US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Sister City Mayor Sandy Stimpson visited Ariel at two converging diplomatic events. The day was marked by yet another special occasion – the birth of Mayor Shaviro’s newest granddaughter.
Michael Adler – American Friends of Ariel’s General Counsel – made his first trip to Israel in honor of Ariel’s 40th anniversary event. He spent his first day in Ariel visiting landmarks, meeting people and becoming familiar with community life, and he shared his highlights.
The Ariel story reaches its 40th year this year – and we’re looking to bring in new friends to complete the next chapter. Click here to find out more about how you can help us reach our goal this summer.
While the Emergency Medical Clinic has become a cornerstone for medical care in Ariel and the surrounding region since its 2015 grand opening, the generous support of Dr. Bob Shillman and the Shillman Foundation provided the final funds for the renovation of the facility. The Shillmans named the Center for Dianne M. Parrotte, a medical doctor and dear friend.
American Friends of Ariel presented 14 outstanding college students from Ariel with scholarships on June 10, as part of an ongoing initiative to spur academic excellence among the city’s youth. Congrats to all of our scholarship recipients!
This June, we honored the city’s best teachers and educators in our annual ceremony. Read more to find out who we said a special “see you later” to and why this year’s entertainment was spot-on!
Israel’s Knesset passed the “Ariel Law” that places Ariel University under the supervision of the Council for Higher Education which oversees all of Israel’s universities. Mayor Shaviro delivered his own personal remarks as well.
We’re back from our grand tour of the eastern and southern US with our Celebrate Ariel Performance Troupe in honor of Ariel’s 40th anniversary! Our delegation of teen performers, Mayor Eli Shaviro, and American Friends of Ariel (AFA) Executive Director Avi Zimmerman had a blast meeting our dedicated supporters and making new friends.
In the early 1990s, Ariel’s population doubled in under a decade with a mass wave of immigration from the Former Soviet Union (FSU). So it’s no surprise that the city of Ariel took to heart a landmark decision in the Israeli Knesset (parliament – ed.) earlier this year to declare the 7th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan “National Immigrant Day.”
This year, thousands of Israelis from all over the country flooded to Ariel’s brand-new mall for a special ‘Extreme Fest’ with food, fun — and attractions and activities from our Ariel National Center for Leadership Development, our ‘Song of the Heart’ Senior Choir, and the dancers from our ‘Celebrate Ariel’ Performance Troupe.
As with all USIEA delegations, last week’s Congressional mission spent a day in Ariel and the Samaria-Benjamin regions. AFA thanks the congressmen and women who visited with USIEA for taking a sincere interest in the people in Ariel and the region. We are proud to see that the US-Israel partnership is strong.
For the second year, our own Field Center for Entrepreneurship and the York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI) teamed up to provide an outstanding group of students with business training and communication skills.