Israeli Consul General Opher Aviran (with microphone) had only kind words for Sharon Kabalo (at his right), who will be returning to Israel after five years in Atlanta. PHOTO / Israeli Consul General’s Office

Israeli Consul General Opher Aviran (with microphone) had only kind words for Sharon Kabalo (at his right), who will be returning to Israel after five years in Atlanta. PHOTO / Israeli Consul General’s Office

BY AL SHAMS / AJT //

Sharon Kabalo, after living in Atlanta for five years and serving as the Deputy Consul General for Israel, has been reassigned to Jerusalem.

The move comes with some mixed feelings. Kabalo has met many wonderful people in the Southeast and has had many memorable experiences. On the other hand, being a native of Jerusalem, she’s eager to now to spend more time with family and friends.

It’s time to move on, but there’s no question that Kabalo’s life has been enriched by the people she’s met and the experiences she’s had while living in Atlanta.

In late July, Consul General Opher Aviran and his wife Talia hosted a reception to honor Kabalo and to welcome her successor, Ron Brummer. The event was attended by a cross-section of Atlanta’s. Kabalo was recognized for her years of outstanding service in the region and promoting a strong relationship between Israel and the Southeast.

“It has been and honor to serve as Deputy Consul General for the Consulate for the past five years” said Kabalo.  “I’m grateful for the fulfilling experiences and unwavering support that enabled me to work to strengthen the U.S. – Israeli relationship.  I take pride in my efforts to bring together the assets of the American and Israeli communities to foster new collaborations.”

A number of leaders and dignitaries attending the event, including Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, former AICC President Tom Glaser, incoming AICC President Shai Robskin, Atlanta Public School Superintendent Errol Davis, Rabbis Peter Berg, Paul Kerbel and Neil Sandler.

Kabalo commented on her warm and close working relationship with Aviran and other members of the consul general staff.  She also took time to welcomed the incoming Deputy Consul General, Ron Brummer, and wished him the best.

Brummer most recently served as Deputy Israeli Ambassador to Chile. While in Chile, he organized a number of political, economic and educational missions between the two countries.

Aviran, meanwhile, also recognized the consulate’s outgoing director of media affairs, Karen Isenberg Jones, and her successor Dena Weiss.

About the writer

Al Shams is a Sandy Springs resident, a former CPA, and an investment professional with more than 35 years of industry experience.