STATEMENT OF THE PHILADELPHIA-ISRAEL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ON THE DEATH OF EDWIN BERKOWITZ
The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC) joins the rest of the Greater Philadelphia community in mourning the loss of Edwin “Ed” J. Berkowitz.
Ed Berkowitz was one of the founders of the PICC and a past president. He, along with Felix Zandman, and Albert Soffa were among the early industrialists who believed in the power of business and investment as a source of strength and durability for Israel.
When the Chamber changed the name of its signature annual recognition from the David Ben Gurion Pioneer Award to the Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award following the assassination of the prime minister in 1995, Ed Berkowitz was the first recipient of that high honor.
Rabin’s widow Leah, during an appearance at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am in Abington, appreciated that the PICC was the very first organization to memorialize her husband in this way, and in which she congratulated one “Ed Berkovitch.”
We are all very saddened by Ed’s passing and will remember him as a friend, a strong leader, and a true believer in the values for which the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce stands.
His family should be comforted by his significant philanthropic and Israel related contributions.
About the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC) is the go-to independent organization facilitating connections between Israeli and Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware based businesses, governmental agencies and economic development organizations.
The PICC also represents the US-Israel Binational Industrial R&D (BIRD) Foundation and BIRD Energy, which annually award 20-30 grants up to $1 million to U.S.-Israeli company technology ventures.