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Jerusalem is First in the Country to Install a Modern Wireless Network info/Pages/JerusalemModernWirelessNetwork.aspxJerusalem is First in the Country to Install a Modern Wireless Network<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/waves.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The innovative network will enable the installation of a camera system, control and emergency services, smart parking solutions, high-speed Internet for the municipal education system, free WIFI service throughout the city, and high-speed data communications. Mayor Barkat: “We are placing Jerusalem in line with the leading smart cities of the world.”</p>​The Jerusalem Municipality is the first authority in Israel to receive approval from the Ministry of Communications for the installation of an independent municipal wireless network. The wireless network will be based on millimeter wave technology, in order to avoid the installation of fiber optic and transmission lines that are expensive, take a long time to install, and are a hazard to the public.Thanks to the new wireless network, the city’s residents will enjoy especially high-speed data communications. The network will serve as the infrastructure for a smart city. Among the planned services for residents installation of a camera system, control systems, security, emergency and municipal order maintenance, smart parking solutions and traffic regulation, access to high-speed Internet for the city's educational system, control of street lights that will allow for significant financial savings, and free WiFi throughout the city.With the help of the system, that will includes HD and HD-4k cameras, we will be able to view hundreds of critical sites throughout the city in real time, activate forces, and control events more effectively. This is achieved by using the world's most advanced communications network to transfer high-quality video footage to municipal and security forces.The frequencies used by the network are completely free and safe to use. The system is also secure, and there is no risk of a privacy breach. The equipment used has an extremely low level of radiation - lower than a standard home router - thanks to the high frequency and narrow beam transmission.We plan to install the new municipal communications network within three months, and by the end of 2017, there will be dozens of active links.Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barket indicated that, “For one of the oldest cities in the world, we bring out the most innovative news in the country. This innovative technology, that will be installed in Jerusalem, and for the first time in Israel, will enable us to upgrade many services for residents, and will put us in line with the world's leading smart cities. "Eitan Barzelai, Head of the Economic and Technological Business Development Administration, added that, "this is a significant technological breakthrough in smart city applications. The implementation of the new technology in the city is an advanced solution to the fiber optic installation problem, which derives from Jerusalem’s unique geological structure, as opposed to many cities around the world. The Jerusalem Municipality adopts innovative technology that has proven itself worldwide, to build a communications infrastructure for a smart and safe city. The municipal communications network will improve security and service quality for residents, and at the same time, save a considerable amount in municipal expenses. "5/27/2017 9:00:00 PM
Coming soon: New Tower for Mobileye in Har Hotzvim info/Pages/NewTowerMobileye.aspxComing soon: New Tower for Mobileye in Har Hotzvim<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/Mobileye-1.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The new Mobileye campus at Har Hotzvim will include a 30-story tower where 4,000 engineers from Jerusalem, whom the company has hired, will work. Mayor Barkat: “Mobileye’s expansion in the city is further evidence of the strength and power of Jerusalem’s high-tech industry.</p>​The plan to expand the Mobileye campus at the Har Hotzvim High-Tech Park was submitted for approval by the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Commission this week. The plan includes the construction of a 30-story tower alongside an eight-story building with four underground parking levels. The Planning Commission has sent the plan for deposit with the Jerusalem Regional Planning and Building Commission. The Mobileye expansion plan (no. 389452) was filed by Azorei Kisalon Ltd. and was drawn up Moshe Tzur Architects and Town Planners Ltd.Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said, “Mobileye is the pride of Jerusalem, and has placed the city as a leader in the development of the autonomous vehicle. Mobileye’s expansion in Jerusalem is further evidence of the strength and power of the city’s high-tech industry, which is undergoing incredible flourishing and growth. We will continue to develop high-tech industry in Jerusalem and we will attract more foreign companies to strengthen the city’s economy, create new jobs, and benefit from the best minds in the world.”Two months ago, Intel acquired Jerusalem-based Mobileye in the largest transaction in Israeli history. Following the acquisition, Intel announced that will move its Innovation Center for Autonomous Driving to Jerusalem, which will radiate on the entire industry and turn Jerusalem into the world’s largest autonomous vehicle center in the world. As a result, Mobileye will hire 4,000 Jerusalem engineers in the coming years, which will accelerate the city’s high-tech industry and bring more investment to it. In recent years, there has been heavy investments, with the support of the Israeli government, in thinking outside the box and offering incentives to develop Jerusalem high tech and turn Israel’s capital into a preferred environment in every possible way.In the past two years, high-tech employment in Jerusalem has grown by 28%, compared with the national average of 8%. The number of high-tech employees in the city rose from 14,400 in 2013 to 18,500 in 2015. At the same time, the number of start-ups in Jerusalem has doubled in the past three years from 250 to 500 companies (more than 100 companies a year).Investment in Jerusalem companies has risen from $58 million to $250 million, after years in which only 25 new companies were founded in the city annually. The Startup Genome report for 2017 ranks Jerusalem 21st among world’s top innovation cities, which support the establishment of start-ups.5/26/2017 9:00:00 PM
The Arazim Park is expanding info/Pages/TheArazimParkisexpanding.aspxThe Arazim Park is expanding<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/ArazimPark-1.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>The park’s newly inaugurated site includes games facilities, two bridges spanning Nahal Soreq, and integrates with the local nature, and a nature promenade and bicycle path.</p>​This week, Minister of Environmental Protection, Jerusalem and Heritage MK Zeev Elkin, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Jerusalem Development Authority CEO Eyal Haimovski, Moriah Jerusalem Development Corporation CEO Doron Noiwirt, and dozens of boys and girls from Jerusalem kindergartens inaugurated the new state-of-the-art games site at Arazim Park. The site includes climbing facilities, games and recreation that integrate with the park’s unique vista. The project was designed by the Jerusalem Development Authority and built by Moriah with our support of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage and the Jerusalem Municipality. The project cost an estimated NIS 13 million.Minister of Environmental Protection, Jerusalem and Heritage MK Zeev Elkin said, “Jerusalem needs many more projects of this kind so that the children of the city and its environs and their families can come and enjoy themselves. On the eve of Jerusalem Day, marking the 50th anniversary of its unification, I offer you, dear children, and Jerusalem, a happy holiday. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so too are parks and gardens around it!”Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat explained, “Arazim Park is part of the Jerusalem Park, which connects the city to nature, allowing the city’s residents and visitors to experience the natural vistas and unique heritage of Jerusalem. I invite the city’s residents and nature-lovers from all over the country to come and connect to the unique magical vista and nature of Jerusalem.”Moriah Jerusalem Development Corporation CEO Doron Noiwirt said, “Completion of the second stage in the rehabilitation of Nahal Arazim and the dedication of the new playground in the park are another step in the urban development push that Jerusalem has experienced in the past few years. Moriah is pleased to a significant part of this important process, which is, first and foremost, intended to serve the residents of Jerusalem and its environs. To continue the rapid development of Jerusalem’s urban space, we have established an urban unit at Moriah’s Engineering Department, which advances urban projects in Jerusalem. We are talking about dozens of projects to develop parks, bicycle paths, playgrounds, neighborhood development, and sports facilities, which are jointly undertaken with the public. Jerusalem is undergoing a real urban revolution with the development and upgrade of dozens of open public spaces throughout the city, in both its western and eastern parts.”The Jerusalem Development Authority stated, “This is another project to make accessible the nature that surrounds Jerusalem, which is just waiting for visitors from the city and elsewhere. What, until ten years ago was considered to be luxuries, such as green nature near the home, has become the standard for the city’s residents. The establishment of centers of diverse centers of entertainment and recreation is a complex subject, which requires not only providing a general response to the needs of the visitors, but also careful consideration of the unique vista and nature of Jerusalem.”5/26/2017 9:00:00 PM
500 housing units in Kiryat Hayovel info/Pages/500housingUnits.aspx500 housing units in Kiryat Hayovel<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/ShternKiryatYovel-1.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Local Planning Commission approves 500 housing units in Kiryat Hayovel<br>The Marom Ganim project on Stern Street will provide 336 housing units in three high-rises. The adjacent Or Ganim project on Uruguay Street and Upper Volta Street will provide 147 housing units in five buildings.</p>​This week, te Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Commission approved the construction of 500 new housing units in two urban renewal plans on Stern Street and Uruguay Street in the Kiryat Hayovel neighborhood. Under the plans, 336 housing units in three high-rises on Stern Street will replace 102 existing housing units, and 147 housing units in five buildings on Uruguay Street will replace 28 existing housing units.The Marom Ganim plan (no. 409656) – vacate-and-build plan at 37-41 Stern StreetThis urban renewal plan covers an area of about seven dunam (1.75 acres), as a vacate-and-build project under our Master Plan for Kiryat Hayovel. The plan joins two other key plans on Stern Street, which the Local Planning Commission has already approved and which are in the advanced planning stages at the Jerusalem Regional Planning and Building Commission. Altogether, the plans include 460 housing units. Under the Marom Ganim plan, the current residential buildings will be demolished and three 25-30-story high-rises will be built on the site, facing Stern Street and Gaoni Street. The plan also proposes widening Stern Street and increasing space for public buildings, commercial space, and space for the three new residential high-rises. When construction is completed, 234 new housing units will bring the number of units at the site to 336. The plan also proposes 276 sq.m. of public space and a commercial façade. The Local Planning Commission recommended to the Regional Planning Commission to deposit the plan, subject to certain improvements, the most important of which is to increase the planning borders and to present a road connecting Gaoni Street to the intersection of Chaim Kolitz Street and Aharon Shulov Street. The Local Planning Commission also recommends widening Gaoni Street from the intersection with Stern Street to the traffic circle at the end of the street, in order to allow thru traffic and for public transport to exit to Kolitz Street. Or Ganim Plan (no. 345298) – vacate-and-build on Uruguay Street and Upper Volta StreetThis urban renewal plan covers a five-dunam (1.25 acres) site as a vacate-and-build project under Master Plan for Kiryat Hayovel. Under the plan, three existing residential buildings will be demolished and three 11-story and two 8-9-story buildings, with 147 housing units altogether, will be built on the site. All the buildings will share a parking level and common services. The plan also proposes a lot for a public building with a center for the elderly, a pedestrian path connecting Uruguay Street and Upper Volta Street, and a series of parking levels along its length.For this plan too, the Local Planning Commissions recommended to the Regional Planning Commission to deposit the plan, subject to certain improvements, including the inclusion of public space to the building line in the parking area and increasing the public and private space. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barket said, “The key to success of vacate-and-build projects is organization by the residents. When the initiative comes from the ground, it is our duty as a municipality to give the residents all the support they need, so that the project will be implemented. Jerusalem is the first city where an Urban Renewal Administration has been established. It is advancing vacate-and-build projects, which will add approximately 9,000 housing units to the city, of which more than 1,000 housing units are in plans that have already been approved. In this way, we can keep young couples in Jerusalem.”5/26/2017 9:00:00 PM
On the Rise: Jerusalem Improving In All Areas info/Pages/OntheRise.aspxOn the Rise: Jerusalem Improving In All Areas<img alt="" src="/Municipality/PublishingImages/Jerusalemwalls2017.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​After a decade of decline, data from the Jewish Education Administration reveals that in the past six years, there has been a steady increase in the number of students in Zionist education. There was also a 28% employment increase in the high-tech field in Jerusalem, and 2% of the city's residents are satisfied with their lives. Mayor Barkat: "In the 50th year of reunification, Jerusalem is in bloom and progressing: in education, in high-tech, in culture, in business, and in all areas of life".</p>​In honor of Jerusalem Day 5767, and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the city, we present you with data indicating a trend of improvement and an increase in all fields. Jerusalem is growing in education, high-tech, housing and construction, tourism, culture and art.According to Mayor Nir Barkat, "This year we embarked on an extremely important struggle for the future of Jerusalem. The goal of which was to implement many programs that will change the face of the city, and will tangibly raise the quality of life. In 2017 we will continue to invest in all areas of life. On the day of celebration for Jerusalem, we will be joyous for Jerusalem, and strengthen her for future generations. I wish all of us a successful year for Jerusalem."In the past six years, there has been a consistent and continuous increase of 26% in the number of first grade pupils in the Zionist sector from 3,842 in the 5773 school year to 4,853 in 5778. In addition, the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Studies found that in the past two years there has been a 28% increase in the number of employed persons in high-tech in Jerusalem (compared with a national average of 8%). In 2015 there were 18,500 high-tech employees in the city, compared to 14,400 in 2013.In the field of tourism - 78% of the tourists who arrived in Israel in 2016 visited Jerusalem, and 51% stayed overnight. Last year, 3,188 new immigrants came to Jerusalem, and since 2011, a total of 18,577 new immigrants arrived in the city.In 2016, permits were granted for the construction of 2,534 new housing units in the city, compared to 2,262 in 2015. In the past two years, 140 new playground parks have been upgraded in the city, and an additional 50 will be upgraded in 2017. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 92% of Jerusalemites are satisfied with their lives (93% of Jews and 89% of Arabs) a rate slightly higher than that of the general population (88%).What are we planning this year in Jerusalem? Click here to find out! The face of Jerusalem in its 50th year of reunificationPopulation• At the end of 2015, Jerusalem’s resident population was 865,700, an increase of 1.9% from the previous year (compared with 2% in Israel).• Jerusalem's population grew by 16,000 in 2015.• The number of births in Jerusalem in 2015 was 23,600, which accounted for 13% of births in Israel.• In 2015, 10,300 people moved to Jerusalem from other places in Israel. 18,100 residents left the city that year.Groundbreaking Education in Jerusalem• More and more families choose to build their homes in Jerusalem after a decade of decline, in the past eight years there has been a steady increase in public and public-religious schools, alongside the continued growth of all sectors.• In the past six years, there has been a consistent and continuous increase of 26% in the number of first grade students in the Zionist sector from 3,842 in the 5773 school year to 4,853 in 5778.• In the past six years, there has been a consistent and continuous increase of 13% in the number of seventh grade students in the Zionist sector from 2,770 students in 5773 to 3,124 in 5778.• This year, 1,000 new classrooms were built throughout Jerusalem, with an investment of 1 billion NIS, executed by means of an outline that we initiated in order to address the shortage that exists in all sectors of the city.• Higher Education - In 5776 (2015/16) approximately 36,200,000 students studied at all institutions of higher education in Jerusalem, 18,300 students studied at the Hebrew University, 11,600 students studied in seven academic colleges, and 6,200 in four academic colleges of education.• 74% of the students studying in the city are satisfied with their residence in Jerusalem.• 75% of the (third year) students studying in the city reckon that they will stay in Jerusalem for the next two years.The High-Tech Capital• In the past two years, there has been a 28% rise in the number of employees in high-tech in Jerusalem (compared with a national average of 8%). In 2013 there were 14,400 high-tech employees in Jerusalem, compared to 18,500 in 2015.• Jerusalem will become the capital of autonomous cars with the expansion of a leading company in the city.Tourism• In 2015, Jerusalem hotels hosted 2,568,300 tourists and 905,800 Israelis.• In 2016, 78% of the tourists who arrived in Israel visited Jerusalem, and 51% stayed overnight.• 69% of the tourists visited the Western Wall, 64% visited the Jewish Quarter, 55% visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, 49% visited Via Dolorosa, 49% visited the Mount of Olives cemetery, 37% visited the City of David, 28% visited the Tower of David, 20% visited Yad Vashem, 19% visited the Garden of the Holy Sepulcher, 16% visited the Israel Museum, and 8% visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque.Leading in Construction• In 2016, construction was completed for 3,120 housing units in the city.• In 2016, permits were issued for the construction of 2534 new housing units in the city - compared to 2,262 in 2015.• In 2016 permits were issued for the construction of 230 housing units in the National Outline Plan 38, compared with only 19 in 2014.• Jerusalem is the first city in which an Urban Renewal Administration has been established, with pre-construction and evacuation plans that add about 9,000 housing units to the city. Of these plans, over 1,000 housing units are already in approved programs.Green Jerusalem• In the past two years, 140 new playground parks have been upgraded in the city, and another 50 will be upgraded by 2017.• In the past year, shade structures have been installed in 55 existing playground parks. In the coming year, another 100 will be installed in the city's parks.• The multi-year plan continues for the replacement of all the city's garbage containers with underground garbage cans. In the past year, 300 cans have been installed underground, and this year around 300 will be installed all over the city.Jerusalem Leads in Culture• The Jerusalem Municipality supports more than 60 cultural institutions in various support tracks, amounting to 50 million NIS.• Jerusalem has over 10 museums, and is the leading city in its quantity and variety of museums. The two of the most important museums in Israel are located in Jerusalem the Israel Museum and the Yad Vashem Museum, which receive about two million visits a year.• Jerusalem has seven art schools, and the largest concentration of art schools in the country.• The city has ten theaters and various theater groups; including the well-known Repertory Khan Theater, and the Incubator Theater, which was established by the graduates of the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, as a satirical theater with a young and contemporary spirit.• Jerusalem has an abundance of festivals. The older ones include the Israel Festival, the world renowned International Chamber Music Festival, the Biennale for Drawing, the Oud Festival, the Piyut Festival, and the International Writers Festival. The new ones include the International Jazz Festival, the Piano Festival, which provides a platform for Israeli musicians and performers who are very well-known in the world, but rarely perform in Israel, the International Biennial of Jewish Art, and more.• We are currently establishing the Jerusalem Campus for the Arts in the Beit Ha'Am compound. The planned complex will be a campus for the performing arts and the home of four schools, which are currently scattered throughout the city the Sam Spiegel Film School, the School of Visual Theater, the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, and the School for Middle Eastern Music. The complex is in the advanced stages of construction, and should be completed by the end of 2018.• At the same time, the construction of the Bezalel campus continues in the city center (in the Russian Compound). Upon completion of these projects, the Jerusalem city center will be transformed into a young, vibrant center for students.Sports• This year, we will continue the project of upgrading and renovating about 70 sports facilities in the city, and the construction of 130 small community sports facilities in the neighborhoods.• The municipality is building three swimming pools in the neighborhoods, and another three swimming pools are in the planning stages.• Jerusalem has become the leading city for hosting international sporting events the Jerusalem International Marathon - with participation from about 30,000 runners from 64 countries around the world. Jerusalem is preparing to host the 20th Maccabiah in July 2017, as well as the International Children's Games, which will be held in Israel for the first time in 2018.Transportation - Building the future• Development of the Light Rail continues - the municipality approved the "blue line" of the light rail from the Gilo neighborhood, through the city center to the Ramot neighborhood. Its second track will move between Malha, Emek Refaim, Khan, and Ramot. The line is about 20 km long, and will serve approximately 250,000 passengers daily. The blue line will join the light rail network the red line that is already in service, and the green line that is already in advanced approval stages in the district committee.Olim Choose Jerusalem• Jerusalem greeted 3,118 new immigrants in 2016. Since 2011, Jerusalem has seen 18,577 new immigrants.Happy Living in Jerusalem• 92% of those aged 20 and over in Jerusalem are satisfied with their lives (93% of the Jews and 89% of the Arabs), slightly higher than the rate in the general population (88%).• 60% of Jerusalem residents are satisfied with their economic situation (68% of the Jews and 43% of the Arabs), at a rate similar to the general population. In addition, 57% of the city's employed residents are satisfied with their income (similar to the national rate - 59%), and 85% are satisfied with their work. Of the employees, 27% are members of a workers' organization.• 72% of Jerusalem residents are satisfied with their area of residence (86% of Jews, compared to 44% of Arabs). In the general population, 83% are satisfied with their area of residence (86% of the Jews and 67% of the Arabs).• 74% of young people and young families living in the city would recommend a close friend to move to Jerusalem.• 85% of young people and young families believe they will stay in Jerusalem for the next two years.Jerusalem on social networks• Our Facebook page has received about 15,715 likes since the previous Jerusalem Day! This year, we passed 100,000 for the first time!• We are also loved by 367 users from Egypt, 223 from Jordan, 172 from Iraq, 167 from Pakistan, 126 from Morocco, 124 from Malaysia, 100 from Algeria, and 100 from Saudi Arabia.• Our video about Jerusalem, "VOICES OF JERUSALEM", reached 814,400 users, gained 335,112 hits, reached 19,316 likes, and was shared 3,631 times!• We have increased our Facebook Live broadcasts this year, with the most visited ones being the marriage proposal at the Jerusalem Marathon, and the Safron Square ceremonies for Holocaust Remembrance Day and Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism.Data courtesy of the Strategic Planning Division, The Jerusalem Institute for Policy Studies, Central Bureau of Statistics.5/24/2017 9:00:00 PM
The 20th Maccabiah is on its way info/Pages/The_20th_Maccabiah.aspxThe 20th Maccabiah is on its way<img alt="" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/MeshadrgiMakabya20.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The 20th Maccabiah is on its way, and we’re treating you to an upgrade!</p><p>In preparation for the Maccabiah events marking 50 years since Jerusalem’s unification, we will invest tens of millions of shekels in the construction and upgrade of sports facilities, which will become the most advanced in Israel.<br></p>​In preparation for the Maccabiah games in July, we will invest tens of millions of shekels in the establishment and upgrade of sports facilities across the city. The complexes will host the Maccabiah Games, and will later serve the wider public. In addition, the construction of the buildings will be able to facilitate ice hockey and track and field competitions for the first time.Among the facilities currently being installedThe new Kraft Family Sports ComplexThe Kraft family donated $6 million to construct the complex in cooperation with the Jerusalem Fund and via the Moriah Company. The complex will be used for soccer competitions, and two fields will be built there along with a football field with synthetic grass. Construction of the fields will include, among others, the building of stands for fans with a capacity of 350 spectators per stand, fencing, and lighting. Pedestrian paths, parking, offices, and additional facilities will be constructed at the complex.Ice hockey rink at the Pais Arena The rink will be used for ice hockey competitions and will be the first of its kind in Israel, enabling the first competitions of this kind. The construction of the complex was made possible through the acquisition of a special surface that is used for constructing rinks of this sort.New soccer field in Homat ShmuelThr new soccer field will constitute part of the Homat Shmuel park. As part of its construction, fences, lighting, and stands will be put in place. In addition, changing rooms, showers, restrooms, warehouses, and offices for use by teams and field management will be constructed. In addition, existing facilities will be upgradedGivat Ram StadiumThe stadium will host the Maccabiah’s track and field competitions for the first time, as well as the soccer tournament final. It will be thoroughly rennovated, to the cost of millions of shekels, and will later be used for additional national and international competitions. In addition, a temporary stand will be put in place at the stadium for the Maccabiah events to allow thousands of visitors to view the competitions. During that time, a permanent stand will also be built, as well as changing rooms, showers, and restrooms. In addition, a separate running track will be built as well as a “photo finish” tower—which will constitute a command and control center for the athletics competitions.Tennis Center on Avraham Elmali'akh Street will host the tennis tournament throughout the competition.“Mabat” soccer fieldon Bar Yochai street, and the three Bayit VeGan fields on Shakhrai Street will host soccer team practices throughout the tournament, and will also host some of the soccer matches expected to take place—in parallel with the Sportek fields.Malha Sports Arenawill also be upgraded, and will be used in the future for basketball competitions. Turning Jerusalem into Israel’s Sports CapitalOver the last few years, Jerusalem has become Israel’s sports capital, having hosted the biggest international sporting events in the country—such as the Winner Jerusalem Marathon, Formula 1, the Maccabiah, and many additional events. As part of the sports revolution that the city has undergone during Barkat’s time, the International Sports Zone in Malha was built, which includes the Pais Arena, the expanded Teddy Stadium, an Olympic pool, and more. In addition, new sports complexes have been constructed, running and bike paths were dedicated across the city, parks with fitness and sports facilities were built in neighborhoods, and more. The upgrading and construction of these buildings will expand the city’s sporting umbrella into its various areas, and will allow the Maccabiah events to take place at the highest professional level.Mayor Nir Barkat emphasized that “this year, in parallel with the 20th Maccabiah events, Jerusalem will celebrate the 50th year since its unification. It is amazing to look back and see how much the city has developed, blossomed and advanced—particularly with regard to sports in all of its varieties. This is another expression of the city’s diverse character and is the fruit of the hard work that led the city to become a sports powerhouse, one of the leading cities in the world in this area.”Amir Peled, head of the 20th Maccabiah, noted that at the Maccabiah headquarters, “more than 10,000 athletes are expected to arrive, and more than 50,000 families, friends, and acquaintances. The Maccabiah is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, which connects Jews and brings them here to Israel—through a mutual love for sport and the Jewish people.”The 20th Maccabiah will take place between July 4th– July 18th, 2017, with the participation of around 10,000 athletes and another 20,000 families, friends, and visitors. The opening ceremony will take place at Teddy Stadium on July 6th. Just recently, it was announced that the Olympic swimmers Anthony Irwin, Lenny Krayzelburg, and Jason Lezak will also attend the Maccabiah. Picture one the renovated Teddy. Credit Flash 90Picture two sports facilities in the city. Credit Media IconMake Jerusalem the sports capital of Israel. Credit Architect Yossi Ben Naim5/9/2017 9:00:00 PM
Kindergarten Results 2017 info/Pages/KindergartenResults.aspxKindergarten Results 2017<img alt="" src="/Residents/Education/PublishingImages/Registration_2017/results_mssg_eng.jpg?RenditionID=12" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​For Results for Kindergarten Placement for the 2017-2018 school year click here</p>5/9/2017 9:00:00 PM
Cornerstone Laid for the Jerusalem Art Campus info/Pages/Art_Campus.aspxCornerstone Laid for the Jerusalem Art Campus<img alt="" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/JerusalemArtCampus.JPG?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and representatives of the Kirsch family laid the cornerstone for the Jerusalem Art Campus today, which will be named after the family. It will gather together the professional schools for performing arts and film currently operating in Jerusalem.</p>​This week, the cornerstone-laying ceremony was held for the Kirsch Family Jerusalem Art Campus, presided over by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat; the donor family, which donated $50 million to fund the project; the UJA-Federation of New York leadership, and additional members of the project.The campus will gather together the professional schools for performing arts and film currently operating in Jerusalem, including, the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, the Visual Theatre School, and the Center for Middle Eastern Music. The campus will be built on a total area of approximately 10,000 sq. meters adjacent to the Gerard Behar Center. This is the first initiative of its kind in Israel—in which a local authority constructs a building under whose roof all professional schools of higher theatrical and film arts will operate.The schools will not be required to pay rent, and will contribute only to general maintenance, something which will facilitate their administration and encourage the redistribution of their resources to professional development and enriching the range of content on the syllabus.The campus will enable the professional schools to cooperate with one another, something that will contribute to its development as a national center for higher learning of theatrical and film arts. It will be open all day, and during the evenings there will be a range of performances for the broader public. Mayor Nir Barkat emphasized that “the establishment of the Kirsch Family Jerusalem Arts Campus, along with Beit Mazia—which we constructed for theater groups—as well as the Betzalel campus located at the Russian Compound and the Agron dorms that will soon be opened and will host hundreds of students—will allow artists to enjoy life in the city center and contribute to its development, and for residents and visitors to enjoy a fruitful and lively capital. The city’s center is changing!”Linda Mirales, a representative of the Kirsch family, stated “Our family has always been committed to Israel and to the Jewish Federation. It is our privilege to be involved in such an important project that will contribute greatly to Jerusalem’s students over the coming generations.”The director of the Jewish Federation of New York, Mr. Eric Goldstein, thanked the Kirsch family for its significant involvement, and emphasized the organization’s commitment to continue to support and strengthen the city of Jerusalem, Israel, and the Jewish people “No one is prouder than we are for the ability and possibility of helping to establish a campus for the arts in Jerusalem, especially in a year when the Jewish Federation of New York is celebrating the hundredth anniversary of its establishment. The campus will contribute to a lively future for Jerusalem and will strengthen its standing as a leading artistic and cultural city in the world. For many years, we have supported the State of Israel and the city of Jerusalem, and we are thankful for the opportunity to continue the strong cooperation with the city of Jerusalem and with the city’s mayor, Nir Barkat.”Reviving the City Center with our PartnersThe initiative is led by Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, as part of the realization of his vision for rejuvenating and enlivening the city’s center, making it more attractive and into a vibrant cultural center.The new campus will include a large parking lot with 415 spots, constructed by Eden—the Jerusalem Center Development Company—with the goal of affordable parking for students and revelers in the area. The construction of the parking lot is also designed to ease the parking shortage and traffic in the city center, and is part of a much wider process that Eden is leading, aiming to create additional parking lots in the area. The Jerusalem Municipality is leading the project in cooperation with the Ministry for Jerusalem and Heritage, the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Eden Company, the Jerusalem Fund, the Jewish Federation of New York, and the Kirsch family.The campus building will redefine the city center and develop cooperation between the existing institutions and those that will be established in the area in the future Gerard Behar, Beit Mazia, and the “Betzalel” Academy for Arts and Design in the City Center—who will together constitute a series of cultural and academic institutions.The concentration of the academic institutions in the city center will afford artists an urban, communal and an eclectic environment. The students will thus be able to enjoy life in the city center and contribute to its development. In addition, residents will be able to enjoy a fruitful and lively cultural center, which will attract visitors and tourists—as should be expected from a capital city.Photographer Jacky Levi5/8/2017 9:00:00 PM
Breakthrough: 1,000 New Classrooms Will Be Built in the City info/Pages/BreakthroughNewClassrooms.aspxBreakthrough: 1,000 New Classrooms Will Be Built in the City<img alt="" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/class.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​With the investment of ₪1 billion, construction will begin on 1,000 new classrooms across Jerusalem. Barkat: “The economic model that we created, with out-of-the-box thinking—is a breakthrough that represents great news for residents. It is our duty to provide every student with the proper conditions for studying and success.”</p>​The outline initiated by the Jerusalem Municipality for constructing 1,000 new, standardized classrooms across Jerusalem has begun, in order to provide a solution to the existing lack of classroom space across all sectors of the city.Over many years, a significant lack of thousands of classrooms has been created in the city, as a result of the lack of State investment and ignoring the city’s natural growth, which stands at 186 classrooms per year in the country’s largest education system, serving close to 300,000 students. We mapped the system and found that, more than 3,800 classrooms are currently lacking around 505 in the general sector, around 1,938 in the Arab sector, and around 1,410 in the Haredi sector. Closing the gap entirely is estimated to cost around 5 million NIS.The current breakthrough is possible as a result of a unique economic model initiated by Mayor Barkat. The fundraising of 1 billion NIS from a number of sources of financing, led by Bank Leumi, was used to construct the first 1,000 classes. Construction of the permanent classrooms will eventually save around 140 million NIS per year, which the municipality currently invests every year from its budget for temporary buildings and preparing them for use. Following approval of the program outline, the Ministry of the Interior approved the first step for the loan this week, to the tune of 370 million NIS, and received approval from Bank Leumi for the full amount to allow construction of 370 new classrooms immediately.Under the guidance of the mayor, we will focus on advancing and shortening the processes for accelerating construction. Led by the City Manager, a professional project for planning, carrying out, and financing the construction of thousands of needed kindergarten and school classrooms was initiated. We established a special administration for building the classrooms, which will operate under the Moriya company (the Municipality’s subsidiary) to identify land to plan and construct classrooms across the city. The local authority is working alongside it, led by the Local Government Economic Services company, which manages construction endeavors for the city’s educational institutions. It intends to act to shorten planning and construction times in order to complete the project within 1.5-2 years—approximately a year less than standard practice. The new classrooms will be built alongside laboratories, libraries, activity spaces, and more.Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat noted that “I decided not to give in to the bureaucracy and not to wait for a miracle to bring money from the government to build classrooms. Jerusalem’s students deserve more. The economic model that we created, with out-of-the-box thinking, for constructing the classrooms is groundbreaking and is great news for the residents. It is our duty to provide every student with the proper conditions for studying and success. I thank the Ministry of the Interior and Bank Leumi for their support, we are rolling up our sleeves and getting to work.”4/25/2017 9:00:00 PM
Budget Battle Gets Results: The Sanitation Reform is Underway info/Pages/BudgetBattleGetsResults.aspxBudget Battle Gets Results: The Sanitation Reform is Underway<img alt="" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/CleaningReform.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​₪13 million will be added every year, as well as 100 new sanitation workers and 12 teams that will guarantee waste removal at a frequency of up to 6 times per week. 400 underground storage containers will replace the green trash bins.</p>​Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced that the ₪13 million Sanitation Reform that he initiated will begin in the coming weeks. It is a very significant program approved over the last few years with the goal of immediately bringing about an improvement to Jerusalem’s cleanliness.Among the planned activities of the sanitation reform• The addition of 100 new sanitation workers to the sanitation system, of which 63 will be manual sweepers in the city’s neighborhoods.• The addition of around 30 employees in 12 new waste-collection teams that will work in new routes. They will ensure that trash is collected at a frequency of up to 6 times per week, with waste being collected twice per day in high-traffic public and commercial areas that have high concentrations of waste.• An additional daily back-up team will be in place, whose role is to provide on-the-spot solutions according to need.These are joining a program that already began a number of months ago, through which the traditional green trash bins were removed from neighborhoods and replaced with 400 underground storage containers. The containers will significantly improve the quality of life and cleanliness, as well as the carrying out of garbage disposal. As of today, more than 100 underground containers have been constructed in the city’s neighborhoods.This is the program’s first step, which is expected to expand with the goal of leading to the recognizable improvement of the cleaning and sanitation services currently provided. The reform was formulated in cooperation with the Operations Administration, the Sanitation Department, and Head of the Sanitation Workers’ Union, Gili Gorni.Mayor Barkat emphasized that “we have guaranteed that in the 50th year of Jerusalem’s reunification, we will embark upon many programs that will change the face of the city and which will tangibly improve its quality of life, thanks to the budgets that we have obtained. The program approved today proves more than anything that we are keeping our word. The cleaning and sanitation services are an important part of the quality of life of the city’s residents, and I am sure that the carrying out of this program will contribute greatly to the city’s quality of life and will improve the cityscape.”4/25/2017 9:00:00 PM
New: A Sports & Swimming Center info/Pages/NewSportsSwimmingCenter.aspxNew: A Sports & Swimming Center<img alt="" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/SportCenterTalpiyot-1.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The center was established with a financial investment of ₪35 million. Mayor Barkat: “This is only one of seven new community sports and swimming centers that are planned and constructed for the benefit of the public.”</p>​Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat; President of the Jerusalem Fund, Johanna Arbib; and CEO of Mifal Hapais, Gen. (Res.) Uzi Dayan, inaugurated the Sports & Swimming center in East Talpiyot. The center was planned by architect Nachman Etstein and has three floors, including a fitness center, lobby, facilities and systems, rooms for clubs, dressing rooms, cafeteria, seating and coffee areas, offices, auxiliary rooms, and more. The swimming pool at the center extends 25 meters (half-Olympic length).The sports and swimming center will form part of the services provided by the East Talpiyot Community Center, will partially become the center of neighborhood life, and will be an important component of the services actively provided in the neighborhood. It is located next to Seligsberg High School, and will serve the students and the neighborhood’s residents through its various activities. The establishment of the sports and swimming center was made possible following a donation by the family of Alan Greenberg in the United States, one of the Jerusalem Fund’s veteran donors who established many projects in Jerusalem (among which are the sports center in Gilo, the swimming pool in Gilo, and the sports complex in East Talpiyot). The construction stands as part of our work increasing the urban investment in cultural and leisure institutions in the city. The center was built in cooperation with the Jerusalem Fund and with financing from Mifal Hapais and the Jerusalem Fund—along with the Municipality.In addition, the construction of the sports and swimming center is part of the Municipality’s activities to increase the urban investment in cultural and leisure institutions in the city.Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that “the sports and swimming center established in East Talpiyot is one of seven new community sports and swimming centers that are now being planned and constructed for the benefit of the public in the neighborhoods of East Talpiyot, Pisgat Zeev, Ramot, the German Colony, Beit Hanina, Har Nof, and in the sports complex southwest of the city. These Jerusalem sports and swimming centers will form a quality base for leisure activities for all ages close to home, and will serve to draw in young families. They will form an economic anchor for the community centers, and will increase the circle of participants in community and social activities in the neighborhoods. This is another step that we are making for improving the quality of life of Jerusalem’s residents. Over the last few years, we have invested many resources in the city’s neighborhoods and in the vicinity of people’s homes, and we will continue to act in order to advance additional sports, culture, and leisure projects for the benefit of the city’s residents.”Johanna Arbib, president of the Jerusalem Fund, noted that “the Jerusalem Fund has operated for 50 years to improve the quality of life of the city’s residents. The pool joins the Jerusalem Fund’s investment in additional aspects of East Talpiyot, and serves as a magnet for young families to the neighborhood and for many residents who will be able to enjoy leisure and sports activities. This is also a way to strengthen the community center, something in which we see great importance.”CEO of Mifal Hapais, Gen. (Res.) Uzi Dayan, clarified that “the swimming pool encourages an active way of life and teaches self-discipline. Mifal Hapais is now informing local authorities regarding the additional contribution of ₪1.2 billion to the local authorities. It is a joy to see that the money has been used for the benefit of Israeli society as a whole.”The establishment of the sports and swimming center in Armon HaNatziv joins the voluminous urban activity to increase the supply of sports and leisure facilities in Jerusalem. Over the last few years, Teddy Stadium was renovated, construction was completed on the Pais Arena basketball court, the skate park was built, and construction was completed on Park HaMesilah. Dozens of fitness facilities were established in locations throughout the city in Gan Sacher and Gan HaPa’amon public parks.4/25/2017 9:00:00 PM
Honorable Award for most beautiful hotel to the Mayor Barkat info/Pages/HonorableAwardhotelBarkat.aspxHonorable Award for most beautiful hotel to the Mayor Barkat<img alt="" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/Hotels1.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The president of the Israel Hotel Association, Mr. Eli Gonen, granted Barkat this title for his contribution to the promotion and development of tourism and hotels in Jerusalem.</p>​The award was given to Mayor Barkat because of his long-standing activities in positioning Jerusalem on the international and Israeli tourism map, providing a unique impetus for building hotels, demonstrating a deep understanding of the hotel industry and its needs.Mayor Nir Barkat noted that "our investment in tourism has proven itself, and thanks to creative ideas and thinking outside the box, together with the Jerusalem Development Authority and my partners in the city, I have succeeded in increasing the amount of tourism to Jerusalem, and to expose the beauty of Jerusalem, and with innovation and creativity, we can turn Israel into a pearl of tourism, strengthen the economy and expose our beautiful country to the world. "Thank you very much to the Israel Hotel Association.! "This is an exciting occasion for the mayor, who since his inception has worked to encourage and develop tourism in the city, in cooperation with the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry, the Ministry of Tourism and Prof. Michael Porter.This cooperation led to a revolution in the field, and in recent years we have witnessed a trend of increased demand for hotels in Jerusalem. At the Jerusalem Marathon event last month, some 3,700 runners from around the world came to Jerusalem to enjoy the attractions it have to offer. In addition, the Jerusalem Conference Assosiation is promoting conferences in Jerusalem, so that almost every week a different conference is held in the city, bringing hundreds of visitors who stay for the rest of the week. Tech and high-tech industries are also being promoted simultaneously in the city.In addition, thanks to the allocation of many resources, including budgets allocated specifically by the Ministry of Tourism, which worked to advance the Encouragement of Capital Investments Law, 1,000 new hotel rooms will be added by the end of 2018 (both in boutique and other hotels). The next few years will add another 4,000 rooms.The unprecedented investment in the hotel industry is bearing fruit, and a recent survey shows that Jerusalem is perceived by its critics, Israelis and others alike, as a creative, leading and interesting city, especially in culinary and cultural fields. At the same time, there was a 25% increase in visits by independent tourists and in Milan tourism (tourism abroad), and a 35% increase in domestic tourism.4/2/2017 9:00:00 PM
Aviv Keinan Appointed Head of the Education Division of the Jerusalem Municipality info/Pages/AvivKeinan.aspxAviv Keinan Appointed Head of the Education Division of the Jerusalem Municipality<img alt="" src="/en/PublishingImages/aviv_keinan.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​For the past year, Keinan served as Deputy Manager of the JED following a five-year term as Vice President of Community, Education and Welfare of the Bat-Yam Municipality. </p>​This week, Aviv Keinan was appointed Head of the Education Division of the Jerusalem Municipality. Over the past year, Keinan served as Deputy Manager of the JED after a five-year term as Vice President of Community, Education and Welfare of the Bat-Yam Municipality. As Vice President he led all administrative and technical aspects of the education and welfare system alongside community projects. In addition, Aviv took part in the establishment of the Branco Weiss School Network and ran it for its first eight years of activity. Aviv holds a master's degree in Educational Administration from Tel Aviv University, an MBA from the Executive Business Administration program at Bar Ilan University, and a bachelor's degree in Law and History from Jerusalem's Hebrew University. His army service was carried out in the Intelligence Corps.Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, congratulated him on his appointment and stated that "The Jerusalem Municipality placed the subject of education as a top priority and the education system in the city has gained momentum. The system faces many great challenges and I am positive that Aviv, who is a man of education with vast managerial experience on his side – will know how to continue and develop the educational system in the capital so that it may become a leader and most elite of its kind in Israel." Jerusalem Municipality General Director, Amnon Merhav, added that "Aviv brings vast managerial experience and many successes from his previous positions, while also combining a high pedagogical level, which will help to lead JED in the future."3/29/2017 10:00:00 PM
Renovating Mahane Yehuda: upgrading the Shuk’s roofs info/Pages/RenovatingMahaneYehuda.aspxRenovating Mahane Yehuda: upgrading the Shuk’s roofs<img alt="" height="115" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/MahaneYehudaMarket.jpg" width="184" style="BORDER:0px solid;MARGIN:5px 15px;" /><p>​With the arrival of spring, Shuk Mahane Yehuda will undergo a facelift: the Eden Company, in coordination with the Shuk’s merchants, will renovate their roofs with an investment of around ₪15 million by December.</p>​Through the Eden company (the Jerusalem Center Development Company), the Jerusalem Municipality will soon begin a project upgrading the roofs of Shuk Mahane Yehuda. The project will cost around 15 million NIS, and is expected to be completed in December 2017. This is a joint project between the Municipality, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA), in coordination with the Shuk's merchants.Shuk Mahane Yehuda is currently blossoming both culturally and economically for the first time in years, thanks to cooperation between merchants, local business owners, and the Jerusalem Municipality—made possible by the Eden Company. The Shuk has become a focal point for many visitors from outside Jerusalem, and a tremendous success story that symbolizes the awakening of Jerusalem's city center. The Shuk houses a mix of Jerusalem businesses, restaurateurs, and a unique night life. All these have attracted visitors and revelers from all over Israel, who have brought economic and business prosperity. This is also evidenced in the tremendous demand for opening businesses in the Shuk.Shuk Mahane Yehuda has great business potential, in light of its strategic placement between major transportation axes and its attractiveness as a mercantile epicenter. At present, it has around 30,000 sq. m. of commercial space, which contains a wide range of businesses including traditional ones (food, services, clothing, and shoes), new businesses such as various boutique shops, gourmet restaurants, and others.The Municipality is committed to further investment in improving the infrastructure, developing commerce, and promoting culture in the Shuk, which represents one of Israel's strongest commercial and tourist centers.Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, emphasized that "in the last few years, the Jerusalem Municipality has invested, via the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Eden Company, millions of shekels to restore and improve the physical infrastructure of the city center. We expect to invest tens of millions of shekels more. The upgrading of the Mahane Yehuda Shuk area represents another successful example of our extensive activity to reinstate the city center as a thriving public space which is full of commercial and cultural activity."Member of the city administration and Community Council portfolio-holder, Moshe Leon, noted that "to my great joy, the Ministry of Tourism, led by Minister Yariv Levin, approved my request for budgeting 12 million NIS out of the 15 million NIS that were designated for the project. The improvement of Shuk Mahane Yehuda, the beating heart of Jerusalem, is very high on the Municipality's priority list—as it should be. This investment, unprecedented by any standard, will bring about the prosperity of businesses in the entire area and will represent an even greater source of attraction for tourists and the tens of thousands of Jerusalemites who visit the location every day."Deputy CEO of the Eden Company, Leor Bar David, explained that "after reaching a cooperative and agreed upon course of action with the merchants, and pooling the required resources, a tender was publicized which included the upgrading of the roof and the drainage system, the addition of lighting and innovative air-conditioning systems. The outline of the work, stages and timeline for implementation, were coordinated together with the Shuk's merchants, and they are full partners in the project."3/21/2017 10:00:00 PM
For the first time in 50 years: Jerusalem’s territory grew info/Pages/Jerusalem’s_territory_grew.aspxFor the first time in 50 years: Jerusalem’s territory grew<img alt="" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/bniya1.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The Ministry of Interior transferred land for new residential neighborhood in Jerusalem, which will have around 2,000 new residential units.</p>​250 new hectares of land were recently added to Jerusalem’s control following a multi-year process, which will allow the Municipality to establish a new residential neighborhood in Jerusalem with around 2,000 new residential units. In 2009, the Border Committee of the Interior Ministry met for the first time to discuss the possibility of transferring 250 hectares of land, adjacent to the Arnona neighborhood, from the Mateh Yehuda Regional Council and Kibbutz Ramat Rachel to the control of the Jerusalem Municipality. The land was used in the past as agricultural space for the Ramat Rachel Kibbutz.Recently, the Municipality received an official letter from the Minister of the Interior heralding the transfer of the land to the city’s control. Following this, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and the Israel Lands Authority, we are planning to build the “Mordot Arnona” (Arnona Hillside) neighborhood, which will include more than 2,000 residential units.The approval of the program for the residential neighborhood and the transfer of land to the control of Jerusalem, afford us and the government authorities access for developing and marketing the neighborhood. The program has already been approved and was validated by the regional committee, and is currently being marketed, a process which is expected to last around a year—before building permits are issued.Mayor Nir Barkat noted that "we are strengthening and increasing Jerusalem's size. In the 50th year since its unification, it continues to grow and to develop. The establishment of a new neighborhood will allow us to attract young families to the city, to expand our response to the demand for housing in the city, and, of course, to strengthen Israel's capital."3/21/2017 10:00:00 PM
Four new dog parks in Pisgat Ze’ev info/Pages/FournewdogparksinPisgatZe’ev.aspxFour new dog parks in Pisgat Ze’ev<img alt="" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/dog.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Around ₪1 million will be invested in establishing four new leisure areas for dogs in Pisgat Ze’ev, including new grassy areas, seating areas, shaded areas, trash cans, fountains, and dog-training facilities.</p>​The Parks division of the Department for City Beautification, with the help of the Moriah Company and the Ministry of Housing, plans to establish four new parks for releasing dogs in Pisgat Zeev. This is part of Mayor Nir Barkat’s policy to upgrade playgrounds in the city with the investment of tens of millions of shekels.The planning process for establishing the parks began a number of years ago, and work just recently began on four parks that will be added to the 13 existing parks across the city – for the benefit of four-legged companions and their owners. The locating and planning of the parks was done together with the community councils in a process involving the public.On Gal Street, the establishment of a grassy area is planned, as well as benches for sitting, shaded areas, trash cans, dog-training facilities, and a fountain. Next to Moriya Square, in central Pisgat Zeev, there are two locations for releasing dogs that are planned for upgrading by adding grassy areas, seating areas with benches and trash cans, a fountain, and new trees. The fourth park is located in eastern Pisgat Zeev. The park will be fenced, seating areas and fountains will be built, and it will also include dog-training facilities.In addition, in the coming years an additional ten dog parks are planned for construction. Upgrades are also expected in existing dog parks that are spread across the city in the Beit HaKerem, Gilo, French Hill, and City Center neighborhoods.3/20/2017 10:00:00 PM
Hundreds of new housing units in Kiryat Yovel info/Pages/Hundreds_of_new_housing_units_in_Kiryat_Yovel.aspxHundreds of new housing units in Kiryat Yovel<img alt="" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/PinuyBinuyKyovel1.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​228 housing units will become 815 apartments that will provide suitable housing solutions for young people. Barkat: "In Jerusalem there is a potential for the construction of more than 30,000 housing units through urban renewal - in this way we can leave the young couples in Jerusalem"</p>​The Local Planning and Building Committee approved at its last meeting the granting of validity to three plans for "evacuation of construction" in the Kiryat Yovel neighborhood of Jerusalem1. Tehn Street 6-18 a program initiated by the Jerusalem Municipality and managed by Moriah. The plan was promoted on the track of the local authorities of the Ministry of Construction and Housing. As part of this plan, 59 existing apartments will be demolished and 255 new housing units will be built. Along with the development of a central avenue, the addition of commerce and the expansion of the street to a future crossing of the light line of the light rail. In total, there is an addition of 196 housing units. The architect of the program is Inbal Peled.2. Stern Street 29-33 A private initiative of the "Kedmat Hayovel" company. The plan proposes the demolition of three housing units with 102 housing units, and the construction of 320 new housing units in three towers. In total, there is an addition of 218 housing units.3. Stern Street 34-42 A private initiative of the "Kedmat Hayovel" company. The plan proposes the demolition of five buildings, including 67 new housing units, and the construction of 240 residential units in buildings with an elevation of 11-19 floors, alongside improved public space. Total number of units is 173 units.3/20/2017 10:00:00 PM
Jerusalem parents will receive a refund for camps info/Pages/Jerusalemparentscamps.aspxJerusalem parents will receive a refund for camps<img alt="" height="119" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/SummerCamp.jpg" width="184" style="BORDER:0px solid;MARGIN:5px 15px;" /><p>​Following receipt of a budget from the Ministry for Development of the Periphery, the Negev, and the Galilee – the subsidized portion of the fee paid for summer camps in 2016 will be returned to parents.</p>​As was promised to parents during the summer, following receipt of a budget from the Ministry for Development of the Periphery, the Negev, and the Galilee, the Jerusalem Municipality will provide a refund to parents for a subsidized portion of the cost that they paid for summer camps. This is for camps their children participated in during 2016. On Monday, February 27, 2017, the Municipal Finance Committee approved the differential reimbursement to parents who paid for summer camps for the 11th month, as part of the subsidization for the 11th month of school during the summer vacation. The reimbursement will total around ₪3.7 million, subsidized by the Ministry for Development of the Periphery, the Negev, and the Galilee. The refund to parents who paid for 11th month camps will be in accordance with the amount paid by them, and will total up to ₪300.The refund will be carried out between March 15, 2017 – April 9, 2017, led by the JEA, through the Community Administrations, who operated the programs. The refund will be handed out on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays from 300 p.m. to 600 p.m.The Municipality thanks the Minister for Development of the Periphery, the Negev, and the Galilee, Aryeh Deri, whose decision enables thousands of families in Jerusalem to enjoy financial reimbursement for the camps. We congratulate the Parents Organization of the Jerusalem education system, who participanted throughout and contributed to this success.3/18/2017 10:00:00 PM
Budget news - 50th year since Jerusalem unification. info/AllNews/Pages/JerusalemMunicipalitybudgetnews.aspxBudget news - 50th year since Jerusalem unification.<img alt="" src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/JerusalemTowerofDavid.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;MARGIN:5px 15px;" /><p>Jerusalem Municipality budget news for the 50th year since unification.</p>​Mayor Barkat “in the 50th year since Jerusalem’s unification, we are planning many projects that will change the face of the city and that will tangibly improve the quality of life in the city — thanks to budgets that we procured.”Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat will bring the Jerusalem Municipality’s 2017 budget for final approval next week (March 15, 2017). The new elements of the budget were made possible after Mayor Barkat enlisted the Prime Minister and government ministers to increase government support in Jerusalem by ₪700 million.The 2017 budget will allow the continued growth and development of projects in the fields of education, the city’s appearance and cleanliness, culture, infrastructure, construction of public buildings, construction of classrooms, welfare and community, and economic and tourist development. All of these will take place during the capital’s 50th year since its reunification. In addition, the Municipality expects that the city program to finance construction of 1,000 newly standardized classrooms in Jerusalem will be approved in the near future, in order to provide a solution to the current lack of space in all areas of the city.Mayor Nir Barkat explained that “in the 50th year since Jerusalem’s unification, we will embark upon many projects that will change the face of the city and that will tangibly improve the quality of life in it—thanks to budgets that we procured. This year, we undertook a paramount struggle for Jerusalem’s future. The government recognized my position that Jerusalem is a national challenge that requires broad support, not only in word but in deed and through budgets. I want to thank the Prime Minister and other ministers for their commitment to Jerusalem.”Barkat added that “in 2017 we will continue the dramatic leap that we began over the last eight years. The additional budget that we received from the government is a great victory for Jerusalem. Thanks to this agreement, we were spared having to fire thousands of workers, and we will be able to continue to invest in the residents and children and youth, who are our future. We will continue the investment in education, the massive investment in the environment adjacent to our homes, in the city’s appearance, playgrounds and roads, schools and parks, cultural institutions, interchanges and transportation, municipal services, support for the elderly and those in need, reducing gaps between the various sectors of the city, and all facets of life. As we approach the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s unification, I wish everyone a successful Year of Jerusalem.”• The Municipal Budget for 2017 totals 7,370 billion shekels.• The standard budget for the Jerusalem Municipality in 2017 5,470 billion ₪• The development budget for 2017 1,900 billion ₪For the budget ledger click here http// SummaryThe city appearance budget will increase by ₪66 million – ₪32 million from the current budget and another ₪24 million from the development budgetThe education budget will increase by ₪124 million.The budget for planning, development, urban renewal, and construction of transportation infrastructure will reach ₪323 millionJerusalem will become a smart city in a variety of projects and areas parking, waste, information systems, residential services, and more.The culture, sport, and youth budget will increase by ₪30 million forPublic buildings, swimming pools, community centers and youth clubs in neighborhoods will be built by investing ₪33 million.Welfare and community services will increase by ₪62 million through the current budget.3/12/2017 10:00:00 PM
New Soccer field in Baka Neighborhood info/Pages/NewsoccerfieldinBakaNeighborhood.aspxNew Soccer field in Baka Neighborhood<img alt="" src="/en/Municipality/Municipal%20info/PublishingImages/baka%20soccer%20field.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​New football field in Baka Neighborhood - Near Geulim school. The municipality continues to invest in neighborhoods! Last week, The Mayor, Nir Barkat, inaugurated a new synthetic soccer field near Geulim school in Baka neighborhood. The soccer field joins the basketball court, fitness facilities complex recently built in the neighborhood.</p>The soccer field near Geulim school built for the welfare of the residents. The field was inaugurated in the presence of the Mayor, Nir Barkat, the CEO of Moriah, Doron Noivirt, the Director of Sports, Itzik Kornfein, Chairman of the Community Council and the residents of the neighborhood.The new ground was built to high standards. Covered with a bed of synthetic turf , including lighting, flooring, fencing, infrastructure and water irrigation. The investment amounts to about 4 million ₪ after half a year's work. .The new ground is a replacement field to Kraft Stadium which is near Sacher Park. Kraft stadium area will become a water reservoir of Gihon. The new synthetic soccer field is a joint project of the Jerusalem municipality and the sports division in the municipality, the Moriah company who carried out the project, the Gihon company and the Community Council of Greater Baka.The field is built near the basketball court and fitness facilities complex which were also built in the neighborhood in recent months, together they form an active sports complex for the benefit of residents.In addition, over the coming months the Municipality's Urban Landcape Division will upgrade the playground near 125 Bethlehem Street and repair the roads and sidewalks of Zipporah and Gad Street.2/11/2017 10:00:00 PM
The Playkers app Playkers app<img alt="" src="/RecreationandCulture/Sports/SportMSG/PublishingImages/Playkers.JPG?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The Playkers app is a sports social network helpful in locating sports facilities in the city, finding sports games such as soccer and basketball near your home, making and splitting payments, organizing a neighborhood game, and finding partners for tennis games and more – directly from your mobile device.</p>​Download the Playkers app and join Jerusalem's sports community.The app will be useful to you everywhere and will display the sports facilities and neighborhood games that are nearest and most relevant to you.On Playkers – a sports social network, you canGet updates on amateur sports events around the cityReceive information on the sports facilities and their hours of operationFind partners for amateur sports games relevant to youSend applications the Jerusalem Municipality regarding public facilities – directly from the mobile deviceReceive messages relevant only to you, based on your area of residenceAnd more…So, what are you waiting for? Start playingTo the Playkers Facebook page5/23/2017 9:00:00 PM
Making Service Accessible with Sign Language 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
Municipal Rates - Arnona 2017 info/Pages/Arnona2017.aspxMunicipal Rates - Arnona 2017<img alt="Arnona 2017" src="/en/Municipality/Municipal%20info/PublishingImages/Arnona2017.jpg?RenditionID=13" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​These days, notices for the payment municipal rates for 2017 are being sent</p>​Final date for paying the ratesSunday, 2nd of Shebat, 5777 ,29.01.17 (without the "prepayment" discount)A bank standing order arrangementPayments under a bank standing order arrangement will this year be made in 12 index-linked installments starting from January of 2017. For those who paid the rates under a standing order arrangement in 2016, the arrangement will automatically continue in 2017 as well, unless the Municipality is otherwise notified.For your convenience, you may select the payment date for the standing order to be on either the 1st or the 10th of each month. Setting the date of the charge is done on the municipal website.You may apply to enter the arrangement by means of the payment notice form, or by using the application form found on the municipal website.Public receptionSafra Square, Building 1, on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, between 0800-1300. On Tuesdays, public reception is only available between 1500-1800.Scheduling an appointment in advanceTo schedule an appointment in advance, download the "Yerushalmi" app or click here.Telephone responseAt the number 02-6296333 , on Sunday through Thursday between 1600-1800 ,0800-1530 You may pay the rates by means of the notice of payment on a telephone call center active 24 hours a day (except on the Sabbath and on Holidays) at the number 03-9411231, and also by means of the computerized telephone response at 02-6296000.The municipal websiteDetailed information on the municipal rates, such as Council decisions and the "Tax Order", a specification of the types of discounts, forms, payment arrangements, advance scheduling of an appointment for a service center, means of contact, etc., can be found under the Municipal Rates section.3/18/2017 10:00:00 PM
Jerusalem Municipality App 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.And 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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