New Jersey Israel Center

New Jersey and Israel have a strong history of partnership, making our state a launchpad for Israeli companies looking to find success in North America.

Israel and New Jersey: Innovation Economies Growing Strong Together

Choose New Jersey first visited Israel with Governor Phil Murphy in 2018. We later established the New Jersey Israel Center in 2023, marking a historic milestone in the enduring partnership between New Jersey and Israel. This Center, founded during our fifth business attraction mission to Israel and in collaboration with the New Jersey-Israel Commission, embodies our commitment to strengthening the bonds between these two dynamic regions.

Known as the “Startup Nation,” Israel has an innovation ecosystem that mirrors New Jersey’s economic growth. This shared ethos has fostered lasting ties, highlighted by the $1.72 billion generated in two-way trade in goods between New Jersey and Israel recorded in 2022. New Jersey is also home to the fourth-largest Israel-born population in the United States.

The New Jersey-Israel Commission, established in 1989, has been instrumental in promoting bilateral economic and cultural relations, spearheading initiatives that have increased collaborations in research between the two states.

The New Jersey Israel Center supports Israeli companies in their exploration and expansion in the North American market. We understand the unique challenges and opportunities that come with entering a new market, and Choose New Jersey provides the bridge connecting our State with Israel. With our unwavering support and comprehensive services, your business can thrive in a state that values innovation, community, and the deep-rooted relationship between New Jersey and Israel.

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Our team offers a range of services and personalized guidance at every stage of establishing or expanding operations in New Jersey.

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Nadav Tamir

Israel Center Representative

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Why Israeli Companies Choose New Jersey

A Strategic Location

New Jersey sits in the center of the bustling corridor of the United States between Boston and Washington D.C., positioning Israeli companies perfectly to access consumers quickly and efficiently. This strategic location means that products can be delivered with remarkable speed, often on the same day, directly to a vast and affluent consumer base that produces about $5.8 trillion in economic output. A company located in central New Jersey can serve over 46 million consumers within a four-hour drive.

Northeast New Jersey is located just 20 minutes from New York City, the financial capital of the world, via PATH commuter rail service or ferry. It takes less time to travel from Jersey City to Wall Street than it does from Midtown Manhattan. Despite New Jersey’s proximity to Manhattan, real estate here is over 40% less expensive than in New York City.

A Transportation Hub

New Jersey’s infrastructure includes highways, ports, and airports, ensuring that moving goods is streamlined and cost-effective. The State has nearly 3,000 miles of interstate and highways and the nation’s highest railroad density.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is part of the busiest airport system in the country. EWR offers an average of five non-stop international flights to Israel daily; John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) offers an additional five. And, the deep waters of the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest port on the East Coast, ensure cargo from anywhere reaches its destination. With this strategic advantage, manufacturers in New Jersey can outpace competitors, ensuring products reach markets faster. 

Join the Best of the Best

New Jersey prides itself on being home to 14 Fortune 500 companies, more than 1,100 multinational corporations, and 225 foreign company headquarters. This vibrant business ecosystem is a clear indicator of New Jersey’s role as a central hub for international commerce and innovation.

Our State is also a magnet for talent across industries, including technology, biopharmaceuticals, finance, and more. In fact, New Jersey has the highest concentration of engineers and scientists per mile in the United States. Our top-tier universities, research institutions, and workforce development programs ensure a continuous influx of fresh talent, driving innovation and growth in your business. New Jersey also takes a proactive approach to workforce development, with training programs that keep our residents employed and make hiring skilled workers easy for New Jersey companies.

Success Stories

Mush Foods

Mush Foods was attracted to New Jersey’s strategic location and excellent education system. Mush Foods contacted us through the Choose New Jersey website thanks to the site’s search engine optimization, ensuring high visibility and engagement. We arranged to meet with the Israeli hybrid meat startup at the SelectUSA Investment Summit to help them establish a United States presence at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center (FIC). Our business development officers introduced Mush Foods to the New Jersey-Israel Commission, NJEDA, New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, and NJBAC. With these connections, they were able to sign a lease at the FIC in September.

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Amarel

Choose New Jersey met Israeli manufacturing and technology service provider Amarel at a networking event hosted by Israel SelectUSA during our 2019 trade mission to Israel. The team worked with Amarel executives on site selection and introduced them to the State’s tech community, including New Jersey Institute of Technology’s VentureLink and TechUnited. In April of 2022, the company signed a lease in Newark, New Jersey, for its 120 employees.

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Key
Industries

New Jersey’s key industries are the foundation of our economic strength. The State is actively investing in and cultivating these industries, providing them with the workforce, financial support, and development space they need to thrive.

Life Sciences

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Life Sciences

New Jersey is one of the world’s leading destinations for biopharmaceutical R&D, biopharmaceutical manufacturing, cell & gene therapy, and medical devices. In fact, eight of the top 10 largest pharmaceutical companies call New Jersey home. With a legacy of pioneering discoveries and a supportive ecosystem of academic institutions, research centers, and venture capital, New Jersey continues to drive life sciences advancements on a global scale.

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Technology

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Technology

New Jersey’s emphasis on STEM education and its supportive startup ecosystem provides a launch pad for tech innovation. New Jersey-based tech companies are revolutionizing advancements in AI, fintech, esports, telecom, cybersecurity, and beyond. Supported by a skilled workforce, academia, and collaborative workspaces, global information technology companies like Audible, Verizon, and Samsung thrive in New Jersey.

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Advanced Manufacturing

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Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing in New Jersey represents a dynamic blend of innovation, precision, and industry expertise. New Jersey manufacturers produce everything from food and building materials to computers and electronics. Our advanced manufacturing sector is pioneering new supply chain solutions and fostering economic growth.

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Food & Beverage

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Food & Beverage

New Jersey’s food and beverage industry is redefining what it means to produce and package food sustainably. The $126 billion food industry in the state has seen an increase of 6,000 jobs in the past five years, and more than ⅓ of the top 100 major food companies in the United States have a presence in the state, including industry giants like Campbell Soup Company. Leading food tech companies that specialize in plant-based substitutes, vertical farming, and more continue to push the boundaries of how the world thinks about, produces, and consumes food.

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Financial Services

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Financial Services

Our strategic location and highly educated workforce create an environment where financial companies succeed. Within just minutes from Wall Street, New Jersey offers the connectivity and resources of the world’s financial capital at a much more affordable price than New York City. It’s no surprise that many of the world’s leading financial firms – including Prudential Financial, PNC Bank, and JP Morgan Chase – call New Jersey home.

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Logistics

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Logistics

New Jersey is a crucial artery of commerce, connecting businesses to markets both domestically and internationally. New Jersey boasts a robust infrastructure — including The Port of New York and New Jersey, Newark Liberty International Airport, and the highest railroad density in the nation — that allows companies to move goods fast. With the rising demand for next-day and same-day delivery through e-commerce, New Jersey has the resources and infrastructure necessary to keep up with the increase in shipping volume required to get packages where they need to go quickly.

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Clean Energy

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Clean Energy

New Jersey’s clean energy industry is at the forefront of sustainable innovation, making way for a greener future. The New Jersey Wind Port is the first port in the United States dedicated to Offshore Wind. The state is positioned to be a leader in offshore wind with its 130 miles of coastline, 340,000 acres of land with close proximity to shore, shallow water depths, and strong wind speeds. The State has implemented progressive policies, incentivizing the development of green technologies and committing to a more resilient energy infrastructure.

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Film, TV & Digital Media

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Film, TV, & Digital Media

New Jersey offers one of the nation’s most attractive incentive programs for filmmakers, featuring a 30% or 35% tax credit and a 2% or 4% diversity bonus. Here, you will find a pro-film environment with cooperative counties and municipalities and a breathtaking variety of locations and landscapes. The New York-New Jersey metro area has the highest concentration of creative and technical professionals outside of California, including a strong network of support services and vendors.

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Location

New Jersey Israel Center
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

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