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Ambassador Shapiro Reopens New and Improved American Center in Jerusalem


JERUSALEM – U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro reopened the U.S. Embassy’s American Center in Jerusalem (ACJ) during a dedication ceremony on Monday, October 19. Ambassador Shapiro cut the ribbon inaugurating ACJ’s new and improved multi-purpose room, which boasts cutting edge multimedia capability, digital video conferencing, and expanded space for exhibitions, conferences, lectures, concerts, and other events. Ambassador Shapiro was joined at the event by Embassy and Israeli government officials, many partners in the Embassy’s people-to-people programs, alumni of U.S. government exchange programs, as well as guests and contacts of the ACJ.


“The current tensions remind us of the critical need for continuing our joint efforts,” said Ambassador Shapiro. “This new space will give us even greater capabilities to do so.”


In his remarks, American Center Director Bill Murad announced that the Center has also expanded its educational advising services under the Department of State’s EducationUSA program, and will be enhancing resources available for students interested in studying in the U.S.


For upcoming events at the American Center, visit Facebook.com/AmericanCenterJerusalem


About the American Center in Jerusalem

The American Center, an office of the Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy in Israel, strives to initiate and strengthen bonds between Israelis and the United States, and to promote understanding of U.S. policies, society, values, and culture. The Center provides a platform and venue for promoting public awareness of these topics through its library and information services, educational advising for students interested in studying in the U.S., academic, professional, and cultural exchange programs, and meetings with American experts, in cooperation with local institutions.



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