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Thats the holy dirt of the Land of Israel on us!

End of a busy week!

End of a busy week! Today we worked in Kfar Teimanim/Silwan at the reclaimed Yemenite Synagogue and the Lions Gate property.
(Earlier in the week, we worked in Hevron and at Sde Boaz in Gush Etzion.
While the arabs rage, we strengthen the Jewish Presence!!!)

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Current Events

Current Events By Rabbi Ben Packer, at the Aish HaTorah world Center Aish Global. Topics include Donald J. Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו, in relation to Israeli Settlements, and Rabbi Packers reaction to BDS.

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Jewish residence in the "muslim quarter"

In the last 24 hours!

In the last 24 hours, we have moved a family into a new Jewish residence in the “muslim quarter” of the Old City of Jerusalem, delivered 80 donated prayer books for a high school in Elon Moreh (northern Shomron) and delivered new beds to new Jewish residences in Hevron!

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Here’s what I said on my recent American tour!

‘How Pres. Trump improves prospects for Middle East peace’- Jerusalem Rabbi Ben Packer

http://JooTube.TV Rabbi Ben Packer of Jerusalem Heritage House in East Jerusalem addresses Americans on how things are, and should continue to evolve positively. He responds to members of this salon, organized by Sheryl Giffis. Videography by Howard Reichman of Village Filmworks.

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Busy day!

Busy day: taking a lone soldier back to base, picking up some new synagogue furniture for the ancient synagogue in Hevron, seeing another lone soldier in the Old City and guests still working to strengthen the Jewish Presence in Jerusalem! Still not done yet!

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Havdallah in the Heritage House

June Update!

Shalom Everyone,

With your support and encouragement, we are continuing to do amazing things this summer at the Jerusalem Heritage House! Possibly the two biggest challenges facing the Jewish people today are creating strong Jewish personal identity among our youth and combating the global anti-Israel/BDS bias.

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May Update!

Shalom Everyone,
We had an AMAZING Shavuos holiday at the Jerusalem Heritage House. Packed house with “lone soldiers” and Birthright Israel extenders, various Jewish educational opportunities throughout the Old City, festive dairy meal, and prayers at the Kotel HaKatan (the “Little Western Wall).

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Profile: Satchel Kornfeld

Profile of Satchel Kornfeld one of our newest lone soldiers. Originally from Oregon, Satchel moved east after high school living in D.C. for 3 years, followed by 3 years in Maryland. After visiting Israel on the Taglit Birthright program in 2012 and learning a little about his Jewish heritage, Satchel decided to return to Israel with intensions of volunteering in the Israeli Defense Force in the Winter of 2015. After a short time in Tel Aviv, He came to the Heritage House…

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January Update!

We have had an AMAZING Birthright season, hosting tons and tons of guests! Giving constant tours, classes and advice (beds, food, HEAT, and clean laundry) to so many that stuck around to see more of what Israel and Judaism have to offer. At the same time, we did not neglect our dear “lone soldiers” and our various projects to strengthen the Jewish Presence in the Land of Israel. Whether it was raining, snowing or sunny – we made every day count!

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September Update! Year Review!

[title type=”h1″ font_size=”” font_family=”Open Sans:300,400,400italic,600,700″ line_height=”” bottom_indent=”” align=”center”]Its been an absolutely incredible year for the Jerusalem Heritage House![/title] Shana Tova – Happy Jewish New Year from the Old City of Jerusalem!! Its been an incredible year for the Jerusalem Heritage House, with more accomplishments than any newsletter could possibly contain. We had many, many highs…

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Post-Birthrighters go to a Wedding!

Heritage House took post Birthright Guests to a traditional Jewish wedding. Wedding was for the son of the founder of Israel Free spirit a provider of Birthright. [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”w” show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”400″ image_alt=”the Heritage House guests with the host of the wedding, ready to have some fun! also in the picture…

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Had an Amazing Shabbos!

Had an Amazing Shabbos! with Birthright Israel extenders and extenders from other programs, as well as random Jewish travelers and “lone soldiers” – the Heritage House was packed with mattresses on the roof and throughout the heritage house. Heres a picture from the end of third meal at the Heritage House, Help us continue hosting…

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Happy Yom Yerushalayim!

Guests of the Heritage House and Heritage House “lone soldiers” celebrate the day Jerusalem was Liberated with a BBQ in true Heritage House style. Happy Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)! [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”y” show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”400″ image_alt=”Guests and “lone soldiers” celebrate the day Jerusalem was Liberated with a BBQ in true Heritage House style.…

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May Update!

[title type=”h1″ font_size=”” font_family=”none” line_height=”” bottom_indent=”” align=”center”]Shalom Everyone! Its Birthright Season![/title] [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”u” show_border=”1″ align=”right” width=”300″ height=”200″ image_alt=”Rabbi Ben Packer, Director of the Heritage House gave a tour of the Old City to a group of “Israel 2.0″ Participants” link_title=”Rabbi Ben Packer, Director of the Heritage House gave a tour of the…

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Happy Yom Ha’Atzmaut!

Happy Yom Ha’Atzmaut! Israeli Independence day! Lone Soldiers of the Jerusalem Heritage House, and Guests of the Jerusalem Heritage House,  home enjoying a BBQ in honor of the day. Support all we do for Lone Soldiers and others in honor of Israel’s 66th birthday! http://www.heritagehouse.org.il/donate/

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Congratulations to our newest Lone Soldier!

We are Proud to congratulate Jerusalem Heritage House’s newest Lone Soldier Jeremiah James Svendsen who drafted today! may he and others continue to protect the Jewish people. [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”1″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”400″ image_alt=”a Jerusalem Heritage House Lone Soldier” link_title=”a Jerusalem Heritage House Lone Soldier” margin_top=”” margin_right=”” margin_bottom=”” margin_left=””]http://www.heritagehouse.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/jerimiyah.jpg[/image]

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House is Packed for Shabbos!

House is Packed for Shabbos with Australians, Masa Programs Participants and Lone Soldiers, looking forward to an awesome Shabbos, also check out what we have for third meal, want to sponsor next weeks, go towww.heritagehouse.org.il/donate [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”1″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”300″ image_alt=”Heritage House is full for Shabbos!” link_title=”Heritage House is full for…

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Bris of Rabbi Ben Packer’s son Arieh Packer.

The Jerusalem Heritage House would like to Wish Mazel Tov to Rabbi Ben Packer and Esther Packer on the Bris of their son Arieh Packer. Named in memory of Rabbi Packer’s Grandfather. May the Family receive lots of Nachas (joy) from the child. you can make a donation in honor of this momentous event at http://www.heritagehouse.org.il/donate/ [image target=”_self”…

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Room Cleared in Hebron!

Heritage House Guests and Rabbi Ben Packer Director of the Heritage House clear out a room in hebron. The room is part of an ancient synagogue and is now able to be used again as a synagogue and study area, thanks to the donations of shtenders to the site by generous supporters of the Heritage…

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First Olive Harvest of the Season!

Jerusalem Heritage House got up early to pick the first Olive Harvest of the Season. [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”5″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”450″ image_alt=”Red Junger Heritage House guest Harvest Olives in the Judea and Samaria.” link_title=”Red Junger Heritage House guest Harvest Olives in the Judea and Samaria.” margin_top=”” margin_right=”” margin_bottom=”” margin_left=””]http://www.heritagehouse.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/olives/DSCN5629.jpg[/image] Red Junger Heritage…

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Last Grape Harvest of the Year!

after a day of fasting and prayer on Yom Kipur, Jerusalem Heritage House Guests, on Motzi Yom Kipur, started right away on their Mitzvahs going to do the last grape Harvest of the year. Jerusalem Heritage House Guests went to Aish Kodesh, near Shiloh, for the last grape harvest of the season! We had 7 guys from the…

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Pre Yom Kipur Feast!

Its a mitzvah to eat before Yom Kippur – and we love such mitzvahs at the Jerusalem Heritage House! Thanks to our many sponsors for this incredible feast before Yom Kippur –Josh Gruenbaum, Kathryn Crosby, Steven Reiss, David Sussman, Marcy Sern Sussman, Levi Farkas, Linda Leibovits, Meghann and Ben Schwartz and others! And thanks toMatthew Glassman, Alex Ziegler and Esther Packer for planning and preparing…

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Harvesting Grapes at the Vineyard!

Not only does Jerusalem Heritage House provide free housing and accomidations in the Heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, but the Jerusalem Heritage House also provides trips, activities and tours to connect Jerusalem Heritage House’s guests to Israel and the Jewish people. One type of trip or activity is to go grape harvesting. Jerusalem…

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Congrats to Our Lone Soldier Ben Key!

Mazel Tov and Congrats to the Jeursalem Heritage House Lone Soldier Ben Key on his Swearing in ceremony to the Nahal Infantry Brigade. May he continue to have success in the army! [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”55″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”600″ image_alt=”Rabbi Ben Packer Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House and Jerusalem Heritage House’s Ben…

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working in Hebron is…

Working in Hebron is a fulfilling and rewarding experience, guests get the opportunity to visit one of the most acient cities in the world. Hebron is also one of the most important and stratigic city for israel and the Jewish people. our guests get to make a lasting impact on the city by excavating a…

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Day of Picking Grapes!!

Jerusalem Heritage House has an awesome day of picking grapes in Pnei Kedem, East Gush Etzion! [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”4″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”400″ image_alt=”Alex Winston Staff of The Jerusalem Heritage House Harvests Gapes in the Shomrom” link_title=”Alex Winston Staff of The Jerusalem Heritage House Harvests Gapes in the Shomrom” margin_top=”” margin_right=”” margin_bottom=”” margin_left=””]http://www.heritagehouse.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/IMG_0318.jpg[/image]…

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Quick Hebron trip to work on an ancient Synagogue!

Jerusalem Heritage House guests take a trip to hebron to work on the Acient Synagogue near the kever of ruth and yishai, [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”5″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”400″ height=”600″ image_alt=”Red Junger a guest of the Heritage House and Rabbi Ben Packer in front of the cave of the patriarchs” link_title=”Red Junger a guest…

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Tour and Work In Hebron

Hebron Project continues… and the Jerusalem Heritage House continues to bring guests to Hebron to tour and to work. [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”5″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”400″ height=”600″ image_alt=”Rabbi Ben Packer with Guests from the Jerusalem Heritage House in front of the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. for a day of touring and excavating,…

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Working in the fields of the Shomron

Jerusalem Heritage House went to the Shomron to work on the Vineyard there. [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”1″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”400″ image_alt=”Heritage House, guests and Director Rabbi Ben Packer Working in the fields of the Shomron near shilo” link_title=”Heritage House, guests and Director Rabbi Ben Packer Working in the fields of the Shomron near…

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Work in Hebron Continues..

the Work to Restore an Ancient Synagogue Continues with a recent trip to the holy city of Hebron. The Project is coming along but there’s still more work to be done. sponsor a trip at www.heritagehouse.org.il/donate [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”h” show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”250″ image_alt=”Heritage House Guests, and Rabbi Ben Packer Davening in the Tomb…

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Guests Tour the Old City!

Rabbi Ben Packer Give his free “off the beaten path” tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. The tour takes guests to places Birthright does not go. To sponsor a tour and support us please Donate Here [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”old” show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”400″ image_alt=”Jerusalem Heritage House Guests Look out over the old…

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Tour of Hevron with New Olim (Immigrants)

Rabbi Ben Packer, Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House gives his Famous Tour of Hevron to new Olim (immigrants), who had never been there before. [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”4″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”400″ image_alt=”Rabbi Ben Packer, Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House gives an explanation of the cave of the Patriarchs to guests of the Jerusalem…

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Tour of Hevron with Guests right off Birthright

Guests from Argentina went to Hebron for the first time! We gave them a tour and they helped out in our excavations of an ancient synagogue there. [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”3″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”400″ image_alt=”Group in front of the Cave of the Patriarchs — ‎with Andrés Lozano, Anahina Azar, Gabriel Gallina Palchik, Ben…

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Guests cultivate the Land of Israel, Planting a new vineyard

Jerusalem Heritage House Guests planted over three hundred trees in a new vineyard at the Jewish Community of Aish Kodesh, near Shiloh.   [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”1″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”400″ image_alt=”” link_title=”” margin_top=”” margin_right=”” margin_bottom=”” margin_left=””]http://www.heritagehouse.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/groupVinyard.jpg[/image]   Jack Brener a Jerusalem Heritage House “lone” Soldier plants a grape tree. [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://”…

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Guests Tour Mount Zion

Jerusalem Heritage House guests tour Mount Zion as part of a Weekly tour put on by the Israel Land Fund. The tour is every Wednesday at noon. Israel held on to it for dear life in 1948 when Jewish fighters fended off waves of Arab attacks. Mt. Zion home of King David’s Tomb is synonymous…

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Mikve Alon Tekes (Ulpan Commencement Ceremony)

The Jerusalem Heritage House had eight “lone Soldiers”  graduate from Mikve Alon, the military base in the north that teaches Hebrew to non-Hebrew speaking soldiers. Rabbi Ben Packer, Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House and Alex Winston  at the front gate sign [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”1″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”600″ height=”400″ image_alt=”Packer and Winston” link_title=””…

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Here comes the Summer!

[title type=”h1″ font_size=”” font_family=”none” line_height=”” bottom_indent=”” align=”center”]Shalom Everyone![/title] Our summer is already off to an AMAZING start at the Jerusalem Heritage House! We have been fortunate to already be able to host tons of new visiting Birthright Israel participants and other young Jewish travelers who have chosen to extend their trips here over the past…

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Our Lone Soldiers are sworn-in!

Over the past few weeks some of Jerusalem Heritage House’s “lone Soldiers” have reached important milestones in their army service. [title type=”h1″ font_size=”” font_family=”none” line_height=”” bottom_indent=”” align=”none”]Michve Alon Swearing in Ceremony[/title] [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”1″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”620″ height=”415″ image_alt=”” link_title=”” margin_top=”” margin_right=”” margin_bottom=”” margin_left=””]http://www.heritagehouse.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/mikvehtekes.jpg[/image]   Five of our newest “lone soldiers” were sworn…

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Our Soldiers

Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut are very emotional and exciting times here in Israel. This year, it was especially inspiring and meaningful as we were able to spend these significant and important days of national unity with so many of our very own “Lone Soldiers”, here in Israel on their own for the purpose of…

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Here Comes Shavuot!

In other news on what were doing these post Pesach days leading up to Shavuot – we are continuing the important excavation project of the ancient synagogue in Hevron. [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”1″ show_border=”1″ align=”none” width=”673″ height=”368″ image_alt=”” link_title=”” margin_top=”” margin_right=”” margin_bottom=”” margin_left=””]http://www.heritagehouse.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Hebron-Work-0681.jpg[/image] We have made tremendous progress and are planning to install electricity…

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Hebron trip

Guests Goes To Hebron on Passover

Visiting Hevron on Pesach! First visit for most of the guys! The entire Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs open to Jews – great first-time experience! Also visited the ancient synagogue we are excavating there – no work done on Pesach, but we’ll be ready to go right after the holiday! For now, we are…

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Starting excavations on an Ancient Synagogue in Hebron..

The Jerusalem Heritage House has started excavations on an ancient Synagogue in Hebron, Located near the graves of Ruth and Yishai, this building is thought to be Pre-crusader period and is currently filled with rocks. check back for more progress in the Jerusalem Heritage House’s attempt to excavate the site. [image target=”_self” action=”fancybox” image_action_link=”http://” fancybox_group=”5″…

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