Ashdod – A UNICEF and Child Friendly City
The concept of Ashdod as a city friendly to children and to UNICEF was born in the summer of 2000. It was the result of a local initiative designed to support the Israel Committee for UNICEF’s work in the field of education for development, advocacy on behalf of children’s rights and fundraising through the sale of UNICEF products and other innovative activities. Mazal Shealtiel Coordinator for Youth Activities of the City of Ashdod and a member of the Israel Committee for UNICEF, together with the Israel Committee, embarked on this long-term project in Ashdod, the fifth largest city in Israel, whose goal was to implement activities connected with UNICEF amongst the many frameworks for youth in Ashdod. An initial meeting was held in Ashdod in the summer of 2000, with the participation of the Ashdod Deputy Mayor, Marco Ashkenazi, representatives of services for youth in the city together with Avraham Lavine, Chairman, and other members of the Israel Committee for UNICEF, in order to exchange ideas for activities to be included in the project. The initiative received the blessing of Zvi Zilker, the Mayor of Ashdod and was immediately approved for implementation. On 15th May 2002, in a special ceremony, the City of Ashdod will officially be declared a Unicef and Child Friendly City.


Israeli Committee for UNICEF
P.O. Box 8409
Telephone: (972) 2 5662619