The Jerusalem Foundation has been working on behalf of Jerusalem and its residents for more than 45 years. The Foundation’s early years were shaped by the city’s need to develop a physical infrastructure. The last two decades were marked not only by physical but also programmatic investment, from community empowerment projects, to creating cultural programming, to levelling the playing field between East and West Jerusalem, to coexistence programming.
The foundation has left its imprint on about 4000 projects, many of which are some of the city’s best known landmarks. They continue to support institutions they have founded, while adding many more programmes to their roster, supported by direct donor funding to create a Jerusalem that is pluralistic, vibrant, modern and economically flourishing.
20 September 2016
Tolerance is the operative word when it comes to Jewish-Arab relations.
31 August 2016
More than 400 Arab and Jewish school-age children and their parents showed up at the YMCA Monday to celebrate coexistence and the start of a new school year.
16 June 2016
Another teacher, who is Muslim and wears a head covering, told the group that she had never been to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market because she feared she wouldn’t be welcome. So Alayan and Kurland planned an outing to the market, with Kurland linking arms with the Muslim woman for the entire time they were there. “I wanted everyone to know that we were there together,” she said.
3 May 2016
Jerusalem is a multi-cultural city of 830,000 residents comprising Jews, Muslims, and Christians, secular, traditional, and ultra-Orthodox. A mosaic of languages, a plurality of perspectives,
31 December 2015
As the vaunted Jerusalem Foundation celebrates its 50th year, newly appointed president Yohanna Arbib-Peruja said she hopes to continue galvanizing international support for the capital to engender a unified, economically sound, and culturally vibrant city. Founded by Teddy Kollek, Jerusalem’s celebrated former mayor, JF was created to “build a multicultural city where all of its people could live together equally – religious and secular, veteran and new immigrant, rich and poor, Muslim, Christian and Jew.”
29 November 2015
The children walked out from behind a partition and took their seats around a semicircle at the end of the room. As they entered, their parents, a diverse mix of secular and religious, Jewish and Arab, clapped enthusiastically. While much of the city has been on edge as a result of a wave of Arab terrorism, including two incidents in the capital only hours before, none of the sidelong glances and suspicious stares that have become increasingly common here were in evidence on Sunday evening at the Jerusalem YMCA.