Life Just Got Better for Residents of East Talpiot and Gilo

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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Jerusalem Foundation President Yohanna Arbib launch new projects

 

Ceremonies yesterday (July 13, 2015) marked two new major gifts to Jerusalem that will greatly enhance the quality of life for all the residents of the city's southern neighborhoods. Mayor Nir Barkat and Jerusalem Foundation President Yohanna Arbib Perugia, flanked by representatives of partner institutions and members of the community, laid the cornerstone of a new swimming pool now being built in East Talpiot and opened a brand new integrated Senior Center in Gilo for the city's growing elderly population.  

 

The 25-meter long half Olympic-sized swimming pool under construction in East Talpiot will be named in loving memory of Alan ("Ace") Greenberg of the USA, a dear and loyal friend of the Jerusalem Foundation whose family's contribution made the dream a reality and created a great model of public/private partnership.  The pool will be part of the already thriving Kathryn and Alan Greenberg Sports and Recreation Center, also among the family's gifts to Jerusalem.

 

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Funded in partnership by the Jerusalem Foundation, Jerusalem Municipality and Israel's national lottery Mifal Hapayis, the new facility will be operated by the East Talpiot Community Council.

 

Mayor Nir Barkat, while cementing the cornerstone for the swimming pool, said he was proud of the new pool and grateful to all those who helped enable the project. "Just look around the city and see all the construction cranes. These are some of the signs that in recent years, while rededicating ourselves to enhancing quality of life and culture in Jerusalem, the city has gone from survival mode to flourishing!"

 

"The Jerusalem Foundation, which will soon celebrate its fiftieth year, works tirelessly to build infrastructure and community programming for every population in the city", said the foundation's new President, Yohanna Arbib. "There is no doubt that this pool will enhance the quality of life of local residents and draw new families and young people to make their home in this neighborhood."

 

The opening of the brand new integrated Senior Center was a sight to be remembered, attended not only by Mayor Nir Barkat and Jerusalem Foundation President Yohanna Arbib, but also by representatives of partner institutions and over 200 senior citizens who came to celebrate the inauguration of this major new center.   

 

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Built by the Jerusalem Foundation, the Gilo Senior Center was declared a "green" (environmentally sustainable and resource efficient) building by the Standards Institution of Israel, thus becoming one of the only public buildings in Jerusalem to achieve such recognition. The 2-floor center will serve as a day center for some 60 senior citizens in functional decline, offering them enrichment, therapy, hot food, social activities and more. The center also operates a large social club for seniors and will host regular classes, lectures and enrichment activities.

 

The establishment of the center was made possible by gifts to the Jerusalem Foundation from The Associated-Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and anonymous friends of the Jerusalem Foundation in Spain, as well as the Jerusalem Municipality, Israel's national lottery Mifal Hapayis, the National Insurance Institute, the Claims Conference and JDC-Eshel.

 

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"The Gilo Senior Center will be filled with life, a wellspring of activity and resources for the many residents of Jerusalem seeking to be part of this vibrant community", said Jerusalem Foundation President Yohanna Arbib at the opening ceremony.  The Jerusalem Foundation, which builds infrastructure and improves quality of life for every population in the city, aims to serve the needs of each of you, the city's older residents. Every one of us owes you a debt of gratitude for all that you have given to Jerusalem. Many of you built this city and country, fought in its wars, and have lived, worked and raised your families here over decades past.  Now we are delighted at the opportunity to give back to you."