New Contribution to Mishkenot Sha'ananim: Maurice M. Dwek House

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The famous historic residential building, which was restored and transformed into a guest house by the Jerusalem Foundation, received a new name: Maurice M. Dwek House. The new plaque was unveiled at a moving ceremony in the presence of the Dwek family from Milan, Geneva and London, as well as many friends of the Jerusalem Foundation and Mishkenot Sha'ananim.


The two Dwek brothers, Solo for whom we wish long life and Maurice of blessed memory, are closely tied with the State of Israel and Jerusalem. Among other endeavors, they established the Dwek Gallery at Mishkenot Sha'ananim and provided support for the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, summer camps for Jerusalem's Jewish and Arab children, the Israel Museum, the Weizmann Institute, the Dana-Dwek Children's Hospital at Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center and many more important causes.


Exactly one year ago, the family together with their business partners, dedicated the Italian Jewish Cultural Center in Jerusalem's city center, a beautiful, historic building known to Jerusalemites. . Thanks to their generosity, the building continues to serve as a center for the Italian Jewish community of Jerusalem and a cultural center for all the residents.


Now one year later, the Dwek family returned to Jerusalem to unveil a plaque at  the entrance to the Mishkenot Sha'ananim Guest House, revealing its new name, "Maurice M. Dwek House". At the entrance to Mishkenot, a small exhibition awaited the guests, telling the life story of Maurice, born in Beirut in 1932, where he was raised and attended school until age 15. He visited Palestine many times with his brother and parents throughout his childhood. As riots broke out in the lead up to the establishment of the State of Israel, the family left for Europe. Maurice studied in Lausanne and later in Paris and began a successful career in banking and finance. He later opened a bank that revolutionized the industry in Switzerland, but continued to visit Israel and maintain a very strong connection.

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This place is the cornerstone of the New City of Jerusalem outside the Old City walls. It all began over a hundred and fifty years ago, as a pioneering enterprise", said Ruth Cheshin, Chair of Mishkenot Sha'ananim and Co-Founder and President Emeritus of the Jerusalem Foundation. "Today too, in a renewed format, Mishkenot Sha'ananim is an enterprise of vision and innovation that brings honor to Jerusalem and from Jerusalem to the world: Education toward pluralism and dialogue, ethics and democracy, culture, music and beauty. Thus, you did well to choose this very spot to perpetuate the memory of Maurice."


The Ambassador of Italy to Israel, who was present for the naming ceremony, said: The generosity of the Dwek family is exceptional. I admire them for their loyalty to their varied identities in Italy and Israel. Thanks in part to people like the Dweks, Jerusalem is a magnificent place to live."


The ceremony was especially moving for Janet Dwek, wife of the late Maurice Dwek, who thanked all the guests who arrived from throughout Europe to pay their respects to Maurice together with the family. The older Dwek brother, Solo, summed it up: "I miss my brother, Maurice, every day and no words can describe my sorrow over his passing. He deserved to be remembered in the manner in which we do so here today. We will never forget this moment."