Doubling Down on Disruption: The Resiliency of Civil Society in Jerusalem l eJewishPhilanthropy

by Charlene Seidle, Executive Vice President

Today is an unprecedented Election Day in Jerusalem. For the first time, two candidates for mayor are vying for the top job in an unprecedented runoff that will decide the political leadership of the city for the next five years.

Whatever the outcome of the election, things will change in the capital. Mayor Nir Barkat steps down after a decade where he brought experience from the VC world and as a philanthropist himself to the job. While opinions vary (as they always will) on his performance as mayor, even his toughest critics concede that Mayor Barkat’s deep understanding of the importance of civil society and public/private partnership contributed significantly to the stunning growth of Jerusalem’s third sector.

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