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“The Jerusalem Foundation had a record year last year [2013],” said Sallai Meridor, International Chairman of the Jerusalem Foundation as he opened the International Board Meeting and Strategy Conference, which were held this week, from June 15 – 17, in Jerusalem. “But this increases the challenge ahead of us.”


Over the course of three days, guests and board members from around the world heard about the new and refined directions that the Jerusalem Foundation is taking to address challenges facing the city through its various capital and programmatic initiatives in the fields of community, culture and coexistence.


Participants were joined by Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, who presented his vision for Jerusalem, drawing on the strategies he outlined at the Jerusalem Foundation's recent Gala in Toronto, Canada, which raised over $1 million for Canada House in the Morasha neighborhood of the city.


In addition, a panel was also held about the Foundation’s community empowerment projects, highlighting the successful "Adopt a Neighborhood" program. Community professionals spoke passionately about the comprehensive change the project has facilitated.

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Participants also learned about progress made by the Jerusalem Foundation in arts and culture, visiting the future site of the Menorah Complex in the city center. Set to be located adjacent to a number of centers of artistic activity, this preeminent center for higher education will house four major arts schools: the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, the School for Interdisciplinary Theater, and the Center for Middle Eastern Music, further enhancing Jerusalem’s city center.


The conference also focused on coexistence programming and empowerment for Arab communities. Building upon the Jewish-Arab ‘encounter’ programs that the Foundation has traditionally supported such as the Max Rayne Hand in Hand School for Bilingual Education and the Jerusalem International YMCA, the Foundation has broadened its focus to programs that inculcate democratic values and tolerance in diverse Jerusalem schools: Jewish, Arab, secular and religious, and enable ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) children a window to modern life. In addition,  a session was also held at the Jerusalem Intercultural Center on Mt. Zion, where participants heard about headway made by the Foundation in projects to benefit the city’s Arab residents, including programs for the Christian community in the Old City; the Abna al-Quds Community Center in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, which serves 500 children, youth and adults each week; and in the MiniActive empowerment program for 600 Arab women volunteers throughout Jerusalem.


Conference participants also visited one of the Jerusalem Foundation's newest projects, Teddy Park in Mitchell Park, where they were guided through the visitors center, which was dedicated last year.

The Jerusalem Foundation is grateful to conference participants  and looks forward to future gatherings in Jerusalem to reflect on the impact of the Jerusalem Foundation, its supporters and partners on the City of Jerusalem.


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