The City of Côte Saint-Luc and Ashkelon, Israel, have been twin cities since 1975 when Mayor Samuel Moskovitch travelled to Ashkelon for a twinning ceremony. Since that time, Côte Saint-Luc has welcomed many delegations from Ashkelon.
Côte Saint-Luc has honoured its twin city with the naming of a street–Ashkelon Crescent–in 1985. Also, the green space behind the Côte Saint-Luc library was officially named Ashkelon Gardens on April 22, 1988.
Because it is only 20 km from the border with Gaza, our twin city has endured rocket attacks over the years. Côte Saint-Luc helped raise money to buy shelters for Ashkelon in 2009 and in 2014.
History of the relationship between Côte Saint-Luc and Ashkelon
- 1975: Visit to Israel by Mayor Samuel Moskovitch and delegation for twinning ceremony (photos)
- September 1977: Ashkelon fire chief Mordechai Yerushalmi visited Côte Saint-Luc
- November 1980: Reception for Mayor Eli Dayan of Ashkelon, and Mordechai Elghabli, Member of the Israeli Knesset (photos)
- September 1981: Reception for deputy mayors and councillors of Ashkelon (photos)
- October 1985: Reception for Mayor Eli Dayan of Ashkelon (photos)
- October 1985: Côte Saint-Luc names a street Ashkelon Crescent (map)
- June 1988: Dedication of Ashkelon Gardens behind the library in celebration of Israel’s 40th anniversary
- 1990: Visit to Ashkelon by Councillor Glenn J. Nashen (photos)
- June 1999: Visit by Mayor of Ashkelon (photos)
- January 2008: Visit by Dr. Bernard Tonchin to Ashkelon on behalf of Côte Saint-Luc (photos)
- May 2008: Visit by Councillor Dida Berku to Ashkelon on behalf of Côte Saint-Luc
- September 2008: Visit by Councillor Mitchell Brownstein to Ashkelon on behalf of Côte Saint-Luc (photos)
- January 2009: Côte Saint-Luc City Council encourages residents to donate to Federation CJA Ashkelon Fund (photos)
- August 2014: Côte Saint-Luc City Council encourages residents to donate to Federation CJA Ashkelon Fund