Friday, December 7, 2012

Cultural Exchange from Tel Mond

Mayor Suzanne Atwell welcomed 20 student dancers to Sarasota yesterday who  are visiting from Tel Mond, Israel as part of a cultural exchange with the Sarasota Sister Cities Association.  The young women, ages 16 and 17, are part of a dance school at  the Tel Mond Cultural Center.  Prior to meeting Mayor Atwell in the Commission Chambers the dancers toured City Hall. 

During their visit  through December 10,  the group will perform at Temple Emanu-El and the Jewish Federation.  They also will  explore many of Sarasota’s popular attractions including  John and Mable Ringling Art Museum, Sailor Circus, Mote Marine, and the Sarasota Ballet. 

Tel Mond officially became Sarasota’s Sister City in 1999 with the signing of a mutual agreement.  Over the years, many delegations have visited from Tel Mond.

Sarasota has a total of eight Sister Cities:  Tel Mond, Israel; Dunfermline, Scotland; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Merida, Mexico; Perpignan, France; Treviso, Italy; Vladimir, Russia; Xiamen, China.
The goal of Sister Cities is to strengthen shared interests around the globe and lessen the possibility of world conflicts.  For more information on the Sarasota Sister Cities Association visit     

Cultural Exchange from Tel Mond 

Jan Thornburg City PIO provided the above coverage of the students arrival.