Courtesy: City of Cleveland
Global Cleveland's Joe Cimperman at the Inaugural Sister Cities Conference, (5/2/19).
Mayor Frank Jackson, Global Cleveland's Joe Cimperman and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland announced Thursday that the Israeli City of Beit Shean/Valley of Springs will become an official Cleveland Sister City, the 23rd international city so designated.
The announcement kicked off the second day of the inaugural Cleveland Sister City Conference, ongoing at the Cleveland Public Library. Representatives from Cleveland's sister cities have joined with local leaders and internationally attuned residents to discuss successes and aspirations of their individual partnerships and to brainstorm new ideas.
The local Jewish Federation has been working closely with leaders and residents of Beit Shean/Valley of Springs for nearly 25 years. More than 500 Northeast Ohioans have traveled there in the past year alone. Local community development corporations, evidently, have "shared their placemaking methodologies to support the efforts of Beit Shean’s city center," while the Beit Shean folks have provided information which is helping the Cleveland Public Library adapt some youth programming.
“Through this work, we have been able to positively impact thousands of lives in Beit Shean/Valley of Springs and Cleveland," said Lynne Cohen, the Jewish Federation’s Overseas Connections Committee Chair. "We are thrilled to see this relationship with the City of Cleveland take this significant step and look forward to the continued mutual-rewarding benefits that come from it.”
Said Jackson, in a press release: “Cleveland’s strong international presence continues to be enhanced through educational, economic and cultural exchange with our sister cities. We continue to build on our city’s tradition of cultural interchange and welcome Beit Shean as our newest sister city."