The Jerusalem Press Club (JPC) is a private club where journalists and professionals from a variety of fields gather to meet, network, and dine with local and international thinkers, leaders and prominent news-makers.

Located in the historic Mishkenot Sha’ananim neighborhood, JPC is a gem in the modern city of Jerusalem. It is a home away from home for both foreign journalists residing in Israel as well as their visiting counterparts. Established just outside the Old City walls in 1860, Mishkenot Sha’ananim was founded by the great philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore and for the last four decades served as a guesthouse and source of inspiration to creative spirits artists, scholars and writers from around the world. Year round the surrounding gardens and facilities are filled with festivals, shows, music, shopping and nightlife all within walking distance.

150 years after Mishkenot Sha’ananim was established, the Jerusalem Press club is the new, hip venue for journalists and professionals to have face-to-face interaction with the rich tapestry of society in Jerusalem, while promoting freedom of the press.

JPC members
include journalists, diplomats, NGOs, businessmen and business women, as well as journalism and communications students. All members enjoy the benefits networking with each other, working and dining on our veranda with breathtaking views of the Old City of Jerusalem as well as access to all the club’s facilities and benefits. It is a place where journalists can freely report history in the making in one of the world’s most covered regions.
News will flow out of the Club. Our briefings and press conferences will help to inform and keep journalists up-to-date on breaking stories and longer term trends.

Our Fellows and student programs will help the next generation of journalists improve their skills in a fast paced news environment.

The club is the ideal spot for media professionals in Israel, seeking inspiration for a story and the exchange of information between colleagues, in the most amicable atmosphere possible.


Uri_DromiUri Dromi

Director General

Prior to becoming Director General of the Jerusalem Press Club, fulfilling a lifelong dream, Uri Dromi was director general of Mishkenot Sha’ananim Conference Center, a venue for international artistic and cultural activities in the spirit of dialogue and tolerance, established by the Jerusalem Foundation. Dromi served as the spokesman of the Rabin and Peres governments from 1992 to 1996, during the dramatic days of the Oslo process and the peace agreement between Israel and Jordan. From 1996 to 2007, he was director of publications and international outreach at the Israel Democracy Institute. A retired colonel, Dromi served in the Israeli Air Force from 1964 to 1989 and continued to fly in the reserves until 2003 after retiring from active duty. A frequent columnist for leading media publications, he is a book and opera reviewer for Israel’s daily Ha’aretz newspaper, has published three books, and authors a regular column, “Focus on Israel,” for the Miami Herald. He is a graduate of Ben-Gurion University.

 

Raya Koval-Umansky
Events & Membership Director

Raya Koval-Umansky joined JPC in 2015 as Events and  Membership Director. Raya is in charge of coordinating all of JPC`s events, briefings, guided tours, book launches and other activities for the foreign press corps based in Israel. In paralel, she is in charge of managing the membership at JPC, totaling in 2015 more than 400 members. In addition, Raya directs the internship program at JPC.
Raya emigrated to Israel from Russia in 2006, she is  graduate of the  Department of Economics and Management at Engecon (University of Engineering and Economy, St. Petersburg), and the Departments of Sociology and Political Science at the Hebrew University.

 

Vanessa_Gabbay Vanessa Gabbay
Projects Manager

Vanessa is the program manager at the Jerusalem Press Club. She coordinates the special programs at JPC, like missions of Science Journalists and Film Critics, and missions of journalism students from American universities.

During 2011-2013 Vanessa worked as a tour guide for diplomats at the Knesset, focusing on its various aspects from parliamentary activity to architectural designs.
Vanessa is enrolled in the master’s program of East Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, having completed her bachelor’s degree in International Relations and East Asian Studies.
During her time in the IDF, Vanessa served in the prestigious 8200 intelligence unit. After her military service she continued her work with the IDF in France as project manager of UPI SAREL organization (which markets voluntary programs for the IDF), before spending a year teaching Hebrew at an Ulpan in Paris.

Vanessa is fluent in Hebrew, English and French and after completing a summer study program at Jilin University in China, she is now proficient in Mandarin Chinese at HSK level 4.