Busy day!

Busy day!

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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!

 new synagogue furniture.

new synagogue furniture.

 new synagogue furniture.

new synagogue furniture.

seeing another lone soldier in the Old City

seeing another lone soldier in the Old City

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guests still working to strengthen the Jewish Presence in Jerusalem!


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Hanukkah 2016!!

Hanukkah 2016!!

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Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah from the Jerusalem Heritage House in the liberated Old City of Jerusalem. This Hanukkah has been quite a special one, mostly because of all the attacks at the UN and in DC against us even being here.

Not surprisingly, we have responded in Maccabean style:

Chanukiah is ready for the second night in the Ancient Synagogue in Hevron!

Chanukiah is ready for the second night in the Ancient Synagogue in Hevron!

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Lighting of the Menorah outside of renovated synagogue in West Kfar Tapuach

Lighting of the Menorah outside of renovated synagogue in West Kfar Tapuach

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Lit a Menorah in the "arab shuk" in Jerusalem

Lit a Menorah in the "arab shuk" in Jerusalem

The first Menorah in 80 YEARS in the newest

The first Menorah in 80 YEARS in the newest reclaimed Jewish-owned property near the Lions Gate in the "Bab al-Huta" neighborhood of the Old City

The first Menorah in 80 YEARS in the newest

The first Menorah in 80 YEARS in the newest reclaimed Jewish-owned property near the Lions Gate in the "Bab al-Huta" neighborhood of the Old City

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

Our "lone soldiers" and guests celebrating Hanukkah

8th night!

8th night!


Last night of lighting the Menorah at the "Kotel HaKatan". Our lone soldier, Matthew Feuer, was honored with lighting one of the lamps.


Last night of lighting the Menorah at the "Kotel HaKatan". Our lone soldier, Matthew Feuer, was honored with lighting one of the lamps.


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Visited our “lone soldier”!

Visited our “lone soldier”!

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Visited our "lone soldier" Bryan Biller at his base today in the Binyamin region, north of Jerusalem!

Visited our "lone soldier" Bryan Biller at his base today in the Binyamin region, north of Jerusalem.


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Pre-Birthright Season update!

Pre-Birthright Season update!

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Shalom Everyone,
Its almost "Birthright Season" and its near the end of the fiscal year as well! We've been very busy (in a very good way!!) with our "lone soldiers" and strengthening the Jewish Presence. Please check out the pics below and consider helping us finish the year financially strong so we can continue our very important work! Your support is appreciated and essential to all that we are doing!


Visited and donated clothes to the Jewish Community of Neve Tzuf - site of some of the worst damage from recent arson attacks.

saw the damage

saw the damage

donated clothes

donated clothes

saw the Kiddush Hashem of how much clothes and supplies people have sent to help those who lost their homes.

saw the Kiddush Hashem of how much clothes and supplies people have sent to help those who lost their homes.

 


Attended the graduation of our "lone soldiers" from the army ulpan course at "Michve Alon". We brought tasty schwarma with us! Some of the "graduates" have already been accepted to special forces units. We are proud of all of them and will be with them all the way!

Director Rabbi Ben Packer with "lone soldiers" Josh Harris, Judah Baum, Jonathan Davidov and Eitan Magder.

Director Rabbi Ben Packer with "lone soldiers" Josh Harris, Judah Baum, Jonathan Davidov and Eitan Magder.

With Eitan Magder.

Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House, Rabbi Ben Packer With Eitan Magder.

With Judah Baum.

Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House, Rabbi Ben Packer with Judah Baum.

Director Rabbi Ben Packer with "lone soldiers"

Director Rabbi Ben Packer with "lone soldiers"


Started renovation work on the most recently reclaimed Jewish-owned property in the "muslim quarter" of the Old City of Jerusalem. The property that will soon house 3 Jewish families, is located near the Lions Gate and marks the first return of Jews to the area in 80 years! 

Before

Before

strengthening the Jewish Presence in the Old City of Jerusalem

strengthening the Jewish Presence in the Old City of Jerusalem


Worked on another property recently purchased by Ateret Cohanim

Taking out the trash, so we can renovate!

Taking out the trash, so we can renovate!

Taking out the trash, so we can renovate!

Taking out the trash, so we can renovate!

After

After

Workin'

Workin'


Helped move a family into another property we assisted in reclaiming.

We helped a Jewish Family move into a new Jewish property in the Muslim quarter of the old city!

We helped a Jewish Family move into a new Jewish property in the Muslim quarter of the old city!


We've been clearing out rooms of Jewish-owned houses in Hevron from 1929. You can even see the mezuzah slots in the doorways!!!

Before

Before

After! We got there!!! Another room is now accessible!

After! We got there!!! Another room is now accessible!


Continued our other work at the ancient synagogue in Hevron at the Tombs of Ruth and Yishai

Moving rocks

Moving rocks, so we can expand the usable area and strengthen the Jewish Presence!

New piece of turf in place!

New piece of turf in place! Jewish Presence strengthened!


Took Young Judea Year Coursers to a wedding in Jerusalem!

Took Young Judea Year Coursers to a wedding in Jerusalem!

Took Young Judea Year Coursers to a wedding in Jerusalem!


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Army Ulpan Graduation Ceremony!

Army Ulpan Graduation Ceremony!

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Long day inside the Green line (not our style), but anything for our lone soldiers!

Director Rabbi Ben Packer with  "lone soldiers"

Director Rabbi Ben Packer with "lone soldiers"

With Judah Baum.

Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House, Rabbi Ben Packer with Judah Baum.

With Eitan Magder.

Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House, Rabbi Ben Packer With Eitan Magder.

Director Rabbi Ben Packer with  "lone soldiers" Josh Harris, Judah Baum, Jonathan Davidov and Eitan Magder.

Director Rabbi Ben Packer with "lone soldiers" Josh Harris, Judah Baum, Jonathan Davidov and Eitan Magder.

We brought some English prayer books for the lone soldiers!

We brought some English prayer books for the lone soldiers!


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June Update!

June Update!

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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.

We are on the frontline of both these battlefields!

And every battle counts!

We are fighting everyday!

What our guests are saying!

-Taylor Wolff, Connecticut, -MASA participant Heritage House Guests stay for free in Jerusalem

"Staying at the Heritage House was one of my best experiences in Israel."                         -Taylor Wolff, Connecticut, -MASA participant

 -Jeremy Bamidele, California -MASA participant Heritage House Guest

"Todah! You all were amazing!"                      -Jeremy Bamidele, California -MASA participant

 

-Brandon Fisher, Maryland -Birthright Participant Heritage House Guests

"This was a great place to stay, making shabbat, and learning possible."                                                              -Brandon Fisher, Maryland -Birthright Participant

 

-Jeremy Schultz, Oregon -Birthright Participant Heritage House Guest

"Great bunch of guys and amazing field trips!"                                          -Jeremy Schultz, Oregon -Birthright Participant

Mazel tov to Shlomo Benjamin upon receiving the green beret of the Nachal Brigade!

Mazel tov to Shlomo Benjamin upon receiving the green beret of the Nachal Brigade!

Mazel tov to Shlomo Benjamin upon receiving the green beret of the Nachal Brigade!

 

New outdoor study area in Hevron

New outdoor study area in Hevron

More tours and work in Hevron

More tours and work in Hevron with the Heritage House

 

Old City Tours

Old City Tours Heritage House

 

Teaching at Aish!

Rabbi Ben Packer Director of Heritage House Teaching at Aish!

 

Took Birthright Extenders to a Traditional Jewish Wedding

Took Birthright Extenders from the Jerusalem Heritage House to a Traditional Jewish Wedding

 

Check out Rabbi Ben Packer's (Director of the Heritage House) recent blog posts on Arutz Sheva:

Its Birthright Season!!!

TIPH-erific!

Perfect time to strengthen the Jewish Presence!

Turn back the clock to 1999 for Kever Yosef too!

Targeting Christians

 

Due to our continuous (day and night) activity during the summer, fundraising trips are just not possible. Our priority is our guests. However, that doesn't mean we don't really need the support. Please help us continue to make this summer the most inspirational experience our guests from all over the world could ever dream of!

Please consider a monthly donation to help us continue all summer long and beyond. Your support, and only your support, allows us to do all that we are doing!

Help Us Make a Difference!

Help Us Make a Difference! Donate to the Heritage House!

Checks can be sent to:
Heritage House
c/o David Bahr CPAPC
14 Uxbridge St
Staten Island NY 10314

Canadian Donors:
KH Meoroth
(reference Heritage House)
70 Dellpark Ave
Toronto, Ontario
M6B 2TB

Rabbi Ben Packer Director of the Heritage House at the Nachal Tekkes

Rabbi Ben Packer Director of the Heritage House at the Nachal Tekkes

Thanks from
the Old City of Jerusalem,

Rabbi Ben Packer
Director
Jerusalem Heritage House


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May Update!

May Update!

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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).

Here is more of what has happened since the last update! Sorry we're too busy with Birthright guests to write more.

Celebrated Yom Yerushalayim

Yom Yerushalayim Heritage House with Baruch Marzel

Yom Yerushalayim Heritage House guys with Baruch Marzel of Hebron

Old City Tour

Heritage House guests go on Tour of the Old City

Heritage House guests go on Tour of the Old City

Donated new prayer books to the Jewish Community of "Sde Boaz" in Gush Etzion. Thanks to Mr. Alec Rubenstein for sponsoring.

Heritage House Donated new prayer books to the Jewish Community of "Sde Boaz" in Gush Etzion.

Donated new prayer books to the Jewish Community of "Sde Boaz" in Gush Etzion.

Mazel tov to Meir ben Alexander, former "lone soldier" and long time resident, on his engagement to Shlomit Bondarchuk!

Heritage House guest and lone Soldier Meir Ben Alexander and Shlomit Engagement

Heritage House guest and lone Soldier Meir Ben Alexander and Shlomit Engagement

Sent some of our "lone soldiers" to a professional basketball game in Jerusalem - sponsored by "Yashar LaChayal"

Heritage House "lone soldiers" went to a professional basketball game in Jerusalem

Heritage House "lone soldiers" went to a professional basketball game in Jerusalem

Meeting Birthright Israel groups in the Old City!

Heritage House Meeting Birthright Israel groups in the Old City!

Heritage House director Meeting Birthright Israel groups in the Old City!

Our previously secret mission is now able to be made public. We actively participated in the entrance and renovation of a property purchased by Jewish investors that was previously owned by Christian Arabs in the Gush Etzion area.

Heritage House secret mission

Heritage House working in the secret mission.

Kol HaKavod to our friend Arieh King on this tremendous accomplishment!
Read the news article here

Heritage House secret mission

Heritage House Guys help get the place ready

Heritage House at the Christian Compound Baught by Jews in Judea

Heritage House at the Christian Compound Baught by Jews in Judea

Help us continue to make this summer the most inspirational experience young Jews from all over the world could ever dream of! Your support allows us to do all that we are doing!

Help Us Make a Difference!

Help Us Make a Difference! Donate to the Heritage House!

Thanks from
the Old City of Jerusalem,

Rabbi Ben Packer
Director
Jerusalem Heritage House


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Profile: Satchel Kornfeld

Profile: Satchel Kornfeld

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Satchel Cornfeld- Lone Soldier Heritage House

Satchel Kornfeld- Lone Soldier

 

Name: Satchel Kornfeld

Age: 23

Profession: EMT

Education: BS in History

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 to experience life in the Old City of Jerusalem and has considered it home ever since. “I never thought I’d be living so close to the Kotel.”

Satchel working in the Shomron

Satchel working in the Shomron (West Bank) -Kefar Tapuach

The Heritage House has assisted Satchel to experience Israel through tours of many places and volunteer work on many projects. “Going to the West Bank in Kfar Tapuach showed me the truth about the West Bank.” “Pesach in Kfar Adomim was one of my best experiences in Israel to date and that wouldn’t have been possible without the Heritage House.”

Satchel working in shomron 2

Satchel helps build a Synagogue in Kfar Tapuach,

When asked why join the the Army at all, he said: “I believe in the state of Israel and I believe that we all need to do our best to defend it to the greatest ability we can.” Satchel is currently going through Basic Training though he will soon be informed of which unit he will be serving in.

You can follow Satchel's adventures on his blog Satuchuation .

To help the Heritage House support Satchel and our other Lone Soldiers you can Donate Here.


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January Update!

January Update!

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check out this video of the project:

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Final Thoughts!

Our thoughts and prayers are with those directly affected by terror around the World and in Israel. In times like these, we must intensify our efforts to strengthen the Jewish People and foster global Jewish unity. This is exactly what the Jerusalem Heritage House is all about and all of our friends and supporters are integral partners in achieving these goals. Please help us Strengthen the Jewish People and Israel by supporting us financially. Now's a perfect time to start a monthly donation!

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