Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro would like to thank the gracious hosts who warmly welcomed him during his recent trip to the United States where he was joined by his wife, Orya, and Friends of Ariel Executive Director, Avi Zimmerman. Enjoy some highlights from the US tour!
What better way to kick off the US tour than being greeted by Heather Johnston, Frank and Sheri Bautz, and Dave and Betsy Lonsberry, among others. At this celebratory gathering , the Mayor and Ariel’s good friends further discussed ambitious plans for the Ariel National Center for Leadership Development as it becomes the premier value-based education center for Israeli youth.
The American Friends of Ariel dinner briefing in Miami Beach with Ariel Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro last month featured an intimate discussion about successful business ventures in Ariel’s industrial and high-tech centers. They were joined by Sharon Whisler, Director,ZOA Florida Chapter; Terri Granot, Tana Markoe and Carol Flatto, President, South Florida Chapter of Americans for a Safe Israel.
Days after joining the Mayor in Florida, Heather Johnston hosted a briefing about the Ariel National Center for Leadership Development, attracting ever more support and new friends with her vision and enthusiasm.
In Ariel’s sister city, Mobile, Alabama, Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro presented fellow Mayor Sandy Stimpson with a certificate of declaration solidifying the bond between the sister cities. Mayor Stimpson then presented Mayor Shaviro with a key to the City of Mobile. We look forward to welcoming the people of Mobile to Ariel, and continuing to learn and grow from each other.
In Texas, in both private homes and at the Ritz Carlton in Dallas, the Mayor met with the good friends – new and old, international dignitaries, and Texan beauty queens. The breakfast briefing with Susie Jennings and her friends at the Ritz featured a discussion about Ariel’s new Nachshonim Elementary School and developing plans for new partnerships.
Just days after the Mayor spoke at their home in Texas, longtime Ariel supporters Ginnie and Sarah Johnson visited Ariel for a special “A to Z tour” of Ariel to support Ariel’s latest Ariel A to Z campaign in honor of Israel’s 67th birthday. Highlights included the Ariel Regional Center for Performing Arts for “A” (Arts and Culture), the IDF Comfort Corner for “I”; the Ariel Fire Department for “Q” (Quick Response), and the wine research lab for “V” (Vineyards and Wine Research). See here for further details.
In California Mayor Shaviro met with Ariel’s longtime friends. In Los Angeles, the Mayor bestowed benefactor Lowell Milken with a special plaque in honor of his dedication to educational excellence in Ariel. At the “Friends of Ariel” booth at the Celebrate Israel Festival held on May 17 the Mayor greeted members of the Los Angeles Jewish community while children were regaled with the story of Ariel’s founding through a forthcoming children’s book about Ariel.