(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
At the 21st annual Guardian of Zion Awards ceremony funded by Ira and Ingeborg Rennert of New York, Mayor Nir Barkat said that they are the true guardians of Zion because whenever they are asked to do anything for the benefit of Jerusalem, they never refuse. The Rennerts also have a home in Jerusalem and, well over a decade ago, donated the synagogue in the grounds of the President’s Residence.Despite the fact that Shavuot learning sessions were plentiful within a 15-minute walking radius of Beit Avi Chai, all roads nonetheless led to the popular multidisciplinary facility, which throughout the year deals with a multitude of Jewish- and Jerusalem-related topics. Executive director David Rozenson, mindful of the number of frustrated people who couldn’t get into lectures last year, put up a huge marquee in the plaza of the adjacent Jewish Agency compound – and it, too, was full. Rozenson was actually delighted that there was so much competition close by, because it relieved the pressure on Beit Avi Chai.