This week in Jerusalem

Peggy Cidor’s round-up of city affairs.

Jerusalem skyline 370  (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Jerusalem skyline 370
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Learn and earn
A new joint initiative by the government, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Development Authority (through the Academy City project) is offering an internship. Students and recent graduates in the fields of hi-tech, biomed, communications, film, TV, animation, Internet and industrial design will be able to run their internships in a local enterprise. Special grants will be offered to companies that employ students in the internships – between NIS 2,000 and NIS 10,000 per student for up to nine months. Registration is open until the end of November through or
Much ado about many things
It appears that Jerusalemites are particularly fond of Shakespeare, judging by the remarkable success of the Shakespeare in the Rough project launched last week, which runs until the end of next week (the last show is scheduled for Thursday at 5:30 p.m.). A group of polished actors perform the Bard’s Much Ado about Nothing in Bloomfield Park, behind the King David Hotel, with one particularity – the audience moves from one location to another with the actors and the action on stage.
”It’s outside, it’s free and it’s full of movement,” says Nadia Levene, one of the driving forces behind the project. “And it’s fun for the whole family.”
A shared experience
We all need to feel included from time to time. For example, many children with special needs are sent to separate educational institutions adapted to their needs, but are separated from their peers. While much has been done to include the special education stream with the regular one, too many children still do not meet with others during school time. An attempt to remedy this situation within an informal framework – during vacations or after school hours – has been promoted for the past few years through Shutaf, a nonprofit organization. Children with special needs and their peers meet at camps organized by Shutaf, as well as at various activities in the community.
This year, Shutaf’s annual fund-raising event will be held at the amphitheater in Liberty Bell Park on Monday. It will also mark the organization’s fifth anniversary. The program includes violinist Michael Greilsammer and his wife, violinist-singer Shimrit Dror Greilsammer.
Fresh blood
Now that Jerusalem has a new Magen David Adom center, recently renovated and inaugurated by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and named in his father’s honor, there is a newly renovated blood donation room as well. The room is equipped with the most sophisticated devices to serve 24,587 registered blood donors in Jerusalem and its environs. The new facility includes a waiting room and resting facilities, and there is a free parking lot nearby.
This is the perfect time to give blood, as MDA Jerusalem reminds us that there is a seasonal high shortage. Blood donations can be made from Sunday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Welcome to Jerusalem
Mayor Nir Barkat’s plan to revamp the entrance to the city was approved by the local planning and construction committee this week. According to the plan, 12 towers containing hotels, commercial and leisure facilities will completely change the look and character of the entrance, while also providing some 40,000 new jobs. The also plan includes an expansion of the International Convention Center (Binyenei Ha’uma) and the cinema complex already approved by the city council a year ago. The plan covers the area between the Central Bus Station, the Bridge of Strings and the railway station under construction near the ICC.
The new compound will also include some government offices and parking facilities (about 1,300 parking places) – since the light rail goes by there and offers easy connections to tourist sites.
The idea is to counterbalance the traditional tourist side of Jerusalem with a modern business and leisure compound, aiming at enhancing the city’s economic life.
The plan was designed by the Farhi-Tzafrir architectural and planning firm.