Understanding the universality of Jerusalem and its importance as a focal point for people of faith around the world, the Foundation is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that Jerusalem remains an open, tolerant and vibrant city whilst also responding to the needs of all its residents.
Jerusalem would be unrecognisable without the Jerusalem Foundation. Together with our partners worldwide, we have left an imprint on every corner of the city. Emphasising respect for all human beings, regardless of race, religion or politics the Foundation has invested a billion and a half dollars in more than 4000 community, culture and coexistence projects since its inception in 1966.
Our coexistence programming improves the quality of social relationships among the diverse populations of the city through formal and informal educational programming and projects that encourage interaction and engagement in shared public spaces. We are devoted to raising the quality of life for all the citizens of Jerusalem, supporting a community able to look past differences to enjoy the arts, sports and other enriching activities, a community in which values of tolerance, coexistence and mutual respect, guide interactions – in work, school and recreation.
The Foundation believes that:
- Regardless of politics, Jews and Arabs will always share this region.
- Both Jews and Arabs feel a deep-seated connection to Jerusalem.
- Working together to build a strong city will benefit all its inhabitants.
- Peace is made between equals.
“We are delighted to have an opportunity to showcase the important work of the Jerusalem Foundation in integrating the many diverse communities that thrive together in this city. We nurture a community that fosters and trains its members to lead into the future, working toward peaceful coexistence, both together and side-by-side.”
Susan Winton, UK National Director, Jerusalem Foundation
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.