Real Estate From Coast to Coast: 
Investing in Israel & the United States

Hosted by Chicago

Tel Aviv Skyline

Thursday, July 29, 2021

12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT/9:00 am PT


Jewish National Fund-USA’s Real Estate Division welcomes an international panel of experts from Bank Leumi in Israel and Bank Leumi in the U.S., who will discuss real estate trends in Israel, the differences between real estate lending in Israel vs the U.S., and how strong real estate and financial industries have long been a foundation to success in both countries.


Bank Leumi, Israel’s largest bank, has been a driving force in Israel’s economic and industrial development since the bank’s establishment in 1902. Dr. Theodor Herzl recognized that for his dream of a Zionist state to succeed, there must be a strong financial arm. From this vision, Bank Leumi was founded and has been thriving for more than a century. 


This event is complimentary. For more information on joining the Jewish National Fund-USA Real Estate Division please email [email protected]

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ellen Spira Hattenbach.

Featured Guest Speakers


Idan Shapira

Head of Participations & International Syndications, Bank Leumi Israel


Idan Shapira serves as Head of Participation and International Syndications at Bank Leumi’s head office, where he is responsible for real estate finance, construction loan, and income producing assets both in Israel and overseas. He is a member of the Commercial Sub-Division credit committee and the Leumitech credit committee.


Shapira has been at Bank Leumi for over 20 years, previously serving in the London office as Deputy Chief Business Officer and Deputy Chief Credit Officer, and in Israel as Deputy Manager before being promoted to Department Manager.


Jeff Steigelman

President, Chicago, Commercial Banking, Bank Leumi USA


Jeff Steigelman is Bank Leumi’s Chicago Market President, managing the continued growth of the region’s business and the expansion of its commercial real estate, and commercial and industrial loan practices. He was previously EVP, Commercial Banking Hub Leader at Wintrust Financial for over six years, and prior to Wintrust, he was Managing Director of Business Development at The PrivateBank.


Jeff is active in his local community, serving as a board member of Lookingglass Theatre, past board member of Ace Mentoring and the Chicago Building Congress, past mentor for Link Unlimited, and as a fundraiser for a variety of organizations.

Event Chairs


Scott Gendell, President, Terraco, Inc.

Steve Lavin, Partner, Lavin & Gedville, P.C

Layne Zagorin, Licensed Real Estate Broker, @properties 

More Information

Ellen Spira Hattenbach, Executive Director, Illinois

[email protected] or 847.656.8880 x760