MYRTLE BEACH — Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brad Dean and members of the Jewish community urged City Council last week to establish a sister city relationship with Tiberias, Israel.
Tiberias is a resort city on the Sea of Galilee with a population of about 40,000, Dean said, noting its similarities with Myrtle Beach.
He said there are a number of people with ties to Israel in the Myrtle Beach area.
“There’s no community with greater numbers and greater involvement,” Dean said.
The mission of Sister Cities International, a Washington, D.C.,-based nonprofit, is “to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time,” according to the organization’s website.
“It’s a sharing of cultures, ideas, experiences, economic objectives [and] education opportunities,” said city spokesman Mark Kruea of the benefits of having sister cities.
Myrtle Beach has sister city relationships with Killarney, Ireland; Pinamar, Argentina; Bradford-Keighley, England; and Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
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