Karmiel is northern Israel’s youngest and fastest growing development town founded in 1964. Our cities share energetic urban planning, mild climates, low humidity and a mountainous background. Originally founded by 90 families, Karmiel now has a population of approximately 50,000 of which 20,000 are immigrants from other countries. Each year Karmiel hosts an international dance festival. The design of the city is unique and modern with a complete separation between the industrial and residential areas. Karmiel’s cleanliness is perhaps the town’s most distinctive physical feature. The streets are litter free, the gardens are well kept and the air is clean. There is a concerted effort by the local government to attract primarily high tech, environmentally clean, science based industry to the city.
Denver and Karmiel had a significant relationship prior to becoming sister cities. By the mid 1970’s, the Jewish Community Centers in both cities had been officially linked. Members of the Denver JCC felt that Karmiel could use some assistance since the city was just getting started. Through visits to Karmiel, several members of the Denver JCC became good friends of Karmiel’s Mayor. Later, Denver hosted a huge celebration in honor of the 35th Anniversary of the Nation of Israel and Karmiel’s Mayor came as an invited guest.
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,