Israel Kimchi, a researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, spoke at JPC on “Jerusalem 1967-2015: Facts, Figures and Trends”. Kimchi described the expansion of the city geographically and demographically over the years, and emphasized the decline of the Jewish majority in Jerusalem from 73 percent in 1967 to 63 percent in 2015, Kimchi also stressed the gap between living conditions and services between Jewish and Arab neighborhoods, and remarked that the fact that Jerusalem is the poorest city in Israel calls for a national effort to sustain the city.
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About the Speaker:
Israel Kimchi is a Jerusalem born scholar and planner. He holds a B.A. degree in Geography & History and a M.A. degree in Urban Geography and Urban Planning. He also studied Urban & Regional Planning at the University Collage in London. He is currently heading the Jerusalem research section at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. From 1963 to 1973 he was a member of the “Jerusalem Master Plan” team working for the Municipality. From 1973 to 1986 he headed the Policy Planning Department at the Jerusalem Municipality under Mayor Teddy Kollek. Since 1970 he is teaching urban planning at the Hebrew University in the school for Urban & Regional Studies. He is the chairman of the Society for Preservation of Historical Sites and Monuments in Jerusalem. During the years he had published many publications & research papers. In 2010 he was honored “Yakir Yerushalayim” (Worthy of Jerusalem) by the Municipality.
The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies (JIIS) is an independent, non-profit think tank established in 1978, at the initiative of legendary Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek and in cooperation with the Hebrew University and the Jerusalem Foundation.
JIIS conducts policy research on Jerusalem, its many faces and the myriad challenges it poses – challenges that affect the very fabric of its life and the influence of which has implications in the national sphere, and beyond. The Institute’s studies and recommendations serve as dependable and valuable resources for governmental bodies, leading public institutions, civil organizations and the public.