President Rivlin officially opens the visitors’ center at the President’s Residence for the general public to register after a trial period in which 30,000 people visited 

To mark the official launch of the Visitors’ Center, President Rivlin appears in a short film which can be seen at https://youtu.be/e5DISkf-rw8

President Reuven Rivlin:

“The President’s Residence is the home of all Israelis. Not of the majority, but of the whole people. The gates of the President’s Residence were not built to keep Israeli society out, but rather to give them a dignified entry to their own home. This house, when it was built in the past and now in the present, embodies a commitment that Israeli society should visit, host and be hosted at the President’s Residence in a pleasant, enriching, dignified and respectful way.” 

 

 

When taking office, President Rivlin announced that the President’s Residence would the home of the Israeli people and would allow anyone who wanted to visit and get to know Beit HaNasi. From his second year in office, a trial period began during which 30,000 visitors came to the President’s Residence. Today, the president is announcing the official opening of the gates of the Residence of the Presidents of Israel and inviting the general public to register online for the Visitors’ Center and workshops at Beit HaNasi. The visit includes a tour of the residence, information about the presidency and its role and an insight into the lives and stories of the presidents of Israel. In addition, the tour includes “Israeli Hope”, President Rivlin’s flagship program to encourage civility and partnership amongst all parts of Israeli society. 

Already, the President’s Residence hosts tours, workshops, and seminars - both for the general public and for a wide range of special groups. Since it opened, the Visitors’ Center has hosted nearly 30,000 people, including:

· 4,000 educators 

· 2,000 academics 

· 4,000 commanders from IDF, Police, Prisons Service, Mossad and Shin Bet 

· 3,500 fellows on various leadership programs and senior leaders from the public, private and third sectors 

As part of President Rivlin’s vision and the national goals of the presidency, the Vistors’ Center and its workshops welcomes groups from across the geographical and social range of Israeli society. Since it opened, groups have visited the President’s Residence from all across Israel: Raanana, Be’er Ora, Tel Hai, Sde Boker, Yarka, Kiryat Gat, Kfar Saba, the Hefer Valley, Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim, Tirat haCarmel, Eilat, Ein Nakuba, Degania, Eli, Sderot, Jaffa, Beitar Illit, and others. 

What does the visit include?

· A tour of the President’s Residence including the ceremonial areas, the history, the stories, the art, and the archeology

· Information about the institution of the presidency and the presidents of Israel whose personal stories are woven into the history of the State of Israel

· Discussion of the partnerships within Israeli society and its centrality in the vision of the presidents, particularly President Rivlin’s flagship “Israeli Hope” program 

“Israeli Hope” is the president’s flagship program to strengthen civility and partnership between the four main groups that make up Israeli society – secular, national-religious, ultra-orthodox and Arab – in key civic areas including education, academia, employment, sport, local government and others. By creating broad partnerships with government ministries and philanthropic foundations, “Israeli Hope” aims to strengthen the ‘together’ in Israeli society while respecting and giving space to each of the groups that make it up, and by so doing to strengthen the prosperity and resilience of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. 

How to book a visit?

Visiting the President’s Residence is by free guided tour only. To book a tour, please send an email to the Visitors’ Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., giving details of the group and a phone number for further details and final confirmation of time and date of the visit. 

For more information, please visit http://www.president.gov.il/VirtualTour/Pages/ToursAndVisits.aspx 

 

Photo  Credit President's Office