On May 2, 2013, the Jerusalem Foundation inaugurated Teddy Park: the Mitchell Parks & Gardens, a masterpiece of water, greenery and history adjacent to the walls of Jerusalem's Old City. The Park was created by the Jerusalem Foundation to honor the contributions of Teddy Kollek, illustrious mayor of Jerusalem and founder of the Jerusalem Foundation. Teddy always believed that no country can flourish and develop without culture, art and a dedication to the preservation of the past. During his 28 years as Jerusalem's mayor he spearheaded the rebuilding of the ancient city into a thriving modern capital. Now, Teddy Park tells the story of Jerusalem's development during Teddy's tenure as mayor, while offering unique attractions in the heart of Jerusalem, just outside the walls of the Old City.
Teddy Park features the Sylvia Hassenfeld Family Fountain, a unique experience of water, light and sound. The New Jerusalem Orchestra composed music especially for the fountain that is synchronized with the water jets and lights that illuminate the beautiful Jerusalem sky. The park also features numerous other elements, which reflect the tremendous support for the Park from friends in Israel and around the world.
Named after Teddy Kollek who was Mayor of Jerusalem from 1965-1995, this park is fun, beautiful and has historic significance.
Adults can enjoy the sound and light show in the evenings. The park and the show are FREE.
Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.Text by Steve Smith.