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International relations

Holon maintains a broad array of international relationships with twin cities and various organizations worldwide.
These ties lead to openness and understanding between different cultures and enhance the relations between the State of Israel in general, and Holon in particular, with countries and cities around the world.

As part of its twin-city relationships, Holon participates in the following activities:

  • Youth exchange programs
  • Professional exchange programs – held for professional development, so each side can benefit from the knowledge and experience of the other
  • Municipal and urban international seminars, at which knowledge is exchanged and relationships forged, from which both Holon and the State of Israel can benefit.
  • In addition to the relationships maintained under the twin-city alliances, Holon operates student exchange programs between schools in Holon and schools in Europe and the US.
  • Community and Leisure Network Holon maintains relationships with Jewish communities in the US.

We are always seeking to make more friends for Holon throughout the world!

Twin-city relationships

Holon maintains twin-city relationships with the following cities:

Suresnes, France

Suresnes and Holon signed a twin-city pact in 1961. Suresnes, a town west of Paris, has about 44,000 people and is located near the Bois de Boulogne Park. In the early 1960s, construction started on the Naot Rachel neighborhood in western Holon, and the central square that lies at the intersection between Eilat and Kadoshei Kahir Streets was named Suresnes Square.
Touristic information about Sureness

Berlin Mitte, Germany

Holon first established relations with Berlin’s industrial quarter of Wedding in the northeast part of the city, which was part of West Germany when the two cities signed their twin-city pact in 1970.
With the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, the German government moved the government center from Bonn to Berlin, which became capital of the unified country. Berlin’s boroughs were reorganized and some were assimilated into others. Under the new arrangement, Wedding became part of Mitte, which had earlier been part of East Berlin.
In the early 1990s, Holon Mayor Moti Sasson was offered twin-city relations between his town and the renamed borough of Mitte in Berlin. Holon was eager to maintain ties with the German capital, especially as relations with leaders and residents of Mitte were warm.
Official website of Berlin Mitte

Hann. Munden, Germany

Hann. Munden is a small town in Lower Saxony, located at the confluence of the Fulda and Werra rivers, forming the river Weser. The alliance between Holon and this German town of 28,000 inhabitants was sealed on March 19, 1988 by then mayors Haim Sharon of Holon and Albert Fiege of Hann. Munden. The two cities were introduced to each other by the French town of Suresnes, which had signed a twin-city pact with Hann. Munden years before Holon and recommended the German city to its Israeli sister city.
The two communities have been enjoying over two decades of warm relations. A large number of Hann. Munden residents are involved in joint activities, and the German town is a fervent supporter of Israel and Holon.
Teenagers from both cities exchange two-week visits each year.
Official website of Hann. Munden

Dayton, ohio, U.S.A.

The alliance was signed in 1998 under the tenure of then-Dayton mayor Michael R. Turner and Holon Mayor Moti Sasson. Dayton lies in southwest Ohio in the Great Miami River Valley. Its population is estimated at 160,000 inhabitants, but the greater Dayton metropolitan area has a population of about 884,000 inhabitants.
Dayton’s economy largely depends on the automotive and space industries, high-tech and technology. But agriculture also contributes a fair share to the local economy with corn, wheat, soybeans and tomatoes grown in the region. Dayton was the birthplace of the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who are credited with building the first airplane.
The city was founded in 1796 and is named after Capt. Jonathan Dayton, who served in the American Revolutionary War and who signed the United States Constitution. In 1830, the city was connected to Lake Erie by a canal.
Dayton has 6,000 Jews and the city has six synagogues.
Official website of the city of Dayton, Ohio

Anshan, China

In 1994, The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated the establishment of the relations between Holon and Anshan, by sending a delegation of Israeli mayors to China with the aim of forming new relations with this part of the world, from which Israelis had been excluded for many years. Located in the center of the Liaodong Peninsula, Anshan is a large industrial city, the heart of China's steel and iron industry. Anshan is rich in mineral resources, the main ones being iron and magnesium. Its economy is based on textile factories, chemical plants and electronics factories, as well as traditional agriculture. Out of 2.5 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, the city counts approximately 1.21 million inhabitants. One of the city's main attractions is Mount Qian Shan, on which five temples of imperial Chinese dynasties are built, including the first Buddha statue made of jade. The twin-city pact was signed on April 26th, 2002, in the presence of Anshan Mayor and Holon Mayor Moti Sasson.

Andong, South Korea

Andong is a popular tourist destination in South Korea, known for its traditional month-long festival held every April. The city dispatched artists to Holon to carve large wooden totems in the Korea Garden that is located at the junction between Bareket Street and Remez Street. In November 2004, a “partnership of kindness” agreement was signed between Andong Mayor Kim Hwi Dong and Holon Mayor Moti Sasson. Andong was established as a commercial center, with a number of markets. The city sights include the Andong Dam (83 meters high), which was built in 1976 and provides the city with hydroelectric energy. Many historical cities were flooded and disappeared when the damn was erected. In cooperation with locals whose houses vanished under the dam’s water, local authorities set up the Andong Folk Village, in which the folklore of the Nakdong River valley’s original inhabitants is on display. Some 3,700 items are exhibited in the museum. The urban market in the city is popular for its abundance of clothing stores and the masks bazaar. A 12-meter-high Buddha statue made of granite is one of the city’s landmarks.

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