Jerusalem Foundation Event in the Neue Schloss Stuttgart

Jerusalem Foundation Event in the Neue Schloss Stuttgart
On November 20, 2014, marking the occasion of the anniversary of "50 years of Israeli-German diplomatic relations 1965-2015", the Jerusalem Foundation held a festive charity event in the Neue Schloss in Stuttgart – in the presence of prominent German political, cultural and social leaders and celebrating the life time achievements of legendary Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek.


The gala was opened by its patron, Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann. "The proceeds of this charity evening are for the benefit of Jewish-Arab educational projects in a city in which shared living of different religions is not easy. The Jerusalem Foundation wants to break down barriers between Jews, Muslims and Christians and pave the way to modern society." said Kretschmann. "Of course we are shattered by the pictures that reached us from Jerusalem two days ago, when people were brutally killed while praying in a synagogue. Our thoughts are thus with the people in Jerusalem – especially with the victims on both sides who in recent days lost their lives and their families. The sad events make drastically clear how important the work of the Jerusalem Foundation is. Together we have to do everything to support peaceful interaction in Israel, even if hatred and violence may cause setbacks time and again." He and former Prime Minister Erwin Teufel (also in attendance) are both members of the German circle of friends of the Jerusalem Foundation.  Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, had to cancel his participation at the last moment due to the fragile situation in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Foundation Event in the Neue Schloss Stuttgart Handelsmann Mimran
The President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin sent his best wishes in honor of the gathering.  Click here to read his words. Greetings by Israel's Ambassador to Germany Yakov Hadas-Handelsman and by the Mayor of the City of Stuttgart Fritz Kuhn, were followed by a stimulating panel discussion on "Jerusalem yesterday, today and tomorrow", led by the editor-in-chief of the Bavarian Broadcasting channel "Bayerischer Rundfunk", Prof. Sigmund Gottlieb.


The panel included Matthias Kopp, Spokesperson of the German Bishops' Conference and Middle East Expert, who gave his assessment of the current situation. Erwin Teufel as long-time Chairperson of the Jerusalem Foundation Germany and the Mayor of the City of Erlangen Dr. Elisabeth Preuß, who recently visited a number of coexistence projects of the foundation, and also Prince Bernhard of Baden, another member of the Jerusalem Foundation Germany. They discussed the outlook for a peaceful future of shared living between religions and cultures in the Middle East – a challenge the Jerusalem Foundation has been working to meet for almost 50 years, with projects in the fields of community, coexistence and culture for all inhabitants of the city.


The evening also included a charity auction for three Jewish-Arab coexistence projects of the Jerusalem Foundation. Christiane Countess zu Rantzau, CHRISTIE'S Chairperson Germany and European Director, auctioned pieces of art, trips, jewelry as well as a car.


At this difficult time for the city of Jerusalem, the event in Stuttgart sent a clear message for friends of the Jerusalem Foundation around the world and for all residents of the city – Jerusalem must continue to be a symbol of peace and hope and we must keep working, now more then ever, to advance the values of the Jerusalem Foundation - supporting tolerance and shared living.


To view the full gallery from the event, please click here.