Uri Lupolianski

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Uri Lupolianski
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Mayor of Jerusalem
In office
2003–2008
Preceded by Ehud Olmert
Succeeded by Nir Barkat
Personal details
Born 1951
Haifa
Political party Degel Hatorah
Spouse(s) Michal Schneller
Children 12
Religion Haredi Judaism

Uri Lupolianski (Hebrew: אורי לופוליאנסקי‎) was mayor of Jerusalem from 2003 to 2008 and founder of Yad Sarah.

Biography[edit]

Born in Haifa, Israel in 1951, Lupolianski studied at the Yavne School in Haifa and then attended Yeshivat Hanegev. He served in the Israel Defense Forces as a paramedic and worked as a teacher at a religious school in Jerusalem. Lupolianski is married to Michal Lupolianski (Schneller), granddaughter of Rabbi Isaac Breuer. They have 12 children.[1]

Political career[edit]

Lupolianski was Deputy Mayor, chairperson of the Planning and Building Committee and responsible for the Family Services and Community portfolio. He was a member of the National Building and Planning Committee and the Committee for the Development of Holy Places.[1] Lupolianski is a member of the Degel Hatorah party which ran for elections together with Agudat Israel in a united party called United Torah Judaism. In the 2003 municipal election Lupolianski ran for mayor under the United Torah Judaism ticket. This was part of a rotation deal which stated that in the next election the ticket would nominate a candidate from Agudat Israel. He was elected on June 6, 2003, after serving on the Jerusalem City Council from 1989.

Mayoral term[edit]

To attract students to Jerusalem's institutions of higher education, Lupolianski inaugurated the "Lupolianski Package" which offers special tuition and housing subsidies to university students renting apartments in the city center. Hi-tech workers who choose to live and work in Jerusalem are also eligible for a monthly grant to cover part of their living expenses.[2] Lupolianski was accused of preferring Jews for civil service over Arabs, and of basing municipal decisions on his religious views.[3] During his tenure as mayor, Lupolianski clashed with the Israeli gay and lesbian community for trying to stop or change the venue of their annual Gay pride parade in Jerusalem.[3][4][5]

Yad Sarah[edit]

In 1976, Lupolianski founded the Yad Sarah organization to help the elderly and disabled. The organization is named for his Polish grandmother, who died in the Holocaust. It lends out medical equipment and supplies a variety of services to the sick, elderly and lonely. Yad Sarah has a network of 6,000 volunteers working out of 96 branches, and serves all sectors of the population.[1]

Awards[edit]

Before becoming mayor, Lupolianski won the President's Volunteer Prize, the Knesset Speaker's Award and the Kaplan Prize for Efficiency. In 1994, he accepted the Israel Prize on behalf of Yad Sarah.

Holyland case[edit]

Main article: Holyland Case

On January 5, 2011 he was indicted with 17 others for allegedly giving or receiving bribes to advance various real estate ventures, particularly the Holyland development. However, unlike the others in the case, Lupolianski never received any money himself. Rather he asked that the money be sent to a Jerusalem charity that assists poor people in the city.[6] In March 2014 he was found guilty of corruption.[7]

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