The Jerusalem Foundation of Canada Event – Pathway to the Future – has been focused on honouring the life of Julia Koschitzky z’l and on raising funds for the Canada Community and Culture Fund. After consultations with the Koschitzky family, the Dinner Event Chairs, and the newly appointed Israeli Ambassador, Iddo Moed, we have decided to proceed with the event planned for Nov. 30th but to modify the program. We plan to come together in solidarity with the eternal city of Jerusalem and the people of Israel and have a gathering that will allow us to send funds to Jerusalem in order to support emergency needs and also to support the day after this terrible war. We hope and believe that Julia Koschitzky would be proud.
We are honored to host tenth president of Israel Reuven Rivlin and Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion as special guests in Toronto.
The Jerusalem Foundation established an emergency fund during the first day of the war and has been supporting the residents of Jerusalem who are most at risk while also providing shelter to more than 30,000 residents of the south and north who are currently staying in the city. The Jerusalem Foundation is providing mental health support, respite and care for families of the bereaved and injured and support of isolated elderly and women and children in shelters and much more. The funds raised for the Canada Community and Culture Fund will support some of these emergency programs and respond to the immediate needs created by the war but will also serve their original purpose of supporting the people of Jerusalem, those most vulnerable and the community surrounding Julia’s Lane – Canada Pathway.
Support for the Canada Community and Culture Fund will be recognized along the Canada Pathway, located in the centre of Jerusalem and linking Canada House from Shivtei Yisrael Street to Ein Chet below and the Naggar Musrara School of Art and Society on the new Ronnen Harary Campus. The Canada Pathway is adjacent to Jerusalem City Hall and the Old City and the Jerusalem Inukshuk sculpture stands at the entrance to the Pathway.
The Jerusalem Foundation will also inaugurate the The Julia Koschitzky Youth Leadership Prize for Good Citizenship – to be awarded to youth movements or groups in the city who have run a unique or innovative project showing commitment to their local community. The Prize fosters social leadership and encourages the next generation to take part in building communal strength in Jerusalem.