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The Mayor’s Visit to the US

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!


Mayor Eli Shaviro and Executive Director Avi Zimmerman enjoyed two noteworthy meetings in Florida with Friends of Ariel,…

Posted by Friends of Ariel – City of Samaria on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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.


Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro and Avi Zimmerman meet Ariel’s dear friends in Birmingham. A special thanks to Heather and Bruce Johnston for their wonderful Southern hospitality, as usual.

Posted by Friends of Ariel – City of Samaria on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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.

Mayor of Ariel Eliyahu Shaviro, visited Mobile, Alabama this week and presented Mayor Sandy Stimpson with a certificate…

Posted by Friends of Ariel – City of Samaria on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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.

Texas (and back)

The Mayor and Avi Zimmerman met with Ariel’s good friends in Texas and gave a briefing about exciting new Ariel projects at a delightful breakfast at the Ritz Carlton in Dallas.

Posted by Friends of Ariel – City of Samaria on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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.


Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro, his wife Orya, and Avi Zimmerman had the pleasure of reconnecting with long-time Ariel…

Posted by Friends of Ariel – City of Samaria on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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.

As part of the West Coast leg of their US visit, Mayor Shaviro and Avi made their way from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. Here are just a few of the Ariel friends that they met.

Posted by Friends of Ariel – City of Samaria on Monday, June 1, 2015