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New Spirit was founded in 2003 as a movement of young adults in Jerusalem trying to counter the wave of young creative talent fleeing Jerusalem, and to return the city to its former height of creativity and
inspiration. Programs and projects initiated by New Spirit and in cooperation with the local municipality and businesses have inspired thousands of young adults to rise-up and lead a creative revolution in their city. These programs and projects have since been adopted by the public and private sectors of the city, with the participation of tens of thousands of young men and women.
Quietly, with passion, painstaking work and tons of imagination, we are restoring young people’s belief in their city. The goal is to strengthen the city of Jerusalem into a place that will be attractive and relevant to young people and will be a strong and leading cultural and economic center, as befits the capital of Israel.
Why New Spirit operates out of the belief that Jerusalem can and should be a thriving social, cultural and economic city for all its residents and for Israel at-large. Within New Spirit’s mission, Jerusalem will become an attractive and relevant city, to young Jerusalemites and young people in general, who will then choose to build their lives in Jerusalem and invest back into the city. As a result, the city’s social and economic infrastructure will be strengthened and its image will be one of a city that provides a quality of life worthy of its residents and one that strengthens its diverse populations.
What We are working to make Jerusalem an inspiring and empowered capital city. A city with an original artistic scene, a vibrant governmental center and an innovative and dynamic civil society. A city that is a magnet for every person with creative thinking, who want to take part in the change. New Spirit is practical proof of the ability of different communities to live together, based on joint creation, in a mixed city.
How We work for and with Jerusalem’s young creative people living in Jerusalem, with the aim of contributing to the development of the creative economy, business entrepreneurship and innovation of Jerusalem. We provide professional and personal accompaniment, physical space and a network platform. We create practical solutions and physical infrastructure for these young people. In turn, this enables the creation of professional and creative connections between activists from different disciplines, between relevant partners and between them and the city. These gather together into one cohesive community, who works together to change the reality of Jerusalem.
- Inbar Weiss – CEO
- Noam Sonnberg – Finance and Operations Manager
- Hadas Refaeli – Bookkeeper
- Shayna Driscoll – Director of Resource Development & Communications
- Einat Ashdot – Director of Alliance House
- Hila Navon – Operations and Purchasing Manager
- Shani Hachmon – Information Management
- Yael Gertel – Content and Programs Manager
- Avital Blass – Design and Media
- Avigdor Rabinovich – Entrepreneurship
- Adi Shefi – Marketing and Development Manager
- Mazal Nasimi – Marketing and Advertising Coordinator
- Noa Rich – Graphic Designer
Board of Directors
- Amir Elstein
- Pini Lozowick
- Yakir Segev
- Josh Schwartz
- Lior Schillat
- Amir Biram
- Gal Kalev
- Racheli Ibenboim
- Charlene Seidle
Partners & Donators
Community Partners: Bezalel, Hansen House, Made in JLM, Creative Mornings, Jerusalem Film and TV Foundation, Mass Challenge, Primavera, Siftech, Ministries of Economy, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Health, Justice, Religious Services, Tourism, Office of the Prime Minister, Bloomberg Team, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, JLM.FM, Institute of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, Zalman Shazar Center, Hadassah, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Students Association,Plugta, Out for Change, Mali Baruch, Eden, “Wake Up Jerusalem” party/ Hitorerut, Jerusalemite Movement, Secular Yeshiva, Tene Jerusalem.
Local Funders & Partners: JDA – Eden the Jerusalem Center Development Company; the Jerusalem Development Authority ;Jerusalem Municipality; Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage; The National Lottery.
Jewish Federations of North America: Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta; Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles; Jewish Federation of Greater Washington; Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Abraham Gertzman Fund; Federation CJA of Montreal; Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties; Jewish Federation of St. Louis; UJA-Federation of New York.
Foundations: Anna Goldin Foundation; Gandyr Foundation; Jerusalem Foundation; Jewish Community Foundation, Los Angeles; Leichtag Foundation; Matan, United World Way; one8 Foundation; Pratt Philanthropies; Rothschild Caesarea Foundation; Russell Berrie Foundation;Schusterman Foundation; Shahaf Foundation; Sillins Family Foundation; Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life;
Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation; Yad Hanadiv.