Skip to main content
Click for Site Menu →
our twitterour facebook page linkdin youtubeinstagram

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Sister City Agreement Signed October 27, 1966

The city of Tel Aviv, Israel, was created in 1950 by combining Jaffa, a port city dating back to 1468 B.C., with a 32-acre barren parcel of land purchased by 60 Jaffa refugees in 1909.  Tel Aviv, which means Hill of Spring, became Philadelphia's Sister City in 1966.  Today, it is the center of Israel's commercial, financial, and cultural activities in a land that combines the old with the new.  Tel Aviv is a leader in the fields of medical electronics, agrotechnology, telecommunications, fine chemicals, and diamond cutting.  It has a resident population of 350,000, a number that swells to 1.25 million each day with commuters and tourists.Tel Aviv has named a street in honor of Philadelphia and our Sister City relationship.

Mayor Nutter took his positive message about Philadelphia abroad

Mayor Nutter made an historic trip to Philadelphia's Sister City, Tel Aviv.  After meeting with Mayor Huldai and touring Tel Aviv-Yafo, the Mayor broke bread with the delegation at Shabbat, organized by Robin Schatz of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.  Check out the Mayor's activities at the City's blog with photos at . The delegation includes CDI's (formerly IVC) Nancy Gilboy and Board Member Beth Cohen of Greenberg Traurig and past Chair of Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Beth had organized a venture capital round table that was held at Greenberg Traurig's Tel Aviv offices. Meetings for the businesses on the trip were organized by the Pennsylvania rep in Israel. On the final day of their trip, after dozens of meetings with businesses and venture capitalists and tours of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the Mayor's Israeli visit ended with a special meeting with President Peres at his official residence, before meeting Mayor Barkat of Jerusalem where the the two Mayors oversaw the signing of an agreement between Drexel University, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Hebrew University.


Below are recent photos, including those forwarded by our Sister Cities liaison in Tel Aviv's International Relations Department of the annual water fight in Rabin Square. 

In 2009, Tel-Aviv celebrated a 100th anniversary. Read Amy Purdy's article from the Jewish Exponent on Philadelphia's ties to its Israeli Sister City, Tel - Aviv. Amy is a Corporate and Public Communications Copywriter for Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

To learn more about Tel Aviv, visit:

City of Tel Aviv-Yafo Official Website