2018 Conference Final Day Round Up – From Elections to Entrepreneurship

From Elections to Entrepreneurship

We are but a few days away from Jerusalem's Municipal elections and what better way to start the day than with a Breakfast Briefing from Lior Schillat and the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research.  Over breakfast at the recently opened Orient Hotel, we had a better understanding of the candidates, their positions on the issues, when a second round may be needed and the impact of previous elections on the current one.

Teddy Park in Mitchell Parks and Gardens was our next stop where we unveiled a special plaque in honor of our Jerusalem Foundation of Canada friends who generously supported the Jerusalem Cultural Quarter in honor of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

From elections to entrepreneurship as we filed into the Gilbert de Botton auditorium in Mishkenot Sha’ananim to hear “elevator pitches” by winners of the Dan David Foundation’s “First Steps Small Business Competition.” Each winner received an interest free loan between 200,000-400,000 NIS to support their business ventures, but one lucky winner was eligible for the “Jerusalem Foundation Prize,” an additional gift of 25,000 NIS based on the votes from the crowd. Pennywell was the lucky winner and we wish them great success.   

After lunch at Mishkenot, we headed to the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens where we enjoyed a unique and private tour of the Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium led by none other than Shai Doron, the Foundation’s new president and former Director General of the Zoo.

“The Jerusalem Foundation continues to play a crucial role in shaping Jerusalem’s landscape and an international conference like this gives us a unique opportunity to personally thank our friends who understand the importance of our vision to preserve a vibrant, modern and creative Jerusalem,” said Doron. “We hope that our gathering will be a meeting point between old friends and new – all Jerusalem admirers who want to be partners in the city’s future.”

For pictures of this day’s events, click here.

Looking forward to seeing you again in Jerusalem!