Peggy Cidor’s round-up of city affairs.

Meir Turgeman  (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Meir Turgeman
Join the club
Active until recently in the Alon organization, which tracks and rescues people, Eviatar Elbaz is running for a seat in the city council on a list of his own: the Independent list. Elbaz says that his experience in an organization that helps families of missing people is part of his vision and drive to help others. He hopes to assist Jerusalem residents to get the municipal services they deserve. Elbaz was seriously wounded in a bus explosion in 2003 during the Second Intifada.
Yerushalmim run
With the October 30 election looming, the Yerushalmim party is officially kicking off its campaign at the Gula bar in the First Station this Sunday evening.
Fleur Hassan-Nahoum will head the head of the list, which also includes Pnina Pfeuffer, the first haredi woman in local politics. Both will attend the launch.
Religious Meretz
Adv. Riki Shapira Rosenberg, who works at the legal office of the Reform Movement’s Israel Religious Action Center, is running to head the local Meretz branch. A modern Orthodox woman, she is the first religious woman to run for the position. If elected, she will lead the list at the next city council.
Not yet
Under police investigation, Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman is not withdrawing from the mayoral race. He is still barred from Safra Square by the police, but his assistants have disclosed that he has submitted a request to be able to go to his office and is still a candidate.
For the brave
Merit certificates were awarded last week to eight (out of dozens) of young haredi adults who have joined the rescue units of various national services.
They volunteer despite being despised and sometimes even threatened in their own communities, but nevertheless, join these units and do their best to serve.
They serve in prisons, in educational institutions, in the courts and the firefighters and in Magen David Adom.
Altogether, since these units have been offered to young haredim in the framework of National Service over 900 haredim have joined in the last year.
Altogether, since its inception, 1,600 young haredim have joined and more are coming every year. Some are handicapped, and they nevertheless decide to serve and give important services to the society.
Off you go
Less than six months until the municipal election, everybody is heating up their engines. On Monday evening, the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research joined the line as it opened its gate for students and young adults in the city for them to get a better understanding of these elections.
The program, a joint initiative with the Jerusalem Young Adults Center, aims to pinpoint the need to ensure the largest possible participation in these elections. There was no a specific goal set, but all the speakers (scholars of the institute), presented each of the different aspects of the city – education, economy, population and all other sustainable aspects. In addition, all stressed the need to take part in the process.
One of the matters raised was the launch of a campaign to see that the 40,000 students in the city change their address to a local one, which is a basic requirement to vote. The Teddy Hall at the institute was packed with students and young activists, but also quite a few people from Jerusalem’s older generation who declared their love and concern for the city, and wish to see a high participation at the October 30 elections.
In the last election of 2013, the rate of participation reached 53% – and as Lior Shilat, the young CEO of the institute, said: “The need that this time it should be higher, in order to represent as best as possible the needs and interests of the pluralist population of the city.”