Friends of Israel, a worldwide Christian ministry dedicated to the support of Israel led by the organization’s Executive Director Dr. Jim Showers, made its second visit to Ariel this year. For many on the group this visit marked their first to Ariel and to Israel.
The US-based Faithwalk FaithWalk International was back in Ariel on October 13 for what has become their traditional visit to the city. David Cerjan led the group together with his mother and founder of FaithwalkFaithWalk, Patricia Cerjan, his wife Amy and his brother Tim.
Each year the American Friends of Ariel provides scholarships for residents of Ariel who study for their bachelor degrees in colleges and universities across Israel. The scholarship committee requires and reviews basic criteria such as a residency of at least 5 years in Ariel, personal need for financial aid, and a genuine will to give back to the city.
Friend of Ariel, Ruth Brandt, returned to Samaria’s capital for her second visit. After having toured the city previously, Ruth was so impressed with what she saw that she decided to revisit Ariel to learn how she and others in the United States might be able to assist Ariel with some of the city’s vital programs.
Ariel’s new friend, Mr. Bob Diener, brought his family and some of his closest friends to the City of Ariel on Passsover. It was a special occasion – the Bar-Mitzvah of his son Josh. The family trip, which toured much of Israel, spent a special day in Ariel.
Staunch supporter of Ariel, Mr. Larry Field stopped by to see his old friend Mayor Ron Nachman this past April 1st. Larry Field brought his family with him, to give them a close up on the City of Ariel and all that he has helped the city accomplish.
On March 30th a delegation of philanthropists who fund the project came to Ariel. The group’s objective was to get a clearer picture of what an Olive Tree Initiative participant would experience.
On March 28, Rev. Billye and Pastors Lynn & Mac Hammond led a delegation of church leadership to visit the City of Ariel. Billye and the Hammonds are long time friends of Ariel and Mayor Ron Nachman.
Ariel was honored with a visit by Faith Bible Chapel on March 11, 2012. Faith Bible Chapel is a longtime friend and supporter of Ariel.
The Philadelphia Chapter of Boys Town Jerusalem pulled into Ariel on January 16, 2012. The tour began with an introduction to Ariel at the Ariel Regional Center for the Performing Arts. From there, the group visited the Sports & Recreation Complex, followed by a tour of Ariel’s Netzarim Community, the Ariel University Center, and the security fence & IDF Post.
Ariel was pleased to welcome a contingent from the important Israel advocacy group, StandWithUs on January 12, 2012. StandWithUs is an international, non-profit organization founded in 2001. The group is dedicated to informing the public about Israel and combating the extremism and anti-Semitism that often distorts the issues.
America’s influential Republican Jewish Coalition visited Ariel on January 10, 2012. The group was met by Avi Zimmerman at Oranit Junction. From there the guests toured the Industrial Park, stopped by the Ariel Regional Center for the Performing Arts, got a look at Ariel’s Sports & Recreation Complex, a tour of the Netzarim Community and Ariel University Center.