“Here is a place whose atmosphere is peace,
where political and religious jealousies can be forgotten,
and international unity fostered and developed.”
Lord Edmund Allenby, April 18, 1933
In addition to these unique attributes, JIY is also part of a network of American YMCAs. Like our sister institutions, we focus on promoting a healthy mind, body, and spirit for all. To that end, we operate on four areas of focus: youth development, social responsibility, healthy living, and culture. Sound interesting? Come see for yourself!
Amos Gil Joined the Leadership team of the Jerusalem International YMCA In May 2015. When introducing him, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jerusalem International YMCA (JIY), Mr. Elias Khouri, related to Amos by saying:
“When , the Search Committee of the Board, read Amos’ goal at the top of his resume -‘to use my extensive management, communications, public policy and fundraising skills to lead influential, non-profit organizations to greater impact’, the committee knew that he was the person to lead the JIY forward to greater things. Amos’s experience is extensive both in the non-profit field and in the area of business. His many accomplishments include troubleshooting and renewing organizations in crisis both in Israel and in the US. He has consulted major organizations on strategic planning, board growth and function, good communications and fundraising.”
“Amos brings with him a lot of knowledge as he has founded and directed major organizations and companies, such as:
Mr. Khouri went on to say that “ If all of this was not enough to convince the committee that Amos was the right person for the job, the deal got clinched when he (Amos) told its members that as a child, he has gone to the JIY summer camp and that he has learnt to swim at its pool. Amos grew up in the shadow of the JIY tower, living just a few blocks away.” Khouri went on to say “This certainly has made him one of us.”
Chairman Khouri closed by observing that the board is looking forward to working with Amos and the rest of the team in bringing the JIY to its next stage of pride in the life of the city of Jerusalem.
Designed by Arthur Loomis Harmon, the architect of the Empire State Building in New York, the JIY building has been called a “sermon in stone,” because of this very symbolism. The front facade of the building bears quotes in three languages – Hebrew, Arabic and Aramaic – each representing the creed of one of the Abrahamic religions.
The entrance plaza is graced with 12 Cyprus trees to recall the 12 tribes of Israel, the 12 disciples of Jesus, and the 12 friends and supporters of Mohammad. There are 40 pillars and pillars in the recall the 40 years Israelites spent in the desert, and the forty days of temptation. And the blinded angel, the woman with a cask of water carefully balancing her head, and the lamb carved into the tower of the YMCA point to a future messianic age of peace.
Visitors can learn more about the details throughout the building by arranging a tour in advance, guided by one of our knowledgeable staff members.
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The Jerusalem International YMCA Athletic Department has something for everyone
Swim classes, zumba workouts, weight lifting, team-sports, the best trainers in town and much, much more.
Kids, teens, moms and dads, whatever your age, gender, religious affiliation or custom, we have a welcoming workout environment for you. A healthy body is crucial for a healthy mind & spirit – come try us out!
JIY taught Jerusalem how to swim! Indeed, our fitness center’s pool was the first and only indoor pool in Jerusalem until 1967, and at least once a day someone enters the Athletic Department with a look of nostalgia and stories of decades past. Our membership includes more than a few members who began working out at the YMCA as teenagers and who are now themselves the grandparents of teens.
Our fitness programs cater to everyone from athletic professionals to those looking for a gentle workout.
Fitness Room – State-of-the-art strength training equipment and cardio machines with personal LCD screens. JIY’s certified, experienced, and professional trainers are here to develop and monitor a personalized workout routine just for you.
Group Exercise – Jerusalem YMCA’s group exercise classes are some of the most popular in Jerusalem, and include coed and unisex options. Never tried our famous Zumba or spinning? You should!
Beginners & Advanced Swimmers, The YMCA pool is here for you. Whether you are a beginner, advanced swimmer, or exerciser, we offer classes, competitions, and open pool times.
An Established Institution. Peering through the doors of the JIY indoor swimming pool with its beautiful mosaics and ceiling stencils you might see toddlers splashing, seniors relieved of arthritis, young children thrilled at their first unassisted swim strokes, handicapped persons liberated from walkers, competitions, and free swim.
We are deeply invested in providing an opportunity for children and adults of all ages to learn, master and enjoy the ability to swim.
Join our diverse and supportive workout family, and enjoy the benefits:
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The Jerusalem International YMCA takes every opportunity to celebrate the holidays of the three major religions, particularly when they happen to coincide.
We commemorated Nakba Day along with Israeli Memorial Day. We broke fast together at the end of Tisha B’av and Ramadan.
Our Christmas party for orphans brings together Jews, Muslims and Christians to adorn a festive tree and sing holiday songs.
In these intense moments, in solemnity and in joy, we may see and we may feel how much more we have in common rather than what separates us, recognizing shared humanity.
Mary Nathaniel Golden Hall seating up to 600 people.
Lecture Hall with seating for up to 100 people.
Board Room small group meetings or workshops, 45 people.
Library for one large group or several round table discussions.
Front lawn for outdoor events in good weather.
Historic lobby for informal gatherings.
Sports Center including gym, pool, group exercise classes and fitness room.
World class restaurant warm ambiance inside, pleasant atmosphere outside.
Hotel facilities for out of town guests.
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The JIY’s Youth Department contains a range of activities and youth groups:
ACTV Video youth group
The Young Leaders youth Group
The Youth Performance Art Club
YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus.
All of these activities take place within an environment of multiculturalism bringing together youth from East and West.
The youngest members of our community, pre-schoolers and kindergarteners, can find their home at the Lier Peace Pre-School, a multicultural gan that employs anthroposophic pedagogy to empower children. In the summer and during holidays, the YMCA continues to provide camps to Jerusalem’s children age 5-14, 60 years after the first summer camp was held.
All children and young adults are invited to our take part in our programming irrespective of religion, race, gender, or nationality. Our activities are administered in all languages, under the guidance of professional translators.
The Pre-School is attended by 100 Muslim, Jewish and Christian children, ranging in age from 10 months to 5 years.
Mixed classes , each with two teachers, one Jewish and one Arab (Muslim or Christian), each speaking their own mother tongue. Stories are told alternatively in Arabic and Hebrew, songs are sung in each language, each culture is given equal place and weight in the classroom.
Each class includes children of many different nationalities who speak English and a variety of other languages.
Religious festivals and holidays of the three monotheistic faiths, Islam, Christianity and Judaism, are celebrated together. Emphasis is placed on strengthening each child’s religious identity while at the same time developing an understanding of the significance of the holidays and cultures of others.
Children enjoy music classes, swimming lessons and a variety of other extra activities.
The Jerusalem YMCA Summercamp offers the most fun to be had for Jerusalem kids this summer. Join us for sports & camping, drama and music, arts and crafts, sciences and puzzles and lots of fun with all your friends. Come enjoy swimming lessons, Zumba, games, group fun, arts, sports, specialized workshops and much more.
Join us this summer at our amazing multi lingual summer camp
in English, Arabic and Hebrew. Children of all religions and races play together and develop friendships that cross cultural borders.
Give your child this unique experience this summer.
Our Youth Department offers so much, we really think you should check out all the different programs.
Visit our blog for regular updates about our programs.
ACTV Video Youth Group – Learn video and tell your story while making new friends through film and production.
Young Leaders Youth Group – Join talented, imaginative and creative teens that want to lead and influence.
Youth Performance Art Club – A unique performing youth ensemble!
Jerusalem Youth Chorus – Come sing your heart out. Artist collaborations, and concert tours!
Visit the Youth Chorus Website
Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders
We are dedicated to contributing to the formation of ethical leaders for tomorrow by investing in our youth today. Our initiatives nurture a culture of peace in children and teens with a goal of changing mindsets and altering negative stereotypes.
These programs strengthen young people to inspire and guide. We seek out and invest in youngsters who show potential to lead their generation to change. We empower them to dedicate themselves to public service and commitment to effecting social change. We provide young Israelis and Palestinians with the tools to realize these dreams by training, experience and mentoring.
Peaceful Existence Through Dialogue
Our dialogue groups enable Palestinians and Israelis to hear one another and to see the conflict through the other’s eyes. Empathy replaces hatred, biases laid to rest, knowledge erases prejudice, and dialogue carves the path to coexistence. These young people will make a difference, and that difference will start here at the Jerusalem International YMCA.
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