Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to Speak in New York

NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nir Barkat, the Mayor of Jerusalem, will present his vision for the future of the ancient city at an invitation only event hosted in New York on November 19 by Jerusalem Fund Management, Ltd, a private equity firm.

The exclusive event highlights the efforts of the City of Jerusalem and the Israeli government to promote investments in the tourism and hospitality sector, and the expected contribution of this sector's growth to the wellbeing of Jerusalem, Israel and the regional population, including increased employment and poverty reduction.

Barkat states, "Jerusalem has nearly doubled its tourism numbers—from just over 2 million to nearly 4 million—in only a few short years. My goal of 10 million annual tourists is within reach, an accomplishment that will generate 100,000 new jobs and provide an important boost to the economy of the Holy City."

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach will moderate the event, introduce the Mayor, and discuss the importance of development of the city of Jerusalem, its economy and the tourism and hospitality sector for the benefit of the Jewish state and the residents of the Holy City.

About Mayor Nir Barkat: Nir Barkat is the 9th Mayor of Jerusalem. Mayor Barkat has inspired thousands of Jerusalemites with his vision to turn Israel's poorest city into one rich in culture, youth, education, lasting economic development and tourism, as well as his message of respect and pluralism for all residents of Jerusalem. Mayor Barkat has begun to develop plans for large scale public‐private‐partnerships in the areas of culture and tourism, setting a goal of 10 million annual tourists by 2020. His philanthropic leadership combined with his business background when he helped found the Israel Venture Network, a venture capital network that invests in social initiatives throughout Jerusalem.

About Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach – America's Rabbi – is one of the world's leading spirituality and values exponents and relationships experts. His 29 books, including his recently published best-seller "Kosher Jesus," have been translated into 18 languages. In October he will release hew newest book 'The Fed-Up Man of Faith: Challenging G-d in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering.' Hailed as one of the world's most gifted public speakers, he is the winner of the highly-prestigious London Times Preacher of the Year competition. For more information, visit, or follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

About Jerusalem Fund Management, Ltd: Founded by Kevin Bermeister, Jerusalem Fund Management, Ltd, is a private equity firm, focused on investment in tourism development, real estate and related opportunities in Israel with a primary focus in Jerusalem.

SOURCE Jerusalem Fund Management, Ltd