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Israel - Jerusalem Mayor Wants to Put Faces to Street Names

Published on: February 18, 2009 09:16 AM
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Jerusalem - You’re driving through the city and you pass by all kinds of streets - Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Henrietta Szold, Golda Meir, Yigal Alon. How many of you actually know who these people are and what they look like?

Well, a new Jerusalem initiative will enable passersby to get better acquainted with the personality behind the street name.

Israel’s cities are full of boulevards and streets named after various personalities, both Israeli and foreign. Sometimes you know exactly who the name behind the street is and what they looked like, in other cases you may just have a general idea, and there are times when you have no idea whatsoever who the street is referring to.

This is why the Jerusalem Municipality has decided to embark on an operation, the first of its kind in Israel, that will allow residents to enrich their general knowledge on significant personalities.

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In the near future, the city will start replacing all signs of streets named after people with new and more detailed ones.

Each sign will feature the name of the street and a black-and-white portrait of the personality on one side, while exhibiting the person’s details, such as date of birth, date of death, and activities the personality is best known for on the other side.

The idea for the new signs was recently proposed to Mayor Nir Barkat by Zion Turjeman, director-general of the Ariel company, a subsidiary of the Jerusalem Municipality. The mayor loved the idea and appointed artist Yotam Kuperberg and entrepreneur Maya Fogel to be in charge of preparing the new street signs.

A Jerusalem Municipality source said, “Finally the citizens will be able to connect between the name and what it represents.”

The only thing that may disrupt the new initiative is the possibility that members of the ultra-Orthodox community may not appreciate seeing pictures of woman appearing on street signs all over the city.

 


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 Feb 18, 2009 at 08:24 AM PUNCH Says:

there we go again! does he think that the frumies will allow a picture of a lady like golda meir, etc.? yerushalaim will look like a mess with every second street sign being spray painted

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 08:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Too bad. If they don't like seeing the pictures of saintly yiddeshe women such as Szold and Meir, Z'l, they can look at their feet as they walk by. It is beyond beleif that even the nuttiest of the hareidim would even raise such nareshkeit. I sometimes think the writers of these new stories purposely try to dream up the "hareidi angle" for each story just to "stir the pot".

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 08:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Very important way how to spend taxpayers money. It is like the RFK bridge here in NYC.

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 08:41 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
PUNCH Says:

there we go again! does he think that the frumies will allow a picture of a lady like golda meir, etc.? yerushalaim will look like a mess with every second street sign being spray painted

You mean the Charadim would resort to graffiti, shame on you.

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 09:04 AM Just wondering Says:

How are they going to know what "rashi" , "ramban" looked like to make a picture? How about all the other streets named after taanoim and amoroim ??

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 09:13 AM Anonymous Says:

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Just wondering Says:

How are they going to know what "rashi" , "ramban" looked like to make a picture? How about all the other streets named after taanoim and amoroim ??

they can put their best image on the faces of these gadolim...there are playing cards and posters of all these gadolim advertised on VIN and other yiddeshe media where there are ads for pictures of these menchen...maybe they could change the pictures every year or two..

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 09:42 AM Whatever,,, Says:

Can they just invest in more signs, so that people can actually know what street they are on?? You know how many times I had to ask? And I want to know, how many people are actually going to read the details on the backs of the signs, as they wizz passed in their cars,,, what a waste!

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 09:56 AM Anonymous Says:

Some streets are named after a group of people, others after inanimated objects

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 10:22 AM boruch hoffinger Says:

Reply to #7  
Whatever,,, Says:

Can they just invest in more signs, so that people can actually know what street they are on?? You know how many times I had to ask? And I want to know, how many people are actually going to read the details on the backs of the signs, as they wizz passed in their cars,,, what a waste!

BS"D
This is very true! I was in Eretz Yisroel 2 summers ago and had an awful time driving a rented car. I couldn't find my way around even with a map! I can read maps.
I would come to many a corner, not know which way to turn, while motorists are honking me-a very unpleasant experience in a beautiful and holy city. An excellent way to ruin a vacation.
After returning the car my wife and I took a bus to Ramot Gimmel. Approaching one busy corner I asked the Jew i/f/o me the name of the street-he didn't know-no signs! At the very next corner the same thing.
Street signs in Israel are not as advanced as Brooklyn, NY (Or other places) where I live. Arriving in Brooklyn I see the signs for 2 streets are placed one above the other so one can see the names of both streets being approached. In Jerusalem, Haifa, Tiberias (etc?) one cannot see the cross street name. One then goes past the intersection (Not safe) to see; then again, you'll have drivers honking behind you.
Many streets in Tiberias and Haifa have no signs at all. Greeting guests is a big Mitzvah. How are guests supposed to feel 'invited' if they can't find their way around,especially in holy cities like those mentioned?
These things can lead to accidents.
The lettering on the signs is too small, compared to Brooklyn, NY etc. where they are much easier to read.
Am navon vechochom?

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 10:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Just another way for a chiloni to bring in pritzus in our holy city

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 10:43 AM Askipeh Hanidreses Says:

Nice idea, but a bad idea. Looking at the sign one second longer then needed might distract a driver and cause him to kill a pedestrian. Not the same as advertisements on highways which can also cause accidents. One difference is that when a driver knows that he doesn’t have more then a second, he won’t look at the advertisement, but a street sign is a must and after seeing the street name, the eyes of the driver can stay glued to the biographical information of the street name.

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 11:28 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Just another way for a chiloni to bring in pritzus in our holy city

Why do you say we need to bring MORE pritzus to J'ylm

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 11:28 AM Anonymous Says:

One street can have numerous signs at every intersection (that's if they're there like they should be). Does that mean that every sign will be replaced? That sure is a lot of money and I don't want to know what cutbacks they're gonna do on other things to pay for this.

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM Anonymous Says:

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Askipeh Hanidreses Says:

Nice idea, but a bad idea. Looking at the sign one second longer then needed might distract a driver and cause him to kill a pedestrian. Not the same as advertisements on highways which can also cause accidents. One difference is that when a driver knows that he doesn’t have more then a second, he won’t look at the advertisement, but a street sign is a must and after seeing the street name, the eyes of the driver can stay glued to the biographical information of the street name.

seriously get a life

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 01:03 PM Chaim B. Says:

Lemaisa I think the image of a city makes the avira " atmossphere"

I know in many cities much money was invested in the performance of its image.

So putting faces is a gr8 thing it will also educate the passerby!

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 02:34 PM HA! Says:

Why on earth would they want to put a picture of golda meir up? I thought they want to help tourists, not scare them away.

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 03:02 PM Milhouse Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Too bad. If they don't like seeing the pictures of saintly yiddeshe women such as Szold and Meir, Z'l, they can look at their feet as they walk by. It is beyond beleif that even the nuttiest of the hareidim would even raise such nareshkeit. I sometimes think the writers of these new stories purposely try to dream up the "hareidi angle" for each story just to "stir the pot".

Golda Meir was many things, but "saintly" is not one of them.

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 04:09 PM chacham Says:

what about rechov yechezkal, malachei yisrael, King david etc. what will the picture be

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 04:44 PM egghead Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Too bad. If they don't like seeing the pictures of saintly yiddeshe women such as Szold and Meir, Z'l, they can look at their feet as they walk by. It is beyond beleif that even the nuttiest of the hareidim would even raise such nareshkeit. I sometimes think the writers of these new stories purposely try to dream up the "hareidi angle" for each story just to "stir the pot".

Can you explain in what sense do you call golda Meir a saintly woman

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 Feb 18, 2009 at 07:40 PM Anonymous Says:

cute!!

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 Feb 19, 2009 at 02:10 PM Anonymous Says:

STUPID!

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