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Philatelic First
Israel and Former Soviet Republic of Georgia Honor Common Culture

Press Release
Information for Sponsors

Philadelphia, PA - The America-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the Pennsylvania-Russia Business Council will introduce the issuance of a new joint Israeli-Georgian stamp at a reception to be held at the law offices of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, 38th floor, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia, PA in Fall 2002. The reception will be the only event in the U.S. at which these stamps will be displayed. In addition to the display of the stamps, there will be a presentation of the jazz sextet from Georgia with Georgian, Russian, Jewish and American music and a discussion of the background and history of this collaborative issue. In addition, a limited number of stamps will be available for purchase.

This issuance, expresses Israel's appreciation of Georgian heritage while Georgia celebrates the contributions to Georgian history, of its Jewish community, some 2600 years old. Georgia, the most tolerant and pluralistic of the former Soviet states, has a tradition of religious tolerance. Its capital city, Tbilisi, has long been home to a synagogue, church and mosque, all on the same center square.

The Israeli stamp will feature a picture of the Georgian national poet Shota Rustaveli, who lived in the 12th century and wrote the famous Georgian masterpiece "The Man in the Panther's Skin." The Georgian issue will honor Jewish culture in Georgia will a picture of the synagogue in the city of Kutaisi.

This collaboration comes on the heels of another sign of mutual recognition. In May, 2001, Israel awarded the Wolf Prize, which acknowledges achievement in the sciences, to Hebrew University Professor Saharon Shelah and Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow's Professor Vladimir Arnold, for their accomplishments in mathematics. The Wolf Prize, was established in 1978 by the late German-born inventor, diplomat and philanthropist, Dr. Ricardo Wolf.

The America-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the Pennsylvania-Russia Business Council are not-for-profit economic development organizations, dedicated to increasing business ties between companies in this region with Israel and Russia and the former Soviet republics.

For more information please contact Paula Joffe, America-Israel Chamber of Commerce at phone: (215) 790-3722, email: aicc@gpcc.com, Val Kogan, Pennsylvania-Russia Business Council at phone: (215) 708-2628, email: prbc@att.net, or visit the PRBC website at: www.fita.org/prbc


The Pennsylvania - Russia Business Council cordially invites valued members of our business community to become official sponsors of the upcoming reception to discuss business opportunities between the NIS (particularly Russia and Georgia), Israel, and the United States, and for the unveiling of the new joint Israeli-Georgian stamps. This reception honors the issuance of two stamps, one Israeli and one Georgian, which express the countries' mutual appreciation of the influence one culture has had on the other.

Your sponsorship is vital to this exciting evening, which promises to be an enjoyable celebration of the history and cultural diversity of these two countries, and we greatly appreciate your participation. This event will provide an excellent forum to promote your business name and ensure its higher visibility among a select audience of international business professionals and leaders of the business and cultural community.

2002 Sponsorship Levels:
Silver Sponsors$2,500
Gold Sponsor$5,000 - available to one sponsor only

Silver Sponsors Receive:

  • Promotion of your company as a sponsor in all promotional materials of the reception, including flyers and press releases
  • Free admission for two representatives of your company
  • Recognition of sponsorship during reception opening ceremony
  • Shared table with your company's promotional literature at the reception
  • An opportunity to make remarks at the opening ceremony
Gold Sponsor Receives:
  • All benefits of silver sponsorship, plus:
  • Free admission for up to four representatives of your company
  • Central display of a banner with your company logo at the event
  • Recognition of your company's sponsorship during reception opening and closing ceremonies
  • The opportunity to make a presentation on behalf of your company at the reception
  • A two-month complimentary display of a banner with your company logo in association with this event on the PRBC web site
  • Exclusive table featuring your company's promotional literature and sign at the reception
For more information on the reception for the unveiling of the new joint Israeli-Georgian stamp, please contact Val Kogan, PRBC President, by phone: (215) 708-2628, email: prbc@att.net, or visit the PRBC website at: fita.org/prbc

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