My Plan

Economic Development

  • Application of Gelbach’s business reforms: isolating the pedestrian mall as a global Jewish tourist center, and designating the industrial area as the new commercial area of Tzefat.
  • Establishing a state-of-the-art, spacious, commercial center in the industrial area on the Meron-Tzefat road, turning Tzefat into the commercial capital of the Galilee by giving it an edge over the other commercial centers in the area.
  • Establishing an advanced industrial park alongside the new commercial center, thus creating hundreds of new jobs for Tzefat residents.
  • Empowering the pedestrian mall and branding it as a global Jewish center, and opening it for varied commercial opportunities, thus establishing new jobs for Tzefat residents.
  • Theme- and activity days in the pedestrian mall to attract high-quality tourism with purchasing power.
  • Solving the problems of the pedestrian mall: 1. designating areas for parking; 2. standardized front for all businesses; 3. Redesigning the pedestrian mall, together with landscaping and regular maintenance; 4. Removing the municipality from the heart of the commercial area.

Education – Completing the Revolution!

  • Completing the revolution that was started by Gelbach and importing it to all sectors in the city.
  • Long, subsidized school day in all grades and all sectors.
  • Completing the revolution in the schools: Transferring all schools in Tzefat from temporary structures to suitable permanent, high-standard buildings.
  • Comprehensive, thorough renovation of all existing schools and kindergarten structures.
  • Completing the revolution of accessibility to classrooms, making all classrooms in the city accessible to people with various disabilities. (Acoustic classrooms for the hard-of-hearing, solutions for those in wheelchairs, etc.)
  • Expanding the educational and family plans that Gelbach brought to Tzefat: the Shalhevet plan to mainstream children with learning disabilities into the formal educational system, Big Brother program to prevent and assist at-risk youth, “Active Playground” project, “The Gift of a Future” project, the “Warm Home” project, and more.
  • Completing Gelbach’s educational revolution: building special education schools to accomodate the feeder special ed kindergartens, and earmarking budgets to operate them.
  • Building a therapeutic swimming pool.
  • Continuing and expanding the project for parental excellence and the project for parental guidance.
  • Building new community centers and public libraries in the neighborhoods (a huge community center and library in Meor Chaim, in the south, and more).
  • Your child deserves a lot more. Period.

Cleanliness and Beautifying the City

  • Adding more cleaning staff, garbage trucks and sweeping trucks.
  • Establishing a supervisory and follow-up team to check on the cleaning and maintenance staff.
  • Quick removal of hygiene hazards (within 3 hours from the time of report to municipal hotline).
  • Addition of hundreds more garbage receptacles in the area of the pedestrian mall, southern neighborhood, Meor Chaim, the Old City, and Cnaan.
  • Disinfection of garbage receptacles to prevent contamination and disease.
  • Placement of stands with plastic bags to collect dog waste and increasing enforcement of dog-owner waste pick-up.
  • Encouraging residents’ participation in preserving cleanliness by giving arnona discounts for clean buildings.
  • Extra lighting in all city streets and quick repair of faulty lighting.
  • Adding public washrooms in central areas.
  • Quick treatment for problems of broken stairs, faulty sidewalks and potholes.
  • Educational schemes to teach values of cleanliness and anti-littering in schools and in community after-school programs.
  • Tree-preservation project: adding rows of trees, green strips and gardens.
  • Building a park in Cnaan, Meor Chaim, and more, with special lanes for bicycles, walking lanes, and charming seating areas.
  • Comprehensive upgrade of Metzudah Park: exposing the ancient Metzuda and turning it into an exclusive tourist site.
  • Rethinking street names and street numbers for logical numbering.
  • Treating the neglect in open areas via landscaping alongside new, accessible crossings to connect the neighborhoods.

Construction

  • Adding thousands of housing units, and doubling the general population within several years.
  • Removing bureaucratic obstacles and establishing special committees to promote massive construction in all parts of the city.
  • Gelbach’s reform to increase construction in the neighborhoods by shortening the process of receiving a building license from 4 years to just 4 months!
  • Giving licenses for the building of succah porches in the southern neighborhoods according to a precise architectural blueprint with a standardized look.
  • Establishing norms for porches and safe rooms in all buildings that were built according to the old standards.
  • No More Red Tape in the Municipality, Period!

Crossings

  •  Applying Gelbach’s plan for crossings to save hours of walking from neighborhood to neighborhood.
  • Building organized crossings at high-traffic points, for example, to connect Keren Hayesod Street to Herzl and Hanasi Streets; to connect Tzahal Street to the Ofer neighborhood, between 13 Tzahal Street and the back of the Meor Chaim buildings, and more (12 crossings in all!)
  • Upgrading the pathway that connects the Old City with Meor Chaim. Fixing broken stairs, regular maintenance of greenery, extra lighting and benches, and more.
  • Making all crossings wheelchair-accessible.
  • Treating the neglect in open areas via landscaping alongside new, accessible pathways connecting the neighborhoods.

Transportation

Expanding Gelbach’s transportation reform as follows:

  • Connecting all the northern and southern neighborhoods with direct and circular lines to provide solutions for residents of all neighborhoods.
  • Connecting 11th Street and Lochamei Hageta’ot to the transportation system, and making them accessible to all areas of the city.
  • Introducing suitable public transportation to the entrance of the Old City and outside of it.
  • Connecting the new commercial area and the pedestrian mall area with regular, frequent transportation to all parts of the city.
  • Adding extra bus lines and stops to and from the shuk from all neighborhoods.
  • Immediately replacing the neighborhood minibuses with regular buses.
  • Applying the comprehensive plan for the fundamental overhaul of the central bus station and its accompanying traffic jams.
  • Adding extra direct bus lines to central destinations: Jerusalem (993 operational all week), Haifa, Bnei Brak.
  • Establishing a direct, frequent bus line to Tel Aviv.
  • Establishing a forum to encourage participation of the public on public transportation matters to meet residents’ needs.

Service for Residents

  • Establishment of accessible centers in every neighborhood for public petitions, with representatives from each neighborhood.
  • Reorganization of all municipal departments, and imbuing all departments with gracious manners and timely service.
  • An open door to the resident. Period!

The Old City and the Ancient Cemetery

  • Applying the comprehensive plan for the Old City, and changing the fundamental concept regarding the Old City of Tzefat. Recognizing it as the Jewish capital of wisdom and creativity, past, present and future.
  • Recruiting all federal government ministries and bringing massive budgets to preserve the Old City, beautify the ancient synagogues, in the spirit of recognizing the tremendous instrinsic value of Tzefat’s Old City.
  • Making the Old City into a strong economic anchor and a powerful boost to the municipal income.
  • Establishing a huge museum in the heart of the Old City that will tell the rich, Jewish story of Tzefat, utilizing components from the past and innovative, high-tech elements.
  • Establishing digital screens and audio stands at the entrance to the ancient synagogues and at different spots in the Old City.
  • Solving the transportation problem on Ha’Ari Street by building a bridge to connect Magen Avot Square and the entrance to the Ari forest.
  • Adding a new entrance to Tzefat from the direction of the Old City toward Highway 8900 (Kever Rabi Yehudah Bar Elai).
  • Reviving the Yaavetz plan to add hundreds of housing units on the outskirts of the Old City.
  • Charting the ancient cemetery, listing all the existing graves and works to expose and discover ancient headstones.
  • Establishing an information center at the entrance to the cemetery with information on every grave, and precise directions to them.
  • Adding safe, comfortable walkways inside the cemetery.
  • Lighting in all parts of the ancient cemetery throughout the night.
  • Thorough renovation of the Ari Mikveh, making it accessible, and branding it as a global Jewish center.
  • Addition of services: more organized parking, regular maintenance of greenery and mowing grass once a week throughout the area of the cemetery, sweeping, cleaning, and removing all traces of neglect.

Culture and Sport

  • Parks in neighborhoods such as Cnaan, Meor Chaim, and more with walking trails, bicycle lanes, and charming seating areas.
  • Adding fitness and sport facilities in existing and new parks.
  • Varied subsidized after-school programs for youth.
  • Maximum investment in entertainment: subsidized concerts, evening events, and musicians with greater frequency.