Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ramat-Gan, Israel

The Ramat-Gan Committee is dedicated to promoting art and culture, sports, education, and business opportunities between Ramat-Gan and Phoenix. The Committee seeks out and supports opportunities for the two desert cities to share technology and information that are mutually beneficial. The Ramat-Gan Committee cultivates a pluralistic, area-wide membership and is actively engaged in developing business contacts to help the Committee and Phoenix Sister Cities meet its international goals. Throughout the year Committee volunteers support the Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange and maintain a presence at all Phoenix Sister Cities events.

Chairperson: Nedda Shafir This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Staff Liaison: Paula West This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


The committee meets every second Thursday of the month.

 

Next Meeting:
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Meeting Agenda:

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
PHOENIX SISTER CITIES COMMISSION
RAMAT-GAN COMMITTEE

 

Pursuant to A.R.S. Section 38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the PHOENIX SISTER CITIES COMMISSION and to the general public, that the RAMAT GAN COMMITTEE will hold a meeting open to the public on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Ken and Carol Seidberg 1552 W Augusta Ave - Phoenix, AZ 85021.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:
TBA

For further information, please call Phoenix Sister Cities Commission 602-534-3751. For reasonable accommodations, call Phoenix Sister Cities Commission at Voice/602-534-3751 or TTY/602-534-5000 as early as possible to coordinate needed arrangements.

April 4, 2014 

 
Future Meetings:
Thursday, June 12, 2014


Dates and times are subject to change.  Please confirm meeting dates, times and locations one week prior the scheduled dates above.
 

Past Meetings:

FY 2013-2014    
Thursday, September 18, 2013  View Meeting Agenda  View Meeting Minutes
Thursday, October 10, 2013  View Meeting Agenda  View Meeting Minutes
Thursday, December 12, 2013  View Meeting Agenda  View Meeting Minutes
Thursday, January 9, 2014  View Meeting Agenda  View Meeting Minutes
Thursday, February 13, 2014      Meeting Cancelled  
Thursday, March 13, 2014  View Meeting Agenda  View Meeting Minutes
Thursday, April 10, 2014  View Meeting Agenda  
Thursday, May 8, 2014     
     
FY 2012-2013    
 Thursday, September 13, 2012 View Meeting Agenda View Meeting Minutes
 Thursday, October 11, 2012 View Meeting Agenda View Meeting Minutes
Thursday, November 19, 2012 View Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes Not Available
 Thursday, January 10,  2013 View Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes Not Available
 Tuesday, February 26, 2013 View Meeting Agenda View Meeting Minutes 
Thursday, March 14, 2013 View Meeting Agenda View Meeting Minutes
Thursday, April 11, 2013 View Meeting Agenda View Meeting Minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2013 View Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes Not Available
     
FY 2011-2012    
     
Thursday, September 8, 2011  View Meeting Agenda  View Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, October 11, 2011  View Meeting Agenda  Meeting Minutes Not Available
Tuesday, November 10, 2011 Meeting Agenda Not Available View Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, January 12, 2012  View Meeting Agenda  View Meeting Minutes
Thursday, February 9, 2012  View Meeting Agenda  View Meeting Minutes
Thursday, March 8, 2012  View Meeting Agenda  Meeting Minutes Not Available
Thursday, April 12, 2012  View Meeting Agenda  Meeting Minutes Not Available
Thursday, May 10, 2012  View Meeting Agenda  View Meeting Minutes
Thursday, June 7, 2012  View Meeting Agenda  Meeting Minutes Not Available
     

 

 




 

Activities

 


 

Tu B'Shevat Festival

The Jewish National Fund sponsors Tu Bishvat Festival celebrating Israel’s 65th birthday!

The Arizona Region of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) held its annual community Tu Bishvat celebration, with special emphasis on celebrating Israel’s 65th birthday. Tu Bishvat celebrates Arbor Day in Israel, and is acknowledged worldwide in recognition of the importance of trees and our environment.

The Tu Bishvat Festival was held on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater and the event was free of charge. This year’s event was attended by nearly 2,000 people, despite the rainy weather.

Retail vendors and Jewish agencies from throughout the Valley were represented. The event also featured live music by Limelight and the Chai Tones, kosher wine tasting, a beer garden, recreational and educational activities, kosher food vendors, a children’s play area including rides and slides, a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, Israeli dancing and more.

Tree purchasing opportunities were also available for planting in Israel at the JNF booth.

 A special ‘happening’ was an opportunity to participate in a day-long marathon yoga activity; “Be the tree. Take a stand for Israel”.

As in previous years, the U.S. Forest Service was the title sponsor of the event and Smokey Bear was there to share his mission of preventing forest fires.

Proceeds from the event will support JNF’s on-going work in Israel. These services benefit all of the people of Israel; including taking action to help more than one million Israelis in cities and towns recently under rocket attack, water conservation, reforestation, ecologic and environmental projects, education, support of Israel’s firefighters, community building and many other important activities that improve the lives of Israelis everyday.

 

"We were delighted with the success of the Tu Bishvat Festival. Despite the gloomy weather, nearly 2,000 people came out to celebrate, and learn about the many agencies and organizations that are involved with Israel and the local Jewish community. It was a great day for all and we are grateful for the support of the Ramat Gan SisterCity program for being involved."

            - Randee Pri-Tal, co-chair of the event

 

“Participating in community events such as the Tu B’Shevat festival of the trees sponsored by the Jewish National Fund is a great way for people to learn about the Phoenix Sister Cities Ramat Gan committee and the work we do to connect with Israel.”

           -Nedda Shafir, Chair of the Phoenix Sister Cities Ramat-Gan Committee

 

    

 


May 2012 Delegation Trip

Vice Mayor Michael Johnson led a delegation of 25 representatives from Phoenix to Ramat-Gan Israel to commemorate the 90th birthday of the City of Ramat-Gan. The delegation included Phoenix Sister Cities President Gina DeGraw, Phoenix Sister Cities Ramat-Gan Chair Tina Robbins, Phoenix Zoo President Bert Castro, Athletes’ Performance Vice President Marty Weems and Jewish Family & Children’s Service President and CEO Michael Zent. In addition to the official events associated with the 90th birthday of Ramat-Gan, members of the delegation held key meetings to plan future areas of cooperation between both cities. The visit included other attractions in Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa, Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem.

 Phoenix delegation at a Ramat-Gan barbecue in the national park












Phoenix delegation at a Ramat-Gan barbecue in the national park.

 A view of the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock


A view of the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock.

Beautiful view of Rothschild Blvd. in the middle of Tel Aviv


Beautiful view of Rothschild Blvd. in the middle of Tel Aviv.

Members of the Phoenix delegation join the US Press attache at the farewell dinner.



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City Information

Ramat Gan, located in west central Israel, east of Tel Aviv, is an important industrial center with a population of almost 150,000 people. Apart from being well-known for its diamond exchange, the city also is home to Israel's largest sports stadium, Ramat Gan Stadium. Additionally, one can find Israel's tallest building, the Moshe Aviv Tower, in Ramat Gan, as well as the second-largest university in Israel, Bar-Ilan University. Ramat Gan's many museums, parks, and synagogues contribute to its fascinating culture.

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Learn more about Ramat-Gan:

Ramat Gan on Wikipedia

Map of Ramat-Gan

Israeli Newspaper

Ramat-Gan news