New Consul General Arrives in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – August 28, 2012 – Mr. Yaron Sideman arrived this week to begin his post as Consul General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, serving Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, Kentucky and Southern New Jersey. Consul General Sideman now serves the region as Israel’s highest ranking diplomat. He joins Deputy Consul General Elad Strohmayer who arrived earlier this month.

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Israel is one of only five countries — including Chile, Italy, Mexico and Panama — that maintain a Consulate in Philadelphia. In addition, there are over 30 Honorary Consulates in the city.

Mr. Sideman replaces Mr. Daniel Kutner who completed his four-year term last week and was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the new Deputy Director of the North American Division.

A Ministry veteran, Mr. Sideman served in his last position as Director of Congressional Affairs at the North America Division. His previous positions include Head of the North American desk at Diaspora and Interreligious Affairs Bureau, Consul for Public Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York and Political Officer at the Embassy of Israel in Lagos, Nigeria.

A graduate of the Israel National Defense College, Mr. Sideman holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Haifa University and a B.A. Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University.

The Consul General is responsible for strengthening relations between Israel and the Mid-Atlantic Region by building partnerships for enhanced economic, trade, academic and cultural exchange.