This week in Jerusalem 497655

Peggy Cidor’s round-up of city affairs

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June 22, 2017 19:15
Uzi Wexler

Uzi Wexler. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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Rest in peace

Uzi Wexler died on Monday evening, June 19, just after he took part in the inauguration of the city’s first aquarium. Wexler, recognized as a Yakir Yerushalayim (Distinguished Citizen of Jerusalem), was 79. Among his many achievements, he will be remembered for his dedication to the creation and success of the Jerusalem Technology College and for his tenure as treasurer of the municipality, during which time he paved the way to the establishment of the city-owned corporations Eden and Moriah, and the Jerusalem Development Authority, which he headed in its first years. Also thanks to him, one can add the renovation of the Mamilla Mall, the hi-tech center at Har Hotzvim and many other projects in the capital. He was also the major entrepreneur behind the development of the Tower of David Museum of the history of the city, and a member of the boards of the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo and the Israel Museum. Above all, he will be remembered for his part in the battle for Jerusalem during the Six Day War. Wexler leaves a wife, four children and six grandchildren.

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