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California-Israel Water Summit Brings Together Israeli and Local Experts to Discuss Water Solutions

Contact: Marina Brodetsky
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California-Israel Water Summit Brings Together Israeli and Local Experts to Discuss Water Solutions

February 9, 2016—Beverly Hills, CA—The California-Israel Water Summit, which will be held on March 2, 2016 at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, will be the most significant gathering of its kind since Governor Jerry Brown and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu signed the historic Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership for Joint Innovation, Exchanges and Cooperation (MOU) on March 5, 2014.  At the top of the list for such collaboration was, and remains, water, especially in light of the relentless drought which has plagued California.

“The Summit constitutes an exceptional gathering of experts for an in-depth exploration of issues surrounding one of the most important objectives of the MOU; namely, the increase of interaction between California and Israel in the water sector,” said Summit Co-Chair and former CEO of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) David Nahai.  

Hosted by Jewish National Fund, the City of Beverly Hills, and the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, and Netafim as presenting sponsor, and Co-Chaired by Nahai and Gina Raphael (JNF Board Member), the Summit will bring together political leaders, regulators, utility officials, investment executives, and a broad spectrum of business, labor, and environmental leaders to discuss one of the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles and California—the future security of our water supply. California’s unique water markets, Israel’s world renowned water technologies, market access techniques, and financing strategies will be covered in a series of informative speeches and panels.

Author Seth M. Siegel and his celebrated book, Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World, will also be featured at the Summit. JNF will bring to the table its decades of work in Israel in water management and conservation which has increased the country’s total water supply by 12% and helped Israel become a world leader in water recycling.

According to Siegel, “JNF has played a key role in Israel’s water transformation and then success. During the California Water Summit, JNF will share the best of Israel’s insights and practices so that people everywhere can have an abundant, worry-free water future, such as is now enjoyed in Israel.”

Keynote speaker and longtime friend of Israel, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa praises Israel’s success in addressing its water challenges: “That survival attitude is also a mark of the character of Californians. This commonality is just one of the reasons for the profound closeness between our two States. The Summit will be a significant forum for the exchange of information on a subject of enormous importance—water—and illustrates again the enduring friendship between California and Israel.”

The Summit will feature JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson as the master of ceremonies. Featured speakers include Consul General of Israel David Siegel; California Secretary of State Alex Padilla; Former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa; Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin; Mayor of Beverly Hills Dr. Julian Gold, MD; Beverly Hills City Manager Mahdi Aluzri; Best-Selling Author Seth M. Siegel; and many other water experts and dignitaries including, Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz, Los Angeles Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Former Los Angeles Councilmember Jan Perry, Speaker Emeritus John Perez, Marty Adams (Head of LADWP Water System), Heather Repenning (LA Public Works Board Member), Assembly member Richard Bloom, Rob Eshman (Chief Editor of Los Angeles Jewish Journal), David Abel (President, Verdexchange), Fabian Oberfeld (Managing Partner, Aqora Capital), Liz Crosson (Water Advisor to Mayor Eric Garcetti), Andy Lipkis (President, Tree People), Mark Gold (Vice Chancellor, UCLA), and Naty Barak (Netafim).  

The Water Summit will take place from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM with sessions on California’s Water Markets, the California-Israel MOU, Israel’s Technologies and Successful Models Operating in the U.S., Financing Strategies for Water Companies, and other related topics. 

Registration is required via by February 24. The event is complimentary and includes a copy of Seth M. Siegel’s Let There Be Water and lunch. For more information, please contact Hannah Cohen at or 212.879.9305 x262.



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