Aaron Goldberg, Director of the Israel Office of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, met with students participating in Ariel University’s special program to integrate autistic students in its academic programs.
On March 5, 2014, the Shvut Ariel Synagogue broke ground on the much-anticipated synagogue expansion in the presence of over 100 people of all ages, from Sephardic to Ashkenazi, from families with young children to seniors, from new immigrants to Israeli natives, from “traditional” to observant.
On the heels of the Academy Awards, a different kind of film history was made in Tel Aviv on March 5, 2014 when graduate films of Ariel University’s Film/TV track were given awards at a festive screening at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque. These rising stars are on the forefront of filmmaking that grapple with ever complex Israeli—and human—realities.
On January 26th a group of students from Westmont College in Santa Barbara came to visit the City of Ariel. The group came to Israel for several weeks to understand current events in the Middle East and to appreciate the geographic and historical points of reference of their faith.
A delegation from the experiential learning center JH Ranch in California, also the inspiration behind the Ariel National Center for Leadership Development, capped of their tour of Israel in Ariel with an “inside-out” weekend tour.
Friends of Ariel had the pleasure of welcoming a StandWithUs study group consisting of Birthright alumni from Australia and South Africa who are active in their communities and campuses in countering anti-Israel propaganda.
On December 10, Friends of Ariel was pleased to welcome a Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Leadership Mission to Ariel for an insiders’ tour of a region which figures into much of the discourse on American-Israel policy.
As part of a weeklong study tour of Israel, with a focus on Judea & Samaria (the “West Bank” as they referred to the region), two dozen Danish journalism interns spent the afternoon in Ariel to receive an Israeli perspective to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
When mother-daughter team Dora and Masha Litvak left the former Soviet Union in the 1990s to make their home in the City of Ariel, there was one item they couldn’t leave behind: their love for dance. With the influx of dancing and acrobatic talent from the former Soviet Union, they knew they had the makings of an internationally competitive dance troupe of young performers in Ariel.
Leading up to the 2013 General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America in mid-November, a delegation from Jewish Federation of Boca Raton visited Ariel.
After enjoying lunch at a nearby winery in Samaria, a delegation from the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, Ohio stopped by Ariel on November 14, 2013 to get a briefing on the founding of Ariel and its role today in fostering a just peace.
Ariel had the pleasure of hosting a group of Danish professionals on November 10 who came to deepen their understanding of Ariel and the role that Israeli communities beyond the Green Line play in shaping the geopolitical and economic landscape of the region.