“After three years of accomplishments, the time has come for me to move onto other challenges”

President Yohanna Arbib-Perugia announced that she will be stepping down, effective June 30, 2018, but will continue to work on behalf of Jerusalem for the rest of her life.


“I am proud of our accomplishments and I have a personal sense of fulfillment for all we have achieved. We have a new strategic direction, a list of innovative and interesting projects that we believe will impact the city for many years, and a well-entrenched new senior leadership team in Israel poised to steer the Foundation in new directions,” said Arbib-Perugia.


In her comments to the Foundation’s staff, Yohanna noted that her time at the Foundation gave her the opportunity to feel Jerusalem more deeply than ever before.


“An Arab woman from east Jerusalem who struggles to support her family is just as important as a Haredi mother in Romema who struggles for the very same. A child in east Jerusalem has hopes and dreams, just like children in west Jerusalem, and ALL of them have a right to fulfill those dreams. Jerusalem’s future is dependent on shared living and respect for one another –religious and secular, Jew, Arab and Christian,” she said.


For more than 50 years, the Foundation has supported civil society initiatives that advance shared living, long before such terminology existed. “I am in awe of the depths to which Jerusalemites will go to honor pluralism, demand tolerance, and cultivate civil society that ensures that Jerusalem belongs to us all,” Yohanna remarked.


Yohanna announced that she will dedicate herself to other causes, among them Jewish identity and continuity, and finding ways to make Israel relevant and meaningful to any Jew anywhere in the world regardless of their affiliation.


Yohanna has appointed to the Jerusalem Foundation’s Board of Directors and the General Assembly as a testament to her fundraising skills and capabilities.


Chairman of the Board David Brodet, International Chairman Sallai Meridor, and Mayor Nir Barkat (link to the Tweet here: https://twitter.com/NirBarkat/status/988797136442658817praised her efforts (link here: https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/President-of-Jerusalem-Foundation-stepping-down-in-June-552619).


Click here for the Jerusalem Post’s interview. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/From-Jerusalem-Foundation-to-JAFI-head-552979).

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