The new Canada Community and Culture Fund and Canada Pathway
Responding to the Coronavirus Crisis and Building for the Future
Friends in Canada were among the first to step up back in March at the beginning of this global crisis and reach out to support Jerusalem. Since then, the situation has been changing rapidly and we are learning that the pandemic continues to hit us in waves. Jerusalem residents are slowly learning to live with Covid and find ways to adjust to uncertainty and a very changed world. Rapidly evolving restrictions and rates of infection have forced us to be innovative and creative as we look towards a different future than we had expected. Jerusalem has one of the highest rates of infection amongst cities in Israel. One of the characteristics of the city, due to the city’s population, is a significantly higher percentage of families with children (and sometimes many children) dealing with COVID19 infections.
Canadians have a long history of providing support to the vulnerable in Jerusalem and to arts organizations and institutions in the city. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Jerusalem Foundation of Canada has established the The Canada Community and Culture Fund. This new fund will support two critical areas for the wellbeing of Jerusalem: ongoing needs for vulnerable populations of Jerusalem of all ages and the recovery of the cultural sector which has been decimated by COVID. The Jerusalem Foundation working in close cooperation with Mayor Moshe Lion will ensure that funds raised will maximize the efficient and effective delivery of essential goods and services to residents of the city.
Become a part of the Canada Community and Culture Fund supporting the people of Jerusalem and emerging needs due to Covid-19. Create an enduring legacy in Jerusalem for you or someone you love. With your gift, your name – or that of a loved one – will be engraved on Jerusalem stone within the Jerusalem Cultural Quarter, on the new Canada Pathway.
The Canada Pathway, located in the centre of Jerusalem, is a focal point of the Cultural Quarter in the Musrara/Morasha neighborhood adjacent to the Old City and on the seam of east and west, near Safra Square City Hall, the new campus of the Bezalel Academy of Art and is the beating heart of Jerusalem. The path is framed by Canada House and the Inukshuk sculpture, the Naggar Musrara School of Art and Society, the Ma’aleh Film School and takes us on a journey through one of the first neighborhoods of modern Jerusalem.
During the crisis, this support has included provision of food, respite, mental health support and outreach to those across this city who have required it. In addition, The Jerusalem Foundation has continued to support the cultural and creative life of Jerusalem during this crisis. The Canada Community and Culture Fund will provide continued support to the people of Jerusalem through projects and initiatives which respond to the real needs on the ground. In recent months, through our emergency campaign, we were able to provide desperately needed support.
To learn more about the Canada Pathway project and the Canada Community and Culture Fund, please click here.