Jerusalem Foundation International Conference and Teddy Park Inauguration

Last week, the Jerusalem Foundation hosted its international conference, a three-day gathering which highlighted the Jerusalem Foundation's major projects that significantly enhance the City of Jerusalem and the lives of its residents.


This year's conference was one of the biggest and most momentous in the history of the Foundation, with more than 100 supporters from abroad participating in inauguration events in the presence of key local and international figures including Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the Jerusalem Foundation's International Chairman Ambassador Sallai Meridor. 


Key events included the opening of Canada House, a groundbreaking new center in the heart of Jerusalem which will empower communities, youth and young adults through educational and recreational activities and ultimately enhance the vitality of life in Jerusalem. The ceremony was held in the presence of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources The Honourable Joe Oliver, and Canadian Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Paul Hunt. The event also featured a number of small dedication ceremonies throughout the complex in recognition of supporters who have made the center's unique services and activities possible.


The highlight of the conference was the inauguration and dedication of Teddy Park (opening soon to the general public), an area located across from Jaffa Gate created by the Jerusalem Foundation to honor the contributions of Teddy Kollek, Mayor of Jerusalem and Founder of the Jerusalem Foundation. The opening, held in the presence of members of the Kollek family, featured a spectacular unveiling of the park's main attraction, the Sylvia Hassenfeld Family Fountain, accompanied by a live performance by the New Jerusalem Orchestra which composed and recorded the music which accompanies the fountain's sound and light performance.


The evening also featured the 2013 Teddy Kollek Awards which were awarded to Alan Hassenfeld and family (USA), Julia and Henry Koschitzky (Canada), Sonja Dinner (The Dear Foundation, Switzerland) and to Ruth Cheshin (Israel) who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.  


The park also features The Kenneth and Ann Bialkin Visitor's Center which describes the development of Jerusalem under Teddy's tenure as Mayor through a 3D film installation as well as the Jerusalem Foundation Wall of Honor. Other features of the park unveiled on the night included the Bernard & Audre Rapoport Family Garden Terraces, the Klabin Family Grove, the Model Family Sun Dial, the Federmann Family Wishing Well, the Judith Wilf Garden Plaza and the Crown Family Central Avenue & Waterway.


Other highlights of the conference included a celebratory dinner and cultural evening at the newly restored and historic Jerusalem Train Compound; a panel of journalists and festive dinner at the the soon-to-be-opened International Press Club at Mishkenot Sha'ananim and a panel featuring representatives of various projects supported by the Jerusalem Foundation in the Haredi community, including The Haredi College. Participants also took part in an insightful tour with Mayor Nir Barkat of some of Jerusalem's priority projects, including Jerusalem's up and coming National Sports Complex and Arena, Gazelle Valley Park and the Beit Masia theater complex.


The Jerusalem Foundation International Conference provided the Jerusalem Foundation with an interactive and dynamic setting through which to share its work with its key supporters, whilst acknowledging and thanking them for their generosity and steadfast support. The three days of activities also attested to the impact that the Jerusalem Foundation and its supporters, in cooperation with the Jerusalem Municipality and Jerusalem Development Authority, are having on the overall vitality and economic and cultural sustainability of the City of Jerusalem. 


For pictures of the inauguration of Teddy Park, click here:


For pictures of the Canada House dedication, click here


For pictures of the dedication of the Bialkin Visitor’s Center, click here:


For pictures of evening at the Train Compound, click here


For pictures of the Conference Opening and journalist panel, click here


For pictures of the Haredi panel, click here


For pictures of the Mayor’s tour, click here


For pictures of the Musrara neighborhood tour, click here


For pictures of the MICHA session, click here


For a video of the building of Teddy Park, click here

For the award video click here.