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Town of Surfside Partners with Shomron for Sister City Initiative

Surfside's Commission passed a resolution establishing a sister city relationship with the Shomron Regional Council in late 2022. 

The Town Commission hereby establishes a sister city relationship with the region of Shomron, Israel as a sister city to the Town of Surfside via Resolution No. 2022-2924-Sister City-Region of Shomron.

The Shomron Regional Council is located in the heart of Israel, just north of Jerusalem. The region is bordered by the Green Line to the west and north, with Samaria Hills National Park on its southern border and Jordan Valley Regional Council to the east.

The Shomron Regional Council comprises 21 communities that span over 390 square miles. It has a population of about 60 thousand residents who live within these communities or commute from nearby towns such as Ariel or Ma'ale Adumim for work each day. Shomron Regional Council governs the area and is responsible for providing services and infrastructure to the residents. The region is known for its beautiful landscapes, including the Samarian Hills and the Jordan Rift Valley. It also has many historical sites, such as the ancient city of Shechem and the Tomb of Joseph.


Shomron, Israel: A Hidden Gem for Tourism

Shomron MapNestled in the heart of Israel lies the Shomron Regional Council, a hidden gem for tourists seeking an authentic Israeli experience. The region is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for tourists seeking a unique and unforgettable experience.

Nature and Outdoor Activities

The Shomron Regional Council is home to several national parks and nature reserves, including Ein Gedi National Park, which is located on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea and covers an area of about 250 acres. The park is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including date palms, fig trees, hyraxes, falcons, ravens, storks, lizards, bees and butterflies. Visitors can also enjoy hiking trails, hot springs and waterfalls.

Historical Sites

The Shomron Regional Council is steeped in history, with ruins of ancient cities, archaeological digs, and historical museums that offer a glimpse into the past. Megiddo, Tel Hazor and Tel Beit Shemesh are some of the most important archaeological sites in the region.

Cultural Experiences

The Shomron Regional Council is home to a variety of cultural experiences, including local festivals, markets, and bazaars. Visitors can also indulge in traditional cuisine, such as hummus, falafel, and shakshuka, at local restaurants and cafes. The region is also home to several wineries that offer tours and wine tastings.


The Shomron Regional Council offers a range of accommodations, from hotels and resorts to guest houses and camping sites. Camping is a popular option, with several campsites located in nature reserves and national parks, including Masada and Ein Gedi Spa Resort. For those seeking a more luxurious camping experience, glamping is also available.

Getting Around

Getting around the Shomron Regional Council is easy, with public transportation, car rentals, taxis, and ride-shares available. The main bus station in Sha'arei Tikva serves as a hub for buses that run throughout Israel and neighboring countries, such as Jordan and Egypt. Car rental companies are located throughout the region and taxis and ride-shares are also readily available. 

Weather and Climate

The weather in the Shomron Regional Council is mild and temperate, with an average temperature of 66 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall and snowfall are moderate, with an annual average precipitation of 22 inches The best time to visit is between April and October when temperatures are warmest, and the countryside is in bloom.

The Shomron Regional Council is a hidden gem for tourists seeking an authentic Israeli experience. With its natural beauty, historical sites, cultural experiences, and range of accommodations, the region is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests. Come and experience the magic of the Shomron Regional Council!