Mevasseret Zion - Sister City

Mevaseret Zion is a suburb of Jerusalem, Israel. Mevaseret Zion is composed of two distinct townships, Maoz Zion and Mevaseret Yerushalayim—under the jurisdiction of one local council.

Mevaseret Zion is located on a mountain ridge 750 meters above sea level, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. It is ten kilometers from the city, straddling both sides of the Jerusalem–Tel Aviv highway.

It has a population of 22,800 residents distributed over 15 neighborhoods. Mevaseret Zion's current Mayor is Arye Shamam.

July 2012

Calabasas Mayor pro Tem Fred Gaines met with the Mevasseret Zion Town Council Mayor Arye Shamam for an hour in the Mayor's Office at Mevasseret Zion Town Hall, exchanged gifts, and then toured the local High School, Library, parks and Castel National Monument. 

The two discussed issues of mutual concern including increasing city revenues, business attraction, environmental "green" programs, support for local schools and disaster preparedness.  They also agreed to work together on future cultural and educational exchange programs.  Gaines was joined by his wife, LVUSD Board Member Jill Gaines.

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Mevasseret Zion High School - The third highest ranked public High School in Israel and home to the 2012 Jerusalem area Boys Basketball Champions

The Town Hall Building in the foreground and the Castel Hill National Monument in the background

The skyline of Jerusalem as seen from Castel Hill

Mevasseret Zion, the shopping mall on the right is home to the world's first kosher McDonalds

The High School and soccer field are in the foreground

Housing along the fence seperating Mevasseret Zion from the West Bank

New housing development

Mevasseret Zion is home to Israel's largest Immigration Absorption Center, where Ethiopian Jews are housed and trained upon immigration

Calabasas Mayor pro Tem Fred Gaines with Mevasseret Zion Mayor Arye Shamam in July 2012




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