As Hamas terrorists fired vast numbers of missiles at Israeli communities, the leadership of Ariel, that has remained relatively untouched during this operation, sought ways to help weaker communities. There is no doubt that Israel’s southern cities and towns are getting the worst of it and so, Mayor Eli Shaviro and the city council decided to open Ariel to the children of the south.
A Teen Mission from Maranatha Chapel in San Diego spent two days in Ariel at the end of June.
Dear friend of Ariel, Dr. Billye Brim and her daughter Brenda brought very special guests to Ariel: two-time Wimbledon winner Rev. Dr. Margaret Court and her husband Barry. As part of their tour of the city, our guests visited the Ariel’s National Center for Leadership Development where they stopped to pay their respects at the grave of Ron Nachman, of blessed memory.
On June 11, a special evening honoring Ariel’s educators was held at the Ariel Regional Center for the Performing Arts. The hall was filled with educators and staff from all of Ariel’s educational institutions.
On his first USA tour as Mayor of Ariel, Eliyahu (Eli) Shaviro had several goals. For starters, he set out to meet the many friends of Ariel who have lent their support to the city throughout the years and to thank them for always being there to help meet the needs of the residents of Ariel. Second, he sought to share his vision for Ariel and the future of the city with friends, both new and old.
Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem in 1967, is always a special time of celebration for the City of Ariel.
Temple Israel of West Palm Beach, a Reform temple in Florida, paid a visit to Ariel on May 12, 2014 during their tour of Israel.
Julie and Joe Berman from Dallas, Texas visited Ariel with a group of friends to learn about life in Samaria as they travel across Israel.
Educators and community leaders from Southern California visiting Israel as part of a study mission through the Olive Tree Initiative had the unique opportunity to meet with Ariel residents following a tour throughout the city.
A delegation from the Canada Jewish Federation’s Montreal mega-mission to Israel received a briefing about Ariel.
Turkish professors and students of the program for Middle East studies at Bahcesehir University, Istanbul paid a visit to Ariel.
On May 18, 2014, a group of 45 participants of the “Israel Way Tel Aviv Internship Experience” program paid a visit to Ariel as part of their tour of Judea and Samaria.