TEL MOND, ISRAEL: 1999
Tel Mond is located in the beautiful Sharon Valley, seven kilometers north of Kfar Saba and east of Netanya Although it is a commercial center, is surrounded by orange groves in a lovely pastoral setting. Like Sarasota, it is a growing community which supports cultural interests and has a senior population. Sarasota has had a long history of intense interaction with Tel Mond through many prominent Sarasotans who have helped in the development of this vibrant city. Tel Mond became a sister city in 1999.
In September 2003 Tel Mond had 7,800 inhabitants. With average income above the national average, the town is largely an upscale community of commuters. Tel Mond was founded in 1929 by Sir Alfred Mond, later known as Lord Melchett. In 1954 it became an independent municipality.
Tel Mond was the first Sarasota Sister City to have a song written about the relationship between the two cities. Sid Krupkin, a SCAS member, and Elie Matstree of Tel Mond combined to compose “Sarasota and Tel Mond” which features their musical talents combined with singing by school children from both cities.