Chat with the Consulate: Israel
A social lunch, featuring the Deputy Consul General of Israel, Rony Yedidia
August 8, 2008 - On a bright Sunday afternoon in Cambridge, Deputy Consul General Rony Yedidia spoke with Boston International members about her home country, Israel. Ms. Yedidia started by mentioning that in a recent focus group, many participants thought Israel was an extremely conservative and closed society located in a barren desert. Ms. Yedidia went on to dispel some of these misconceptions, adressing the diversity of Israel’s population, its vibrant arts and music scene, its impressive technological and economic advancements, and its beautiful landscape of beaches, mountains, and (some) desert. She encouraged attendees to visit Israel to see for themselves how vibrant the country is, and closed by explaining the consulate’s role in strengthening the social, economic, and political ties between Israel and New England.
After the remarks, we opened up the floor for an engaging Q&A session. Members then had a chance to speak one-on-one with Ms. Yedidia and with fellow members while enjoying falafel and drinks, with festive Israeli music playing in the background.
After the event, all remaining food items were donated to the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter.
About Ms. Yedidia
Ms. Rony Yedidia serves as the Deputy Consul of Israel at the Consulate General of Israel to New England.
Consul Yedidia grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Beer-Sheva, Israel. She returned to Israel in order to serve in the Israel Defense Force, where she served in the Artillery Force. After her service, she began her studies at Tel Aviv University, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English Literature. She later earned her Master’s Degree in American Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Consul Yedidia began her diplomatic career in 1994 as a member of the prestigious Cadets’ course, specializing in administrative affairs. She previously served as Consul in the Consulate General of Israel in Istanbul and as Director of Administration in the Embassy of Israel in Moscow. She most recently served as head of the Consular Liaison Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Consul Yedidia arrived in Boston to serve in the Consulate General of Israel to New England in October 2006.
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About the Chat with the Consulate Series
In addition to our intellectual speaker events, Boston International hosts events that are designed to be even more social in nature. Our Chat with the Consulate events give Boston International members the chance to socialize and network, while also having the opportunity to engage with consuls in the Boston area on a range of exciting topics.