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iPads for 400 Teachers and Special Educators in Jerusalemhttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/iPadsfor400Teachers.aspxiPads for 400 Teachers and Special Educators in Jerusalem<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/ayped2.JPG?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The smart devices include special applications for working with special needs students and students with a variety of disabilities.  With the cooperation of the Athena Fund, the teachers will be better able to communicate with their students.</p>​463 Jerusalem special education teachers will receive iPads, along with special programs and applications designed for students with special needs and various handicaps. This is happening through the Athena Fund's "iPad for Every Special Education Teacher" program. The program is designed to empower special education teachers in Israel and enable them to better communicate with their students. In addition, the program provides access to a wide range of educational material, and significantly improves the lives of the students. Using the iPad, teachers are able to prepare special education programs, while students are able continue the learning experience at home after school. Along with the iPad, the teachers will receive 120 hours of professional training.The distribution of the iPads was made possible thanks to contributions made by the Athena Fund and its partners – the Teachers Union's Professional Advancement Fund, Bank Massad, the Ministry of Education, the Ted Arison Family Foundation, the Silvan Adams Family Foundation and the UIA Canada Fund. Since the program was launched in November 2015, some 1,900 Israeli special education teachers, including kindergarten teachers, have received iPads. The program is being carried out in cooperation between the Special Education Department of the Ministry of Education, under the direction of Racheli Abramzon, and the Information Technology Department of the Ministry of Education, under the direction of Roni Dayan. (Photography credit Amir Alon)11/19/2017 10:00:00 PM
An All-Time Record: Over 50,000 Jerusalem-Based Volunteershttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/Over50000Volunteers.aspxAn All-Time Record: Over 50,000 Jerusalem-Based Volunteers<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/education2201.PNG?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Over 12,000 young men and women volunteer regularly in the city. Mayor Barkat presented the outstanding volunteers with the Mayor's Award for their contribution to Jerusalem.</p>​This year, Jerusalem broke an all-time record when it reached a total of more than 50,000 active volunteers in the city. Data shows that this is a 25% increase over the past six years.The increase in the number of organizations and volunteers in Jerusalem is evident in all areas of life community assistance, welfare, health, immigrant absorption, environment and rescue, and emergency assistance organizations. The volunteer organizations report an increase in the number of volunteers from East Jerusalem who work in MDA, ZAKA, United Hatzalah and in the fields of resource utilization and fundraising. In addition, many women conduct their National Service at the Alyn Hospital, 'tipat halav’ - infant care clinics, and provide assistance in special education schools and community centers.Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, presented the Mayor's Award to outstanding organizations and volunteers throughout the capital for their contribution to the city's residents. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Chairman of the Mayor’s Award for Organizations and Volunteers, Rabbi Michael Melchior; the Chairman of the Council of Volunteer Organizations, Mr. Avraham Hoffman; the Head of Community Administration, Gil Ribush; the Director General of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Prof. Jonathan Halevy, and the supervisor of the field of volunteering in the Ministry of Social Affairs, Ms. Ruchama Nagar.Among this year's Mayor's Award recipients 1. Beit Hagalgalim - "The House of Wheels," a Jerusalem institution that serves as a treatment center for children and youth with special needs. Daniel, a former member of the "bravery" group of the organization and wheelchair-bound, has volunteered for several years in the youth group. As part of his volunteer work he encourages young students and is a source of inspiration for determination and success. Daniel won the silver medal in the wheelchair basketball tournament at the 20th Maccabiah and is now studying Arabic and Middle Eastern studies at Bar-Ilan University. He continues to volunteer.Volunteer Service at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.The Volunteer Forum of the employees of the Bank of Israel.The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel.The Israeli Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA Israel).The 'Mom to Mom' organization.Mayor Barkat emphasized that "the tremendous volunteering statistics in Jerusalem are very exciting but not surprising. The city of Jerusalem is blessed more than any other city in Israel with a spirit of community, voluntary work, caring and love of others. This is the Jerusalem everyone knows and loves, which is expressed by the large number of volunteers who work tirelessly, night and day, providing help and endless giving in every possible field. I'm proud of the people from all sectors who contribute daily to society. Giving the Mayor Award is our humble way of thanking all of the good people who give of themselves". 11/11/2017 10:00:00 PM
Revolutionary Construction: Hi-tech and Residential Hubhttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/RevolutionaryConstruction.aspxRevolutionary Construction: Hi-tech and Residential Hub<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/kiry1.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Mayor Barkat will Build a Hi-tech and Residential Hub above Begin Road.</p><p>A hi-tech, residential, academic and recreational center will be constructed above Begin road and will hold 1,830 apartment units for young people, a vast open park, cycle paths and coffee shops. Barkat: "We thought outside of the box in order to strengthen and connect Jerusalem."</p>Mayor Barkat is initiating the construction of a high-tech, residential, academic and recreational hub in an exciting and central location - above the Begin Road in Jerusalem. The revolutionary plan will create a new space in the center of Jerusalem, similar to those in Stanford and Harvard universities in the United States, which are among the best in the world.As part of the plan, a section of the Begin Road, between the Givat Mordechai and the Givat Shaul interchanges, will be built over and a new and central urban space will be constructed in the city. A high-tech and biotech village of 70,000 square meters will be built above the section of the road, adjacent to the university in Givat Ram, and will include important business and development complexes close to the university. This will connect Jerusalem to some of the world's largest, leading companies.In addition, 1,830 new housing units will be built in the new area - half of which will be small and intended for young families, in accordance with the Mayor's vision. 250 housing units will be sheltered housing units and, adjacent to these, an area of 13,390 square meters will include commercial areas and open public areas.In the center of the new area, just above the road, a large park, spanning approximately 70 dunams, will be located. It will become a focus of leisure and recreation, including cycling and walking trails, green areas and cafes, and will also create a significant urban connection between the Beit Hakerem neighborhood, the government compound and the Hebrew University. The park will serve as a "green backbone", linking the Emek Refaim metropolitan park in the south and the Arazim Valley National Park in the north. Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, stressed that "Jerusalem has tremendous comparative advantages in academia and hi-tech on a global level. Therefore, to overcome the shortage of land, we thought outside the box and devised a revolutionary program that will create parks and green spaces, a high-tech village and thousands of new housing units. This will enable us to develop more places of employment and education, expand living options for young families and offer more parks and open spaces, thereby connecting and strengthening Jerusalem. "A new, modern and accessible urban continuum The plan is being promoted in conjunction with the Israel Land Authority and the Jerusalem Development Authority, and will be brought for approval before the Local Planning and Building Committee and then for discussion before the District Committee.One of the ways that Mayor Barkat plans to deal with the shortage of land in the city is to create sections of land for various functions in areas above or below ground. This will be by utilizing land areas, designated for public areas such as roads, in multilayered construction, and combining them with these public areas.The plan for the enclosure of Sderot Begin, planned by the Kolker-Epstein office, constitutes a central link as part of an innovative and modern urban continuum created by three interconnecting programs the Capital Entryway Program, which designates the entrance to the city as the future business center of Jerusalem, the Kiryat HaMemshala (Kiryat Ben-Gurion) program, which will triple the existing government office areas and serve as a platform for the relocation of all government ministries to Jerusalem, and this program.Today, the Begin road constitutes a major and important traffic artery it serves as the north-south central artery of the city. Along the route, the anticipated Green Line of the light rail from Gilo to Mount Scopus is expected to improve access to the entire area.11/11/2017 10:00:00 PM
Submitting Nominees for receipt of Honorary Citizen of Jerusalem Award for 2018https://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/HonoraryCitizen.aspxSubmitting Nominees for receipt of Honorary Citizen of Jerusalem Award for 2018<img alt=" " src="/SiteCollectionImages/PicMessage/Jerusalem/YakirYerushalayim.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Call for submitting nominees to receive the Honorary Citizen of the City of Jerusalem Award, for 2018 – marking 70 years of independence of the State of Israel.</p>​Mayor Nir Barkat and Chairperson of the Honorary Citizen of Jerusalem Committee, honorable justice (ret.) Shulamit Dotan, call on the general public to submit nominees to receive the Honorary Citizen of Jerusalem “Yakir Yerushalayim” Award for 2018, marking the 70th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel. The Yakir Yerushalayim Honorary Citizen Award is granted to residents of Jerusalem, whose public activity was mainly conducted in the city of Jerusalem, who acted in the city and/or on its behalf, and who are at least 65 years of age. The award is conferred to individual’s whose contribution to Jerusalem has been continuous and unique during the 70 years of the State, and who have influenced and impacted the city in the following areas education, culture, public activity, tolerance and bringing people together, volunteer activities and charity, research and academia, development and infrastructures, religion and Jewish heritage. The committee may also grant the award to a worthy candidate whose activities were not in the above-mentioned areas.Any resident, organization and/or any other entity may submit a recommendation for conferring the award to an individual according to the above areas. The recommendation, specifying the reasons and including the nominee’s CV will be submitted to the Committee secretary, Mr. Avida Yanai, at Safra Square Building 1, 6th floor. Forms can be submitted Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, between 0900-1200. The information can also be submitted online through the municipality website no later than Friday, 27 Kislev 5778, December 15, 2017.Information about the procedure for granting the Honorary Citizen of Jerusalem Award, as well as nominee application forms and criteria for selecting nominees are available at the municipality Information Desk, Safra Square, Building 1. Nir Barkat, Mayor of JerusalemShulamit Dotan, Committee Chairperson, retired president of the Magistrate’s CourtBefore submitted the form and the documents make sure to attach (in Hebrew, font type David, font size 12, double space)Reasons for the recommendation – no more than one A4 page (up to 300 words)Full CV (academic style) – no more than three A4 pagesCV abstract (written in story style) – no more than 10 lines (100 words) To the online form for submitting a nomination for 2018 – click hereןTo download the nominee submission form – click here For the updated procedure for conferring the Yakir Yerushalayim Award - click here 11/11/2017 10:00:00 PM
Jerusalem Municipality will grant scholarships to studentshttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/scholarshipstostudents.aspxJerusalem Municipality will grant scholarships to students<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/milgot2.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​For the first time: the Jerusalem Municipality will grant NIS 6 million in scholarships to students in return for social involvement in the city</p><p>600 student scholarships, to the amount of NIS 10,000 per student, in return for 140 hours of contribution to the community , which add up to 84,000 hours of social involvement in Jerusalem</p>​Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, has today launched, at the Hebrew University, the Jerusalem Municipality's new municipal scholarship fund in collaboration with Mifal HaPayis. As part of the fund, the Municipality has invited organizations and institutions to submit a scholarship application ("matching") to the amount of NIS 5,000 for students who study in institutions accredited by the Council for Higher Education in Jerusalem.The fund will grant scholarships to around 600 students to the amount of NIS 10,000 in return for 140 hours of contribution to the community during the academic year, in around 20 different organizations and in a variety of volunteer programs and frameworks in Jerusalem. In total, the added value in question is of 84,000 hours of social involvement by students in Jerusalem.The Jerusalem Municipality has raised NIS 3 million for the benefit of the fund, and this amount will be matched by the applying institutions.The scholarship fund was launched at a formal ceremony at the Mt. Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University, in the presence of the Mayor, Scholarships and Grants Project Coordinator at Mifal HaPayis, Ms. Merav Sonsino, Hebrew University President, Prof. Asher Cohen, Jerusalem Municipality CEO, Mr. Amnon Merhav, Ms. Ariela Rajuan, Head of the Culture, Society and Leisure Administration and Mr. Shlomo Levi, Head of the Youth Authority, both of the Jerusalem Municipality.Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem "When I took office, there were 31,000 students in Jerusalem. Today there are nearly 42,000 students, and I have set a municipal goal of 60,000 students, which we strive to achieve. Youth and students are the future and lifeblood of Jerusalem, which is why it is so very important that we assist them. The scholarship fund we have established will encourage social action in the city and will create an additional bond among the students with the sense of community for which Jerusalem is so famous. Jerusalem provides a student experience like no other. The budgets we have raised for the new student scholarship fund are an additional and requisite step in our important work for young people."Major General (ret.) Uzi Dayan, Chairman of Mifal HaPayis "Scholarship recipients are the best investment made by Mifal HaPayis in Israeli society; because education is the great equalizer, because the students contribute to the community even before they graduate and serve as a social taskforce of the local authority". According to Dayan, "Mifal HaPayis and the local authorities will continue to allocate over NIS 100 million each year to higher education scholarships and receive in return the students' contribution to the community, thereby strengthening Israeli society".Hebrew University President, Prof. Asher Cohen "I thank the Jerusalem Municipality, Mifal HaPayis and the organizations participating in the project for the welcome initiative to establish a municipal scholarship fund for students in Jerusalem. The contribution and importance of students to the city of Jerusalem is evident in all walks of life and they are an integral part of the city's landscape. I am confident that the support of the fund, along with the students' volunteer work in the community, will even further strengthen the unique bond which exists between the students and the city of Jerusalem".In the last eight years, an increase of 18% has been recorded in the number of students studying in Jerusalem. The Youth Authority in the Jerusalem Municipality explained that this is yet another step intended to encourage high school graduates in Jerusalem to stay in the city for their academic studies, as well as to draw students from outside the city to Jerusalem. The purpose of the municipal scholarship fund is to encourage higher education among the population of young men and women in the academic institutions located in the city, to support students who have completed their high school studies in Jerusalem and to enhance social involvement among students in the city.Last week, Mayor Barkat inaugurated the new dorms built by the Jerusalem Municipality for students in the city center. In the new dorms, over 400 students will enjoy approximately 177 apartments at an average cost of approximately NIS 1,250 per student, at a central location in the city.Photo credit Arnon Busani10/28/2017 10:00:00 PM
Over NIS 300 Million will be Invested in Public Infrastructures in Cooperation with Mifal HaPayis https://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/Over300million.aspxOver NIS 300 Million will be Invested in Public Infrastructures in Cooperation with Mifal HaPayis <img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/hadmaya_P_zeev.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>The budget will be used for the construction of an arts center in Gilo, a community center in Homat Shmuel, a center for Ethiopian immigrants in Neve Yaakov, an expanded structure for the Train Theater, swimming pools, a gym in Umm Lison  and day care centers in the neighborhoods.</p> With the cooperation of Mifal HaPayis, in the coming years we will invest over NIS 300 million in the construction of many public buildings in the city's neighborhoods. The different projects are being funded by budgets from Mifal HaPayis, the Municipality, and others. Recently, Mifal HaPayis agreed to advance the transfer of the 2019-2020 budgets to the amount of about NIS 80 million, which will be added to previous budgets received from the lottery and from various parties. This is due to the importance of the projects, and the promise of their continued construction. The list of projects will be submitted for approval by the Municipal Finance Committee, after which it will be submitted for approval by the City Council. Following the approval of the Council, the project list will be forwarded to Mifal HaPayis for approval. The plans for the coming years join the infrastructure revolution that is taking place mainly in the construction of sports infrastructures and courts, cultural buildings and roads. Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, said “We are constantly increasing the resources for developing neighborhoods and their quality of life. In the coming years, the residents will gain new and advanced infrastructures - swimming pools, courts, event halls, daycare centers and many other projects. I want to thank the Chairman of Mifal HaPayis, Uzi Dayan, for his partnership and his willingness to commit to the city of Jerusalem. The city’s residents already feel our infrastructure revolution at every corner and we will continue to advance and construct additional projects that will significantly upgrade the quality of life in the city.” Mifal HaPayis Chairman, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Uzi Dayan, explained that “the advance of allocations on the basis of 2019-2020 budgets, grant the local authorities the ability to advance and implement projects in the fields of education, welfare, culture and sports for the improvement of the residents’ quality of life. Also in this matter, we place Jerusalem at the height of our priorities. (Main photograph architect Shlansky - V5 Architects, photograph 2 - Architect Shiri Peretz) 10/28/2017 10:00:00 PM
The IDF Radio is here - from Jerusalem! https://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/GaleiTzahalishere.aspxThe IDF Radio is here - from Jerusalem! <img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/GleyZahal.jfif?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>This week, Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, and Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman, together toured the Museum of Underground Prisoners, the future location of the Galei Zahal Radio Station.</p>The Minister and the Mayor were accompanied by the Director-General of the Ministry of Defense, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Udi Adam; Commander of the Galei Zahal Radio station, Shimon Elkobitz, and a member of Jerusalem’s City Council, Moshe Lion. Work plans were presented on the tour, and the Mayor’s suggestion accepted that until the full transition - in about three years’ time - broadcasting from the site will not be full time.Mayor Barkat emphasized on the tour that “the location for significant media is the capital of Israel. This once quiet area is being revived and becoming vibrant and bustling, with the Bezalel College that was built in the Russian Compound, the youth center that we have established, the Musrara art school (Naggar Multidisciplinary School Of Art And Society), the Ma'aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts, and soon the Galei Zahal Radio Station at its center. It is important to note that the transition will not negatively impact the museum; rather it will upgrade it and emphasize its values and important heritage. I thank the Minister of Defense, who placed Jerusalem at the height of his priorities, and who cooperates with us in the transfer of more and more IDF units to Jerusalem – in the interest of bolstering the capital of Israel.”10/28/2017 10:00:00 PM
The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem’s Petition against the Sale of Church Land was Rejected https://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/petitionPatriarchatewasrejected.aspxThe Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem’s Petition against the Sale of Church Land was Rejected <img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/GivatShaulTransportation.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>The District Court rejected the Patriarchate’s petition against the Jerusalem Municipality regarding the sale of church land in the city, and ruled: <br>The Municipality should be allowed to continue to check out the sale. Barkat: “We will not allow the residents of the city to be harmed by real estate sales, and I am happy that the Court stood by us.”</p>​This week, the District Court announced its position regarding the sale of the church land in Jerusalem and rejected the petition that the Patriarchate submitted. Justice Eli Abarbanel adopted the approach presented by the Municipality, namely that this sale of land is exceptionally large and legally complex, thereby necessitating another few months for the Municipality to complete the examination of the issue. The judge stated that “we are talking about hundreds, and possibly thousands, of properties that are located in 246 plots scattered throughout Jerusalem. Before approval is given to the respondents (the Municipality) the tax liability must be checked with regard to each of the said properties. In addition, according to the respondents’ argument, the sale of ownership rights to a subleased plot raises legal questions that require the formulation of a position by the Attorney General, whom they have recently approached. There is no basis for determining that the respondents (the Municipality) deliberately delayed providing a response or were negligent in handling the matter." Thus the judge postponed the Patriarchate’s petition, and allowed the Municipality to continue examination of the issue during the coming months.Mayor Nir Barkat stated “We will not allow the residents of the city to be harmed by real estate sales and I am happy that the Court supported us.” In the past year, we have worked tirelessly behind the scenes for our residents, and we will continue standing up for the residents until a responsible and comprehensive solution is found for this painful issue. " It should be noted that about two weeks ago, the Mayor met with representatives from “The Headquarters for Rescuing Tenants in Jerusalem”, which to date represents about 900 families from neighborhoods in Rehavia, Talbiya, Nayot, Baka, Old Katamon, Giv’at Oranim, the city center and Abu Tor, regarding the issue of the sale of church land in Jerusalem. In the meeting, Barkat reported on many activities that have been carried out in the past year, most of which occurred behind the scenes, and also activities planned for the future. Barkat promised the representatives that he will assist in finding a solution to the problem to the best of his ability and requested their patience in the matter.10/28/2017 10:00:00 PM
Supporting the Smadar Cinema through Culture in the Communityhttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/smadar.aspxSupporting the Smadar Cinema through Culture in the Community<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/smadar.PNG?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The legendary institution will receive a boost of cultural reinforcement. Mayor Barkat: “The connection that we made between the cinema and the residents has created a fabric of giving and fruitful cooperation - in the most ‘Jerusalemistic’ and magical place that there is.”</p>​We are continuing to bolster the cooperation with the Smadar Cinema, and, in the coming months, there will be a series of diverse cultural encounters for golden agers in the city. After the fruitful cooperation in holding events for children and families during the summer, the Culture, Social Affairs and Sports Council is continuing to hold additional events by transforming the cinema into a center for community and social activities for all of the city’s residents.The idea was born after the crisis of the Smadar Cinema, following the Mayor’s commitment to saving it from closing down. Under his guidance, a plan was prepared to transform the site into a vibrant center of cultural and communal activity for diverse audiences. During the year, dozens of events took place in cooperation with the Ginot Ha’Ir Community Council from Disney events for children, to a mothers’ club and “shlaykes cinema” for the population of retirees.Ariella Rajuan, Director of the Culture, Social Affairs and Sports Council, stated that “we have been privileged to have this unique institution, which identifies so well with Jerusalem, exposed to all the city's audiences. This is due to the extensive activities that we have been conducting over the past year, in cooperation with the Ginot Ha'Ir Community Council. We will continue this cooperation with the expansion of activities for the benefit of the residents and for the reinforcement of the cinema as an anchor and cultural center.November and December for Golden Agers in JerusalemOn Mondays, during November and December, a series of events will take place, including lectures, movies, theater plays, musical and literary events that see Jerusalem as a source of inspiration and connect to the anniversary events of 50 years since the city's reunification.The opening event will take place on Monday, November 6, 2017. On the agenda the unique show “Hevruleh” - a Jerusalem-style celebration of songs, stories and humor. This is a surprising and enjoyable show of a number of stories by Jacky Levi, accompanied by, and in conjunction with, the Jerusalemite singer Merav Siman Tov.The admission fee to the events is a symbolic fee of NIS 30, thanks to the subsidization of the Department of Golden Agers in the Culture and Leisure Council of the Municipality.10/28/2017 10:00:00 PM
Increased reception hours in the Assessment and Collection Departmenthttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/ExpandingReceptionHours.aspxIncreased reception hours in the Assessment and Collection Department<img alt=" " src="/SiteCollectionImages/Default182_124.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>The Assessment and Collection Department has increased its reception hours between 15:00 and 18:00 on the following dates during the months of October and November.</p>The "End Your Debt" campaign of debt collection will continue until the end of November 2017. Please note that the Assessment and Collection Department has increased its reception hours between 1500 and 1800 on the following dates22.10, 29.10, 5.11, 12.11, 15.11, 19.11, 22.11, 26.11, 29.11, 30.11.For more information on the "End Your Debt" campaign click here 10/14/2017 10:00:00 PM
The children of Jerusalem are on their way to breaking a Guinness World Record – on the Light Rail!https://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/childrenofJerusalemlightrail.aspxThe children of Jerusalem are on their way to breaking a Guinness World Record – on the Light Rail!<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/Mayor%20picture.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>The Light Rail will become a travelling gallery for the ‘Children Dream Jerusalem’ project, with drawings by thousands of children from all sectors of the city decorating the ceilings of the city’s Light Rail cars.  </p>The Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, visited the Tali kindergarten in Kiryat Yovel this week, as part of preparations for the ‘Children Dream Jerusalem’ project. Barkat was joined by Yaron Ravid, CEO of CityPass – the Light Rail franchisee, along with a representative of the Parents’ Association, Yisrael Elyasaf. As part of the project, with the beginning of the school year, about 5,000 pictures drawn by children from preschool kindergartens throughout Jerusalem will be exhibited on the ceilings of the Light Rail cars. The children include Jews, Christians and Muslims; secular, Jewish ultra-orthodox and from East Jerusalem; from the religious and the special education school systems. The project is unprecedented in scale and the organizers will therefore submit an application to Guinness World Records.The project was initiated in honor of Jerusalem and following the selection of the city of Jerusalem as the annual theme of the education system. This is a joint initiative of the Parents’ Association, the Ministry of Education, CityPass and several municipality entities the Jerusalem Education Administration, the Department of Plastic Arts and the Jerusalem Municipality Culture, Society, Sport and Leisure Administration.The Mayor, Nir Barkat, emphasized that “Jerusalem is a city that brings all Israel together. Our city in particular plays an important role in the search for that which connects and is shared by all. The Light Rail travels a route connecting all sections, neighborhoods and diverse areas of our city and society. This wonderful project is another creative and original way to take action towards unity and a common language among the different sectors. A seed of unity sown at an early age will accompany the children for many years to come.”Israel Elyasaf, one of the initiators of the project and a representative of the Parents’ Association of children in the Jerusalem education system, noted that “children educated in Jerusalem towards tolerance and the honor of others are the future and hope for a different Jerusalem, unifying and bringing people together, a city that understands how to embrace all its residents and conveys a message to the State of Israel and the entire world. This is neither naive nor innocent, but rather a realistic and clear-sighted outlook, cognizant of the fact that change can only take place if it is initiated at the early kindergarten age and involves tangible action”.Yaron Ravid, CEO of CityPass, Jerusalem’s Light Rail franchisee, said that “the children’s drawing project on the Light Rail is another opportunity for us to support an important social community activity that unites and strengthens the capital city, as we have done throughout the year in diverse community-related projects. For us, presenting the creativity of the children of Jerusalem on the Light Rail is an exciting undertaking that will benefit the children and their families, as well as those travelling on the Light Rail trains. We will continue to work together with the communities in the city for the benefit of Jerusalem”.Merav Sleiman, Supervisor-Coordinator in the Ministry of Education, explained that “kindergarten supervisors in the city of Jerusalem are proud to take part in this unique initiative which gives kindergarten children from all sectors of the city an opportunity for artistic expression”.Credit for the photograph of the Mayor of the city at the kindergarten Spokesperson office, Jerusalem Municipality.Credit for pictures of the Light Rail Tzipi Huri10/14/2017 10:00:00 PM
A Revolution in Talpiyot: From Auto-shops to Hi-Tech and Culturehttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/RevolutioninTalpiyot.aspxA Revolution in Talpiyot: From Auto-shops to Hi-Tech and Culture<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/ARNO7993-2.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Talpiyot is emerging and developing as a hi-tech and culture neighborhood: a Judaica warehouse and alarm shop became a Mellanox hub, a Rami Levy supermarket turned into offices for Energy Global, concerts are played in parking lots, and the hi-tech scene is on the rise.</p>One of the most significant planning projects the capital has ever known is being undertaken by Eden, the Jerusalem Center Development Company. Hubs, early-stage hi-tech companies, placemaking processes, and a community of technological entrepreneurship are just a few of the innovations in Talpiyot’s business area as part of the trend to bring about change in the area and to diversify the existing mix of businesses.The project will undoubtedly change the face of Talpiyot and will transform the area from a large industrial zone to an innovative urban area that will constitute a hotbed for start-ups, hi-tech companies, cultural institutions, and leisure locations. The issue of parking and traffic will also receive significant attention — due to the light rail that will travel through the area, alongside other advanced solutions for accessibility and traffic flow. What Pierre Koenig St will look like in the future. Image Totem Company The process of changing the face of the area has already begun. For example, spaces used in the past for a Judaica warehouse and a store for fixing alarms have become a “PICO Partners” hub used for Jerusalem workers of the Mellanox company, a Rami Levy supermarket has become offices for Energy Global, which provides solar energy to Africa, and Café Hillel offices have been revamped into “The Creative Space” hub – aimed at content-based professionals and small businesses (including video and animation), design, and new media.Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, recently carried out a working tour of the location and explained that “we have decided to turn Talpiyot into Israel’s leading state-of-the-art hi-tech and cultural center. Talpiyot will become a vibrant neighborhood that attracts companies and investors, as well as young people, who will enjoy the significant added value of being located in the perfect location for them – a place that will provide business solutions, accessibility and transportation options never before seen in the area. I believe in the plans that we have developed for advancing the area, the first steps of which can already be seen and felt in the field. We are investing a great deal of both money and energy in order to achieve these goals, and it is only a matter of time before we actualize the area’s inherent potential and opportunities.”Investment of IS 350 Million Over 15 YearsWe will invest around IS 350 million over fifteen years. Lately, the Division for the Advancement of Businesses has developed firm connections with Talpiyot property owners as well as with start-up companies and brought the two together, which is the basis for the area’s growth. For example, the Division connected Sixdof Space (a VR company) with the owners of Beit HaYatsranim. As regards Mellanox, the Division provided solutions to the company’s needs, as it was looking for a permanent location for its Jerusalem employees. The Division for the Advancement of Businesses connected the company with the “PICO Partners” hub on Yad Harutzim St. As a result, the office opened in 2016.Among the hi-tech companies that have already chosen to invest in the area are Energy Global, PICO Partners, Mellanox Technologies, Sixsdof Space (a VR company), and Touchwood Design. CEO of Eden (the Jerusalem Center Development Company), Alon Spitzer, noted that "the revolution that we are leading together with the Jerusalem Municipality in Talpiyot is a critical factor in the strategy for economically developing Jerusalem. It involves infrastructure works, completely changing public spaces, changing zoning, turning the area into a magnet for young people, start-up companies and cultural artists. This is a project that touches upon a variety of different domains. We recruited the best minds to create a fertile area that we will be proud of as Jerusalemites and Israelis. Those who choose to locate their businesses in Talpiyot, as well as Jerusalem's residents, will, within a short period of time (relative to such a complex project), enjoy transportation solutions in the form of new light rail lines that will pass through the area, parking lots, and an infrastructure revolution that will stretch not only throughout the area, but which will also link Talpiyot to the rest of Jerusalem and all of Israel." The Eden Company emphasized that Talpiyot's inherent potential is enormous. "We are talking about building rights for over 2 million square meters, a plan for adding 1.6 million square meters of business and commercial space, and a reduction of industrial and crafts space. In addition, it will involve an unprecedented improvement of public spaces—the development of paths, sidewalks, rail lines, bike lanes, green spaces and public spaces This is a multi-year, complex plan, but towards the end of the year bulldozers will already be seen in the area. By the end of the project, Talpiyot will become one of Israel's leading centers for business development, and as a result it will also serve as an important community and cultural center. We intend to create a complete ecosystem in the area, which will not only influence Jerusalem's immediate surroundings but also be of national value to the entire State of Israel," clarified Spitzer. In addition to managing the project, the Eden company is now also advancing an additional strategic project for Jerusalem — the City Entrance Project — as well as continuing to manage spaces in the city center.10/14/2017 10:00:00 PM
We have built new dorms for students in the city center!https://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/newdormsforstudents.aspxWe have built new dorms for students in the city center!<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/canoca.JPG?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Mayor Barkat has inaugurated the modern dorms built at a central location and at a low cost. 177 apartments will serve over 400 students at an average cost of approximately NIS 1,250, between the streets Agron and Hillel. Priority will be given to students from Bezalel and from Hadassah Academic College.</p>To apply and register >> www.jdorms.co.il/sign-in.html Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat has inaugurated the new dorms which were built for students in the city center through "Eden – the Jerusalem Economic Development Company", under the management of and executed by Shapir Engineering Company. The dorms were built at a cost of approximately NIS 50 million and constitute an additional measure to bring young people, with an emphasis on students, back to the city center. Furthermore, the dorms will be an additional cultural anchor, serving as an engine for economic development and for drawing young people belonging to the creative sector of various educational institutions, cultural organizations and performance centers.The dorms are located between the streets Agron and Hillel, at the heart of Jerusalem's city center, near Independence Park. They include 177 2-3 room student apartments, with a total of 410 beds, which are being offered for rent. The rent in the dorms is significantly lower than average, and will be set at approximately NIS 1,250 per month. In addition, public spaces have been built, including a kitchen and a dining space, free wireless internet, a club for the benefit of the students, a computer room and a laundry room. Registration has already begun, and is open to any student who is studying in an accredited academic institution in Jerusalem, with priority being given to students studying at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and at Hadassah Academic College. Occupation of the new dorms will begin shortly before the opening of the academic school year.Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, emphasized that "we are acting extensively to support young people in Jerusalem, out of a belief that they are 100% of the city's future, and out of a realization of the importance that good quality of life has on the success of students in the city. In recent years, a growth has been taking place in the city center. The student dorms are just part of many steps taken to develop the center, such as the renovation of Yafo Street, the future move of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design to the Russian Compound, Mazia House, which has been built for the Jerusalem Theatre Group, and the Jerusalem Arts Campus, which will serve as a home for the five schools of the arts in the city. All these, and more, will continue to strengthen the city center, making it the most accessible, most beautiful and liveliest place in Israel."Photo a dorm room. Photo by Avi Ben Ari Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, Ze'ev Elkin, noted that "we are in the midst of a process which will dramatically improve the status of Jerusalem. With this in mind, turning Jerusalem into a city of academia is an important milestone. The project here is a testament to this and will even answer the housing problem of students in the city. During my term as a Member of the Knesset, I promoted a private bill supporting academia in Jerusalem, granting a free academic school year for discharged soldiers who choose to study in colleges in Jerusalem. We will continue to promote the capital in a variety of fields."Eden CEO, Alon Speiser, said that "the project in question is the first of its kind in Israel and is part of a comprehensive strategy intended to bolster Jerusalem's standing among young people. The students who choose to live in the dorms will enjoy a central location, recreation areas and low rent. This is the first time in Israel where a city offers such a project at such prices, taking a long-term view and demonstrating the importance ascribed to the student population. This is part of a far-reaching process which also includes the move of central cultural institutions to a single exclusive compound in the city, the upgrading of recreational compounds, and more".Yossi Zelnik, Property Manager at "Shapir Engineering", explained that "the student dorm project provides a one-time opportunity to live in an apartment at the heart of the city and enjoy full accessibility to all other services in the city. The young people who live in the dorms will enjoy state-of-the-art buildings which will provide them with a high quality of life at accessible and affordable prices. This grants an opportunity for a financial springboard a student will enjoy a furnished apartment, a nearby educational institution and significant financial savings."The unprecedented project of building student dorms in the Jerusalem city center began with the preparation of a City Building Plan designated for student dorms, on a municipally-owned lot with existing construction. Concurrently, the Eden company published a tender for selecting an academic institution which would be its partner in choosing a property developer who would build the dorms. After providing an undertaking for a maximum rate per bed as well as for a minimum number of students accepted, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design was selected as the academic partner. The next stage was a DBOT (Design Build Operate Transfer) tender for the building of the dorms and their operation for 25 years at a price of NIS 1,250 per student per month. The program and the specification in the tender were prepared according to Bezalel's requirements. Competition in the tender was for the amount of the construction grant which the property developer would ask for, that grant having been given in 2013 by the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs through the Jerusalem Development Authority. The tender was won by the company "Shapir Engineering". Later, the construction rights were expanded, and Shapir Engineering engaged with Hadassah Academic College to rent the additional rooms in the building.10/14/2017 10:00:00 PM
Student Scholarshiphttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/StudentScholarship.aspxStudent Scholarship<img alt=" " src="/SiteCollectionImages/Default182_124.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Students! Come get a NIS 10,000 scholarship from the Municipality of Jerusalem’s municipal scholarship fund:</p>In preparation for the 5778 (2017-2018) academic year, the Municipality of Jerusalem has launched the municipal scholarship fund, which will hand out scholarships, each at a sum of NIS 10,000, to students who contribute 140 hours to community service during the academic year.The municipal scholarship committee has selected the following organizations, representing a wide variety of programs, at which students may volunteer to perform their community service requirements. For more information concerning the suggested program and its screening process, please contact each organization’s contact person. Higher priority will be given to students who graduated from high schools in Jerusalem.Name of organizationContact personContact emailPERACHSagitperachjer@perach.org.ilRuach HadashaLiorliory@new-spirit.org.ilLaga'at BaRuachRikiriki@nefesh-yehudi.comThe Hebrew UniversityRefaelrefaelboukai@gmail.comBeit IsraelOmerkfaromer@gmail.comThe Caesarea Fund Partnership [GF1] Iditidit@rothschildcp.comLandmarks – Beliba HomaItziktz.derech@gmail.comThe Hebrew University Law Student AssociationKeren Keren.sudri@gmail.comDavid YellinSharondicanat@dyellin.ac.il The ISEF FoundationMichalmichal@isef.org.ilEducation for ExcellenceCarmelacarmela@e4e.org.ilMerchavimNirNiramit3@gmail.comThe Israeli Volunteer AssociationDandan@sherut-leumi.co.ilThe Jerusalem Academy of Music and DanceJoejoe@jamd.ac.ilTene YerushalmiAdioffice@hayerushalmit.co.ilRoad OneYehielyehiel@kvish1.co.ilThe Drachim AssociationSaarsaarfux@gmail.comThe Sky is the LimitSivansisiavitan@gmail.com10/2/2017 9:00:00 PM
Free Transportation for Givat Shaul Employeeshttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/transportationGivat-Shaul.aspxFree Transportation for Givat Shaul Employees<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/GivatShaulTransportation.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The Jerusalem Municipality, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, will operate a free transportation system for Givat Shaul employees</p> The Jerusalem Municipality, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and supported by the Har Hotzvim Administration and the East Jerusalem Development Company, announces the expansion of the shuttle system — free rides for Givat Shaul employees starting today.The bus line (50 seats) that will operate as part of the pilot will pass through the areas of Har Homa, Gilo and Teddy Stadium, and from there will continue to Givat Shaul. In addition, return shuttles will operate in the afternoon for the benefit of employees.The buses will begin their routes in the morning at 645 and 745 and in the afternoon at 1530 and 1630. The service is designed only for employees of Givat Shaul and requires advance registration prior to each ride. To register or view the route map, use the following link http//b2g.jerusalem.muni.il/ At the end of the registration process, a registration confirmation will be sent to the cell phone/email of those who register, as a photo file which the passenger must show the driver upon boarding the bus. Each day's registration is dependent upon seat availability.The new transportation system follows the already successful model to Har Hotzvim. Prior to initiating the new service, a study involving 1,500 Givat Shaul employees was undertaken in order to map out their transportation needs.The Givat Shaul area serves approximately 13,000 employees and is the second-largest employment area in Jerusalem (according to data from the 2012 Transportation Masterplan). Industry, commerce, educational institutions and a variety of offices operate there. The goal of the project is to ease traffic jams and parking and to reduce air pollution as a result of transportation.The shuttle project’s budget for Har Hotzvim and Givat Shaul stands at IS 1,330,000 annually and is funded by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Development Authority. It should be noted that the first stage of the project will operate as a pilot.Nir Barkat, Jerusalem Mayor “Improving transportation to the city’s various employment areas is an important and central goal to Jerusalem’s economic advancement. Encouraging cooperative public transportation as a tool for getting to work and reducing air pollution creates a win-win situation for us all.”Ita Roim, Director of Business Development Givat Shaul “After many months of intensive work, including the carrying out of studies and meetings with business owners and employees, I am pleased that the project is underway and that it will improve accessibility to the business district. Thank you to all those who worked with me towards this goal.”Route from Har Homa Givat Shaul Marinov/Weingarten – HaRav Kalfon Moshe HaKohen/Eliyahu Koren – HaBaba Sali/HaMaharal MiPrag – Ben Hamo/Bar Lavi – Liechtenstein – Shmuel Meir 7 – Police/Shmuel Meir – HaRozmarin/Tunnels Road – HaRozmarin/Levona – Dov Yosef/Ya’ari – Dov Yosef/HaTsiv'oni – Teddy Stadium/AS Beitar – Kanfei Nesharim/Shatner Center – Kanfei Nesharim/Beit Inbar – Kanfei Nesharim/Rami Levi – Sapir Center/Beit Hadfus – Beit Hadfus/Migdal Dona – Beit Hadfus/Beit Ha-Shenhav.It is important to emphasize that passengers will only be permitted to exit the shuttle at the designated stops. The shuttles are free of charge and are available only to the target audience, employees of Givat Shaul.9/27/2017 9:00:00 PM
Extensive holiday clean-up campaign continueshttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/cleaningforholidays.aspxExtensive holiday clean-up campaign continues<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/Cleaning.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Mayor Nir Barkat has approved an NIS 5 million budget supplement for the citywide cleanliness and maintenance campaign</p>​Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, has announced that in the coming weeks a campaign to upgrade, clean and maintain selected central sites in the neighborhoods will be undertaken, as part of an enhanced effort by the Operations Administration in coordination with community administrations. The cost of the campaign is NIS 5 million, which supplements the upgrade, cleanliness and maintenance plan at an additional annual cost of NIS 13 million. Under the plan, 100 new sanitation workers have been allocated, including 63 street sweepers in the city’s neighborhoods. 12 new sanitation crews are operating on new garbage collection routes and have ensured the removal of garbage at a frequency of up to six times per week. The budget in question is highly significant, and has been approved in recent years to achieve an immediate improvement in Jerusalem’s cleanliness and appearance.The sites were chosen for increased cleaning based on criteria which include the general public’s affinity to them and the current level of appearance of the area. The campaign will include tours of sites to view the current problems of each area and will ensure careful consideration in the decision-making regarding further action to improve the appearance, safety and quality of the sites. The campaign’s stages will include upgrades and renovations, the marking of roads and parking spaces, the replacement of railings and traffic signs, pruning, and finally, cleaning the site. Green areas at the sites will be improved and bicycle anchorages will be installed.Routine maintenance of the city’s gardens and public spaces will also be carried out alongside the cleanliness and upgrade project, in the form of increased cleaning in the afternoons and on holidays, the planting of seasonal flowers for the holidays at all squares, and adding trash cans where they are missing or broken.Furthermore, the Municipal Policing and Enforcement Department is being harnessed to the cleanliness task through a street washing system in the neighborhoods, the removal of posters from walls and, in exceptional cases, the cleaning of stone surfaces and stairs.The campaign will continue through Sukkot.Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said, “We promised that, in the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s unification, we would use finances we secured to implement numerous plans, which will change the face of the city and tangibly improve the quality of life in it. The plan approved today proves above all that we are keeping our word. The sanitation and maintenance services are an important pillar of the quality of life of the city’s residents, and I am confident that the plan will contribute greatly to both the quality of life and to improving the city landscape.”9/27/2017 9:00:00 PM
NIS 5.5 million budget supplement for culture and youthhttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/budgetsupplementcultureyouths.aspxNIS 5.5 million budget supplement for culture and youth<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/CultureBudget.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Mayor Barkat decides on NIS 5.5 million budget supplement for culture and youth<br>This budget supplement is in addition to another NIS 30 million supplement to the culture and youth budget, which the Municipality announced in the 2017 budget.The budget supplement was approved at the City Council meeting on 31 August 2017, together with additional supplements for cleaning and education. Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, emphasized “Thanks to the budgets obtained for the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem, numerous plans, unprecedented in scale, have been executed, which are changing the face of the city and the quality of life of its residents. The current budget supplement is another pillar in strengthening culture in the neighborhoods and near the home, encouraging and assisting Jerusalem’s students and further bolstering cultural institutions in the city.”Increasing the budget will make it possible to consolidate and expand the municipal investment in culture in the city’s neighborhoods, to further narrow the gaps in the city’s eastern neighborhoods and to strengthen cultural institutions in the city.NIS 1 million of the budget supplement will be allocated to neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem for empowering cultural events, with an emphasis on families and children, together with support for an education program in culture in the neighborhoods and after-school music and dance activities. An additional NIS 1 million is intended to bolster support of students. This year, for the first time, a municipal scholarship program has been launched for students who complete high school in Jerusalem to encourage them to continue their education at academic institutions in the city. The foundation will award a scholarship for full tuition to around 600 students a year, in exchange for 140 hours of social involvement in a range of fields in the city, and will increase the involvement of young people, in their capacity as students, in the city’s life. NIS 2.5 million will be used to strengthen cultural and general recreational events for all sectors, and an additional NIS 1 million will be used to strengthen cultural institutions in the city.This measure follows numerous paths which the Municipality is pursuing to help Jerusalem’s students, enhance culture in the city, and encourage cultural entrepreneurs and artists to operate in the city, as is worthy of the capital of Israel.9/27/2017 9:00:00 PM
IDF colleges will move to Jerusalemhttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/IDFcollegesinJerusalem.aspxIDF colleges will move to Jerusalem<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/IDFColleges.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The Minister of Defense, Chief of Staff, and Jerusalem Mayor Lay a Cornerstone for the New Building That Will Be Built Adjacent to Kiryat Yovel</p><p>Earlier, Barkat Toured with the Chief of Staff and the General Staff Forum through the Business District Tunnels Being Constructed in the City Entryway<br></p>Today (Monday), September 18, 2017, a cornerstone-laying ceremony took place for the construction of military colleges adjacent to ‘Hakfar Hashvedi’ in Jerusalem, attended by Minister of Defense, Mr. Avigdor Liberman, Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, and members of the General Staff Forum. During the ceremony, a building plan was presented and it was explained how it relates to the purpose of the colleges. The Minister of Defense, the Chief of Staff and the Mayor of Jerusalem signed a copy of the charter and buried it in the foundations of the cornerstone.Throughout the world, as well as in Israel, military colleges are state institutions, whose place in the capital is an expression of independence and the capital’s supremacy. Here, the proximity to Mt. Herzl and Yad Vashem is a symbolic closeness expressing historical continuity with the Holocaust, future rebirth and the strengthening of Jerusalem.Minister of Defense, Avigdor Liberman “As someone who has watched the IDF from the sidelines since 1996, I can say that as regards the army’s level of preparedness, today it is unparalleled. I have followed the work of the Cabinet and of the Government closely from 1996 until today. Now, with respect to military preparedness, I am able to say with full confidence, to the credit of the Chief of Staff and the generals of the Chiefs of Staff, we are much better prepared now than ever before, and it will not end here. We will probably have to prepare even more in light of the developments and the declarations that we heard today.In his time, Menachem Begin made one of the most important statements, “The Land of Israel was bought not by virtue of force, but by force of right,” and Jerusalem is our right and the source of our strength and power and we are simply going to exercise it. I think that the integration of these colleges, which are the most important schools for IDF commanders – who on the day of command take responsibility, give orders, lead people — here in Jerusalem, in the beating heart of the Jewish people, of the State of Israel, is a very significant move.”Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot “The choice to establish the military college base specifically here, in the city of Jerusalem, which just now marked the jubilee of its reunification, testifies to the close relationship between the IDF and the nation and its heritage. In this location, thousands of commanders will be trained to defend the State, safeguard its existence and win wars. At the end of the training process, the commanders return to the heart of the military industry as professional commanders, possessing a wider range of military-strategic knowledge than ever before, who can make intelligent decisions and know how to lead our soldiers wisely and courageously both during peace and wartime. These are commanders who work together each and every day to strengthen the army and ensure the quiet and safety of the State of Israel. Presently, the strategic map is changing almost unrecognizably, and the IDF is following developments across our borders and working to guarantee the competence of our forces and their preparedness for any event. Only last week a wide-ranging, multi-branch exercise took place in which regular and reserve forces practiced their defensive and attacking capabilities on the home front and deep in enemy territory. We will continue to act at all times to improve the state of security and, at the same time, we will establish our abilities to defend ourselves and decide if we need to utilize those abilities. This year, the IDF’s commanders and soldiers will continue to act with determination and force to fulfill the mission of defending the State of Israel. May it be a good and blessed new year.”Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, said at the ceremony that “this is a historic day for Jerusalem. Jerusalem’s united capital, about which we have dreamed for more than 3000 years, is the natural place for educating the next generation of IDF officers and commanders. Here the past and present of the State of Israel meet. The IDF colleges will constitute a significant anchor for the neighborhoods surrounding them, Kiryat Yovel and Kiryat Menachem, and the hundreds of officers who come to Jerusalem will reinforce the status of the city, the Zionist sector and young families. We will continue with all our might to restore all governmental and state institutions to the capital of Israel in order to reinforce Jerusalem’s status.”Earlier, Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, hosted Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, and members of the Chief of Staff Forum, on a tour of the new Jerusalem Business District that the Jerusalem Municipality is constructing at the entryway to the city. Members of the Chief of Staff Forum toured around 250 meters of underground tunnels designed for a 5-level parking structure with 1,300 parking spots, as well as the separation by levels of vehicles on Shazar Street, whose goal is to produce an integrated system for public and private transportation, as well as pedestrians. The district, in which IS 1.4 billion has been invested, will span over approximately 300 dunams and will be used for offices, hotels and cultural and recreational institutions. It will serve as a link between strategic areas in the city — the IDF colleges, the Government Quarter, the city center, and the Old City.Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat “The project that we are building is a ‘tie breaker’ for Jerusalem. It is the largest, most significant and most essential project for Jerusalem’s future. It will comprise 60,000 new places of work in an area that is seven times the size of the Azrieli Towers, with the most accessible and advanced transportation center in Israel, the largest convention center in the Middle East, the largest high-tech and business center in Israel, with Israeli and international companies. Jerusalem, after completion of the new business district, will be different from the city prior to the construction — a city that alongside its wonderful history is changing from end to end, from decay to growth and economic empowerment, from negative emigration to a city attractive to young people, and from a resource-depleted city to a stronger, competitive and leading city that is accelerating economically and standing on its own two feet for future generations.”9/27/2017 9:00:00 PM
New Central Bus Station: Golda Interchangehttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/CentralBusStation.aspxNew Central Bus Station: Golda Interchange<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/GoldaInterchange.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>The station will include a passenger terminal and a massive bus parking lot. The project will be carried out by the Moriah Company</p>​A project that will bringGreater transportation accessibility for the benefit of residents of Northern Jerusalem * Significant improvement in public transportation in Northern Jerusalem for local and intercity routes * Clearance of existing bus parking lots at the entrance to the city, significant traffic relief at the entrance to Jerusalem and the Northern area of the city NIS 350 Million Investment in the ProjectModel Credit Mordagan Company The Ministry of Transportation and the Jerusalem Municipality, via the Moriah Jerusalem Development Company, have begun construction of Jerusalem’s new Central Bus Station — at the Golda Interchange, adjacent to Ramot in northern Jerusalem.As part of the public transportation revolution in northern Jerusalem, a new Central Bus Station will be established for the benefit of residents of the city’s north, with a passenger terminal and a massive bus parking lot.The new project is major news for residents of northern Jerusalem, who will enjoy greater transportation accessibility close to home and a significant improvement in public transportation in northern Jerusalem for both local and intercity bus lines. The new Central Bus Station will improve the quality of life of the city’s northern residents and will significantly reduce use of the existing Central Bus Station for all travel — especially outside the city — and will also lessen the time it takes people to reach their destination. In addition, the new Central Bus Station will significantly reduce traffic at the entrance to the city.The passenger terminal will include 11 lanes that will host both local and intercity transportation lines, which passengers will reach via underground pedestrian passages, accessible to the disabled. In addition, a bus parking lot which will stretch across 20 dunams will be constructed, with around 250 parking spaces for buses. The new bus parking lot will vacate existing bus parking lots at the entrance to Jerusalem, which will be cleared as part of Jerusalem’s flagship program—the “City Entryway” project. Above the new parking structure, a green roof will be constructed with plenty of vegetation and large planters. Investment in the project is estimated at IS 350 million.The project has an approved City Building Plan, and the excavation and reinforcement stage recently began. In the first quarter of 2018, the terminal and bus parking construction phase will begin and will be completed by mid 2020. A year later, in 2021, construction of the passenger terminal will be completed.The Ministry of Transportation, which funded the project in full, will select the transportation companies to which the project will be allocated upon its completion.Minister of Transportation and Information, Yisrael Katz “Construction of the new Central Bus Station at Golda Center constitutes another stage in the transportation revolution promoted by the Ministry of Transportation across the country and in the large metropolises. It is another project by the Ministry of Transportation and the Jerusalem Municipality to improve transportation accessibility in the city’s north and the quality of life of the city’s residents, and it will significantly shorten the commute to various destinations.” Minister Katz added that his office is also currently advancing a project to expand the Tunnel Road, at a cost of around IS 850 million, from the Begin Road to the Elazar Junction (Route 60), which will consist of an addition of a lane in each direction, as well as a designated public transportation lane. Expansion of the Tunnel Road is designed to allow for an increase in the volume of vehicles using it, expected as a result of the addition of housing units planned in Beit Shemesh, Beitar Ilit, Tzur Hadassah, and the surrounding area.Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat “Jerusalem is growing, developing and flourishing, and we are constantly continuing to improve and strengthen the transportation system to provide answers to the residents’ needs. The project will significantly ease traffic congestion, reduce traffic jams in the city’s northern neighborhoods, and will ease entry and exit for the residents of the metropolis to Jerusalem. I thank the Minister of Transportation, Yisrael Katz, for his commitment to Jerusalem and his involvement in its development and reinforcement.”CEO of the Moriah Company, Doron Noiwirt “This is an important and strategic transportation project that will bring about a significant improvement in the public transportation system for residents of northern Jerusalem. The project will provide the best possible response to residents, with high transportation accessibility and future connections with the light rail blue line, which will reach the city’s north. In planning the project, we were careful to safeguard the environment and nature, which is of paramount importance to us in each and every one of our projects. In addition, the project will allow clearance of existing bus parking lots at the city’s entrance for our flagship “City Entryway” project, which over the coming years will become Israel’s largest business district where the vacated land will be marketed to businesses and hotels.”9/27/2017 9:00:00 PM
Thousands of flowers in a thousand colorshttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/Thousandsofflowers.aspxThousands of flowers in a thousand colors<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/PlantingFlowers.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p><span lang="en"><span>Yesterday (Monday, September 11, 2017), the Landscape Improvement Division of the Operations Administration at the Jerusalem Municipality began an unprecedented operation to plant new seasonal flowers across the city before the Jewish New Year.</span></span></p>​Over the coming days, approximately 53,000 seasonal flowers and plants will be planted balsam pear, petunias, angelonias, hollies, snapdragons, and other well-known, beautiful flowers will bring life to traffic islands, junctions, public parks, squares and gardens with wonderful splashes of color. The plants will be planted throughout the city in the city center, Talpiyot, Emek Refaim, Katamon, Givat Shaul, Har Nof, Romema, Bayit Vegan, Har Homa, Armon HaNatziv, Ramat Eshkol, Gilo, and many other neighborhoods.In accordance with the Municipality’s water conservation policy, the Landscape Improvement Division chose to plant thousands of these specific species because they are capable of flowering for a long time without necessitating daily care. These are high-quality plants that are planted regularly in many countries in Europe, both due to their beauty and their low cost, since they are economical when it comes to water usage.Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, noted that “in advance of the New Year we will paint Jerusalem in a variety of shades and with flowers that will warm the heart and receive thousands of visitors, tourists and guests making the pilgrimage to the Jerusalem of Gold.”Operations Administration Head, Itzik Nidam “We are investing many resources to improve the cityscape, and the tens of thousands of flowers that we will plant will flower across the city and improve its beauty.”The flower-planting, which began yesterday (Monday, September 11, 2017), will be completed before Rosh HashanahPhoto credit Dudi Biton, Logistics-Parks DepartmentFor details Hadas Tenenbaum, Asst. Spokesperson, Community Administrations and Operations Spokesperson, 02-6297744, 053-7769839.9/27/2017 9:00:00 PM
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat opens the 2017-2018 school yearhttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/Barkatopensschoolyear.aspxJerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat opens the 2017-2018 school year<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/school1.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat opens the 2017-2018 school year: More students in Zionist education, 316 new classes in all the communities<br>Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat dedicated the new Eucalyptus state religious education kindergarten in the city’s Arnona neighborhood and a new eight-classroom wing at the Givat Mordechai State Religious School. He also visited the Yaffe Nof integrated state school.</p>​Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who holds the municipality education portfolio, today opened the 2017-2018 school year and toured education institutions in the city the Eucalyptus kindergarten on Walter Abeles Street in the Arnona neighborhood, the Givat Mordechai State Religious School, and the Yaffe Nof state school.During the tour of the education institutions, the Mayor congratulated the pupils, teachers, and administrators, wishing them a successful school year, a year of innovation, learning, and growth. Mayor Barkat emphasized, “This is the most exciting day of the year for me. This year, we opened 316 new classes for every age and every community in Jerusalem. It is very exciting to enter a school today and see the first graders. We have a great privilege to live and study in Jerusalem, and I wish you a year of peace, good tidings, and successful studies.”Mayor Barkat added, “30% of Jerusalem’s residents are pupils, but they are 100% of the city’s future. The Jerusalem Municipality therefore constantly strives to narrow the differences between classes and to add study programs and value content.” During the tour, the Mayor dedicated new kindergarten buildings on Water Abeles Street and welcomed the children entering pre-mandatory and mandatory kindergarten. He joined the welcoming ceremony for first graders at the Givat Mordechai State Religious School together with Jerusalem Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Arie Stern, and Mr. Zevulun Orlev.At the end of the tour, Mayor Barkat visited the Yaffe Nof state school, together with Minister Ophir Akunis, where an inauguration ceremony was held for the renovated building and dedication of a mezuzah. 585 more pupils in Zionist education, 27 outstanding schools, and three new schoolsFor the past nine years, since Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat entered office, the number of pupils in Zionist education in Jerusalem has increased, reversing a decline of more than ten years. This trend continues in the 2017-2018 school year. Moreover, the number of pupils registering for kindergartens and elementary schools in the Zionist education system (the state system and the state religious system) in the capital grew by more than 580 pupils, alongside the steady growth in the haredi and Arab sectors. Alongside the construction of ten new kindergartens and ten new schools in all the communities in the city, the Jerusalem Municipality invested approximately NIS 84 million in renovating and upgrading education institutions in the city ahead of the state of the 2017-2018 school year. We renovated kindergarten classrooms and yards, undertook current maintenance, and carried out thorough renovations of schools across the city in order to renew and adapt them for the coming school year.A new flagship elementary education program, Renewal, which enables schools to realize their educational dreams through innovative and alternative teaching programs has also been inaugurated. Approximately 9,000 pupils at 30 schools are participating in the program this year, at a cost of NIS 4.8 million.Photographs Jecky Levi 9/5/2017 9:00:00 PM
A Revolution in Jerusalem in Zaharonimhttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/ArevolutioninJerusalem.aspxA Revolution in Jerusalem in Zaharonim<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/kids.PNG?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<span lang="en"><span>Following the government's decision on a national program for supervising the Zaharonim, Jerusalem will receive the highest funding.</span></span></p>The program, estimated to cost about half a billion shekels, will lead to an increase in the number of Zaharonim - afternoon supervision at schools in the city - from 700 the previous school year to 2,500 this coming school year. The Zaharonim will accept children from the age of three to second graders (inclusive). It will be possible to open a Zaharon at any school, provided that at least 25 children are registered. The Zaharonim will also operate in kindergartens, in ultra-Orthodox schools and in schools in the eastern part of the city.The cost of the afternoon for parents will only be NIS 335 a month at most. This is a significant reduction in price, while maintaining the extended framework of activity, with an additional budget for the reinforcement of teachers, extra curriculum classes, enrichment and more.8/27/2017 9:00:00 PM
Smart under the Sunhttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/Smartunderthesun.aspxSmart under the Sun<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/hazlala.jpeg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Smart under the sun: NIS 2 million will be spent to create shade at educational institutions. In the coming days a new project will get underway to install shade at all educational buildings and their playgrounds across Jerusalem</p>​A project, led by Mayor and holder of the municipal education portfolio Nir Barkat, and with a special investment of NIS 2 million, has gotten underway. The project is another part of the comprehensive Jerusalem Education Administration program to improve and upgrade educational institutions in the city. Under the project, 189 shades will be built at kindergartens and schools 69 kindergartens, 20 special education institutions, 65 elementary schools and 35 high schools.The objective is to provide Jerusalem’s children at schools and kindergartens a basic and important need for proper learning conditions and a safe and pleasant time along with improved appearance and safety at educational institutions. As part of this measure, suitable shades have been constructed to meet the needs of every institution built in the past three years. The work at most kindergartens in the city will be completed by the end of 2017.Mayor and holder of the municipal education portfolio Nir Barkat said, “Quality of education is also a condition for quality learning. Following our completion of the air conditioning project at all classrooms and kindergartens in the city, we are continuing to improve and upgrade the learning spaces and the shading of schoolyards, in order to offer an advanced comfortable learning environment, strengthening the education system and greatly contributing to the quality of education of our children.”Education Administration Director, Aviv Keinan, said, “Ahead of the 2017-2018 school year, we are closing gaps in the matter of shading, allowing our students to enjoy a comfortable, enabling and safe learning environment. A school is not only a place where you learn mathematics or history; there is no question that a pleasant and shaded schoolyard is a key focus for the development of creativity and social relations.”8/14/2017 9:00:00 PM
First Time in Jerusalem: International Children’s Games in 2018https://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/InternationalChildren’sGames.aspxFirst Time in Jerusalem: International Children’s Games in 2018<img alt="" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/InternationalChildrensGames-1b.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Jerusalem is shaping up as an international capital, In 2018, Jerusalem will, for the first time, host the International Children’s Games. Mayor Nir Barkat: “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Israel and Jerusalem to the world in positive sporting contexts.”</p>​Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, has signed an agreement with the President of the International Children’s Games, Torsten Rasch, to host the International Children’s Games in Israel’s capital, after the International Children’s Games (ICG) selected Jerusalem to host the games in 2018.At the signing, Rasch passed the Olympic torch to Mayor Barkat to hold until the opening of the games in Jerusalem. Jerusalem Municipality Sports and Culture Administration Director, Ariella Rejwan, Sports Department Director, Itzik Kornfein, representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, including Avi Benbenisti, who serves as a member of the organization’s professional committee, and the Secretary General and executives of the International Children’s Games were also present at the signing ceremony. The 2018 International Children’s GamesPresident of the International Children’s Games, Torsten Rasch, said “We are pleased that Jerusalem will host the International Children’s Games in 2018. We are honored to sign this agreement. Beyond the games, it is important for the host city to welcome the children and promote gamesmanship, tolerance and values that are common to the children who are coming to the city from all over the world.”Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, said “Jerusalem is on the map. We are pleased and excited that we have been selected to host the International Children’s Games in 2018. There is no question that this is a vote of confidence in our heavy investment in sports in recent years, which was intended to bring international endeavors to the capital of Israel and to develop the city’s economy. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Israel and Jerusalem to the world in positive sporting contexts. I am sure that the young athletes will have a unique sporting experience and receive a warm Jerusalem welcome. The Games will offer a sporting challenge and joy, as well as promoting the values of tolerance, mutual respect and teamwork."From the Maccabiah Games to the International Children’s Games a sports revolution in JerusalemBringing the International Children’s Games to Jerusalem is part of the sports revolution that Mayor Barkat has been leading in the past few years, resulting in the transformation of Jerusalem to the sports capital of Israel as a host for large international sports events the 20th Maccabiah Games, the Jerusalem Winner Marathon, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Europe Under-20 Championship, and more.As part of the sports revolution, the International Sports Center has been built in Malha, which includes the Jerusalem Payis Arena. The project includes an ice hockey rink, expansion of the Teddy Stadium, an upgrade of the Athletics Stadium at Givat Ram, construction of the Kraft Family Sports Campus, and the inauguration of many new sports arenas across the city. The construction and upgrade of world-class sports facilities have expanded the city’s cover in multiple fields, and now makes it possible to hold international events of the highest professional level.The hosting of the International Children’s Games is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Culture and Sport and the Jerusalem Municipality. More than 1,600 children, aged 12-15 from the participating cities, are scheduled to participate in the Games, including 90 representatives from the participating cities. The Games will include competitions in football, basketball, streetball, volley ball, fencing, judo, athletics, tennis and swimming.Photograph Jackie LevyPhotograph Jackie Levy8/9/2017 9:00:00 PM
Jerusalem International: Installation of Love in Zion Squarehttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/JerusalemInternational.aspxJerusalem International: Installation of Love in Zion Square<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/I_Love_JLM.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​On the occasion of Tu B'Av, together with The Eden Company, we launched the huge installation "I Love JLM" in Zion Square, which will become a global tourist attraction, as in other cities such as Amsterdam and New York.</p>​The unique installation was placed in Zion Square in Jerusalem and will serve as a global tourist attraction, as it does in large and famous cities throughout the world, including Amsterdam and New York. It seeks to present another face of Jerusalem, which is identified as a cultural, historical and religious symbol - and now receives a new, sweeping and fresh spirit of love as a universal value that transcends sects and conflicts. Also, as stated, "I Love JLM" puts Jerusalem in line with other capitals of love all over the world.Mayor Nir Barkat emphasized that "Everyone loves Jerusalem - and Jerusalem loves everyone - the new installation symbolizes the unique place Jerusalem has in each and every one, and I invite the city's residents, visitors and tourists to visit Jerusalem, to spend time here and to photograph themselves by the special installation." After last year, when we decided to put love on the map - this year we decided to put love in the center. According to the Jerusalem artist chosen to create the installation, Yarel Yair, "The choice to design the installation in a unique way compared to other cities around the world stems from the desire to present the uniqueness of Jerusalem, with inspiration from modern urban works around the world and similar installations in Amsterdam, New York and Toronto. It attempts to communicate with the roots and the glorious past of the city of Jerusalem. "The choice of placing the love installation in Zion Square was made following the activities led by the Eden Company to encourage and nurture the art, culture and leisure scene in the renewed city center of Jerusalem.Deputy CEO of Eden (Jerusalem Economic Development Company), Lior Bar Dor, noted that "this is another initiative which is part of the upgrading of public spaces in Jerusalem and their transformation into an active, attractive experience. In recent weeks, everyone has been wandering around downtown along a series of special installations which have changed the face of the area. From the solar cinema and the screening of free movies for the whole family, through the umbrellas on Yoel Salomon Street to The Playback Orchestras that are activated by the people in the street. These special installations not only upgrade the city's cultural life, but contribute to its economic development and trade in these areas."For more information about the special installations and activities in downtown Jerusalem click here8/9/2017 9:00:00 PM
Opening of the Kraft Family Sports Campushttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/KraftStadium.aspxOpening of the Kraft Family Sports Campus<img alt="" src="/en/Events/Sport/PublishingImages/kraft1.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Mayor Barkat and Robert K. Kraft Open Kraft Family Sports Campus with Pro Football Hall of Fame Delegation.</p><p>The Kraft Family Sports Campus will advance Jerusalem as an International Sports Hub</p>​Today, Mayor Barkat, Robert K. Kraft, Uzi Dayan, Chairman of Mifal HaPais and Itzik Lary, CEO of Toto, along with a Pro Football Hall of Fame delegation opened the Kraft Family Sports Campus. After the opening ceremony, guests went to the football field for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and inaugurated the field with a game of catch with the Pro Football Hall of Fame delegation. The Kraft Family Sports Campus, a multi-purpose sports center located in Emek Ha’Arazim, Jerusalem, was made possible with a $6 million gift from Robert Kraft and with sponsorship from Mifal HaPais and Toto. This significant contribution to advance sport in Jerusalem is part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. In two weeks, the Campus will open to the public and be used for the 20th Maccabiah Games. The Kraft Family Sports Campus will be an integral part of Jerusalem's burgeoning sports renaissance, which includes the opening of many new arenas and dozens of international sporting events each year. The establishment of the Kraft Family Sports Campus is an unprecedented cornerstone of this renaissance, among other things, expanding the culture of U.S. football in Jerusalem, and serving as a complement to the existing Kraft Family Field in Sacher Park. "The Kraft Family Sports Campus is a central part of my vision for Jerusalem as an international capital of sport and athleticism,” said Mayor Barkat. “Years ago, I remember meeting my dear friend, Robert Kraft and his wife Myra, and we had an instant connection. We both understood the importance of Jerusalem and the importance of advancing sports in our city. Since then, Robert has been an unwavering partner in the growth and development of Jerusalem. This gift, which helps celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification, furthers Robert and his family’s commitment to the capital of Israel, and to enhancing sport and particularly football in Jerusalem."“The Kraft Family Sports Campus allows me to invest in two things that I have always been very passionate about My love of Israel and my support for youth athletics and team sports, especially American football,” said Kraft. “I fell in love with Israel on my first visit in 1963 and have been investing in its future ever since. I have seen the positive impact team sports can have, not just on the individuals who participate, but in the communities that support them. They help unify those who might otherwise be divided by cultural differences. Team athletics have proven to develop leadership, provide examples of success through teamwork and promote health and fitness. My family and I are proud to establish this large scale, multi-sports complex, which is the first of its kind in Jerusalem.”The Kraft Family Sports Campus is being established in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Jerusalem Foundation, and was developed by the Jerusalem Development Company – Moriah. The Campus includes soccer fields, a dual-use U.S. regulation football and soccer field, locker rooms and administrative offices, a central pedestrian thoroughfare, parking and an access road, with plans in the pipeline to add numerous additional facilities. Together with the American Football League in Israel, the new Kraft Family Sports Campus will further foster the enjoyment of football in Jerusalem. The campus will open to the public in two weeks for the 20th Maccabiah Games. Photo credit Jeki Levi 6/19/2017 9:00:00 PM
Making Service Accessible with Sign Languagehttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/SignLanguage.aspxMaking Service Accessible with Sign Language<img alt=" " src="/Residents/PlanningandBuilding/Accessibility/Accessibility/PublishingImages/Signlang.JPG?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The Jerusalem Municipality in Proud to Present: Making Municipality Services Accessible to the Hearing Impaired</p>​Ever been in a situation where you had to deal with bureaucracy like arnona, parking permits, school registration – but no one would listen to you? We, at the Municipality, recognize the importance of listening to you and providing you with the best possible service. We're proud to update you regarding a new service that will soon be launched for the hearing impaired a sign language translator who will personally accompany and translate municipality services for you. The translators will be at your service at Safra Square and will accompany and assist you in receiving service from all departments on Sunday 800 a.m. – 100 p.m. Tuesday 300 p.m. – 600 p.m. The service is provided free of charge and does not require prior coordination. All you have to do is come. 3/18/2017 10:00:00 PM
Jerusalem Municipality Apphttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/JerusalemMunicipalityNewApp.aspxJerusalem Municipality App<img alt="" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/app_mess1.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>We have taken our technology up a notch! Access the website and download “Yerushalmi” – the new Jerusalem Municipality app. </p>​The new Yerushalmi app. brings digital services closer to you that ever before Where to find entertainment and recreation spots, submitting applications for parking stickers, appealing parking tickets and fines, making payments, loading Rav Kav cards, etc. – directly from your cellular smart phone.Through the Yerushalmi app. you can also register for Jerusalem city benefits and the application will display for you, anywhere you are, the closest and most relevant benefits for you. Do you already have a Yerushalmi card? You can register by means of a few simple steps and convert your Yerushalmi Card to a digital presence. The service comes to the palm of your hand and will be at your fingertips. Using Yerushalmi you will be able toObtain updates about events taking place all over the cityDispatch inquiries or notifications to the 106 hotline – directly from your smart phone, including attaching photographs, from wherever you are, on the spot, quickly and easily, and to obtain updates regarding the status of your inquiry. Obtain notifications that are relevant only to you based upon your residential address and neighborhood. Obtain information regarding parking lots and parking garages and the hours of business thereof.For Frequently Asked Questions about the Jerusalem App click hereAnd much more...So what are you waiting for?For Android smart phones and tablets, click here.For iPhones and iPads, click here. 6/4/2016 9:00:00 PM

 

 

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Increased reception hours in the Assessment and Collection DepartmentIncreased reception hours in the Assessment and Collection Departmenthttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/ExpandingReceptionHours.aspx10/14/2017 10:00:00 PM12/31/1969 4:00:00 PMללא תאריך
iPads for 400 Teachers and Special Educators in JerusalemiPads for 400 Teachers and Special Educators in Jerusalemhttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/iPadsfor400Teachers.aspx11/19/2017 10:00:00 PM12/31/1969 4:00:00 PMללא תאריך
Jerusalem Municipality will grant scholarships to studentsJerusalem Municipality will grant scholarships to studentshttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/scholarshipstostudents.aspx10/28/2017 10:00:00 PM12/31/1969 4:00:00 PMללא תאריך
New Mother Circles - September-NovemberNew Mother Circles - September-Novemberhttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Visitors/EventsInJerusalem/PublishingImages/MotherCircles.aspx9/24/2017 9:00:00 PM9/23/2017 9:00:00 PMללא תאריך
Smart under the SunSmart under the Sunhttps://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/Smartunderthesun.aspx8/14/2017 9:00:00 PM12/31/1969 4:00:00 PMתצוגת תאריך
We have built new dorms for students in the city center!We have built new dorms for students in the city center!https://www.jerusalem.muni.il/en/Municipality/Municipal info/Pages/newdormsforstudents.aspx10/14/2017 10:00:00 PM12/31/1969 4:00:00 PMללא תאריך

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