David Wilder was born in New Jersey in the USA in 1954, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in History and teacher certification in 1976. He spent 1974-75 in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University and returned to Israel upon graduation.
For over eighteen years David Wilder has worked with the Jewish Community of Hebron. He is the English spokesman for the community, granting newspaper, television and radio interviews internationally. He initiated the Hebron internet project, including email lists of over 15,000 subscribers who receive regular news and commentaries from Hebron in English and Hebrew. David is responsible and continues to update the Hebron web sites, portraying various facets of Hebron, utilizing text, audio, video and pictures. He conducts tours of Hebron's Jewish Community and occasionally travels abroad, speaking at Hebron functions.
David Wilder is married to Ora, a 'Sabra,' for 35 years. They lived in Kiryat Arba for 17 years and have resided at Beit Hadassah in Hebron for the past 15 years. They have seven children and many grandchildren.
Twenty years ago, according to Ilan Hirschfeld from Raanana, MK Uri Ariel, together with others, urged him to act and show solid support for communities in Judea and Samaria, Ilan began organizing monthly trips to Hebron, on the eve of every new (Hebrew) month.
The buses arrived every month, regardless of rain, cold, or heat. Raanana never failed to appear, even during the most difficult days of the "Oslo War" shooting attacks on the community, for over two years.
Last night Ilan and Raanana celebrated 200 trips to Hebron, twenty years of bond, friendship, support and love. The celebration included a guided bus tour through the Jewish community, participating in Hebron Talmud Torah children chanting the scroll of Ruth at the Tomb of Jesse and Ruth, and a festive meal outside Ma'arat HaMachpela, with speakers and participants including MKs Uri Ariel, Michael Ben Ari, Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz, and many members of the Hebron community.