The Middle East Research Center (MERCL), the sister think tank of CIPAC (Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign), spent its first full day of its Israel study tour in Ariel, the capital of Samaria, on Oct. 13, 2013.
The friendship between FaithWalk International and the City of Ariel that developed years ago with the late Lt. General Paul Cerjan and Ron Nachman has deepened through this day.
On his first visit to Ariel, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant General Robert Foley inspired young Israeli cadets of a pre-military class at the ORT Yuvali High School with the message that the main skill a soldier must hone is integrity.
Pastor Tom Doyle, author of books about Christian Zionism and Director of Middle East Strategy of E3 Partners Ministry, and his wife, JoAnn, led a delegation of 15 evangelical Christians from Texas and Arizona on October 7, 2013 to deepen their understanding of and friendship with the City of Ariel.
The department for nursing, launched this year, will offer a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and is the newest department at Ariel University since becoming Israel’s eighth university earlier this year. The four-year degree will train a cadre of registered nurses with an emphasis on hands-on experience, real-life simulations, and interpersonal communications.
As we enter the new Hebrew year of 5774, we commence with the 36th year of Ariel’s modern history. And we begin to prepare for the next 36 years that lie ahead.
On August 28, at the request of OTI organizers, delegates consisting of students and administrators of UCLA and UC Irvine were given the opportunity to meet Ariel residents through home hospitality.
A dozen Fellows of the StandWithUs UK Summit program, designed to prepare incoming college freshman in the United Kingdom for on-campus Israel advocacy, visited Ariel on August 8, 2013 to round out their view of life beyond the Green Line.
The Olive Tree Initiative, a university-based organization that promotes conflict analysis and resolution through experiential education in Israel, made another perennial visit to Ariel on August 4 to balance its studies of Judea and Samaria, which included visits to Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah, and Jenin.
A delegation from the San Antonio church community in Texas visited Ariel on July 30 to round out their study tour of Israel led by Pastors Scott Heare and Adam Schindler of Riverside Community Church.
Given the growing interest of tourist and groups, American Friends of Ariel hosted a group of 15 tour guides from all over the country on July 14, 2013 to showcase the city’s treasures in the fields of education, industry, culture, and social action.