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Robots for Borrowing: do you want to borrow gadgets? info/Pages/Robotsforborrowing.aspxRobots for Borrowing: do you want to borrow gadgets?<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/DeviceLab-1.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Instead of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars to buy laptops, 3D cameras, or processors, a new library in Jerusalem will allow developers, students, and technology buffs to borrow innovative products and develop creative apps.</p>​The developers and technology buffs’ community in Jerusalem is enjoying a new library equipped with innovative laptops, smartphones of different kinds, tablets, processors, 3D cameras, and robot assembly kits. The technology library is intended to help students, young people, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs – sworn technology buffs – to develop apps and invent breakthrough technology solutions.The venture, The Device Lab, launched this week, is the initiative of Intel, Young Jerusalem, the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage of Israel, and the Jerusalem Development Authority. It is intended to enable technologists to get hands on experience using the latest products without having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money to buy them. For example, it will be possible to find in the laboratory the Intel-TAG Heuer smart watch, Asus and Lenovo Android OS smartphones, Google’s Chromebook laptop (which uses the Chromium operating system), Apple’s MacBook, Asus’s especially powerful ROG series gaming computer, Microsoft’s Surface series tablet and laptop, Intel NUC minicomputers, Edison series smart processors, and Intel’s RealSense cameras. Borrowing from the library is free, after providing a deposit check. The amount of the deposit is derived from the value of the product to be loaned. The period of loan will vary according to the number of available items of the product and the demand. People can take out a company subscription at the site, which includes free use of the library for NIS 300 per month for six months and NIS 450 for an additional six months.The collaboration between Young Jerusalem and Intel will also include demonstration days with technology experts from Intel and other companies. The experts will help solve problems, give lectures and workshops, and will be available for consulting with professionals. Later, the library will cooperate with additional work places in Jerusalem, start-up accelerators, educational institutions, and Jerusalem technology companies. The library will also serve as a stage for companies to present new technologies to entrepreneurs and professional developers on special demonstration days.Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage of Israel MK Zeev Elkin welcomed the new initiative, saying, “I am impressed by the bustling spirit here. No one doubts the deep historic roots of Jerusalem. Jerusalem has different images which do not match reality, because this city is also a city of young people, a thriving city of amazing academic institutions. It is also a high-tech city, belying its image, which is becoming a world leader – the last word has not yet been spoken. I am pleased that the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage of Israel has been given the opportunity to give you backing. The city deserves young people who will make it a leader in every field, especially in technological development. Do what you see fit, and we will help you get to where you want to go.”Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat emphasized, “The new gadgets’ library provides an international springboard for young entrepreneurs and Jerusalem innovation. It will give an edge to the young smartphone user who is just starting out, to develop with the help of the gadgets that the library will provide. It is no wonder that Jerusalem has been crowned as one of the world’s new and promising hubs of technology entrepreneurship. Jerusalem represents 3,000 years of innovation, and our experience shows that what succeeds in Jerusalem, succeeds worldwide.”Intel Vice President Platform Engineering Group and General Manager of the Intel Development Center in Jerusalem, Shahaf Kieselstein, said that Intel’s team “were very pleased with our privilege to advance technology and entrepreneurship in Jerusalem. A thriving entrepreneurial community is an important asset for the city and the young people in it.”Eldad Weil, the CEO of Young Jerusalem, said that the association “is very proud of the cooperation with Intel in creating the only gadgets’ library of its kind in Jerusalem. Establishment of the library will move Jerusalem’s high-tech scene forward and provide a developmental impetus for young men and women in the city.”7/2/2017 9:00:00 PM
Already paid your share of the arnona? No need to worry info/Pages/Alreadypaidarnona.aspxAlready paid your share of the arnona? No need to worry<img alt=" " src="/en/Municipality/Municipal%20info/PublishingImages/students.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​An initiative by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat will halt enforcement processes against students who have paid their share of the arnona for apartments they rent. “This is the end of bureaucracy. We will no longer allow a situation in which a student who has paid will be the guarantor for his roommate’s debts.”</p>​Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has initiated a change in the handling of the collection of the arnona (local property tax) for students who share apartments in the city, in order to prevent problems for those students who have paid their share of the arnona. The initiative, prepared at the instructions of the Mayor and led by the National Union of Israeli Students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was drawn up in conjunction with the Students Union and the Municipality Youth Authority. It will change the handling of shared apartments to make the payment of the arnona personal for each tenant.Currently, the arnona is paid jointly by all the tenants of an apartment, but enforcement against partial non-payment is collective against all of them. Under the amendment, the arnona will be paid personally by each roommate, so there will be no financial dependence on roommates’ payments. In other words, students who have paid their share will not have to fear a lien against their bank account or other enforcement measures, as in the past.The new arrangement will come into effect in a year, after the new collection system is installed. Until the migration to the new format, to deal with the problem in the coming year, the Municipality will make available a special call center for the problem of arnona foreclosures at shared apartments. The call center will provide a response for students who have paid their share of the arnona, but nonetheless received a foreclosure warning or had a lien placed on their bank account.Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said, “This is the end of bureaucracy. We will no longer allow a situation in which a student who has paid will be the guarantor for his roommate’s debts. A person who has paid the arnona will no longer have to fear enforcement measures. We are constantly working to lessen red tape and make it easier for young people and students in the city, and we will continue to do so.”Shlomi Yehiev, Chairman of the Students Union at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said, “This is a revolution! The era of foreclosures against students who have paid their share of the arnona debt is over. As of next year, all the settling of accounts between students will come to an end. We thank all the parties involved at the Jerusalem Municipality, starting with the Mayor, for listening to the voice of the students, for initiating this important change, and for the productive cooperation, despite the many bureaucratic challenges!” Partners in the new arrangement are the Municipality’s Youth Authority, Young Jerusalem, youth portfolio holder Hanan Rubin, and the Students Union.The Municipality calls on all students who have paid their share of the arnona to contact the call center to settle the matter, and for all those who have not yet settled their debt to do so without further delay. The comprehensive arnona payment guide for students (including a guide to discounts) is available at the Students Union at the Hebrew University website https// (in Hebrew).The designated email for student inquiries is starnona@jerusalem.muni.il7/2/2017 9:00:00 PM
Mayor Barkat Gives Tour of City of David to Visiting UN Ambassadors Led by Ambassador Danon info/Pages/BarkatTourCityofDavid.aspxMayor Barkat Gives Tour of City of David to Visiting UN Ambassadors Led by Ambassador Danon<img alt=" " src="/en/Municipality/Municipal%20info/PublishingImages/Credit-%20Arnon%20Bossani.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Today, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat took United Nations ambassadors on a tour of the City of David, the archaeological site of ancient Jerusalem. The Ambassadors are visiting Israel on a tour led by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and organized by AJC Project Interchange. David Be'eri, Director and Founder of the City of David and 2017 recipient of the Israel Prize, also joined the tour.</p>​During the tour at the City of David, Mayor Barkat showed the ambassadors the largest active archaeological excavation in Jerusalem, the remains of the Pool of Siloam, and a view of ancient Jerusalem landmarks from the City of David Overlook. The findings and the ongoing discoveries of millennia's old artifacts in the City Of David unequivocally contradict the UNESCO denial of a historical connection between the Jewish people and the City of Jerusalem. Barkat told the UN ambassadors "The coin you see in my hands, found in the City of David excavations, is emblazoned with the inscription - 'For the Liberation of Zion.'" This coin is one of thousands that we find at our feet which indisputably prove the Jewish and Christian roots in Jerusalem. Today, we work to fulfill the imperative emblazoned on the coin Jerusalem, under Israeli sovereignty, is free and open to people of all religions, beliefs, and backgrounds." Ambassador Danon spoke of the importance of the visit “To defeat the lies spread about our capital city at the UN, nothing is more important than for my fellow ambassadors to learn the truth about Jerusalem and see the beauty of this city first-hand. The more UN ambassadors visit Israel, the more they appreciate both the challenges we face and the opportunities that exist in our region. This is why I have visited Israel with over thirty UN ambassadors over the past year alone and will keep on bringing more in the months to come.” The delegation of nine ambassadors, from Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Asia Pacific region included the UN ambassadors of Australia, Estonia, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Poland, and Togo. Photo credit Arnon Bossani and Frayda Leibtag7/2/2017 9:00:00 PM
Achievement in Jerusalem Education info/Pages/ExpandingSummerSchoolinJerusalem.aspxAchievement in Jerusalem Education<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/987821_35835549.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>TALMA English-language summer program expands its activities in the city</p> At least 1,600 students will be participating in this year's TALMA summer program, a unique initiative which brings top-tier English teachers from abroad to teach in Jerusalem’s schools at a low cost to parents. This year, local authorities have recorded peak demand of students seeking to participate in the successful project, which will be offered at 37 schools throughout the city. Mayor Nir Barkat "We have placed the education system at the top of our priorities. This program enables hundreds of our city's children to receive high quality English instruction during the summer months, at a low cost to parents. " Alon Futterman, Program Director "I am pleased that we succeeded this year in increasing the number of students who will be able to register for the program. I am grateful to the Mayor and am proud of the unique model we created and the educational and social results achieved over the years. To my delight, for several years TALMA has been able to expand its activities in schools by tens of percent." Through the TALMA program, students in fourth through sixth grades are able to enter the new school year with a full additional month of experiential learning and enrichment in English at a cost of only 600 NIS per participant. Each classroom is taught by a local Israeli teacher and a teacher from abroad volunteering in the TALMA program. Of the teachers who took part in the program, a significant majority are convinced that it has contributed significantly to strengthening the students' English proficiency. Currently in its third year, the program has seen a record increase in demand. Alon Futterman, the program's director, has increased the scope of activities and the number of teachers taking part in the program every year.Registration for the Program Rene Cassin Organization website6/20/2017 9:00:00 PM
Closure Orders Issued for Halls Operating Without a License info/Pages/ClosureOrdersofHalls.aspxClosure Orders Issued for Halls Operating Without a License<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/HappeningRooms.jpg?RenditionID=14" width="184" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Closure order issued for the “La Gondola” event hall, as well the roof used to host chuppahs at the “Kedma” hall</p>​Recently, we issued closure orders for the “La Gondola” event hall and for the roof used by “Kedma” to host chuppahs - both on 22 Yad Harutsim in the Talpiyot Industrial Zone.As part of the enforcement actions carried out, we issued “La Gondola” warnings for managing the event hall without a license, as well as warnings to “Kedma” for the use of roof space to host chuppahs without permits or a license. In addition, very poor sanitary conditions were discovered during an inspector’s visit to the “La Gondola” hall. Until now, no applications for the issuing of a business license were submitted by these halls, and no permits were issued by any of the bodies prescribed by law, including the Fire Department, Israeli Police, Ministry of Health, or safety certificates. The Business Promotion Division will work to carry out these closure orders, and at the same time we wish to draw public attention to the fact that the hall is working under a closure order and without any permits, and may endanger the health and safety of the public.Right now we are increasing enforcement against halls operating without licenses in the city, in order to safeguard the health and lives of its residents, and we continue to work constantly to assist the owners of the halls to obtain the necessary approvals.You can see the updated list of halls possessing proper licenses here6/20/2017 9:00:00 PM
Jerusalem’s children are on their way to breaking a Guinness World Record – on the light rail! info/Pages/Jerusalemschildrenon-rail.aspxJerusalem’s children 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 project ‘Children Dreaming Jerusalem’, for which thousands of children’s drawings from all sectors of the city’s society will be displayed on the ceiling of the city’s light rail cars​</p>​This week, Mayor Nir Barkat visited the Tali kindergarten in Kiryat Yovel as part of the preparations for the “Children Dream Jerusalem” project. Joining Barkat were Yaron Ravid, CEO of Citypass - the Light Rail franchisee - and a representative of the Parents Association, Yisrael Elyasaf.As part of the project, around 5,000 pictures drawn by children from kindergartens all over Jerusalem - Jews, Christians, and Muslims; secular, Haredi, and East Jerusalemites; from the religious education and the special education sectors - will be exhibited on the ceiling of the light rail cars at the start of the upcoming school year. The project is unprecedented and therefore organizers have applied for a Guinness World Record.The project was initiated in honor of Jerusalem and follows the Ministry of Education’s decision to designate the city of Jerusalem as its annual theme. The project is an initiative shared among the Parents Association, the Ministry of Education, Citypass, and a number of other bodies in the Municipality the Jerusalem Education Administration, the Department of Plastic Arts, and the Administration for Culture, Society, Sport, and Leisure of the Jerusalem Municipality.Mayor Nir Barkat emphasized that “Jerusalem is a city that brings all Israelis together. Our city, especially, has an important task of seeking out what is common to all and ways to connect. The light rail is a pathway connecting all sectors, neighborhoods, and types throughout the city. This wonderful project is another creative and original way to act towards unity and a common language between the various sectors. A seed of unity planted at a young age will accompany these children for many years to come.”Yisrael Elyasaf, one of the project’s initiators and a representative of the Parents Association within Jerusalem’s education system, noted that “children educated in Jerusalem in ways of tolerance and respect for one another are the future, and the hope for a different Jerusalem, uniting and bringing people together, carrying its message throughout Israel and the whole world. This isn’t naivety or innocence but rather a sober outlook, knowing that change can only take place when it is started at an early age and with practical action”.Yaron Ravid, CEO of Citypass, Jerusalem’s Light Rail franchisee, said that “the project exhibiting children’s drawings on the light rail is another opportunity for us to support important social-community activity that unites and strengthens the capital city, as we have done during the year with various projects connecting us with the community. Showing the creative works of Jerusalem’s children on the light rail excites us, and will benefit the children and families as well as all those travelling on the light rail. We will continue to work together with communities in the city and do more good for Jerusalem.”Merav Sleiman, Superintendent-Coordinator for the Ministry of Education, explained that “kindergarten supervisors in the city of Jerusalem are proud to take part in this unique project, which enables the artistic expression of kindergarten children from all sectors of the city.”6/19/2017 9:00:00 PM
Opening of the Kraft Family Sports Campus 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
Mayor Barkat Fires the Ramadan Cannon to End the 16th Day of Ramadan info/Pages/FirestheRamadanCannon.aspxMayor Barkat Fires the Ramadan Cannon to End the 16th Day of Ramadan<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/ramadan%20jackie%20Levi.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Mayor Barkat: "This year, we have made unprecedented efforts to ensure a festive Ramadan holiday for all the city's residents and visitors. From infrastructure enhancements to cultural events, the city of Jerusalem has shown its commitment to the well-being of all the city's celebrants. Jerusalem is proud – this year and every year – to serve as a beacon of openness and inclusiveness, with freedom of religion and expression for all religions. I am happy to take part in the events of the month of Ramadan and wish the Muslim residents of East Jerusalem a Ramadan Kareem."</p>​Yesterday evening, Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, fired the ancient Ramadan cannon and ended the 16th day of fasting. The event was held together with the family of Haj Yahya Sandoka, who is responsible for the operation of the cannon during the month of fasting and Eid al-Fitr, and whose family has been responsible for the cannon fire since the Ottoman period some 200 years ago.The month of Ramadan will take place this year between May 27 and June 25, when the Muslim residents of the city will mark Eid al-Fitr – the end of the fast. During this month, the Muslim residents of the city fast and pray, from dawn to dusk.In preparation for Ramadan, the Municipality carried out a comprehensive cleaning operation in the neighborhoods and cleared large garbage dumps, including dirt and building waste. In addition, holiday lighting was deployed on the streets of East Jerusalem, 40 greeting signs and festive flags were displayed in three languages throughout the city, and substantial investments were made in road infrastructure and the filling of potholes on main streets. "Ornamental corners" were set up at the entrances of the neighborhoods, including greeting signs, landscaping and holiday decorations. New benches and shading were also set up around the Old City.During the month of Ramadan, the Municipality removes garbage from the main roads and ensures that parks and public gardens are cleaned in order to provide a dignified atmosphere for all celebrants.To accommodate the influx of visitors to the city, parking lots have been prepared for visitors and worshipers, and light rail lines will increase their service in order to make it easier for those who seek to visit the Temple Mount and the Old City.Cultural and social events are also being held in cooperation with community administrations in 12 neighborhoods across the Municipality. Recreational facilities at schools in those neighborhoods have been opened with night lighting for the benefit of the residents and communities. In addition, the municipal Welfare Department distributed food stamps to the needy at the Welfare offices.Photos are attached. Credit Jacki Levi6/11/2017 9:00:00 PM
Jerusalem Municipality, A Digital Services Leader info/Pages/LeaderinDigitalServices.aspxJerusalem Municipality, A Digital Services Leader<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/TopDigitalService.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​The Quality of Service Department at the Jerusalem Municipality won third place in the "digital service" category of the National Service competition held by the "Israel Management Center," and was crowned the leader in the field of public trust.</p>​On Monday, May 22, the Israel Management Center held a conference on Excellence in Customer Service, during which the National service competition was held.Over the last few years, the Jerusalem Municipality has undertaken many measures to improve services offered to the city's residents, especially those offered digitally, and as part of its efforts it developed the "Yerushalmi" app, which both provides services and information to the public and gives discounts to the city's residents.The competition is unique, and its purpose is to promote and increase awareness of customer service excellence in Israel, part of which is the recognition of companies and organizations who display incredible improvements in the service field.The Quality of Service Department at the Jerusalem Municipality participated in this competition for the first time, and competed in the "Digital Service" category through the "Yerushalmi" app. It won third place among the many companies and organizations that participate in this competition each year.We believe that from now on this procedure will become a tradition, promoting new measures and improvements in order to continue leading the service field in Israel.Among the areas in which the Jerusalem Municipality excelled in as part of the competition were the online payment system, digital parking, online forms, an active and dynamic website, and the "Yerushalmi" app, which provides services and information to the public and provides discounts to the city's residents.Sima Sinai, head of the Quality of Service Department at the Municipality "The Jerusalem Municipality works nonstop to continually improve both service accessibility for the city's residents and close contact with them using all available digital platforms and means. We will continue to provide excellent service to our residents and to guarantee their satisfaction."6/10/2017 9:00:00 PM
Supporting Jerusalem - from New York info/Pages/SupportingJerusalemfromNewYork.aspxSupporting Jerusalem - from New York<img alt=" " src="/Municipality/Msg_84/PublishingImages/NewYork-4.jpg?RenditionID=14" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<span lang="en"><span>Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, along with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, led the “Celebrate Israel” parade in honor of  the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem.</span> <span>The mayor noted that he is proud to be part of the parade along with thousands of participants in the streets of Manhattan.</span> </span></p><p><span lang="en"><span>View photos from the event:</span></span></p>6/5/2017 9:00:00 PM
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. "6/10/2017 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, integrating 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 wish you, dear children, and Jerusalem, a happy holiday. As the mountains surround 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 that “completion of the second stage of the rehabilitation of Nahal Arazim and the dedication of the new playground in the park are another step forward in the urban development that has characterized Jerusalem in the past few years. Moriah is pleased to play a significant part in 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 will be implemented in cooperation with the public. Jerusalem is undergoing a real urban revolution with the development and upgrade of dozens of public open spaces throughout the city, in both its western and eastern sections.”The Jerusalem Development Authority stated - “This is another project to give accessibility to the nature that surrounds Jerusalem, which is just waiting for visitors from the city and elsewhere. What only ten years ago was considered to be a luxury, such as green areas near the home, has become the standard for the city’s residents. The establishment of centers of entertainment and recreation, such as this, is a complex subject, which requires not only the provision of comprehensive answers to visitors’ needs 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, the 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. According to 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 dunams (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-storey 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 limits of the plans and to introduce 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 roundabout at the end of the street, in order to cope with the traffic and in the future with public transport leading 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 our Master Plan for Kiryat Hayovel.Under the plan, three existing residential buildings will be demolished and three 11-storey and two 8-9-storey buildings, with a total of 147 housing units, 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 site in the parking area and increasing the public and private space. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat 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 the 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 part of plans that have already been approved. In this way, we will be able to 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% increase in employment 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 blooming and making progress: 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 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 improve 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 2012-13 school year to 4,853 in the coming year, 2017-18. 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 people employed 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 settled in Jerusalem, and since 2011, a total of 18,577 new immigrants have settled 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 playgrounds 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 reunificationPopulationAt the end of 2015, Jerusalem’s resident population was 865,700, an increase of 1.9% from the previous year (compared with a 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 JerusalemMore 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 religious-public schools, alongside the continued growth in 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 2012-13 school year to 4,853 in the coming year, 2017-18.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 the 2012-13 school year to 3,124 in the coming year, 2017-18. This year, 1,000 new classrooms were built throughout Jerusalem, with an investment of 1 billion NIS, in accordance with a plan initiated to address the classroom shortage which exists in all sectors of the city.Higher Education - In 2015-16, approximately 36,200 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 believe that they will stay in Jerusalem for the next two years.The High-Tech CapitalIn 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.TourismIn 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 ConstructionIn 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 JerusalemIn 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 CultureThe 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.SportsThis 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 futureDevelopment 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 JerusalemJerusalem greeted 3,118 new immigrants in 2016. Since 2011, Jerusalem has seen 18,577 new immigrants.Happy Living in Jerusalem92% 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 networksOur 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.6/10/2017 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>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, track and field competitions for the first time.</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, through 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 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 ShmuelThe new soccer field will constitute part of the Homat Shmuel Park. As part of its construction, fences, lighting and stands will be set up. 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 renovated, at a cost of millions of shekels, and will later be used for other national and international competitions. In addition, a temporary stand will be established 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 This will host the tennis tournament during the Games.“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 term of office, 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 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 field.”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 family members, friends and visitors. 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 of sport and the Jewish people.”The 20th Maccabiah will take place between July 4th–July 18th, 2017. 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 Games. Picture one the renovated Teddy Stadium. Credit Flash 90Picture two sports facilities in the city. Credit Media IconMake Jerusalem the sports capital of Israel. Credit Architect Yossi Ben Naim.5/9/2017 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
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
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 0800-1530 and 1600-1800. 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
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
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
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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