Bil­lion­aires to build a ‘school of lead­er­ship’

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

AN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL school of Jewish and tech­no­log­i­cal lead­er­ship will be founded in two years in Jerusalem, to fos­ter the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers in Is­rael and the Jewish world.

The project is part of an ini­tia­tive of Pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres and the non-Jewish me­dia en­tre­pre­neur Ru­pert Mur­doch. Oth­ers in­volved in­clude busi­ness­men Les­lie Wexner and Mort Zuck­er­man.

The ini­tia­tive was an­nounced by Mr Mur­doch last week at the Pres­i­dent’s Con­fer­ence in Jerusalem, orig­i­nally as a spe­cial school for tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tors.

How­ever, in a meet­ing with Mr Peres, it was de­cided that the school, which will be founded as part of one of the ex­ist­ing aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions in Jerusalem, will also serve as a train­ing­ground for prospec­tive Jewish lead­ers.

The cur­ricu­lum and the iden­tity of the stu­dents still has to be de­ter­mined. This will be the job of a steer­ing com­mit­tee to be set up at the Jewish Peo­ple Pol­icy Plan­ning In­sti­tute and the first or­der will be sign­ing on a num­ber of ad­di­tional ma­jor phi­lan­thropists to fi­nance the project.

An­other project an­nounced at the con­fer­ence is the trans­la­tion and digi­ti­sa­tion of thou­sands of his­tor­i­cal Jewish texts from across the gen­er­a­tions. The books will be avail­able on a new web­site be­ing planned by the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice that will serve as the main web por­tal for the Jewish world.

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