The City of Ariel is acutely aware of its national role and its international message. American Friends of Ariel seeks to present the reality of life in Ariel so that you, our friends, can get a taste of how life continues to develop in the city that promises Israel's future.
A recent survey found that Ariel is considered the safest city in Israel. Hear from a few residents about why they feel safe in the City of Samaria.
Moving On Up in Ariel
With new housing projects going up in the city, local residents seek to upgrade their standard of living while newcomers seek new opportunities.
Friends of Ariel Mourns Our Holocaust Hero, Yaakov (Kuba) Wodislavsky
Friends of Ariel mourns the loss of one of Ariel's true heroes, Yaakov (Kuba) Wodislavsky, a Holocaust survivor who founded, with his wife Irena, the Holocaust and Heroism Memorial House in their private home in Ariel in 2003.
Ariel's Mall Breaks Ground
On a stretch of barren land along Ariel's main road, the first stone was laid for the construction of Ariel's mall.
Ariel Founder and Visionary Mayor Ron Nachman Passes Away
With great pain and sincere sorrow, Ariel Development Fund and American Friends of Ariel regret to announce the untimely passing of the founder, visionary and longstanding Mayor of the City of Ariel, Ron Nachman.
Prime Minister Visits Ariel University
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Ariel University on Tuesday, January 8 - the first visit by a prime minister since the institution received university status last month.
The people of Ariel extend heartfelt thanks to our friends around the world for their generous contribution to foster the growth and development of Ariel.
The City of Ariel, Ron Nachman's Legacy
Just before Mayor Ron Nachman passed away he suggested the production of a current video on Ariel. This video now celebrates his legacy.
Running for Ron
We've chosen to open 2013 with a first-ever "Run for Ron" program an exciting run-a-thon in honor of Mayor Ron Nachman, on behalf of the City of Ariel. We're getting Ariel locals to run in the 10K run in the Tel Aviv 2013 marathon under the aegis of American Friends of Ariel.
Academic Year Begins For Israel's newest University!
Some 14,000 students were back in Ariel on October 21 for the start of the new academic year. This time around, they weren't studying at the Ariel University Center; instead they were heading to Israel's eighth and newest university - Ariel University.
Friends of Magen David Adom Present City Of Ariel With New Ambulance
On October 15 dozens of leading members of the Friends of Magen David Adom who were in Israel for the International Magen David Adom Conference (IMDAC) visited Ariel.
Gush Katif Evacuees Lay Cornerstone for New Synagogue in Ariel
Ariel's Gush Katif evacuees who have rebuilt their lives in the 'Netzer Ariel' community have taken another step in cementing their place in the city with the laying of a cornerstone of the Netzer Ariel Synagogue a project.
New Year, New Dreams
Today we celebrate history in the making. Israel's cabinet, led by none other than Prime Minister Netanyahu himself, has delivered a resounding message clear across the globe: the City of Ariel is home to Israel's newest university, Ariel University.
Ron Nachman's Surprise 70th Birthday Party
As Prime Minister Netanyahu told Mayor Ron Nachman: "You think your surprise 70th birthday party was a surprise for you?!?!? It's a surprise to me! You're 70 years old?"
Showing the IDF You Care
Countless Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers pass through the City of Ariel on a weekly basis. As the Capital of Samaria, Ariel is the hub not only for civilian communities across Samaria, but also for the soldiers making their way to and from the bases that they operate in order to maintain security and keep the peace.
Ariel University Center is on its way to receiving full recognition of its official university status. It's been a long, windy road. As we near the light at the end of the tunnel there are still a number of potholes in our way.
Palestinian Lecturer Attends Ariel University Public Diplomacy Seminar
Mudar Zahran, a lecturer, publicist and Palestinian blogger attends international seminar on new media and public diplomacy given by the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry at Ariel University Center in Samaria, speaks to Israel Hayom about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
New Media & Public Diplomacy in Disputed Areas: Israel as a case study
New Media and Public Diplomacy in Disputed Areas is an experiential seminar sponsored jointly by the School of Communications at the Ariel University of Samaria and the Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs.
A story of hope that crossed the green line
Ron Nachman and Anat Gov: two people who are fighting cancer. Two people that over the past two months have been going through a unique therapeutic process that plants hope in both that this will be the treatment that will save their lives. These are two very different people, in their opinions, their political standing, and even here they don't think alike.
Israel's Newest University - in Ariel
The government decision to fully recognize Israel's largest college, currently named the Ariel University Center, as an official university now nears its target date.
Ariel honors its excellent educators
The Ariel Development Fund and the Department of Education in Ariel hosted a celebratory evening honoring this year’s educational achievements at Nachshonim Elementary school.
The Ariel Conference for Law and Mass Media
The Ariel University Center (AUC) continues to move towards reaching the status of Israel's seventh full-fledged university. In the interim, AUC will hold its popular Conference for Law and Mass Media on April 2, with an all-star group of speakers and presenters.
American Friends of Ariel awards 11 students with scholarships
Each year the American Friends of Ariel provides scholarships for residents of Ariel who study for their bachelor degrees in colleges and universities across Israel. The scholarship committee requires and reviews basic criteria such as a residency of at least 5 years in Ariel, personal need for financial aid, and a genuine will to give back to the city.
Ariel University Holds Graduation Ceremonies
Over a three-day period, the Ariel University Center was proud to award some 2,047 graduates with their diplomas.
Ariel – the first city to provide laptops to its education staff.
Laptops were provided to Ariel’s kindergarten managers in a ceremony on May 22, 2012. The event marked the completion of “Laptop for Every Teacher,” the distribution of laptops to all the education teams in the city from kindergarten to the 12th grade.
Hanukkah Celebration at Antenna Hill
The light of Hanukkah was evident on a rainy, cloudy night on the lonely army post of Antenna Hill, just outside of Ariel. Ariel volunteers from the Friends of the IDF visited the post to bring some holiday spirit to the soldiers. The Hanukkiyah was lit with joy and singing.
New Rescue Fire Truck Gives Ariel Mayor a Lift
The city of Ariel received a nice Chanukah present from the Israeli government this week. The Ariel Fire Department finally received two new shiny red fire trucks. One of the trucks came equipped with a long awaited tower ladder, which is necessary for fighting fires in tall buildings.
Honoring Excellent Educators
On June 12, 2011 the Ariel Development Fund and the Department of Education in Ariel hosted a celebratory evening honoring this year's educational achievements
Mayor Nachman Meets With Glenn Back
Popular radio and television personality, Glenn Beck, was in Israel recently for his three-part ‘Restoring Courage’ project. His appearance and productions made headlines around the world, and especially in Israel.
A Ceremony In Honor of Ariel University Center
On the 25th of May, the city of Ariel held a grand ceremony in honor of Ariel University Center. The celebration was held at The Ariel Regional Center for the Performing Arts, and was covered by Israel’s Channel 10.
A4I and Gush Katif Refugees - Murals and Paradise
Our dear friends from Artists 4 Israel (A4I) returned to Ariel for another round of murals across the City of Ariel. Their creativity and spirit continue to enrich Ariel in countless ways. On this visit, they added a new facet to their community programming.
Annual International Bible Quiz Comes to Ariel
On May 5th, the city of Ariel had the honor of hosting the final qualifying round for Israel’s annual International Bible Quiz.
Good Deeds Day in Ariel
A day of good deeds was held in Ariel, where the homes of needy residents were given fresh coats of paint. “Working hard but feeling satisfied,” said one volunteer in the Healing Hearts Home Renewal Project, after she helped renovate a home on Havradim Street.
Thousands Come To Ariel For Prayer
Joshua Ben-Nun – Israel’s pioneering Biblical force who led the Jewish people from their sojourn in the wilderness to the Land of Israel is buried just outside of Ariel. As with many Jewish heritage sites, the Arabs of the region built a village with Joshua’s tomb at the core. The village, known as Hares, retains the Biblical name of Joshua’s ‘home town’.
Lowell Milken - Ariel's Celebrity
On Thursday, March 31st Lowell Milken, came to visit Mayor Ron Nachman and the City of Ariel with his family. Mayor Nachman’s long time friend, Metukah Benjamin coordinated and joined the visit. It was a spectacular day for the residents of Ariel, who were given the opportunity to meet the people behind the plaques and honorary buildings that enhance life across the city.
TAAPP : The Torah Academy Ariel Partnership Program
American Friends of Ariel is proud to announce our new partnership between the residents of Ariel and the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community. Len Getz, a Zionist Organization of America activist from Philadelphia, initiated this important relationship. Both he and ZOA of Greater Philadelphia Executive Director, Steve Feldman, have facilitated a series of relationships between Ariel and the Philadelphia Jewish community which have begun to bear fruits.
The Olive Tree Initiative - Backers Come to Ariel
The Olive Tree Initiative, born in the University of California at Irvine, has been the subject of considerable controversy over the past few months. The program - designed to improve the campus educational environment - brings various students to Israel to get a firsthand look at what is going on behind the headlines. However, it has been suggested that their visits to Israel bring them in contact with a disproportionate number of anti-Zionists and Israel antagonists instead of presenting a balanced exposure to both. That is until the group meets with Mayor Ron Nachman.
Mike Huckabee Visits Ariel
On Tuesday, February 1st, Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, Fox News television host, and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, visited the City of Ariel during his stay in Israel. He began his visit at the Ariel University Center and then continued on a tour of the city which he concluded at the Ariel Regional Center for the Performing Arts (ARCPA).
ZOA Tribute Concert for the IDF Cancelled : Mishloach Manot Distribution Unabated
With a heavy heart, the Israeli Defense Forces notified the American Friends of Ariel that they will not be able to attend the exciting tribute concert that was planned for 500 soldiers at the Ariel Regional Center for the Performing Arts (ARCPA). The horrific slaughter of the Fogel family in Itamar has the IDF mobilized and engaged, rendering the soldiers unavailable for this Wednesday's anticipated performance.
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
For the first time in a quarter of a century the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations came to the City of Ariel on Thursday, February 17th. The Conference brought three busloads of leading figures from America’s primary Jewish organizations. Mayor Ron Nachman was here in Ariel to greet the group back in 1986 and he was here – yet again - to greet the delegates for their long awaited "return visit" in 2011.
Ariel Conference on Law and Mass Media
The Ariel Conference on Law and Mass Media, held on Thursday, December 30th, at the Ariel University Center, was an astounding success.
Mayor Ron Nachman invites US President Barack Obama to visit Ariel
Mayor Nachman has invited President Obama to visit Ariel and see for himself that it is not a stumbling block for peace.“All the wisdom is not just in Washington or Jerusalem,” Nachman told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, as he described the letter, which he sent out last week.
Aliyah Beyond the Green Line
Quality of life, low-cost housing, generous subsidies rather than politics are drawing new immigrants – including growing community of English-speakers – to Ariel.
Ariel Firefighters in Action
The Ariel firefighters were responsible for coordinating the efforts of what may have been the most interesting of all of Israel's partners in fighting the blaze. Three Palestinian fire-trucks were sent to join the effort from Jenin, Bethlehem and Ramallah.
Artists 4 Israel in Ariel
The "Artists 4 Israel" visit to Ariel was a spectacular success. Seven world renowned professional artists decided they would fly to Israel to stand in solidarity with the City of Ariel, in response to the artists' boycott of the Ariel Regional Center for the Performing Arts.
MKs Petition for Sovereignty in Ariel
Thirty-five Members of Knesset are calling on the government to make the Samaria (Shomron) city of Ariel officially, fully Israeli by declaring Israeli sovereignty.
Construction Resumes in Ariel
The ten month building freeze on Judea and Samaria has finally come to a close. Early this morning the bulldozers arrived in Ariel to start the long overdue building project for Gush Katif evacuees from the community of Netzarim.
NYC Graffiti Artists head to Ariel
"Graffiti writers are used to making art where people tell them not to," says Craig Dershowitz, Executive Director of Artists 4 Israel, "and when we told them what was happening in Ariel they jumped at the chance to help."
Tens of Buses in Solidarity With Ariel
The World Likud organization arranged for 15 buses to visit Ariel today, September 26th, to demonstrate their support for the conclusion of the 10 month building freeze in Judea and Samaria. In addition, during the World Likud visit the International Christian Zionist Center (ICZC) held an important demonstration in Ariel.
Grand Opening for the ANLDC
The grand opening ceremony of the new Ariel National Leadership Development Center (ANLDC) was held on April 8th. The ANLDC has since begun training groups from throughout Israel to internalize, embody and exemplify Jewish leadership values and principles.
Ariel and Panama City - A New Partnership
The intention ... is to establish a relationship in order to provide an example for more schools in Israel, and to create lasting bonds and strengthen ties between Israel and the Diaspora, thereby marking the centrality of Israel in the Jewish world for generations to come.
The New Communication Center in Ariel
In early May, Beit Perach, a new community communication center, opened in Ariel. The site is an educational initiative for third to sixth grade pupils, guided by students from the Ariel University Center and overseen by Ariel's Department of Education.
Minister Gilad Erdan Visits Ariel
Minister Erdan said that Ariel needs to grow bigger and flourish, and he promised to continue to work for the city and to make use of all his authority to strengthen Ariel.
The 16th Annual Bible Quiz
The theme of this year's Ariel Bible Quiz was “Giving and Kindness”. After many hours of study led by bible teacher Chai Hazan, eight pupils from Ariel's elementary schools qualified for the final stage of the competition.
The Mayors Cup
This year Sports Week for the Mayors Cup was held with the cooperation of the Education Department and the teachers who worked so hard and who motivated the children to play with fairness and good spirits. All the teams practiced “fairness in sport” and some made it their most important element.
Purim in Ariel
The chairman of thePurim celebrations in Ariel began the week proceeding the Holiday of Purim. The festivities began with a Purim Party held for the children of the Perach Project ...
Ariel Hosts Students from High School in Haifa
On Thursday, February 18th the pupils of the Alef High School in Haifa came to Ariel as part of a pilot project initiated by the Ministry of Education's Shelach Department.
The Chief Rabbi of Israel in Ariel
The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yonah Metzger, visited Ariel on February 3rd, following an invitation by the Mayor Ron Nachman.
New York Welcomes the City of Ariel
Mayor Ron Nachman spent the past week in New York City, raising awareness regarding the significant role that the City of Ariel plays for Israel's future…
PM: Ariel is the 'Capital of Samaria'
"We are continuing to build," Netanyahu vows after planting tree in West Bank.
In Wake of Controversy, Ariel University Open House Draws High Numbers
The chairman of the executive committee of the Ariel University Center of Samaria, Yigal Cohen-Orgad, said recognition conferred on his institution as a "university center" by Defense Minister Ehud Barak was made possible by the current alignment of political forces.
The Ariel Philharmonic Orchestra
The Ariel Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Barak Yaevin, a young and talented musician. His presentation is personal and endearing, turning the performance into a musical and cultural celebration.
Ariel National Leadership Development Center Approved
Ariel's National Leadership Development Center has been officially approved, as the following article from the Jerusalem Post explains. The park, generously contributed to the City of Ariel by Heather and Bruce Johnston of the JH Ranch, will draw 10,000 - 40,000 of Israel's youth annually.
Kabbalat Shabbat in Ariel
Ariel's first graders experience a taste of Shabbat with their parents...
Classics for Kids
This year the City of Ariel is introducing a new classical music program for children in all of the city's elementary schools...
Replacing Violence with Values
"Sensei Glam prepares his pupils for excellence both in competition and in the army. He focuses on values such as sportsmanship and ethical behavioral codes."
Ariel Hosts the Winter Assembly of Youth Centers’ Directors
One hundred and eighty youth directors and managers from the Ministry of Education, The Society & Youth Administration and various Youth Centers throughout Israel, gathered in Ariel last Tuesday.
International Cleaning Day in Ariel
On Monday November 9th, the City of Ariel participated in International Cleaning Day. The event is part of a global project known as “Cleaning the World”.
"Follow Me" in Ariel
“Follow me” was established for the purpose of nurturing and developing young leadership and social involvement amongst teenagers. Enrollment has begun for this year's program, due to last year's success.
Ariel National Leadership Development Center: Training Complete On Sunday, April 26, the Israeli National Youth Park instructors completed their rigorous training and qualification course.
Student Scholarships: The Gift of a Lifetime
Thanks to our friends from around the globe this year was no different than years past. At a heartwarming ceremony, 13 scholarships were distributed to students of higher education.
Incentive – Leading Technology Incubator in 2008
The ”Incentive” technology incubator in Ariel was chosen as Israel’s leading incubator from among the 25 competing active technological incubators across the country.
Outstanding Educators Citations in Ariel
On May 19th outstanding educators from Ariel were presented with certificates of recognition in a celebrated citation and awards ceremony. The awards were distributed by the Ariel Development Fund with the generous support of the Milken Foundation.
Costa Rica and Ariel
Mayor Ron Nachman recently met with the Mayor of Heredia, Ariel's sister city in Costa Rica.