Israeli Deputy Consul General Elad Strohmayer’s three year posting to Philadelphia is coming to its conclusion. As he plans his return to Israel, he says that while he needs to leave Philadelphia, Philadelphia will never leave him. “Consider me Philadelphia’s ‘ambassador’ to Israel,” he remarked.
Philadelphia has left an indelible seal upon Elad’s heart. It is where he married the love of his life, Oren Ben-Yosef. Mayor Nutter officiated at their wedding in City Hall. As he described his wedding with these words, “We were embraced by the whole community, Jewish and non-Jewish.”
Elad Strohmayer loves Philadelphia. “Philadelphia has a great relationship with Israel. It is a place that has historically been open to other cultures, and has welcomed Israeli cultural contributions,” he enthused.
Strohmayer explained about the opportunities for business collaboration between Israel and Philadelphia:
There is a synergy between Israel and Philadelphia which creates an ecosystem that allows ideas to grow. Israeli start-ups looking to expand internationally are coming to Philadelphia. The consulate and the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce are working hard to make Philadelphia attractive to Israelis. Mayor Nutter traveled to Israel to cultivate those relationships.
On August 24, Elad Strohamayer will bid Philadelphia goodbye, and Moran Birman will be welcomed as the new deputy consul general. A graduate of the Hebrew University Law School, Deputy Consul General Birman will be Israel’s newest representative in the City of Brotherly Love. Let us welcome him as warmly as we did Elad Strohmayer.