, a provider of wireless application services, until its acquisition by Omnisky (NASDAQ: OMNY).
In 2004 Jacob co-founded Double Fusion, today a dominant provider of in-game advertising services, backed by Accel Partners, JVP, and Jerusalem Capital. Jacob served as Executive Chairman of Double Fusion from its inception in June 2004 until October 2005, when Accel led a $10 million round.
Jacob has strong investment experience, and served as an advisor to JVP Studio, a seed-stage investor and technology incubator. Jacob is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Jacob serves on the boards of the Jerusalem Foundation, New Israel Fund, Rikma, and the Jerusalem Circus. Jacob lectures (on a volunteer basis) at the Hebrew University and is a frequent speaker.
9. Lior Lifshitz– Israel
In 1999, Lior was founder and CEO of ProSeed Venture Capital Fund, a $14 million fund for investments in seed-stage communication, IT and medical device companies. Previously, Lior was a Portfolio and Asset Manager with the RDT Group, a diversified Israeli operating and holding company. Lior continues to serve as an advisor for seed-stage investments with RDT. Before joining RDT, Lior spent 10 years managing a $220 million portfolio for Ilanot Batucha, an asset management company within Clal Ltd., one of Israel's largest investment groups. On the corporate side, in 2002-3, Lior was CEO of Optid Ltd., a seed-stage company in the Electro-Optics sector.
Lior is currently Director of an asset management company held by Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank, Director in Lapidot oil search LTD (a public company listed on the TASE) and was the Chairman of Secured Dimensions Inc., a TES software company which was acquired by Microsoft (MSFT) on January 2007. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tel-Aviv.
10. Eran Agay- Israel
Following his service in the I.D.F., Eran joined Sonomed, a company that specializes in the distribution of medical equipment and machinery. Later he became a partner in the company, which is active in South Africa and in Central America and today is the Director General.
Mr. Agay is also the owner of a popular Jerusalem night club. Currently, he is involved in promoting several real estate ventures in Israel and in other countries and is a student of Business Administration at the Management College in Rishon.
Eran is currently a Jewish Agency Board Member and resides in Jerusalem.
11. Brian Schacter- Toronto, Canada
Brian is the President/CEO of Counseltron- a major Canadian importer, distributor, sales organization and developer of a wide range of consumer products. Brian is a leading lay leader in the UJA Federation of Toronto. He is the current P2K chair of the Eilat/Eilot/Toronto partnership and a top donor of his federation.
12. Taylor Minshall- Denver
13. Trent Minshall- Denver
14. Justin Chait- Cape Town, South Africa
Justin was born in Cape Town where he completed his high school and university education. He is a qualified accountant and is presently employed in KPMG financial services. He is very involved in the Jewish Community of Cape Town and serves as a member of the Jewish Board of Deputies and on the Community Security Organization.
15. David Kunin- USA
After receiving degrees from Dartmouth and The London School of Economics, Mr. Kunin spent ten years in the high tech industry in sales and senior management for computer companies, contract manufacturing and printed circuit board fabrication. Outside of high tech he has worked in the Beauty Industry as VP of Marketing and Advertising for Regis Hairstylists ($30 million annual budget). He has served as CEO and Chairman of Beautopia, a beauty products manufacturing company. As President of a family holding company; Curtis Squire Inc., he has looked after investments in television stations, art holdings and real estate.
For the last five years Mr. Kunin has served as CEO of iFinancial, a placement agent for the Israeli venture capital industry and advisor to later round Israeli high-tech financing deals. Mr. Kunin has worked with many charitable causes focusing on inter-faith dialogues and was deeply involved with Pope John Paul II’s visit to Israel in the millennium. Mr. Kunin is 48 and married to Gabrielle.
16. Phil Blazer- Los Angeles, USA
Phil Blazer is president of Blazer Communications and publisher of The National Jewish News; creator and host of award-winning Jewish television and radio programs; community activist, author and lecturer. In 1965, Blazer began his Jewish multi-media group with his Jewish Soul radio program, and then went on to begin publishing his newspaper, The National Jewish News, in 1973.
Blazer added the third medium when his television program, Jewish Life with Phil Blazer, debuted in 1977.
Phil Blazer has comprehensive knowledge of the State of Israel and Jewish communities around the world. Several of Israel’s prime ministers have called upon him for his assistance.
One of the highlights of Blazer’s career was his involvement with the CIA and the US State Department in the rescue of nearly 1,000 Ethiopian Jews stranded in Sudanese refugee camps, a mission named Operation Joshua.
17. Gary Heiman- Cincinnati, USA
President and CEO of Standard Textile. Gary Heiman, son of a Holocaust survivor, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. His grandfather founded Standard Textile and under Gary's leadership, the company developed into a global textile empire. Gary came to Israel as a volunteer in 1973 and volunteered for army service on the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War. After 17 years in Israel managing the factory he had set up in Arad and serving in the elite Special Forces Unit 669, Gary returned to the U.S. to head Standard Textile.
Gary is very involved in the Cincinnati Federation.