Every year we recite “Next Year in Jerusalem,” – an aspiration for the city itself and its future. Jerusalem means “City of Peace” and it has two dimensions: one earthly and present, and one heavenly, the Jerusalem that we strive to build.
Our Jerusalem Renewal funding strategy is dedicated to aligning the Jerusalem we know with the one we hope for. We believe that Jerusalem is not just a microcosm for Israeli society, but for the world’s. To us, its intensity and diversity, instead of being weaknesses, are its strongest assets. We see this through the grassroots activists and organizations that are bridging the social and economic gaps in Jerusalem, as well as shortening the gap between the two Jerusalems. You can read more about our Jerusalem Renewal Strategy here.
Check out some of the organizations we support through our strategy below
How are we putting this theme into practice?
With several other funders, we also support a network called the Jerusalem Model, which brings together the young social entrepreneurs who are working toward a better future for Jerusalem’s diverse people. This coalition of changemaking Jerusalemites – Ultra-Orthodox, secular Jews, Palestinian Muslims and Christians, Ethiopian Israelis, LGBTQ-identifying people, and more – convene from all parts of the city for programs like conferences, professional development activities and social events. The Jerusalem Model operates to build resilience in the city’s civil society, among leaders from grassroots influencers to municipality decision makers.