Atlanta native Shai Robkin, a dual Israeli and U.S. citizen with extensive business experience and cultural contributions here and in Israel, has been named as the new president of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Southeast

Mr. Robkin will take up the post Aug. 1. Mr. Glaser will stay on through September to ensure a smooth transition. 

Mr. Robkin has a record of entrepreneurism and community engagement. After getting his MBA at Georgia State University, he began his career in Israel with Bank Hapoalim, then opened a combination bookstore and coffee shop in downtown Jerusalem. He sold it, but it remains in operation today. 

He and his wife returned to Atlanta and bought a library supply business. He spun off the technology arm, which was then rolled in with a few other companies to form a larger conglomerate, Bibliotheca.  

As for community, he is a member of three synagogues – one in Israel – and has served on the boards of Congregation Beth Shalom, the American-Israel chamber, Greenfield Academy, The Weber School and other organizations. 

He also served in the Israel Defense Force in the late 1970s and is a fluent Hebrew speaker and reader. 

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