Ensuring a Jewish Presence in Hebron

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Top 10 Biblical Tourist Spots in Israel

Israel is filled with Biblical heritage sites, offering tourists various opportunities to connect with the land, people and God of the Bible. As a top tourist destination for Biblical experiences, tour guides in Israel have even been known even bring a Bible along to point out locations found in Biblical texts. Here are 10 of … Read more

Tomb of Ruth and Jesse – Great-Grandmother and Father of King David

The tomb of Ruth and Yishai

For generations Jewish people have visited the Tomb of Ruth and Jesse. Today, the refurbished site attracts thousands, especially on Shavuot. The tomb of Jesse and Ruth is the ancient site that marks the burial locations of the father and great-grandmother of King David. Some archaeologists believe the site may be connected to King David … Read more

A Tribute to Gadi and Dina Levy

Memorial for Gadi and Dina Levy

Memorial for Gadi and Dina Levy

May 17th, 2018, marks 15 years since Gadi and his pregnant wife Dina Levy were murdered by a terrorist on King David Street (Shuhada Street) Hebron.

Hebron resident Elimelech Karzen wrote about the memorial that took place:

“I did not know Gadi well, but you could not help liking this man.

For several years he lived with his wife Dina in Kiryat Arba. He found his livelihood at the local supermarket and as a delivery man. He and Dina had a difficult life, and this was a second marriage for both of them. Despite all this, Gadi always had a big smile, working with dedication while humming to himself a happy melody and greeting everyone with a friendly “shalom (hello).” His favorite part of work was making deliveries to the local neighborhoods.

On Saturdays, the couple used to pray at the Tomb of the Patriarchs and continue on a quiet Sabbath stroll through the neighborhoods of the City of the Patriarchs. It was on one of these Shabbat walks as the sun was already going down that a large group of children were walking by going to a seudat shleesheet meal.

At the same time, a terrorist dressed in a white Shabbat shirt jumped over the wall of the nearby Muslim cemetery and begins a quick walk toward the group of children, who do not notice him.

‘Yalla, we’re late!’ One of the boys suddenly called out and the whole group started running forward.

The terrorist, who came from the direction of the Abu Sneineh neighborhood, not an area where Jews usually hang around, raised the suspicion of the IDF soldiers stationed in the area. They called on him to stop, but he only increased speed and progressed towards the group of children. When he noticed that the children were running away, he abandoned them, turned to the Levy couple and activated a powerful explosive belt hidden under the white Shabbat shirt.

Every year since then, a seudat shleesheet, a third sabbath meal, has been held on this Shabbat, in Gadi and Dina’s memory. Many residents of Hebron, men, women and children participate in the meal, and Gadi’s parents, make sure to come every year.

Remember the fallen, bless the miracles and pray that we will never need any more.”

– Elimelech Karzen, 2018

Avraham Avinu Synagogue

Inside Avraham Avinu Synagogue

The Abraham Avinu Synagogue (Hebrew: בית הכנסת על שם אברהם אבינו) was built by Hakham Malkiel Ashkenazi in the Jewish Quarter of Hebron in 1540. The domed structure represented the physical center of the Jewish Quarter of Hebron, and became the spiritual center of the Jewish Community there and a major center for the study … Read more

Beit Hadassah – From Historic Hospital to Symbol of Rebirth

Beit Hadassah

The Beit Hadassah building and neighborhood have a rich past The historic Beit Hadassah complex in the Old City of Hebron dates back to 1893. The first floor was built with funds donated by the Jewish communities in North Africa. Its creation was initiated by Rabbi Haim Rahamim Yosef Franco (1833-1901), a noted scholar known … Read more