A delegation from the Western Galilee Cluster is visiting Sandy Springs 11 months after Mayor Rusty Paul, City Council member Andy Bauman and others traveled to Israel to secure a Sister City relationship with the dozen municipalities and local authorities that form the cluster.
Mayors Shlomo Bohbot of Maalot Tashiha, Sivan Yechilei of Kfar Vradim, Shimon Gueta of Maale Yosef and Yoram Israeli of Mateh Asher, along with Mateh Asher Deputy Mayor Moshe Davidovich, cluster official Yael Ron and Treasures of the Galilee CEO Yariv Hameiri, are due to arrive Sunday, Sept. 11, and leave Sept. 18.
“I am delighted to welcome my friends from the Western Galilee to Sandy Springs to return the hospitality demonstrated during our visit last fall to Israel,” Paul said. “In addition to the cultural and tourism possibilities, there is great potential within the business sector, and we are excited to assist in making those valuable connections.”
The Sister City agreement focuses on three core areas for exchange: medical technology, information technology and cybersecurity, and tourism.
The Israelis will meet with administrators from Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital, Northside Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Sept. 13 and visit Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, then have a community reception at Congregation Or Hadash at 6:30 that night.
A focus on education Sept. 14 will include stops at the Weber School and Heards Ferry Elementary.
The delegation will visit UPS on Sept. 16, then attend Friday night services at Congregation B’nai Torah.
The week also will include tourist stops in downtown Atlanta, a tour of the City Springs development and a discussion of models of municipal government.