ON THE FRONTLINES: More Jews Are Returning to the Northern Jewish Quarter

In Frontlines by David Mark

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Renovations continue on the newest Jewish reacquisition on Al Khaladiya street in the Old City of Jerusalem.  The Al Khaladiya street was the main street in what was known as the Northern Jewish Quarter up until the Jews who were there since the second half of the 1800’s were violently driven out.

Rabbi Ben Packer of the Heritage House led us to the house during renovations.  “The property is the latest in the Jewish return to this former Jewish neighborhood,” Rabbi Packer said as we opened the door. “This is strategic and morally correct.”

Court cases can take years, which causes the properties to cost far more than necessary. Despite the costs, the properties on Al Khaladiya fall within precedent setting cases based around a two generation rental law that is now up.

Listen to Rabbi Ben Packer below:

As the court cases continue multiple organizations and private individuals have increased the Jewish presence in these historically Jewish areas.

“The key is creating facts in historically Jewish areas with contiguity to the Jewish Quarter.  That is now happening,” Rabbi Packer states.

The strategy is clearly working as more and more properties are returned to their original owners.

Ben Packer

Rabbi Ben Packer at the Entrance of the newest home on Al Khaladiya Street

Northern Jewish Quarter

Northern Jewish Quarter

"And you shall put a sign on your doorposts."

“And you shall put a sign on your doorposts.”


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