On Wednesday evening, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity hosted a summit in honor of Yehuda Yaakov, the newly appointed Consul Gen­eral of Israel to New England.

More than 80 people from the Greater Boston Jewish com­mu­nity attended the event, which was held at 140 The Fenway and spon­sored in part by North­eastern Hillel.

The summit marked one of Yaakov’s first public appear­ances as consul gen­eral. He was selected by the Israeli Min­istry of For­eign Affairs in October to suc­ceed pre­vious Consul Gen­eral Shai Bazak, who served from 2010–13.

In his remarks on Wednesday, Yaakov praised the col­lege stu­dents in atten­dance for their active par­tic­i­pa­tion in fur­thering Israeli causes, some­thing he wished he had done more of as a student.

When I was in your place, I was very much busy with my own things and even though Israel was dear to my heart, I know I didn’t do enough,” Yaakov said. “Just so you know, you are making a difference.”

The Con­sulate Gen­eral of Israel to New Eng­land is the country’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Mass­a­chu­setts, Rhode Island, New Hamp­shire, Maine, and Ver­mont, and serves as the liaison between New Eng­land res­i­dents and Israel.

Yaakov was born and raised in Brooklyn and immi­grated to Israel in 1982 after grad­u­ating from Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity. He has served with Israel’s For­eign Ser­vice since 1989, holding posts in New York and New Zealand.

In his new role, Yaakov said he wants to con­tinue to strengthen the ties between Israeli firms and their New Eng­land coun­ter­parts, par­tic­u­larly in the tech industry, which brings in about $6 bil­lion in rev­enue to Mass­a­chu­setts every year. He also plans to put cyber­se­cu­rity at the top of his agenda.

We have a very active con­sulate,” Yaakov noted. “I’m not inventing the wheel here. My pre­de­cessor was very suc­cessful as was his, and hope­fully I will be able to fill their shoes.”

In her opening remarks, North­eastern Hillel exec­u­tive director Arinne Braverman acknowl­edged the uni­ver­sity and Hillel’s shared com­mit­ment to free speech and campus diver­sity, saying that North­eastern “fights for the ideals of indi­vidual expres­sion and the free exchange of ideas, even when we dis­agree with the ideas.”

After dessert, North­eastern Hillel Artist-​​in-​​Residence Matti Kovler and Amer­ican Idol con­tes­tant Brett Loewen­stern per­formed Sh’ma Yis­rael by Sarit Hadad, an acclaimed Israeli singer.