Celebrating 50 Years of The Jerusalem Foundation
On Thursday 22nd September, Miel performed with The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus, an exceptional group of young Palestinian and Israeli people, on the final day of The Jerusalem Foundation's 50th Anniversary Conference in the de Botton Auditorium of the Mishkenot Sha’ananim.
The Jerusalem Foundation is a wonderful organisation that creates opportunities for economic growth, education, vulnerable populations, arts and culture and heritage preservation in the region. In the last 50 years it has invested in and authored over 4,000 projects aimed to improve, shape and support the cultural infrastructure and future of Jerusalem. The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus is just one of these.
The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus empowers young singers to become leaders for peace in their communities by providing a space where they can engage one another in musical and verbal dialogue.
The Chorus chose Miel's poignant song 'Birds Without Borders' to sing with her as their emblem is the dove, the bringer of peace and protection for the vulnerable. They all then went on to sing a beautiful rendition of the Youth Chorus's 'Home', which had the audience clapping to the upbeat tempo.
I was honoured to have performed with The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Jerusalem Foundation. I'm so proud that my family is one of the 50 founding families of this wonderful organisation.
It was a very special and moving experience - a wonderful event highlighting a cause that is very close to my heart.