On February 1, Lt. Governor Rutherford and Secretary Wobensmith attended and gave remarks at the opening of “Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations,” a temporary exhibit in the Jewish Museum of Maryland, honoring diplomats from around the globe who took extraordinary measures to save the lives of Jews during the Holocaust. This event was attended by representatives from the Embassy of Israel as well as members of the Kocaeli-Maryland (Turkey) and Negev Israel Sister State Committees.
Governor Hogan traveled to Israel in September 2016 and formally announced the formation of the Sister State relationship at a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony. The Governor co-signed the MOU with Israel’s Deputy Minister of the Interior, Meshulam Nahari.
On March 7, Secretary of State John Wobensmith, Deputy Secretary Luis Borunda, and Bonnie Glick, chair of the Maryland-Negev Region, Israel Sister State Committee speak on a panel at the University of Maryland, College Park. This event was a partnership with Terps for Israel, a student organization that advocates for a strong US-Israel relationship both domestically and internationally.
Statement from the Office of the Secretary of State of Maryland on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem
The Secretary of State hosted a gathering in Annapolis on June 7 to participate in the live-streamed event known as, “50 Years, 50 States, 2 Capitals” which celebrated the State of Israel’s recapture of the Eastern part of Jerusalem and the reunification of the city, Israel’s capital, under Israeli rule. The reunification of Jerusalem led to the reopening of the city to people of all faiths: Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
We were joined in Annapolis by members of the Maryland-Israel Sister State Committee, an organization committed to broadening ties between the citizens of Maryland and the citizens of Israel. Together we watched speakers in the two countries capitals, Jerusalem and Washington, deliver warm remarks commemorating the occasion and illustrating the commitment our two great nations have for each other.
I join representatives from across all 50 States in congratulating Israel on the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.