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      Tiberias to Build New School of Pharmacy

      Tiberias mayor announces the city will build a new school of pharmacy to be named after Maimonides.
      By Elad Benari & Hezki Ezra
      First Publish: 1/17/2012, 12:14 AM

      This past weekend, the third annual conference on the subject of the preservation of the heritage of the Rambam (Maimonides) was held in Tiberias.

      The conference centered around one of the greatest figures in Jewish history, the Rambam, who was one of the greatest halakhic authorities, philosopher, scientist, physician, and researcher. Rambam, who died in 1204 CE, was buried in Tiberias according to his wishes.

      During the conference, Tiberias mayor Zohar Oved announced that the city plans to build a new school of pharmacy in the city, which will be named after the Rambam.

      “We’re going off on a very long and important journey for Tiberias,” Oved told Arutz Sheva. This school will be more than just an ordinary school because the legacy of the Rambam in regards to herbs and medicine requires us to establish such a school close to his burial place and near the places where his spirit lies.”

      The new school will be third school of pharmacy in Israel. Currently, there is one school of pharmacy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem which is part of the Faculty of Medicine. A second school of pharmacy runs at the Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva.