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Fuel-up nation: Israel has robust presence at major oil and gas trade show By Jacob Kamaras Given Israel’s well-documented penchant for innovation, it was only a matter of time before the “start-up nation” established a robust presence at the Offshore Technology Conference, one of the world’s largest annual trade shows for the oil and gas industry. “The people in Israel are entrepreneurs in their souls, so as soon as they see an opportunity, they take it,” said Michal Niddam-Wachsman, head of the Israeli government’s Economic Mission in the U.S. Southern Region. “When we discovered the natural gas [in the Tamar and Leviathan fields off Israel’s coast], they immediately saw the opportunity of developing the technology that would

be related to the natural gas and the oil market. We have today over 100 Israeli companies working on unique technologies that can give solutions to the oil and gas industry.” Fourteen of those companies were on display in Houston from May 4-7 at the OTC, which was attended by 94,700 people from 130 countries. It was the Israeli Ministry of Economy’s third year with a pavilion at the trade show. U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) – who represents a district with five ports, more than any other district in Congress – visited with the Israeli companies. “Energy is huge in our area,” Weber told “It’s what drives America, it’s what makes America great. It’s what’s going to help drive Israel. It not only will

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Haim Greenberg of Harbo Technologies demonstrated the Israeli company’s oilspill response technology at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. (Photo by Jacob Kamaras) make Israel stronger and more prosperous, but safer… Israel is under attack from all around, and they need that energy. As I tell people, ‘It’s hard to power a tank with a solar panel.’ So oil and gas are huge for Israel, for America. We have the technology over here. Israel is arguably our best, strongest ally, anywhere – especially in the Middle East. We want them to be safe, secure, prosperous… To do anything less, in my opinion, is unfathomable.” Niddam-Wachsman explained that before having a presence at the OTC, Israel was already “a significant player” in areas of technology, including water (such as desalination and purification), telecommunication and security. Israel eventually saw that its existing technological expertise had “a very strong connection” to the oil and gas industry, she said, making the OTC a natural fit for the Jewish state – especially given Israel’s

Get connected with JFS Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania joined the world of social media in January in order to keep in touch with volunteers, supporters and board members, and to reach out to the community-at-large to provide them with news about at JFS. “Throughout the past year, JFS has become much more involved in the community and our programs and services are reaching more people than ever before,” noted a JFS representative. “The need for an information portal was more important than ever before.” For those looking to learn more about JFS or who may be discovering JFS for the first time, JFS content is available through social media. Whether it is meeting with other professionals in the community or just socializing in the office, community members can now access an inside look at what goes on at JFS. JFS is now present on several major social media sites, including Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube,

Vimeo, Flickr and Pinterest. Additionally, JFS staff is professionally on LinkedIn, and the JFS office can be found on Foursquare. A JFS representative recommended visiting and liking the JFS Facebook page first. Along with news and information, each week there will be topics such as Throwback Thursday, the Friday recipe of the week from the “JFS Scranton Cooks” book and even a new Feel Good Friday song from the JFS Spotify playlist. Community members can find event photos on Flickr, and JFS has encouraged everyone to visit the JFS YouTube page to watch numerous videos, including a recent JFS short film, “Strength to Strength,” honoring JFS volunteers.

To find all of JFS’ social media sites and begin following them, community members can visit the brand new website at On the bottom right corner of the home page there are links directly to all of the sites. Additionally, the new site is intended to be a larger information portal to JFS, as well a source of more JFS news, event information and blog articles written by the social workers at JFS. “JFS hopes that the community will enjoy what we have put together and what we have planned for the future,” said a JFS representative. “We encourage everyone to not only like and follow us, but to also get involved, comment on and share what JFS is doing with your friends and family as well.” JFS has requested feedback on the site, to inform them of what the community likes and dislikes, and to help them learn what the community would wish to see, or see more of, in the future. Send any feedback, articles or information to


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discovery of offshore gas fields in 2009 and 2010. “Eventually, we saw that the interests of the American companies in the Israeli technology was very high, as well as the satisfaction of the Israeli companies to be able to reach those companies and penetrate this huge market,” NiddamWachsman told “Here, you can find the connections between the needs of the American companies and what Israel can provide,” she added. Eric Peterson, director of industrial/ municipal sales for Amiad Water Systems – which is based in Israel, but has 10 subsidiary offices around the world – said the company took a few years off from attending the OTC before returning last year as part of the Israeli delegation. He said that exhibiting with the Israeli Economic Mission’s group is no small benefit, considering that the waiting list See “Fuel” on page 8

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