Charley Levine, top Anglo-Israeli PR professional, dies

Marcy Oster

Charley Levine, a top public relations professional in Israel and well known in Ango-Israeli circles, has died.

Levine died Sunday after a short illness. He was 62.

Levine, founder and CEO of Israeli public affairs and media relations consultant company Lone Star Communications, worked with dozens of international leaders, including Al Gore, Mike Huckabee, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Irwin Cotler, Rupert Murdoch, Ed Koch, Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also served as a media adviser to national Israeli leaders including former president Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Silvan Shalom, Uzi Landau, Isaac Herzog, Gidon Saar and Yudi Edelstein.

He was until 2006 the CEO of Ruder Finn Israel, and prior to that in 1983 established Charles Levine Communications, where he served as president and CEO.

Levine made aliya in 1978 and served as a captain in the IDF Spokesperson’s Corps.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, he is a graduate of New York University and received a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

He worked in public relations for Jewish organizations including the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Hadassah, and the World Zionist Organization.