• 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.