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Jerusalem Heritage House offers our guests the ability to participate in holiday meals, classes, bar-mitzvahs, weddings,  Torah scroll dedication celebrations and many more opportunities for our guests to connect to Judaism and the Jewish people.

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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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A Young boy’s first time putting on tefillin!

A Young boy’s first time putting on tefillin!

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Today we participated in a prayer service for a young boy's first time putting on tefillin. Unfortunately, his father couldn't be there because he was brutally murdered in a stabbing attack exactly one year ago.The prayer service was held in the Western Wall Tunnels directly facing the area where the "Holy of Holies" was in the Temple. The festive dancing was held in the plaza of the Western Wall. These are the kind of results that come from irresponsible speeches and misguided UN actions and these are our responses. This young man and his family will faithfully continue their Father's legacy. It was an honor for some of our "lone soldiers" and me to participate in this simcha, especially with everything going on. #notbackingdownevenalittlebit

 

A Young boy's first time putting on tefillin!

A Young boy's first time putting on tefillin!

our guests Participating!

our guests Participating!


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world says no Jews in Hevron,

world says no Jews in Hevron,

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Obama and the UN said no Jews in Hevron, we went anyway!

At the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron!

At the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron!

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!

One less rock in the way!

One less rock in the way!

Got to talk to a few heroes.

Got to talk to a few heroes.


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class on the laws of Hanukkah

class on the laws of Hanukkah

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The laws of Hanukah, with pizza, beer and doughnuts!

The laws of Hanukah, with pizza, beer and doughnuts!

The laws of Hanukah, with pizza, beer and doughnuts!

The laws of Hanukah, with pizza, beer and doughnuts!

The laws of Hanukah, with pizza, beer and doughnuts!

The laws of Hanukah, with pizza, beer and doughnuts!


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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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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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September Update! Year Review!

September Update! Year Review!

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Its been an absolutely incredible year for the Jerusalem Heritage House!

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 throughout the year and the very low moment of losing our "lone soldier" guest Max Steinberg, hy'd, in Gaza. We remain extremely proud of Max and of all of our other "lone soldiers" that served and continue to serve. Many of our guests have made the crucial decision to strengthen their Jewish identity through education and action and some have already established faithful Jewish families that further secure Jewish continuity well into the future. This year we can say with confidence that we have successfully strengthened the Jewish People and the Land of Israel, spiritually and physically!

Accomplishments:

-Over 750 individual guests for the year

-Over 750 individual guests for the year

-Over 100 guests went on to participate in extended programs in Israel (over 50 to Yeshivas)

-Over 120 "lone soldiers" - hosted and visited, including on the Gaza border

-52 Shabbat mincha minyans with Torah reading (Thanks to the Rabinowitz Family)

-Siyum Shas Mishnayos in memory of Max Steinberg, hy'd, our beloved friend and guest, killed while heroically fighting in Gaza

-Over 1000 trees planted

-Over 1000 trees planted -Over 1000 trees planted -Over 1000 trees planted

-Tremendous progress on ancient synagogue in Hevron and surrounding area

-Tremendous progress on ancient synagogue in Hevron and surrounding area -Tremendous progress on ancient synagogue in Hevron and surrounding area

-Renovation of synagogue in West Kfar Tapuach

-Renovation of synagogue in West Kfar Tapuach

-Tons and tons of grapes harvested

-Tons and tons of grapes harvested

-Tons and tons of grapes harvested

-Tons and tons of grapes harvested

-Tons and tons of grapes harvested

-Volunteer House "Beit Shimon" - completed and ready for use! (Thanks to Simon Ghatan and Family)

-Jerusalem Heritage House Car - purchased and being used constantly! (Thanks to the Nemetz Family)

-Jerusalem Heritage House Car - purchased and being used constantly! (Thanks to the Nemetz Family)

-Jerusalem Heritage House Car - purchased and being used constantly! (Thanks to the Nemetz Family)

-The successful establishment of a new 501c3 approved non-profit entity - "Jewish Heritage Movement" (Thanks to Mark Scheiner and Family and Jay Markowitz)

I want to personally thank all of our friends and supporters from the bottom of my heart and bless each and every one for a new year of complete blessing and health.

Many of you I assume have enjoyed the quality of the updates over the past year. This is completely due to the hardwork and dedication of the House Manager, Matt Glassman. There is so much more that he does as well for the House, it can't all be mentioned here, but from making all the Shabbat and holiday meals for the House as well as updating the website, paying bills, you name it, the list goes on and on.

As we say on Rosh Hashanah in the prayers - giving tzedekah has the power to change our entire future, especially in the auspicious time right before Rosh Hashanah. Please remember the Jerusalem Heritage House and the very important work we are doing with future of the Jewish People here in the Old City of Jerusalem. Your generous support is the only way we are able to do what we do!

I am in the midst of planning a trip to the States following the Sukkot holiday, I plan to be in Los Angeles, Arizona, Chicago, Charlotte and New York. Looking forward to seeing as many friends as possible in the New Year!

Donate to Jerusalem Heritage House

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

Shana Tova,

Rabbi Ben Packer
Director
Jerusalem Heritage House


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Post-Birthrighters go to a Wedding!

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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.

the Heritage House guests with the host of the wedding, ready to have some fun! also in the picture Rabbi Ben Packer Director of the Heritage House, and Nataniel Gibson Israel free spirit coordinator.
Heritage House Guests enjoying the wedding food and drink!

Heritage House Guests enjoying the wedding food and drink!

More Heritage House Guests enjoying more Drink and more food! Heritage House provides Free Food! Fee Housing! Free experiences!

More Heritage House Guests enjoying more Drink and more food! Heritage House provides Free Food! Fee Housing! Free experiences!

Heritage House Guest enjoys the drinks and the wedding fun!

Heritage House Guest enjoys the drinks and the wedding fun!

Heritage House guests dancing the night away!

Heritage House guests dancing the night away!

Heritage House Guest (in the white) dancing at a traditional Jewish wedding for the first time!

Heritage House Guest (in the white) dancing at a traditional Jewish wedding for the first time!

Heritage House Guests do the mitzva of making the groom happy! by dancing for him.

Heritage House Guests do the mitzvah of making the groom happy! by dancing for him.

Heritage House guests enjoy even more food and drink at the wedding!!

Heritage House guests enjoy even more food and drink at the wedding!!

Heritage House guests literally dancing the night away! a great time was had by all!

Heritage House guests literally dancing the night away! a great time was had by all!


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Had an Amazing Shabbos!

Had an Amazing Shabbos!

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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 these guests by donating Here: www.hertiagehouse.org.il/donate

Heres a picture from the end of third meal at the Heritage House

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Happy Yom Yerushalayim!

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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)!


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Happy Yom Ha’Atzmaut!

Happy Yom Ha’Atzmaut!

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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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