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The Jerusalem Foundation’s annual International Gathering, beginning Tuesday and
concluding Thursday, will highlight the capital’s latest philanthropic
achievements, feature panel discussions led by foreign journalists and religious
leaders, as well as unveil a new school and park.
The event will kick-off
with a panel discussion entitled “The Complexities of Covering the Middle East,”
at the new Jerusalem Press Club in Mishkenot Sha’ananim, where hundreds of
visiting journalists will stay each year.
“The Jerusalem Press Club is
positioned to become a world-renowned facility – a place where journalists meet
with leaders of Israeli politics and society,” the Jerusalem Foundation said in
a statement. “It will be a hub of journalistic activity where the domestic and
foreign press have a chance to mingle in a fitting setting.”
will be moderated by Uri Dromi, director-general of the Jerusalem Press
Wednesday will feature a panel discussion at the King David Hotel
on bridging the gap between Jerusalem’s haredi and secular communities, entitled
“A Strategic Approach to Shared Living, Bridging Gaps, Community Empowerment and
Speakers will include Rav Shlomo Pappenheim, leader of the Eida
Haredit, Tamar Shiff, director of Misgav Lakashish – which provides services for
the elderly in the haredi community, Dr. Hagai Agmon- Snir, director of the
Jerusalem Intercultural Center and Rabbanit Adina Bar-Shalom, founder and CEO of
“We will also have informative discussions about the
ultra-Orthodox community in Jerusalem and about our work in east Jerusalem with
the Arab sector,” the statement continued.
Later that day, the newly
upgraded Canada House will be unveiled and dedicated to honor the “commitment of
the government and people of Canada to Jerusalem.” The facility will also serve
the needs of elderly and disadvantaged populations living in the
“Canada House will make a difference for the next generation of
Jerusalemites and for the special community residing in the heart of Jerusalem
on the seam line between east and west, secular and religious, struggling
neighborhoods and the city center,” the foundation said.
event, the MICHA School for the Hearing Impaired will also be unveiled in the
Abu Tor neighborhood.
“Visit the site of the new school building in the
Abu Tor neighborhood and hear about the Jerusalem Foundation’s engagement in
coexistence from a special observation point overlooking the eastern part of the
city,” the statement read.
A dinner in the newly restored historic
Jerusalem Train Compound will follow.
The gathering will conclude on
Thursday, beginning with a special tour of Jerusalem with Mayor Nir Barkat to
the National Sports Complex, Gazelle Valley Development and Masia House for
Later that day the grand opening of Teddy Park, located
in Mitchell Park, and part of the Jerusalem Walls National Park, will honor
Jerusalem Foundation founder, the late Teddy Kollek, who was Jerusalem mayor
from 1965 to 1993.
“Facing the walls of the Old City and in the center of
Jerusalem, the park includes Israel’s only sound and light water fountain and a
visitor’s center telling the story of Jerusalem’s development under Teddy’s
leadership,” the statement said.
Following the park’s opening ceremony,
the Teddy Kollek Award for Significant Contribution to Life in Jerusalem and a
lifetime achievement award will be presented to four of the city’s leading
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