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    07 July

    | 2022 | 09:00

    Jerusalem Municipality Executive Training Forum – Meeting Points and Shared Spaces in Jerusalem

    • Invites Only
    • Morasha Community Administration, 22 Shivtei Yisrael St., Jerusalem
    • Invites Only
    • Morasha Community Administration, 22 Shivtei Yisrael St., Jerusalem
    Jerusalem Municipality Executive Training Forum – Meeting Points and Shared Spaces in Jerusalem

    Jerusalem is by far Israel’s most complex city. The Jerusalem municipality faces ever-changing demographic, economic, social and educational challenges. The Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research has been studying this city for over 40 years, amassing considerable knowledge and experience that has aided in training Jerusalem’s senior executives, offering a deep dive into understanding the many different challenges they must encounter.

    The aim of such training was to offer municipality policymakers a variety of perspectives on the city, as reflected by the eyes of the different communities, and illustrating these perspectives ‘on the ground’. Furthermore, the program sought to offer an in-depth look at crucial issues in the city (for example: planning, shared and mixed spaces, balancing needs of different communities, etc.), on the basis of qualitative and research data – with a goal of presenting options for strengthening interactions among the various branches of the municipality in different areas of activity.

    The previous session, the first in the training series, was dedicated to the challenges of density, planning and urban renewal in Jerusalem. This session, the second in the series, addresses Jerusalem’s mixed-shared spaces. Jerusalem is known to be not only the largest city in Israel, but is also the one with the most communities, which share public and non-public municipal spaces. To illustrate – Jerusalem has more Haredi Jews than Bnei Braq, and more Arabs than Umm al-Fahm.

    Similar to mixed cities around the world, the central challenge facing Jerusalem today is how to maintain the delicate balance between the recognition that as a mixed city Jerusalem requires focus and consideration for the particular varied needs of each and every community living in it, and the growing need for public spaces that encourage containment, positive intercultural interaction and cooperation between (and of) different ethnic and religious communities. In this session we have sought to expose the participants in the forum to a subject that in our view – especially considering the forecasts for future demographic density – is critical for favorable management of the city.

    The day began with welcome and breakfast at the Morasha Community Administration on Shivtei Yisrael Street. After breakfast, the Jerusalem municipality CEO, Mr. Itzik Larry, gave the opening address, and Nitzan Faibish, Jerusalem Institute’s executive training program director, introduced the program for the second session.

    Then, Dr. Marik Shtern, research associate at the Jerusalem Institute, gave a talk on “Shared spaces and meeting points in Jerusalem”. Marik presented a survey of the key processes and changes in Jerusalem’s urban space, and the different implications of increasingly mixed spaces among Jerusalem populations.

    After the talk, a discussion was held with Avi Sabag, founder of the Musrara School of Photography, on the history of the Musrara neighborhood, the ‘Black Panthers’ and the founding of the School of Art and Society in the neighborhood that serves as a shared meeting space for different communities.

    At this point, participants broke up into three groups for a workshop with teachers from the Musrara School of Photography. The workshop was entitled “Spaces through the camera’s lens”. Participants learned and practiced different techniques of photography for observing a space, the people in the space and the relationship between them – as this is reflected by the camera’s lens. The workshop concluded by reconvening in the auditorium, where the artifacts of the workshop participants were presented to all. 

    After a lunch break, training ensued with a panel entitled “Shared spaces in Jerusalem”, moderated by the journalist Kobi Arieli, with the participation of –

    Prof. Bertold Fridlender, President of Hadassah Academic College
    Prof. Ofer Marin, CEO of Shaare Zedek Hospital
    Ms. Dasi Gordon, CEO of the Neve Yaakov Community Administration
    Ariela Rejwan, Head of Culture, Sport and Leisure Administration, and Deputy CEO, Jerusalem municipality

    The panel participants are key Jerusalem figures, institutional administrators representing the shared space for the different communities of the city – institutions of higher education, hospitals, mixed neighborhood living, etc. The panel participants presented insights from their work as administrators of shared space, and shared with the audience the dilemmas and challenges they face, for example, during times of security tensions, as administrators of the space in which individuals from different communities with different needs come together to work and use the space.

    At the conclusion of the training session, Nitzan Faibish, who directs the executive training program and is a researcher on the Society and Populations team at the Jerusalem Institute, gave the closing address.

    The day was part of the Jerusalem municipality executive training forum, whose goal is to take an in-depth look at crucial issues in the city, to bring about connections and familiarity with the different areas of activity and knowledge in the city, and to demonstrate different topics on the ground, as well as to advance an internal dialogue among the branches, reinforcing the interfaces among the different areas of activity in the municipality and creating a cohesive team for the benefit of the common goal.

    Photos from the event