About the project
The Jacqueline du Pre Center provides space and activities for groups of children from special needs schools throughout the city. The center was created by renovating a small building on the grounds of the Charles Clore Adventure Playground for Children with Special Needs (adjacent to the Fiszman-Klagsbrun Park) and constructing an adjacent building connected by a plaza and shade pergola. It offers physical therapy classes, performances and workshops in the arts, cooking, music and movement in an inviting, wheelchair accessible environment to children with cerebral palsy, autism and other disabilities. The Jerusalem Foundation established the center with gifts raised from a gala concert held in London in 1985, and since has supported the purchase of equipment, renovations and numerous enrichment activities at the center. The center is named in honor of English cellist Jacqueline du Pre who suffered from muscular sclerosis in the last years of her life and who died just before the center was completed.