BOSTON – The Massachusetts State Senate recently hosted Yehuda Yaakov, the Israeli Consul General to New England, during a formal session of the Massachusetts Senate. Yaakov was invited by Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) and Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester).
“Fostering connections across cultures helps our sense of community here in Massachusetts to grow and become more inclusive,” said Rosenberg. “I hope that we are able to continue our tradition of bringing other cultures into the people’s building to work with the communities they represent.”
Yaakov’s visit marks the third time the Israeli Consul General has visited at the State House. Following an introduction by Senator Chandler, Yaakov addressed the Senate about the relationship between Israel and the United States, and the strong cultural ties and friendship between the Jewish communities of Boston and Israel.
“The Jewish community in Massachusetts extends far beyond the City of Boston,” said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury). “I was pleased to meet with Consul General Yaakov, who acknowledges the vibrant and active Jewish community in the Greater Worcester area.”
Prior to the visit, Rabbi Michelle Robinson of Temple Emanuel in Newton joined Rosenberg, Yaakov, and other Jewish members of the Senate to hang a Mezuzah in the Senate President’s Office. The mezuzah, a traditional Jewish symbol of welcome that is placed in a doorway, was provided by Senator Cynthia Creem (D-Newton).
“The mezuzah hanging is particularly meaningful in this space because the mezuzah contains a prayer about listening, and this is the place where our senators and public servants listen – it reminds them to always be open to listening” said Robinson following the mezuzah hanging.
The Consul General of Israel is the official representative of the State of Israel to New England and serves as the liaison between the residents of New England and the State of Israel. Yaakov has been a member of Israel’s Foreign Service since 1989.