Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Linda & Michael Elman Visit Ashkelon

Monday morning, right after the cease fire started , the first "Not about the war " meeting the new Mayor , Mr. Benny Vaknin, had was with 2 Baltimorians - Dr Michael and Linda Elman. This was the first official visit from The Associated since the war began and it was also the first official visit from a Senior member of the Ashkelon Committee to the new Mayor of Ashkelon. Other people were invited from the Municipality and from the partnership. Though I have not yet had a chance for a real working meeting with the Mayor he knows about the partnership and I updated him by emails and memos. The Mayor expressed his appreciation to the Associated and for all the things that the community has done since the war started . His vision to the future is to engage as many poeple as possible in both community , in order to enhance and expand the partnership. Michael and Linda shared the commitment and care the poeple in Baltimore have for Ashkelon ,to their friends and others. From the Municipality we saw some of the places in Ashkelon where the grad missiles caused damage, and went to a shelter at Katzenelson CC, where we met Erez , Liron Menashe's brother , who volunteers there since the war started , and we gave out some of the toys that the members of the Jewish community of Baltimore collected for us in Ashkelon Day .

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