Barakat affixes mezuza at Jerusalem Post offices 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
After 41 years in Romema, The Jerusalem Post will on Sunday be relocated in its new home in Jerusalem Capital Studios, the hub of foreign and local media outlets.
Before the move on Thursday, Jerusalem Post and JCS executives, together with staff members of both organizations, got together to toast the new relationship with champagne, but not before the mezuza had been affixed by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
Among those present was chief archivist Alexander Zvielli, 92, the Post’s most veteran employee, who has been on the job for 68 years and is still going strong.
Avi Balashnikov, the chairman of the JCS board of directors, said that when JCS owner and president of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder heard that The Jerusalem Post was looking for new premises, he told Balashnikov to make sure the paper comes to JCS.
Although Lauder owns some 30 television stations throughout Europe, said Balashnikov, what he cares about most is what’s happening in the State of Israel.
Balashnikov expressed the hope that Channel 10, of which Lauder is a significant shareholder, would also come to JCS. Similar sentiments were expressed by Barkat, who said that JCS is located in what will soon be the largest commercial center in Israel and which, because of the light rail system, will be accessible to everyone.
The accessibility of the area will help Jerusalem to stand on its feet economically he said, adding that the expanding number of local and foreign media located in Jerusalem will reflect the positive trends of the city, which he said are better for the economy and for conveying the city’s message of positive change.
Across the road from JCS, Channel 1 is building a huge media complex, and Barkat was optimistic that Channel 2 will also find its way to Jerusalem.
Lauder said that wherever he goes in the Jewish world, The Jerusalem Post
is well known.
“The fact that it’s at JCS means a lot to me,” he said.
Eli Azur, who heads The Jerusalem Post Group, and Jerusalem Post
CEO Ronit Hasin-Hochman came from Tel Aviv for the occasion.
editor-in-chief Steve Linde, who is now occupying an office that previously belonged to JCS CEO Hanani Rapoport, quipped that from now on the building might get to be known as the Jerusalem Post