Wednesday, April 2nd 8:00 am – 9:15 am State Capital Building, Rotunda Join us as we celebrate and honor the sister city programs throughout the state and the many volunteers involved with these organizations. Sponsored by State Representatives Paul Learn more
- Karmiel is northern Israel’s youngest and fastest growing development town founded in 1964.
- Originally founded by 90 families, Karmiel now has a population of approximately 50,000 of which 20,000 are immigrants from other countries.
- It is located in Northern Israel, on the Acre-Safed road in the Beit HaKerem Valley, which divides upper and lower Galilee.
- Karmiel translates from Hebrew into the ‘Vineyard of God’.
- The design of the city is unique and modern, with a complete separation between the industrial and residential areas. There are wide sections of parks, gardens, and tree-lined streets. One of the most distinctive features of the city is its cleanliness. Streets are litter-free and gardens are well kept. The local government has made an effort to attract and use primarily high-tech, environmentally clean, science based industries to the city.
- Denver and Karmiel had begun city relations before the two became official sister cities. By the mid-1970s, the Jewish Community Centers of both the cities had been officially linked.
- This connection, in addition to the similar environments like mild climates, low humidity, and nearby mountains, made Karmiel an ideal sister city.
- Through visits to Karmiel, friendships and relationships were formed, including a relationship with Karmiel’s Mayor at the time, Baruch Benger.
- Denver later hosted a celebration in honor of the 35th anniversary of the nation of Israel, and Mayor Venger came as an honored guest.
- Karmiel became Denver’s fourth sister city in 1977 and, since then, the two cities have been involved in many collaborations and projects with one another.
- In Karmiel, the Denver Park and the “Denver Room” in the city’s cultural center help to acquaint city residents with the sister city organization.
- Along with diverse cultural activities, there have been annual educational exchanges and a program involving the exchange of camp counselors.
- Members of the Denver community have donated textbooks to schools and musical instruments to Karmiel’s Conservatory School.
Since becoming Sister Cities, Denver and Karmiel have engaged in numerous exciting projects. Along with diverse cultural activities there has been a pairing of high schools both here and in Karmiel for the International Book Sharing project, an on-line Holocaust reading and discussion group. Denver members have donated musical instruments to Karmiel’s Conservatory School.
City Chair: John Berman,