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      by David Wilder
      Personal Reflections on Hebron, Eretz Yisrael, Friends, Family and anything else that comes to mind.
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      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.

      Links to sites David recommends:
      www.hebron.com (English)
      www.hebron.org.il (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshlomo.org (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshalom.net (Hebrew)
      (others to be added)

      Elul 20, 5770, 8/30/2010

      Hebron Calendar / Selichot@Machpela / Machpela schedule


      When is Machpela (the Isaac Hall) open to Jewish worshipers?

      During the upcoming holiday season there are days when all of Ma'arat HaMachpela is open entirely to Jewish visitors, including the Isaac Hall, which is open to Jews only ten days a year.

      These days include:

      Rosh HaShana - Thursday and Friday - 1 - 2 Tishrei - 9-10/09/10
      Aseret Yomi Tshuva - Monday - 6 Tishrei - 14/09/10
      Yom Kippur - Shabbat - 10 Tishrei - 18/09/10
      Succot: - Sunday and Monday - 18-19 Tishrei - 26-27/09/10

      There are also days when the building is totally closed to Jewish visitors. This year the Arab month of Ramadan coincides with the Hebrew month of Elul, and there are a number of days during the next month when the site is inaccessible to Jewish visitors.

      Friday 13.08.10
      Friday 20.08.10
      Friday 27.08.10
      Friday 03.09.10
      Shabbat 04.09.10
      Thursday 09.09.10

      To confirm these dates, email: info@machpela.com or call: 052-8990309.



      The Merit of the Forefathers will Redeem the Sons

      Selichot in Hebron

      Remember the Covenant of Abraham

      at Ma'arat HaMachpela

      Rosh HaShana Eve

      Transportation from Jerusalem

      Tuesday night at 22:30 (10:30 PM)

      From Shaulson Road, Har Nof (next to Yesh)
      and also under the bridge between the Malcha Mall
      and the Teddy Stadium

      Call 052-2283-672 for details and reservations