We could all do with more global collaboration and less warmongering, but finding a bright spot on the world’s stage has been tough to do in recent months. However, there are uplifting moments of collaboration and a coming together for mutual benefit still happening, even if they’re overshadowed by other, less humanity-benefiting occurrences. One such event was the meeting between Mayor Miriam Feirberg-Ikar of Netanya, Israel and the Mayor Norman Edelcup of Sunny Isles Beach and his delegation.
About the Meeting
While not a national summit, the meeting between Eastern and Western representatives yielded perhaps more international good will and achieved better results than many political meetings. The purpose of the meeting was to help leaders of both cities share methods of promoting education, art and culture to their residents that have worked in the past. As such, both cities had interesting things to bring to the table.
The core of the meeting centered on two foundations – the City of Sunny Isles Beach Foundation and the Netanya Foundation. Each foundation has a mission to solicit funds from private donors to help improve life in their respective cities through social, educational and cultural programs.
About the Cities
Netanya, Israel and Sunny Isles Beach are actually sister cities, formalized with an official union back in 2007. The two mayors have met each other twice now. The first was during the union ceremony, and the meeting in question was the second time. Both mayors have served their respective cities for over a decade, and have a lot of knowledge and experience to share with one another. It wasn’t limited to mayoral discussion, though. Both mayors had a full delegation of experts that shared information and methods to help improve the lives of the other city’s residents.
While the two cities are worlds apart in terms of geographic location, they’re very close in terms of attributes, attitudes and even physical geography. Both share warm waters and lovely beaches, and both are rich in cultural diversity. Both share the moniker “Riviera” as well – Netanya is the Israeli Riviera, while Sunny Isles Beach is the Riviera of Miami.