The Hebron Fund/The Jewish Community of Hebron
Adar 5770 Winter 2010
Let’s Make those
By Yossi Baumol
In the middle of this cold winter, while the
oranges in Florida freeze before they
even ripen, the heroic residents of Hebron
and all of Judea & Samaria keep praying
for miracles despite the recently decreed
“building freeze”. Yet if we look back to
Chanuka, or forward to Purim, we see
quite clearly that praying for miracles is just
not enough. From the days of the Maccabees
and Mordechai & Esther down to
the miracles of the Six Day War and the
crack combat units of the IDF – the lesson
we learn is that by our ACTIONS we make
In Talmud Bavli (Brachot 20a) Rabbi Papa
asks: Why weren’t there miracles in his
times? Abaye answers: It is self-sacrifice
(messirut nefesh) which draws down miracles
Elsewhere in the Talmud (Baba Metsia
106a) a shepherd who abandoned his flock
just before it was attacked by lions is found
to be liable. “Had I been there, I would
have been killed by the pack of lions along
with the sheep!” says the shepherd. Explains
Tosafot: He is to blame. He should
have been there on duty. Had he been
there, maybe he would have been
miraculously infused with a “spirit of
heroism” the way
King David was
and would have
The message from
both sources is the same.
We must push the envelope.
If we want to succeed
in war, the self-sacrifice of
straining every G-d given muscle
and human resource is necessary to
make those miracles happen. If we want to
rebuild the desolate ruins of Zion and Hebron
we need to be there through thick
and thin, on duty 24/7 with great dedication
and self sacrifice. If the US Post office
can say about itself: “Neither snow nor rain
nor heat nor gloom of night, shall stay
these couriers from the swift completion of
their appointed rounds", what can we say
here in Hebron, despite the “freeze”!
Please look at the projects in the back
section of this newsletter. Hebron has many
urgent needs which are not being met. We
need your help more than ever.
WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE. You are our
partners. During difficult financial times
your messirut nefesh and self-sacrifice
take on new proportions. Together,
with renewed dedication
on both sides of the ocean, we
will continue to make miracles
happen here in Hebron!
A sneak peak of
what’s inside this issue!
Let’s Make Those Miracles Happen! . . . Cover
By: Yossi Baumol
The Slonimer Rebbe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 2
– Why giving to Israel comes first!
Adapted from Netivot Shalom
Doctor Abraham who shattered . . . . . . page 3
his father’s idols
Translated from Chabad’s Shichat HaShavuah
A Special Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 4
By: David Wilder
A Home Run for Hebron . . . . . . . . . . . . page 5
By: Yossi Baumol
Sharing the Burden in Hebron . . . . . . . page 8
By: Yoni Bleichbard
Hebron “Project Connections” . . . . . . page 10
Hebron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 12
By: Robbie Knopf
Menachem Livni: The New . . . . . . . . . page 13
Director-General of the
Jewish Community of Hebron
Life Today in Hebron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 14
Shabbat Chayei Sarah . . . . . . . . . . . . page 15
Thank You to Host Communities . . . . page 15
Hebron Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 15, 16
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The Slonimer Rebbe –
Why Giving to Israel
Adapted from Netivot Shalom, Parshat Lech Lecha
(with special thanks to Shimie Klein!)
They (the great Rabbis) always made it
their business to be the fundraisers for Israel.
They continuously traveled so much
and with such self-sacrifice for Israel because
they had a mystical purpose. If they
couldn’t be physically in Israel, they
wanted at the very least to busy themselves
with Eretz Yisrael. Our Rebbe from
Slonim, may his memory protect us, used
to sign his name “he who sleeps and
dwells in Tiberias”. He sent to Israel three
of his grandchildren and the choicest of
his disciples in order to help renew the
Jewish community there. When asked
why he did this, he said that prior to the
advent of the Messiah there would be a
time of great darkness, and he wanted
that here in Israel there should be an oasis
where all could come and benefit from
When we heard this at the time how
could we have understood? — considering
the wholesale desolation of the Holy
Land compared to Europe where all our
people thrived! Today, however, after the
Holocaust, in our great sins — only now
do we understand, because now we see
that the “source” has finally returned to
the Holy Land.
All the great saints from the Baal Shem
Tov down, even though they were not
physically in Eretz Yisrael, they were nevertheless
tied to the land. All their aspirations
were focused on Eretz Yisrael, they
sent money for the upkeep of the land —
all because a person is considered to be
where his soul is, not necessarily where his
body is… We pray that both conditions
should be realized “Within the sons of Israel”
and “While they are on the Land”—
(settling Jews on the Land) this is what
draws the Divine providence down to
earth bringing us all a plentitude of blessings
and good fortune.
This is why the great ones spoke and
made such a fuss about Israel and giving
money to Israel and established the precedent
that the Land of Israel is the basis of
all holy things.
Under all conditions one must first
and foremost contribute money to
Eretz Yisrael in order to be bound to
the land — the source of Divine
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Who Shattered his Father’s Idols
Translated from Chabad’s Sichat HaShavuah, Parshat Chaye Sarah
Ayear ago, Dr. Aaron Abraham was the ICU Director at the
prestigious Kennedy Medical Center in Mumbai, India. The
horrific terror attack at the Chabad House last year caused
him to leave India and go to Israel. “This house was the center of
my life,” he says with pain. “We always spent Shabbat and holidays
there. The terrorists took away part of me, they took my very
soul. Following the incident, I decided to leave India and go to Israel.
I have no more business there.”
Dr. Abraham currently resides in Kiryat Arba examining job opportunities
suitable to his expertise and experience. Completing
the conversion process which he and his wife and children began
in India, he has closed one chapter of his life story in a most unusual
Confrontation with his father
Originally named Vagirds Frads, Dr. Abraham’s story is very reminiscent
of his new namesake. His father was a senior Hindu cleric.
“He had all kinds of statues, and he attributed to them special
powers. I couldn’t understand how my father honored a manmade
statue. I didn’t understand why Mother bothered to prepare
food for these idols - sometimes I secretly went and ate it
Once he graduated high school, he began to openly confront his
father. “I told him – How can you believe in this nonsense? Father
heard and said nothing, he had no answers. One day I took a hammer
and simply smashed the statues. He shouted at me: “The gods
are angry!” I answered him: “If they’re angry, let them do something,
let them put themselves back together again!”
Identification with Abraham, the first convert
The young man left his village and enrolled to study medicine at
the University of Mumbai, where he made contact with Christian
students. They saw he was looking for faith, and gave him a Bible.
“A new world opened before me,” he recalls excitedly. “I eagerly
read the Psalms and became acquainted with the story of Moses
and Abraham and the saga of the Jewish People.”
He successfully graduated and became a doctor specializing in
one of the medical centers in Mumbai where he met his wife, who
worked there as a nurse. She followed his interest in the Bible.
After they married they decided to change their family name to
‘Abraham’, following the admiration they felt for Abraham. He
also decided to change his first name to Aaron. “Aaron the priest
was a wonderful person, full of glory,” he explains with a smile.
That Terrible Night
They gradually made the decision to convert and become fullfledged
Jews. They were tempted to undergo a Reform conversion,
thinking they were already Jews. Then they met Chabad
emissaries Rabbi Gabi and Rivki Holtzberg HY”D in Mumbai. The
Holtzbergs approached him about their own sick child (who later
died from the disease). As his connection with the Holtzbergs
deepened, Dr. Abraham realized that a Reform conversion was
not enough. He began studying Judaism with the Rabbi, while his
wife studied with the Rabbi’s wife.
“Our whole life centered around the Chabad House,” he said in
a trembling voice. “It’s the only place where we could get kosher
food. Gabi and Rivki were our guides, we didn’t do a thing without
them. They provided us with a Jewish education and we
helped them with medical care for their sick child. We began a
process of true conversion and discovered the extraordinary
beauty of the Torah commandments.
Then came that terrible night, and they took away my master...”
His voice cracks in grief, sobs a few moments and says:
“But what we learned from Gabi and Rivki
will accompany us and our children
forever and ever!”
Hebron Chief Rabbi Dov Lior and Dr. Abraham
“We began a process of
true conversion and
of the Torah
Having completed their conversion, Aharon and Ruth Malka Abraham
married at Ma'arat HaMachpela in Hebron, on the first anniversary of the
murder of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg HY”D.
Hebron Today Adar 5770/Winter 2010 3
A Special Dinner
by David Wilder
What made this dinner so ‘special?’ It’s not easy to
describe in words – I guess you had to have been there.
The atmosphere, the warmth, the electricity present for
those few hours, was really unique. I’ve attended many
such events, but don’t remember one as pleasant and as
memorable as this one. Here’s the proof: Usually, as
dinners draw to an end, not too many people are still
hanging around; they’ve eaten, watched the show, had
dessert, made their donation and left. This time around,
people were literally requested to leave and were shown
to the door, before the witching hour for which we had
rented the hall, struck twelve. I don’t ever before recall
guests being asked to leave. It was a really, really
enjoyable evening. I can honestly say that anyone not
there missed a worthwhile, meaningful and pleasant
evening. But don’t despair. They’ll be another one next
year. Whoever would like to still show some tangible
support for Hebron – we need your help and support
now and throughout the year!
Citi Field awaiting Hebron’s Guests
The Prayer for Israel’s MIA’s recited by Hebron Security officer Yoni Bleichbard together with
Hebron Chabad House Director Rabbi Danny Cohen.
Dinner Co-Chairperson Harriet Deutsch on right and husband Jack introducing their cousins
Rabbi Asher and Tova Schonkopf to our guests from Hebron.
Beit Orot Honoree Prof. Linda Allen with husband Elliot, brother ZOA Chairman Dr. Alan
Mazurek and former Hebron Fund President Lenny Gamss.
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2008 Lev Avot U’Banim Awardees, Hebron Board member Jay Knopf
& son Robbie with David Wilder.
A Home Run
by Yossi Baumol
It all began with the
simple desire to cut
expenses and hold our
annual dinner at a more
humble venue in recessionwracked
through a trade magazine
during her lunch break at the
Hebron Fund office, an ad in a
trade magazine about Citi
Field caught the eye of our
own Esther Shifra Mahatuf.
Chanie Klein - former honoree
and soon to become Dinner
Co-Chairlady - heard of the
idea and renewed and
redoubled her request that
we not hold the dinner at a
Manhattan hotel this year.
When Harriet Deutsch –
another former honoree and
major supporter – agreed to
step up to the plate, with her
tremendous talents and
dedication as the other
Dinner Co-Chairlady, the stage
was set for one of Hebron’s
most memorable events.
Morris, Jennifer and Elena Abraham happy to get a “Peace” of the action.
Hebron Today Adar 5770/Winter 2010 5
This year, claiming to represent 11 virtual
organizations, Adalah-NY, an extremist,
fringe group which demonstrates against
every good Jewish cause from “Friends of
the IDF” to Prof. Alan Dershowitz, orchestrated
an email and telephone campaign
to convince the NY Mets to cancel our dinner.
A counter-campaign was successfully
organized by Rabbi Pesach Lerner of the
National Council of Young Israel and a new
organization called “Z Street”. The Mets
stuck to their guns and over 600 guests
filled Citi Field’s Caesar’s Club for another
fantastic Hebron Fund Annual Dinner.
Another unique facet of this year’s dinner
was the fact that one of the main honorees
actually lives in Israel! Our Bonei Hebron
Awardees Josh & Sherrie Miller went on
Aliya from Great Neck to Jerusalem’s German
Colony in 1989 and have been staunch
supporters and frequent guests in Hebron.
In addition to Hebron, Josh & Sherrie are actively
involved in other worthy causes such
as “Nishmat”, “Mibreisheet”, “Netzer Hazani”
and especially “Choice of the Heart,” a
non-profit organization co-founded by Sherrie,
which promotes marriage education for
nearly-weds and newlyweds.
While our Chasdei Avot Awardees
Danny & Tova Lieberman do not live in Israel,
they visit their extensive family in Israel
very often. Hebron has always been part of
that family and Danny & Tova have taken
part in many important events in Hebron –
living in Beit HaShalom during the height of
the struggle, visiting the Federman farm just
after its destruction and joining us for Shabbat
Chayei Sarah again and again.
No Shabbat Chayei Sarah would be complete
without the presence of our Torat
Hebron Awardees Rabbi Aaron &
Karen Goldscheider. Rabbi Goldscheider’s
Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation is
the only synagogue in the world which has
consistently come to Hebron for Shabbat
Chayei Sarah and this, as well as all the
wonderful community work the Goldscheiders
are involved in, need to be emulated
by other communities.
Lev Avot U’Banim Awardees Bernie &
Debbie Thau are long time Hebron activists,
with Bernie serving on the Hebron Fund
board for many years. Again and again they
have galvanized their community of Fair
Lawn to come out in support of Hebron.
Their love of Eretz Yisrael has served as an example
for the next generation with two married
daughters making their home in Israel.
Noam Arnon, Hebron’s veteran
spokesman and scholar-in-residence was
awarded the 2009 “Lion of Zion”
Moskowitz Prize for Zionism in an impressive
ceremony held in the City of David
on Jerusalem Day. What would be more fitting
at our dinner than honoring both Noam
and the Moskowitz family for this superb
Zionist initiative and fantastic achievement.
So many things set this dinner apart from
other dinners. Was it the “Hebron Heroes”
baseball cards (limited edition) we distributed?
The Hebron Fund “stress ball” we
gave out (for use while watching CNN or
other similar media)? The lack of other
speeches besides Noam’s moving 5 minute
call to action?
There is no doubt that there was another,
deeper reason for such a successful
evening – the people involved: Our dedicated
honorees, our savvy and hardworking
dinner chair ladies Harriet Deutsch and
Chanie Klein, Scroll of Honor chairman Dov
Stern and especially our awesome office
staff – Esther Shifra Mahatuf and Ester
Arieh as well as office temp Aviva Seriadski
who all worked round the clock to make
the 2009 Hebron Fund dinner the success
that it was.
Whatever the case, it seems we touched
all the bases and literally hit a “Home Run”
Over 600 guests packed Caesar’s Club for the first major Jewish dinner held in Citi Field
Rabbi Pesach Lerner, National Council of Young Israel Executive Vice President
and Moskowitz Prize for Zionism Committee Member, presenting Noam Arnon
with his award as the personal representative of the Moskowitz Family.
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Noam Arnon catching up with old friends Dr. Michael & Shandee Fuchs
and Dr. Morris & Rickie Platt.
Bonei Hebron Awardees Josh & Sherrie Miller with close friends Yossi & Sarah Baumol.
Sarah was Sherrie’s Flatbush Yeshiva classmate from first grade.
Josh & Sherrie Miller with son Judah & daughter-in-law Dina.
Hebron Municipal Council Chief Avraham Ben Yosef presenting the Torat Hebron Award
to Rabbi & Mrs. Goldscheider together with Teddy Pollak and David Wilder.
Torat Hebron Awardees Rabbi & Mrs. Goldscheider with some of their children.
Danny & Tova Lieberman receiving the Chasdei Avot Award
from Hebron Fund Director Yossi Baumol.
Chasdei Avot Awardees Danny & Tova Lieberman and family.
ThauAward – Bernie & Debbie Thau receiving the Lev Avot U’Banim Award from David
Wilder with Rabbi Simcha Hochbaum on right.
Lev Avot U’Banim Awardees Bernie & Debbie Thau and family.
Hebron Today Adar 5770/Winter 2010 7
By Yoni Bleichbard
We are frequently asked by
our friends “What can we
do to help Hebron? How can
we help secure the safety
and wellbeing of the
Hebron community? How
can we help them live
almost normal lives?
Yoni Bleichbard is our “RavShatz” (acronym for “Military Supervisor of Ongoing
Security”). As Hebron’s Security officer for the last 10 years, he was on site for all
the tragic terror attacks. The ten month old baby Shalhevet Pass died in Yoni’s arms
when he took her from her mother, seconds after the shooting. On another occasion,
under heavy fire, Yoni led a group of Hebron’s immediate response team into
the battle at “Worshipper’s Lane” where Col. Dror Weinberg and 11 others were
Despite his difficult experiences, this young man continues his work with dedication
and enthusiasm. Born in Petach Tikva, Yoni lived for a number of years in Altanta,
Georgia. A graduate of the prestigious Midrashat Noam High School, Yoni
went on to study at Yeshivat Shavei Hevron, married the Rosh Yeshiva’s daughter
and made Hebron his home after serving in the IDF as assitant to General Noam
Tibon, IDF commander of Judea & Samaria. Yoni has five children, including a son
named Dror Amichai – named after Col. Weinberg.
Due to his family’s service in Atlanta, Yoni has quite a good command of English
and has been increasingly “drafted” into the ranks of popular Hebron spokesmen
touring the US. Over the past year or two, Yoni wowed the crowds across central
New Jersey, Staten Island, Chicago and Atlanta. Yoni has volunteered to spend Israel
Independence Day in the US this year and will be joining Minister of Diaspora Affairs
Yuli Edelstein at a Gala Hebron fundraiser which will take place on April 14,
2010 at the home of Dr. & Mrs. Yigal Yahav in Skokie, Illinois. We are also hoping to
hold events with Yoni in Teaneck and Monsey over the Yom Ha’Atzmaut weekend.
Yoni has asked to share some thoughts with his friends across the US.
The truth is, the best thing you can do
is to simply come and visit - take part in
a Hebron Fund tour. By doing this, you
not only strengthen the connection with
the Hebron community and make them
feel loved and appreciated, you also
help our soldiers and armed forces
secure the area, by making a strong
show of a constant Jewish presence. You
help Hebron in displaying normalcy, just
by walking fearless and proud as if you
were in any other Jewish city.
This action, however immensely
important it may be, is not a solution for
those finding the trip to Hebron
difficult. However, there are additional
ways in assisting with Hebron's security.
It may be just a small effort, but these
things help secure our community.
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1. Training Emergency
Funding a training day for the emergency first-response
team of Hebron - This team is made up of volunteers, who
are the first to arrive during a terrorist attack. These volunteers
leave their families and jobs in order to save Hebron
residents and soldiers alike. .
The team includes 24 volunteers that train once a month
and are on alert 24\7.
One of these training days costs only $1800, but it can
make all the difference in a time of crisis!
1,800 Day of Training
3. Project “Adopt a Soldier”, the
Jewish Community of Hebron’s
500 soldiers actively guard the Hebron area around the
clock, in attempt to preserve peace and quiet. In gratitude
to these soldiers we arrange numerous activities so that
our soldiers feel warm and loved.
Every week a group of Jewish Hebron children distribute
coffee and special treats at every post, supporting
and cheering on our soldiers. It is heart warming to
see the look on our soldiers’ faces on a rainy winter day,
when a group of children approach them with a hot
drink and a tasty pastry.
Every Friday, the women of Hebron bake cakes and distribute
them at all posts, so our soldiers can have a taste
of home in honor of the Sabbath. Each soldier receives a
homemade cake and a ‘Dvar Torah’ page, something to
read while guarding the posts, during the long shifts on
Once their shift is over, the soldiers who are done
guarding enter the dining room for a Sabbath meal.
There they receive sweets and beverages that the Hebron
community buys as a token for all their hard work. This
is what you can do for our soldiers on duty:
2. Maintaining and Acquiring
Emergency First-Aid Equipment
Our security department has three ambulances on-call on
a constant basis, in order to provide proper medical response
and treatment to all guests and citizens of Hebron. The
emergency staff keeps renewing the medical care with advanced
emergency equipment. The emergency staff, which
includes the paramedics and doctors, is on call 24/7. A donation
of just $1000 goes a long way in keeping them
equipped and prepared.
1,000 Emergency First-Aid Equipment
A Round of Treats
Coffee & Cake
Shabbat Cake & Torah Sheet
Pizza & Drinks for the Entire Platoon
Welcome or Farewell Party
for the Entire Platoon
Hebron Today Adar 5770/Winter 2010 9
The word Hebron means “connection”
and indeed, Hebron is a place of many connections:
The interface between Heaven and Earth;
The meeting place of our ancient heritage and dreams for the future!
The ancient bond of a nation to its land;
The City of the Fathers and the Sons, making us all one family!
Heaven & Earth
Machpela is the traditional site of the gateway to Paradise.
That’s why Abraham chose to bury his family here.
Past, Present & Future
A nation without a past can have no future.
Our hopes and aspirations flow from the inspiration from the
past. That is why King David began his rule as king here, as the
Zohar states he came, “To connect with his forefathers in
Hebron to ensure a viable monarchy.”
A Nation & Its Land
Hebron was the first home to the first Jew and Machpela
was the site of the first Jewish real estate purchase.
When children and grandchildren unite in paying homage to
their common ancestors we know we are all one big family.
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Spearheaded by a group of young Boca Raton businessmen & doctors
Like a tree,
a nation needs
roots if it is to
The Great Divide
One of the greatest problems challenging us today is the ongoing erosion of both Jewish and
Zionist values among Israeli youth. The cracks in Israeli society threaten to drive many of our most
talented youth overseas, undermine the motivation of our armed forces and de-stabilize the basic
truths that unite us as a nation.
Hebron means Connection!
The word Hebron in Hebrew means “connection”. Hebron is the way we can connect our youth to
their roots. We have found that the Jewish concept – “Emet M’Eretz Titzmach” – “Truth Springs
from the Ground” is more valid today than ever before. Boring formal lectures and textbooks cannot
touch the hearts of our young people. They must experience our ancient history with their own eyes
and see firsthand the application of age old principles to modern times. It is when they walk over the
very bedrock of our civilization, reach out and touch the very roots of our people and drink directly
from the wellsprings of our tradition – only then can they begin to appreciate their unique heritage.
– Hebron & The Hebrews, Jews & Judea!
We must make an enormous effort to reach out to the non-observant population that is
unconnected to Jewish tradition and to bond them with the historic heritage of the Jewish People in
Hebron, Gush Etzion and the Judean Hills. We must extend Noam Arnon’s expertise with the IDF and
Simcha Hochbaum’s great success with English speaking groups to all parts of Israeli society.
This is YOUR Connection!
We need your help now to increase and deepen the
connection with the non-observant public. We must
focus on younger, secular students from high schools
and pre-military programs. If we bring hundreds of
thousands of youth to Hebron in the coming years –
together, we can change the face of Israeli society!
For every $1000 donation you can bring an entire
busload of unaffiliated youth to Hebron for a lifechanging
experience they will never forget.
for every $1000 donated another project connections bus is on it’s way!
Hebron Today Adar 5770/Winter 2010 11
by Robbie Knopf
My name is Robbie Knopf and I am 13 years old. On November
17th 2008, I experienced the greatest honor of
my life, so far, when I was honored, along with my dad,
by the Hebron Fund with the Lev Avot U’Banim Award. It is a
night I will always remember.
My introduction to Hebron began in the classrooms of Yavneh
Academy in Paramus, New Jersey. I knew that Hebron was one
of the 4 Holy Cities. I also knew that in the Torah, Avraham
bought Maa’rat HaMachpelah in Hebron to bury Sarah. I also
knew that one of the spies sent out by Moshe, Calev, went to Hebron
and davened there and as a reward got the land as his Nachalah-
This past summer I had the opportunity to travel to Israel with
25 family members and friends for a 12 day trip during which I celebrated
my Bar Mitzvah. I had the chance to visit all 4 holy cities.
We started up north in the Galil and Golan, and spent a day in Sfat
where we visited the shuls of the ARI and Rav Abuhav. We went
on to Tevaria where we visited the graves of Rambam and Rabbi
Akiva. On a Thursday in Yerushalayim I was called to the Torah
and leined at the Kotel among many other Bar Mitzvah celebrations.
On our last day in Israel, my family and I went to Hebron
where I was called to the Torah for an aliyah in celebration of my
I wasn’t sure what I was going to find in Hebron. I knew that
there was controversy surrounding the city. From my father, who
has supported Hebron for as long as I can remember, I heard that
it was one of Israel’s most holy cites and land that had been “purchased
by Avraham at above market value” so that it was very
clearly Jewish property.
At some point, I realized that not everyone supported maintaining
a Jewish presence in Hebron. The government’s strategy
was to give away land to the Arabs to make peace. I knew that
there are more Arabs then Jews in Hebron and that there is a large
IDF presence there to maintain the safety of the Jewish commu-
“I didn’t find a stressed or dying community but,
rather a young, vibrant and content one. I saw
children doing things my sister and I like to do!”
12 Hebron Today Adar 5770/Winter 2010
nity. What would we find in Hebron? What would the people be like? Would
I feel in danger? Is it a healthy Jewish community? How many people would
be davening in Maa’rat HaMachpelah? Do the Jews in Hebron live normal
Israeli lives? Is it a sad and stressful existence for the Jew there?
My family was picked up from our hotel in Jerusalem to go to Hebron in
what looked like a regular car. My mother seemed a little nervous about
that and when she asked, the driver told us that the car had bullet-proof
windows. We drove through security, crossing the green line. When we arrived
in Hebron, we were greeted and escorted to Maa’rat HaMachpelah by
Hebron’s official spokesman, David Wilder.
We went up many stairs where I encountered my first surprise. On our
way to the shul we passed room after room of young children being taught
by their teachers. When we reached the shul, we found not a handful of people
but approximately 75 people there. There were young and old—but all
energetic. They were singing loudly. They were welcoming me and my father.
After my aliyah people there danced with my dad and I in a circle. The
dancing went on and on!
After that, we were taken on a tour by an American born resident of Hebron,
Rabbi Simcha Hochbaum, Hebron’s director of tourism. He seemed
so familiar as though he could be our next door neighbor back in Teaneck.
He gave us a tour of Maa’rat HaMachpelah. Then we got back in the car and
were driven up the hill on a winding road past many soldiers. Our guide then
showed us the first homes (trailers)
in modern Hebron. I saw older kids
riding bikes and smaller kids playing
in a playground. People looked like
they were happily going about the
activities of a vital community. We
also were shown the Avraham Avinu
shul and the gravesite of the people
who died during the tragic massacre
of the Jewish community in Hebron
Then the Hebron Fund’s executive
director Yossi Baumol took us
to the Shalom House which is the
Robbie with his parents and sister.
most recently acquired building in
Hebron. We said hello to the soldier
who was guarding the building. We passed bicycles in the corridor and
then saw the spaces carved out for individual families to live, often separated
only by a shower curtain. We saw how families lived there without certain
basic necessities such as electricity. From the rooftop, we could see for miles.
Yossi pointed out the excellent view of the road between Kiryat Arba and
Hebron. It was easy to see what a critical and strategic location the Shalom
Clearly, Hebron isn’t your typical town. The residents contend with day to
day problems and obstacles that are so different from anything I have ever experienced.
But, there were familiar elements also. I didn’t find a stressed or
dying community but, rather a young, vibrant and content one. I saw children
doing things my sister and I like to do. I saw families laughing and
doing laundry. I saw a community that I felt a great deal of respect for and
one which I find so natural to lend my support to. Thank you to the Hebron
Fund for giving me this opportunity to join my father in support of Hebron!
The New Director-General
Hebron Director-General Menachem Livni (l) with
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon (r)
The Jewish Community of Hebron is
happy to announce the return of Menachem
Livni as the new Director-General
of the Hebron Jewish Community.
Menachem headed up the community in the
early 1980’s when the first steps were taken
to return Jews to their property in Hebron.
After the community was off to an auspicious
start, Menachem set off on a career in the
world of high tech. Heading up the Mofet
B’Yehuda start-up “incubator” until it was
successfully sold to private investors, Menachem
also served on the board of directors
of a number of high tech corporations. He
also is the owner of the S’dei Calev Orchards
Menachem wishes to thank the former Director
Rabbi Hillel Horowitz for all he has
done for Hebron. Rabbi Horowitz left his position
two years ago and does not represent
the Jewish Community of Hebron.
In addition, Menachem would like to thank
Hebron Municipal Chairman, Mr. Avraham
Ben Yosef for all his help during the interim
period when the position of director was not
We all look forward to redoubling our efforts
for Hebron — with your continued help
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Save the date!
Parshat Chayei Sarah, October 29-31, 2010
● Join 30,000 other Jews from Israel and around the world in celebrating Shabbat
Chayei Sarah in Hebron – the most unforgettable Jewish experience of a
● Three sumptuous Shabbat meals at the Gutnick Center together with leaders of
the Jewish Community of Hebron and other public figures, accommodations at
● Meet the true heroes of Israel on tours to unique pioneering towns and projects.
leading a tour of
One of many
gathering on lawns
(These pictures received from non-Jewish journalists)
TO THE COMMUNITIES
WHICH HOSTED US DURING 2009 INCLUDING:
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: HIGHLAND PARK, SKOKIE,
LINCOLNWOOD, WEST ROGERS PARK
FLORIDA: HOLLYWOOD & MIAMI BEACH
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
NEW JERSEY: WEST ORANGE, ELIZABETH, HILLSIDE,
LIVINGSTON, SPRINGFIELD, FAIR LAWN
NEW YORK: WEST HEMPSTEAD, GREAT NECK,
LOWER EAST SIDE, MT. KISCO, STATEN ISLAND
FOR 2010, IN ADDITION TO THE PLACES WE’VE BEEN TO ALREADY,
WE ARE PLANNING EVENTS IN MANY PLACES INCLUDING:
NORTH WOODMERE, YI EAST NORTHPORT, TEXAS, 5 TOWNS,
LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, MONSEY, NEW JERSEY, FLATBUSH,
WEST HEMPSTEAD, MANHATTAN, BALTIMORE
WE WOULD LIKE TO COME TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AS WELL
– BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please call our office today to bring Hebron to your community!
— 2010 —
$100,000 – Annual Upkeep of the Maara - Staff, website, cleaning, etc.
$90,000 – Purchase of New Hebron School Bus (16 seater)
$80,000 – Dedication of Archeological Gardens or 1 of 7 Machpela
“Gardens of Eden”
$72,000 – Dedication of Adult Outdoor Gym and Park behind
$60,000 – Renovation of the Avraham Avinu Shul
$60,000 – Hebron Day Camp - 200 children for 5 weeks
$50,000 – Sponsorship of Holiday Musicfest at Maarat HaMachpela
$36,000 – Dedication & Renovation of Entrance to the Avraham
Avinu Jewish Quarter
$26,000 – Dedication of Room in the Beit Haddassah Museum
$25,000 – Purchase of ATV for security patrols and snow emergencies
$20,000 – Sponsorship of Main Selichot Event
$18,000 – Sleep Away Camp - 170 Children camp out in a JNF campground
for 5 days
$18,000 – Sponsorship of 1929 Memorial
$18,000 – Playground or Park (Near Fink House, B. Hadassah, Gan Elazar
$16,000 – Overhaul of Children’s Computer Club ($1500 per unit including
$15,000 – Renovation of Hebron Gym & Workout room
$12,000 – Annual support of 1 Kollel Family
$10,000 – Soldier Hospitality Program – One Year
$9,000 – Renovation and Renewal of Beit Haddassah Synagogue
$8,000 – Installation of 12 park benches and sitting areas
$7,200 – Renewal of Beit Haddassah Basketball Court
$7,200 – Air Conditioning, Beit Haddassah Museum
$5,000 – Dedication of Ambulance garage
$5,000 – Supporter’s Plaque in the Gutnick Center.
$3,600 – Summer Camp Day Trip – day of swimming or amusement park
rides for 200
$1,800 – Mini Fire Engine
$1,000 – Fund one Project Connections day bus tour for unaffiliated
$1,000 – Adopt a Club – Subsidize one of the many extra-curricular programs
we offer our children such as computers, sewing, art, martial arts, dance,
drama, music, Torah, etc.
$1,000 – Sponsor a Children’s “Siyum” at the Mearat HaMachpela
$500 – Sponsor a Mini-Vacation for a Hebron Mother
Picture of February 1,
2010 – JM in the AM live
broadcast from Hebron.
Left to right: Noam
Arnon, Yoni Bleichbard,
Baumol, Nachum Segal,
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Springtime Purim/Pesach Holiday Projects
There is a recession on – choose your charity wisely.
The heroic families of Hebron need your Purim & Pesach charity more than ever!
PURIM is a time when we celebrate Jewish Heroism.
This year make a point of sharing your joy with the heroic families of Hebron!
Springtime Purim/Pesach Holiday Projects
$250 Kimcha D’ Pischa – Maot Chittin for one family
$1,800 Sponsorship of Purim “Ad Delo Yada” Parade
$3,600 Sponsorship of Purim Carnival for Hebron children and visitors
$6,000 Sponsorship of Festive Purim Meal for entire community
$25,000 Kimcha D’ Pischa – Maot Chittin (100 Families)
$36,000 Sponsorship of Hebron Community Pesach Concert
$360 For the children of Hebron
$500 For Soldiers stationed in Hebron
$720 For Kiryat Arba - Hebron Senior Citizens, distributed by children of Hebron
$1,000 Purim Solidarity Visit to bereaved parents and Gush Katif Families
Call us or go to www.hebronfund.com to order our Mishloach Manot Purim cards today!
THE HEBRON FUND
1760 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
PRST FIRST CLASS
PERMIT NO. 1235