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The Negev Region is in southern Israel and includes numerous cities with the largest being Beersheva. The Negev houses Israel’s cybercommand and is a center of a lot of high tech activity. The Negev’s largest university, Ben Gurion University, has world renowned academic departments including some that focus on water reuse, recycling, purification, desalination, etc. The Negev, because of its warm climate, is also a popular tourist destination with resorts, hikes, natural beauty, etc. Finally, the Negev is home to many ancient cities that date back to Abrahamic times and the time of the prophets.


Maryland-Israel Water Conference: Water Reuse and Security

October 10, 2018

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Hyattsville, MD

Network with Experts and End-users

Match Capabilities with Real Needs

Discover Unique Solutions

Connect with New Partners

The Maryland-Israel Water Conference will bring together water management and technology experts:

Business leaders from Maryland and Israel
State, country and municipal authorities
Specialists from industry, academia and environmental NGOs

Organized by:

Logos for Maryland-Israel Sister States and Maryland Department of the Environment

Speakers and panel discussions will address:

Water Reuse

Integrated “One Water” Management/Recycling of Wastewater, Stormwater, Graywater & More
Infrastructure Issues
Agricultural Reuse
Chlorides, Pharmaceuticals, and Contaminants of Emerging Concern
Growth that Outpaces Water Supply

Water Security

Protection Against Terrorism
Detection, Prevention, and Mitigation
Extreme Weather Preparedness and REsiliency
Infrastructure and Source Water Protection
Waterborne Threats to the Chesapeake Bay

The conference will be held in conjunction with and build upon the October 8-9 Global Water Reuse, Food and Health Workshop.

For conference registration, please contact Randall Morgan at or visit

Workshop registration is separate and by invitation only.

BWI-TLV Direct Flight Campaign

The Maryland-Israel Sister State Committee is part of a coalition of business and community groups that is leading a campaign to add a non-stop flight between an airport in the Baltimore-Washington-Virginia area and Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
Please click on the link below to complete the survey expressing your interest in a direct flight to Tel Aviv.

It is our belief that a direct flight will improve the travel experience for hundreds of thousands of travelers who journey every year between the Greater Washington Area and Israel. The reduction in travel time will spur economic growth, build community ties, and strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship.

A similar campaign was launched successfully in 2015 to establish direct flights to Israel from San Francisco.  The route quickly expanded from three flights per week to daily flights.

Additionally, it would be greatly helpful to have a letter from your organization(s) stating that you/they would use a direct flight from our area to Tel Aviv. NOTE: There is no contract or obligation requiring that you actually take such flights. A statement of interest and intent is sufficient to demonstrate to the airlines that the demand exists.


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.

 Secretary of State John Wobensmith, Deputy Secretary Luis Borunda, and Bonnie GlickOn 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.

Borunda and Wobensmith meet at Negev Region eventWe 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.


H. Randall Morgan, Jr.

Chairperson of the Maryland-Israel Sister State Committee


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