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How Leib Bolel helped connect Israel, Arizona to spur tech sector

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Airobotics Ltd.)

By Jim Poulin and Joel Chadwick | Phoenix Business Journal

Leib Bolel may live in the Valley, but he’s always had a strong connection to Israel.

He spent six years in the Middle East country, and his wife is Israeli. He was inspired by the book “Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle.”

After initially moving to Des Moines, Iowa, in 2011 to become a rabbi and also co-found a nonprofit-focused software company, he eventually decided to move his family to Arizona in 2016.

Upon hearing of other Valley business owners’ interest in Israel, Bolel rented out part of Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale in February 2018 to showcase Israeli technologies and wines. The event was co-sponsored by the Arizona Commerce Authority, the University of Arizona Tech Parks, Coplex, Osborn Maledon and Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry, and included the CEO of Israeli-based Tomcar, which has a manufacturing facility in Phoenix.

Though the event was a hit, Bolel thought something was missing. He couldn’t find a local entity that dealt strictly with Israeli companies, so he created one.

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