SOURCE: Israel Bonds

January 25, 2012 15:20 ET

Israel Bonds Launches 2012 Campaign With $225 Million; New Effort Begins in Presence of Israel's Finance Minister

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - Jan 25, 2012) - The 2012 Israel Bonds campaign was officially launched Sunday evening, January 22 in Boca Raton, Florida in the presence of Israel Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz.

Addressing an appreciative audience of over 650, the finance minister asserted, "Israel is getting stronger and stronger," adding, "Investing in Israel bonds is very important to the people of Israel. It is an expression of friendship and commitment."

In response to the finance minister, more than $225 million in Israel bond investments were announced.

The finance minister also praised new Bonds President & CEO Izzy Tapoohi, conveying his confidence that Tapoohi "will bring Israel Bonds to new levels of achievement."

In his own remarks, Tapoohi said the Bonds organization had exceeded its 2011 worldwide $1 billion goal, declaring. "Israel Bonds is playing an important role in maintaining and furthering Israel's economic potential."

The evening was highlighted by the presentation of United Jerusalem Medallions -- created in honor of the 45th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification -- by Finance Minister Steinitz, Tapoohi and Chairman of the Board Richard Hirsch.

Medallion recipients were: Sharen and Marc Berman, Chicago; Lynore and Harold Berzow, New York; Laraine and Lowell Fine, Atlanta; Emily and Dr. Fred Gurtman, Tampa Bay; Debra and Dr. Lawrence Halperin, Boca; Linda and Mel Jacobs, New Jersey; Helene and Barry Lewis, Rockland County; Ann and Nate Levine, Dallas; Manette and Louis Mayberg; Washington, DC; Louise and Andy Rubin, Philadelphia; Felice and Gerald Schwartz, Miami; Lisa and Gary Shiffman, Detroit; Toby and Carl Sloane, Boston; Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg, Baltimore.

Development Corporation for Israel (DCI)/Israel Bonds is widely recognized as being among the primary catalysts for Israel's rapid evolution from struggling agrarian nation to global economic powerhouse. DCI, Canada-Israel Securities, Ltd., and Israel Bonds International (Europe and Latin America), have secured worldwide sales that, to date, exceed $33.4 billion.

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