This Week in Jerusalem 267521

Peggy Cidor’s round-up of city affairs.

Jerusalem 521 (photo credit:
Jerusalem 521
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Women for Jerusalem The Jerusalem Women’s Conference, under the auspices of dedicated feminists, Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat and Mayor Nir Barkat, will open on Monday. The conference, for the promotion of women and leadership and business led by women, will host Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich and Justice Dalia Dorner in addition to successful businesswomen.
The aims of the conference include showing that women can succeed and establishing a forum of such successful women, mostly in the business world, so that they can inspire other women. Some 250 women are to take part in the first conference about and with those who have made it into the predominantly masculine world of business. The event will be held at the headquarters of Na’amat (the Movement of Working Women and Volunteers, which is part of the of the Labor movement) at 18 Mesilat Yesharim Street at 7 p.m. There will be speeches by Livnat and Barkat as well as success stories of local women. The conference will end with the play Jerusalem Syndrome (in Hebrew) by the Incubator stand-up group and with a play by the Jerusalem Theater Company, featuring poems by women.
The wheels of love The traditional annual bicycle ride for the benefit of the Alyn Woldenberg Family Hospital kicks off in November, but registration began this week. No fewer than 120 people have already reserved their places for the 13th ride, which will run for four days, beginning in Arad and ending in Jerusalem to meet with the children of Alyn. The ride attracts cyclists from all over the country and from abroad, in order to raise funds for this very special hospital. Last year $2.25 million was raised, and the goal this year is to surpass that sum.
Every year the participants include some who were once treated at the hospital as children, and could never have dreamed that one day they would be able to ride for the children of today. Some 700 riders from 10 countries are expected to ride for the benefit of Alyn in 2012. More details at
Good old books
Want to get rid of old books but refuse to throw them in the bin? Here’s a suggestion. Sipur Hozer (“returning story”) is a project by NGO Shekulo Tov, which helps people with all kinds of special needs. The project collects old books and distributes them to a chain of coffee shops where disabled people work. Sipur Hozer runs 160 such coffee shops, where the used books are sold, across the country, providing a job for people with mental disabilities. The books are sold for the fixed sum of NIS 20 each, and the project helps enable employees to live a life as normal as possible, earn a living and have an occupation that gives them a reason to get out of their homes every day. To donate old books, contact
Time for big things
Earlier this week, Mayor Nir Barkat signed the largest Declaration of Independence ever produced, especially for the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the creation of the state. The scroll was hung on the walls of the municipality’s main building, after being signed by the mayor and the president of the city’s students’ association, Itai Gortler, who was behind the initiative. The scroll is six meters long and 1.6 meters wide. Among the guests present at the ceremony were the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of three of the original signatories to the declaration, back in 1948.