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Ariel: From 2 Tents to a University Town

In Ariel City on April 19, 2010 at 4:57 am

( Mayor Ron Nachman of Ariel says that in spite of the position of Israel as a whole and the Samarian city in particular, he cannot be fully happy this Independence Day. Interviewed by Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew service, he said that the biggest problem that Israel suffers from, more than ever, is never-ending subversion from sources which can’t act on their platforms through elections and other democratic means.

He said, “If there’s something that makes me sad on Yom Hazicharon, it’s a dulling of the feelings that those groups demonstrate, especially on Memorial Day.” He added that sources outside the country try to force things on Israel that they would not accept themselves in the name of equality, and their voices are weakening the people.

On the optimistic side, he remembered how the city started with two tents and grew to include a university, an industrial area, a sports center and a center for developing youth leaders.


Joining Hearts and Minds at the Ariel University Center

In Ariel City on April 7, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Nisan 23, 5770, 07 April 10 07:15

by Danielle Grossman

( Ariel University Center of Samaria is in more ways than one at the heart of Israel.

The city of Ariel is a growing community in the Shomron (Samaria) that has become a melting pot for people of all backgrounds, religions, and beliefs. The Ariel University Center there is not only an educational institution, but also a place that encompasses all the things for which the State of Israel stands. Eldad HaLachmi, VP of Resource Development at the Center, accompanied Israel National Radio’s Yishai Fleisher on a tour of the Center to show what the institution has to offer. (Click here to listen to Fleisher’s interview of HaLachmi).

Ariel University Center is midway between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean – 25 miles from each. It is also a 35-minute drive from Tel Aviv, and slightly longer from Jerusalem, making it the true heart of Israel. The city of Ariel itself has over 20,000 residents – 11,000 of whom are students at the Ariel University Center. There are also 1,500 members of the faculty and administration who spearhead the learning and research. “More than 10,000 people come here every day to find their future here,” said HaLachmi. “The many different kinds of people here represent the ‘real’ Israel. This is who we are, because in the heart of the land of Israel we have the whole spectrum of Israeli society.”

HaLachmi reiterated how important he feels the Center is to Israel and to the constant battle for peace: “Ariel University Center is a place where students of all backgrounds can come together to learn and grow, and as such, is a place of tolerance and freedom. It’s a great example of what peace should be. The people in Ariel can imagine a country at peace everyday as they walk around the campus and see the many different faces of Israel interact with each other.”

“Ariel is a Zionist school. You can see that with the simple things – the Israeli flags everywhere, for instance. It’s also mandatory for everyone to take one course in Jewish heritage every semester. Ariel has a huge variety of people [with] Arabs and Jews working side by side. We are making it affordable to anyone who chooses to come to Ariel. For example, scholarships are given to Ethiopian and Russian immigrant students to provide them with the opportunity for a greater education.”

The Ariel University Center is expanding. It is in the process of constructing the Gateway building, which will complete the Liberal Arts and Humanities complex. Also in progress is an extension to a dormitory, as well as a new library that will be “very modern and amazing,” according to HaLachmi. These additions are being pushed forward because the student body is growing daily and is projected to reach 20,000 students by the year 2020.

The site is the most condensed education center in all of Israel. It gives opportunities for worldwide research, with an impressive array of scientists. It is one of the fastest growing universities in Israel, and soon hopes to become one of the most advanced.

Ariel U not only creates opportunities for student of all backgrounds, but also gives special treatment to students serving in the IDF reserves. It especially accommodates combat soldiers, because these are young people who are giving the most back to their country.

The 500 Journalism students at Ariel study not only journalism proper, but also Journalism Ethics. A radio and television studio is on hand for those continuing in the media field. The studios have state-of-the-art equipment that provide a multitude chances for the students to learn and prosper. The Moskowitz family helped fund the media center in order to show the value of this field.

One unusual unit is the free electron laser center. Three departments use this laser to develop and research various areas of interest, including especially the power of radiation. Questions the students and scientists are asking about laser radiation are: “Does it cause cancer? Does it heal cancer? What effects does it have on the body?”

Another area of research is the transfer of power from the free electron laser. One idea being investigated is the transferring of power through the air, such as shooting up beams of power to satellites or aircrafts. The study of detection using radiation is an area of research with many practical applications in Israel, which could assist in the detection of explosives, guns, and other unwanted objects on people’s bodies, even from great distances. The laser unit is the size of a basketball court. In the worlds of Yishai Fleisher: “I felt like they are on the verge of making tools that will change our lives.”

Several more research centers are in development at Ariel U: a cancer research center, a brain research center, a robotics center, and a research and development center for the Jordan Valley and Samaria. The metal research center is already one of the major centers at Ariel. “The Ariel University research centers are aiming for a better world and to make Israel a much stronger and prouder country,” said HaLachmi.

After Fleisher’s visit to Ariel, he said, “I felt like I was in the future and in the past. It’s right here – it’s Judaism, it’s technology, it’s knowledge, it’s youth, and it’s growing up.”

A leadership mission to the Ariel University Center will be held from May 23 to May 29. For more information, visit the American Friends of the Ariel University Center at