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.
We’ve been busier than ever hosting groups in Ariel – meeting new friends and embracing our longtime supporters.
When Ariel supporter and generous philanthropist Victoria Hearst heard about the Randolph A. Hearst Sheltered Workshop’s upcoming silver anniversary ceremony, she swiftly made arrangements to fly to Israel.
American Friends of Ariel was honored to host our most dedicated supporter, Lowell Milken, and family in Ariel this month, for a fun and meaningful day of activities around the city.