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.
An international cadre of gap year participants of Shomer Ha’Tza’ir, a youth movement founded on the principles of Socialist Zionism, visited Ariel on June 24 to round out their understanding of a City many of them have learned to perceive as a “settlement” and “obstacle to peace.”
After a good night’s sleep at the Eshel HaShomron hotel in Ariel, the youth delegation of Maranatha Chapel, San Diego, was ready to kickstart its June 21 visit to Ariel at the Ariel National Leadership Development Center (ANLDC).
Temple Beth Am of South Florida, led by Rabbi Paul Plotkin, kicked off the summer by experiencing Ron Nachman’s legacy on June 20, 2013. The Temple last visited Ariel only a few years ago, and the group was able to witness the growth of Ariel since then.
The charismatic and eloquent Billye Brim is one of the foremost ambassadors of Ariel in the Christian world, ensuring that all her groups come and experience the revival of the Land of Joshua through the City of Samaria. Billye was joined by Pastor Lynne Hammond of Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and by Ariel’s longtime friend and supporter, Victoria Hearst.
Orthodox Union (O.U.) leaders, Paul Glasser, Senior Director of Institutional Advancement, and Stanley Weinstein, Chair of the Self Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus, visited Ariel from the US, joining Rabbi Avi Berman of O.U. Israel.
The Faith Bible Chapel International “Singers & Dancers” (FBC Internationals) of Arvada, Colorado made its annual visit to Ariel with its crew of young performers, who were both newcomers and veteran guests. The FBC Internationals perform in Israel at IDF bases throughout the country for one month each summer in a tradition that has been going on for over 20 years.