Machon Tal Groundbreaking Ceremony

JCT President Chaim Sukenik, Mayor Nir Barkat and JCT Vice President Stuart Hershkowitz

“This Heralds the Strategic Vision for the city of Jerusalem for the Next 50 Years “

So said Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat at the opening of the Jerusalem Day events, during the groundbreaking of the “Campus Tal” project at the Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center – the world’s largest academic campus for engineering studies for religious and ultra-Orthodox women – expected to cost NIS 300 million

As part of the Jerusalem Day opening events, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Tal Campus project at the Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center in Jerusalem. The new campus will be the largest academic campus in the world for engineering studies for religious and ultra-orthodox women, and is projected to cost NIS 300 million. The event was attended by, inter alia, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Ze’ev Elkin, Knesset Members Avraham Neguise, Moti Yogev, Jerusalem Foundation President Yohanna Arbib, Deputy Mayors and Members of the Jerusalem City Council Meir Turgeman, Yael Antebi, Ofer Berkowitz, Hagit Moshe, and Moshe Leon, and representatives of the Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center, President Prof. Chaim Sukenik, Head of the Batei Midrash Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon, Vice President Stuart Hershkovitz, Director General Yossi Zeira, and Head of Tal Campus Eti Stern.

The campus, which is slated to be built in Emek Zion (Zion Valley), near the Begin Highway and the new entrance to Jerusalem to be constructed near Givat Mordechai and Shaare Zedek Medical Center, will include state-of-the-art technology, including digital rooms equipped with the most advanced electronic equipment, computer laboratories, a library, an advanced sports center, a day care center for female students, as well as lawns and open spaces. The first building which is expected to be built is the Life and Health Sciences Building, a field in which the Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center has become a national leader, and in which over 750 women, who will integrate within the health system in the next few years, are currently studying.

President of the Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center, Prof. Chaim Sukenik, said: “We are changing the map for religious women and creating a revolution. The entry of the religious and ultra-orthodox public into the workforce is vital to the success of Israel’s economy. Building the campus will serve to advance groups that are considered to be underprivileged in society, such as the Haredi and Ethiopian-Israeli sectors, and it will open new opportunities for people who were formerly unable to access academia and the workforce, and will enable us to produce engineers, high-tech and management personnel who will lead the Israeli high-tech industry. ”

Mayor of Jerusalem, Mr. Nir Barkat, stated that we are at a historic point in time that heralds the city of Jerusalem’s strategic vision for the next 50 years of. The role of Campus Tal in the Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center is twofold: to expand the nucleus of youth in Jerusalem and to ensure that more and more young people remain. The second is to strengthen the economic sector and strengthen the underprivileged populations in the city. We are laying cornerstones for academic institutions that will expand the nucleus of youth in Jerusalem, leading to the creation of jobs and developing high-tech, technology and health sciences, and only if we succeed in doing so will we be able to keep the younger groups here in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is undergoing a cultural and high-tech revitalization, and we are now seeing the fruits of the investment of the past few years. We are here, in one of the most evolving centers in Jerusalem, near Highway 16, and this is undoubtedly one of Jerusalem’s strategic axes, which allows students to reach the Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center with ease, which fits in completely with the city’s plan to make the institutions in the city more attractive. I see more and more young people entering old neighborhoods and strengthening the Zionist community in the city. Today the different sectors of Jerusalem are growing, and with the veteran families, over the past few years we’ve seen more and more students and children, the future generations of Jerusalem.

The Minister of Environmental Protection, Jerusalem and Heritage, MK Ze’ev Elkin, said: “This event, held so closely to Jerusalem Day, relates to the general activities of the Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center, which has greatly contributed to the development of Jerusalem. The Academic Center was established two years after the Six-Day War in the days in which an amazing atmosphere was felt by the people of Israel, in general, and the religious public, in particular, and as the State of Israel expanded, the national-religious public and the ultra-orthodox community wanted to contribute and make a difference and this created the need for this institution. The fields taught here, both for men and women, are highly in demand and serve to encourage the growth of the entire economy, and especially in Jerusalem, since many of the graduates of this institution choose to stay and live and work in Jerusalem. I would like to thank you for your contribution to the city’s economy, to its development and prosperity. With this infrastructure you can build start-ups and entrepreneurs. The Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center is one of the country’s leading academic institutions in bringing the ultra-orthodox public into the high-tech and engineering professions, long before the country placed the issue of Haredi advancement as a goal. Continue to serve as a leading institution. ”

Chairman of the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs  MK Avraham Neguise noted that “the program that exists in the Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center for the integration of the Ethiopian community in the most prestigious professions in the economy proves that the Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center is leading the integration of populations on the boundaries of society and pushing them into the center of Israeli society through academia. As someone who himself is a new immigrant and had the opportunity to become a legislator in Israel, I know that education is the most important key in integrating and promoting all of Israel’s populations. ”

Also present was one of Israel’s leading artists today, Ofra Friedland who is creating for JCT a monumental work in stained glass windows depicting the Book of Psalms.  Ofra has very strong ties to Jerusalem in general and to JCT in particular, as her son is a proud graduate of the college. A preliminary sketch is attached. The idea being that this monumental artwork will grace the new Tal Campus and the 150 windows will be available for dedication by donors. It is both moving and stunning and will be an incredible gift – not only to JCT – but to the city of Jerusalem and the Jewish people. We are truly honored to have this artwork grace our campus.

During the event, an exhibition of student projects was presented at the Academic Center, which included, inter alia, an autonomous diagnostic system for the diagnosis of early signs of stroke and computerized cosmetic diagnosis, which combines the use of system analysis, artificial intelligence and information mining. Another project presented was the ROADZ project – an application that calculates and displays the levels of risk on Israel’s roads and alerts drivers before entering and leaving dangerous areas.


Nir Barkat with JCT supporters- Rori Cassirer and Ruth Brandt-Spitzer
Johanna Arbib, Nir Barkat, Prof. Chaim Sukenik, Zev Elkin, Avraham Nagosa and Moti Yogev