By Raya Rzeszut, Staff Coordinator, BJF Israel-World Jewry Bureau (2005)
Over the past 25 years, the relationship between the Jewish communities of Birmingham and Israeli city of Rosh Ha’Ayin has evolved through BJF programs such as Project Renewal and more recently Partnership 2000.
Now, in two weeks, another exciting chapter in our relationship with Rosh Ha’Ayin will begin officially. For the last few years, dedicated staff and lay leaders of our Federation have been working to achieve a special dream – for the City of Birmingham to make Rosh H’Ayin an official sister city.
Making this event even more historic is the fact that at the same ceremony, Birmingham will also sign an agreement with the city of Al-Karak, Jordan. Israeli officials were pleased with the dual signing, reflective of the fact that Israel and Jordan have a peace treaty.
Accompanying Mayor Moshe Sinai will be Dov Sedakah, the Chair of Rosh Ha’Ayin’s Sister City committee. Al Karak’s Mayor Mohammed Abdel-Hamid Maita will be joined by his wife, Rabi’ah Abdullah Nemer Majali and Al-Karak council member Lama Abdel Rahman Abdallah Al Majali.