Mayor Ron Nachman (1942-2013), the founding and pioneering Mayor of the City of Ariel, succeeded in establishing and developing the City of Ariel – Capital of Samaria against all odds. Right after his death in January 2013, he received Israel's highest honor, the Israel Prize, for his achievement in building one of Israel's model cities and a leader in education, industry and immigrant absorption.
With unwavering commitment, Mayor Nachman embarked on an endeavor that spanned more than three decades. He was first called upon by the government of Israel in 1974 to mobilize a group of families who would come to a barren hilltop in the heart of Samaria. Nachman went from house to house, parlor meeting to parlor meeting, to find the people who would join him as Israel's true pioneers.
In 1978 the first of Ariel's residents landed on the site that would later be called Ariel. With two tents, Israel's Zionist enterprise took a giant step forward, laying the cornerstone for a reality that few expected would ever be achieved. Ever the visionary, Mayor Nachman viewed every small success as a milestone. He had a clear understanding of what needed to be accomplished, along with the tenacity necessary to get the job done.
Over 30 years later, the man who spent time pointing to where things "would be built" proved he wasn't merely a dreamer. His ideas became reality; his vision, a sight to be seen. Despite anti-Israel political pressure and Arab terrorism, the City of Ariel has thrived. The incessant challenges only emboldened Mayor Nachman, strengthening his commitment to the City of Ariel and to its success.
Remembering Mayor Ron Nachman: The Legacy of a Pioneering Zionist
The Los Angeles memorial ceremony will be held on: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 6:00 pm at Congregation Beth Jacob, Beverly Hills, CA.
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.
Mayor Ron Nachman Laid To Rest
Ariel founder and beloved mayor, Ron Nachman, was laid to rest on Sunday afternoon on a hilltop overlooking the city that was his vision, his dream and a living reality.
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.
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?"
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.
Ron Nachman named 2nd Best Mayor in Israel
The daily newspaper Ma’ariv chose the Mayor of Ariel, Ron Nachman, for second place on the list of Israel’s best mayors. The results were published in the paper’s festive weekend edition.
The mayor of Ariel, Ron Nachman, would like to wish all of Ariel’s friends the happiest of holidays
A heartwarming video of Ariel’s Mayor Ron Nachman - his victory against overwhelming odds with the opening of his Theater for the Performing Arts, and his new struggle with cancer
A video history of the city of Ariel, Israel through the words and eyes of Ariel founder, Mayor Ron Nachman