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Mazal Tov to David Blumberg, Yakir Yerushalayim!

In 2017, the City of Jerusalem has chosen to honor our Chairperson of the Board of Directors, David Blumberg, for the work he has done in the National Library of Israel, for his contribution to the development and cultivation of Jerusalem.

Chairman David Blumberg received the Yakir Yerushalayim award as an honored citizen of the City of Jerusalem for his years of contribution to the development of the city, its infrastructure and culture.

Photo: Hanan Cohen

Mr. Blumberg has lived in Jerusalem for many years and throughout this time has been an active member of social and public groups, all aimed at the development and betterment of Jerusalem. From being a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hebrew University to Chairman of the Jerusalem Forum, Mr. Blumberg has worked to advance the philanthropist foundations of Jerusalem in whatever capacity he found himself.

One of these foundations, established in memory of his daughter Adi Dermer (nee Blumberg) z"l, operates to foster the relationship between art and aesthetics and the spiritual values of Judaism, encouraging the creative and intellectual work of artists working in Jerusalem. The foundation awards the Adi Prize for Jewish expression in art and design.

The crowning glory of Mr. Blumberg's work is without a doubt his ceaseless work for the National Library of Israel. Mr. Blumberg took on the task of transforming what was essentially the Hebrew University's research library into the National Library of Israel, an institution that "collects, preserves and cultivates the treasures of knowledge, the heritage and the culture of the State of Israel and of the Jewish people.

In the past decade as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Library, he has been a central figure in renewing its mission as a center for culture and public education and in the building of the new home of the National Library of Israel in the National Precinct, adjacent to the Knesset.

Photo: Hanan Cohen