Friends of Ateret Cohanim in the United States will celebrate Yom Yerushalyim (Jerusalem Day) Thursday evening at a dinner marking the 31st anniversary of the Jerusalem Reclamation Project. Ateret Cohanim is behind Jewish development at the Yemenite Village (Shiloach) – an ancient Jewish village just outside the Old City of Jerusalem walls that is now overwhelmingly Arab.
Ateret Cohanim is constantly defending the parts of Jerusalem it reclaims. It announced Tuesday that it intends to take action on its own against Arab squatters who took over the Yemenite Synagogue in the neighborhood several decades ago, if no police help is forthcoming.
Also Tuesday, Ateret Cohanim hosted Knesset members from the Likud on a tour of Shiloach and Beit Yehonatan. The residents of Beit Yehonatan are under threat of eviction and the building is supposed to be sealed up, according to a court order. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has been trying to avoid evicting the Jews from the building, because evicting Jews while not taking action against Arabs in the illegally built houses surrounding them would constitute discrimination.
Ateret Cohanim also supports projects in Abu Dis, Maaleh HaZeitim and the heart of the Old City. These include playgrounds, student dormitories, renovation of synagogues and more.
The dinner offers friends of Jerusalem in America a way to help Israel hold on to its ancient capital in the face of an increasingly hostile world.
The dinner will be addressed by former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton. The guests of honor will be Dr. Joseph Frager and Mel Wadler. Jerusalem Chai awardees will be Joseph and Helen Mermelstein; Bonei Yerushalayim honorees will be Mark and Galina Moerdler and Mr. Moe Tawil. Dinner chairpersons will be Dr. Paul and Drora Brody, Elly and Brochie Kleinman, Robert and Laurie Koppel, Rubin and Cecelia Margules and Herry Wartski. Shoshana Hikind is one of the moving spirits behind Friends of Ateret Kohanim.
It will be held at Terrace on the Park, 52-11 111th Street, Flushing Meadow Park, Corona, New York. Reservations can be made by calling the NYC-JRP office at 212-216-9270 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org .