Be'er Sheva, Israel

Sister City since 1977

Seattle-Be'er Sheva Sister City Association's mission is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation - one individual, one community at a time. The association promotes relationships in business, arts, science, medicine, technology, government, culture and education in the spirit of people to people diplomacy. Former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray traveled to Israel and visited Be'er Sheva's dynamic Mayor Ruvik Danilovich, further fostering the relationship between our cities. The association works closely with the Israel's Consul General to the Pacific Northwest, including the cultural attaché, among other officials. We work with the mayor's offices in both cities, and we are building new ties between Seattle and Be'er Sheva. Seattle-Be'er Sheva Sister City Association is seeking new members to grow ties between Seattle and Be'er Sheva--whatever your interests, there is an activity that can utilize your people skills, experience and knowledge.

Be'er Sheva, Israel, is located on the edge of the Negev Desert in southern Israel. The Be'er Sheva metropolitan area is the fourth largest in Israel with a population of more than 350,000 people. Be'er Sheva is home to Ben Gurion University of the Negev, a center for science and the humanities, and is a center for innovation for many high tech companies in Israel. The Israeli government is actively encouraging the development of this area including technology, education, medicine and housing.

Connect with the Seattle-Be'er Sheva Sister City Association:


General Information: 
Carolyn Hathaway,

Michal Inspektor,

Council Liaison:
Councilmember Maritza Rivera


Intergovernmental Relations

Mina Hashemi, Interim Director
Address: 600 4th Ave, 5th Floor, Seattle, WA, 98124
Mailing Address: PO Box 94746, Seattle, WA, 98124-4746
Phone: (206) 684-0213

The mission and purpose of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations (OIR) is to provide advice and information to, and on behalf of, elected officials, City departments, and external customers.