Opening of the Academic Year for Jerusalem Students
About 45,600 Jerusalem students will start the academic year
Following the Corona year and distance learning through Zoom, about 45,600 Jerusalem students will begin the academic year, this time returning to frontal instruction. This is an increase of about 2,300 students compared to the previous year, and the Municipality has prepared a variety of events to absorb them. The events are held in collaboration with the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage and the Jerusalem Development Authority.
The academic year celebrations in Jerusalem opened Wednesday (06.01.21) with an orientation day for Jerusalem students – “Eating. Drinking. Dancing”, which included plenty of entertainment that included food, drinks and dancing.
Over 1,000 first-year students were invited to the activities and came to the city center, with the purpose of increasing their familiarity with the city of Jerusalem. The students toured the city center in order to get to know restaurants and pubs, accompanied by dancing and music.
The tours were led by students from previous years, and were followed by unique and intimate master classes by leading artists (Guy & Yahel, Jimbo J, Eco) held at various locations. At the same time, students were given discounts and benefits at businesses (bars and restaurants) upon presentation of a student ID and confirmation of studies.
The following is information about additional events:
Surprise pop-up shows on campuses – On Game
Wednesday-Thursday | 12-13.10.21 | Noon hours | 5 campuses.
This is the fourth year the Municipal Youth Authority is producing, in collaboration with the city’s academic institutions and associations, unique surprise shows led by the country’s top artists, with students knowing about the shows but not knowing which artist will be coming to their campus. The show will take place on five major campuses in the city during the first week of the opening of the academic year, during the lunch break.
Opening of the scholarship fund and student villages
There are over 30 leading higher education institutions and art schools in Jerusalem, which constitute a center of attraction for young people, who bring with them a cultural, social and economic boost to the city. The Municipal Scholarship Fund, established at the initiative of Mayor Moshe Lion and the Jerusalem Municipality, in collaboration with Mifal Hapayis and the Jerusalem Foundation, has become the largest municipal scholarship fund in the country, allowing Jerusalem students studying at one of the city’s academic institutions to receive a NIS 10,000 scholarship for 140 hours of social involvement and contribution to the community. This year the fund will distribute over NIS 15 million in four scholarship programs, and will thereby create over 200,000 hours of involvement and volunteering by young people with youth and at-risk youth, the elderly, Holocaust survivors and other important social goals.
Eureka Challenge Race
Friday | 22.10.21 | Morning
The Municipal Youth Authority will hold a challenging navigation competition (styled after The Amazing Race), including prizes, which involve puzzle-solving and group challenges conducted through an app, aimed at increasing familiarity with the city from surprising and interesting angles. The race will be held with the participation of teams of up to three students. First place winners will be awarded prestigious prizes at the end of the game during a concluding ceremony at the First Station complex. More than 700 students are expected to participate in this year’s competition.
Sports Cup – Jerusalem Colleges
Sunday – Wednesday | 24-27.10.21 | Evening
The kick-off for the Jerusalem students’ futsal and basketball leagues, established by the Youth Authority and the various associations, in which academia students will be able to compete with each other in an organized league, encouraging students to live a healthy lifestyle and be involved in sports and the community. The leagues will operate regularly and professionally throughout the year, with funding and budgeting from the Municipality, and the teams of the various institutions will compete against each other.
Wednesdays | 20.10, 27.10, 03.11, 10.11 | 18:00
A series of four workshops on Zoom intended to provide a pleasant preparation for academia. Within this framework there will be workshops on time management, exam anxiety, styling for campus and financial management. The workshops will take place Wednesdays, and a different workshop can be chosen each time, with all the workshops repeating themselves. The purpose of the workshops is to allow easier entry into the student environment and the challenges involved.
Playdate – Orientation at the Bar
11-18.10.21 | Evening hours | Businesses in the city center
A series of seven happy hour meetings for new students, according to their faculty of study. The series seeks to bring together new and old students, to encourage connections and to put things in order as the start of the academic year approaches. As part of the meetings, discounts will be given in the businesses, there will be various lectures and inspiring conversations at the bar with professionals from different fields.
Starting Thursdays at Ten
Thursday | 28.10.21 | Starting at 20:00 | Jerusalem cultural institutions
The Municipal Youth Authority opens the school year with a variety of cultural events that will take place at various institutions in the city on Thursdays, with the cost to students being only NIS 10, including one drink. Participating institutions include: The Khan Theatre, Beit Mazia, Lev Smadar, the Yellow Submarine, the Israel Museum and more.
Line of Student Parties
Thursday-Friday | 14.10, 15.10, 22.10, 28.10 | Hamifal, Beit Alliance, Hapundak
A series of parties for students held in unique, creative centers Thursday and Friday afternoons. The parties will be held in conjunction with lines operating in the city, such as 02 Hip Hop, Hashikma and others. The parties will host various Jerusalem artists and will provide a taste of the Jerusalem entertainment experience.
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion: “In recent years, many young people have chosen to study in the capital, and not for nothing! Jerusalem is a city that promotes community, along with a host of cultural and leisure events for young people and students. The Municipality holds many activities for students in many aspects, in order to make the period of their studies in the city fascinating and enjoyable. Jerusalem is the students’ home, and I wish us all a unique, experiential and educating school year.”10/10/2021