50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REUNIFCATION OF THE CITY OF JERUSALEM
“If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill. Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you; if I do not set Jerusalem above my greatest joy” (Psalms 137: 5, 6).
Through exile, persecution, destruction and rebirth the linkage of the Jewish people to Jerusalem has been a constant. From the time of King David the city has been at the core of Jewish consciousness, manifested in scripture, ritual and prayer. The history of Jerusalem is indeed a reflection of the history of the Jewish people. For over 2000 years, the city represented the aspirations of a people yearning to return and live in freedom. Fifty years ago, as an outcome of the six day war, Jerusalem was reunified within Israel and access to the holy sites in the Old City restored.
Today, Israel’s capital remains a testament to Jewish resiliency and continuity, a spiritual and uplifting place for people of all faiths. As David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, noted: “the value of Jerusalem cannot be measured, weighed, or put into words. If a land has a soul, Jerusalem is the soul of the land of Israel”.
THE ILANOT JERUSALEM THERAPEUTIC SCHOOLYARD
Helping special needs children in Jerusalem
JNF Canada supports special needs populations by developing sites that enhance their quality of life.
The proceeds of this year’s Negev Dinner will support the Ilanot Jerusalem special education school, a public school for special needs students aged 6 -21, with severe motor and cognitive disabilities.
This specially designed, state of the art therapeutic schoolyard offers an accessible and stimulating environment where students can develop their motor and cognitive skills while fostering social and emotional growth. Its shady, green environment is a pleasant setting for physical therapy and other treatments specifically tailored for individual students.
Your contribution will help ensure the creation of a holistic treatment and teaching environment that meets the needs of children and youth with major educational challenges, serving as a model for similar schools in Israel and around the world.