Israeli dignitary welcomed by NJ State Senate March 21

Israeli dignitary welcomed by NJ State Senate March 21

Senate President Extends Invitation to Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in NY

Union, N.J. (March 18, 2011) ““ In a gesture of friendship and cooperation, Senate President Stephen Sweeney has invited Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in NY to appear before the upper body of the legislature at the Senate Chamber on Monday March 21, 2011 at 2 p.m. Aharoni will make a formal presentation to the State Senate prior to the voting session.

Aharoni, who officially assumed the post of Consul General in February, after serving as Acting Consul General since August, represents the State of Israel to communities from throughout the tri-state areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This is Aharoni’s second post in the New York Consulate. Between 2001 and 2005, he served there as Consul for Media and Public Affairs. During his tenure in Israel’s diplomatic corps, Aharoni has also served as Consul for Communications and Public Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles. In 2006 he served as a Senior Advisor to Israel’s Foreign Minister and Vice Prime Minister, in charge of media and public affairs in Jerusalem, among other positions. In his earlier career, Aharoni served under then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, as Policy Assistant to Israel’s Chief negotiator with the Palestinians.

Following his appearance before the State Senate, at which he is expected to be presented with a proclamation by Senate President Sweeney, Aharoni will also be a guest at the meeting of the New Jersey-Israel Commission, convening for the first time under the newly appointed chairman Mark Levenson of West Orange, New Jersey.

In the words of Ruth Cole, President NJ State Association of Jewish Federations, “It is a great honor that Senate President Sweeney has extended this gesture of welcome and partnership between the officials of our great state and of the democratic nation of Israel. We are delighted that the visit will coincide with the new term of the New Jersey Israel Commission, and we thank Governor Chris Christie and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno for their efforts to revitalize that body which fosters economic development, security cooperation and cultural exchanges between the State of New Jersey and the State of Israel.”

NJ State Association of Jewish Federations

Jacob Toporek, Executive Director

501 Green Lane, Suite 202

Union, New Jersey 07083

P: (908) 352-7930

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