New Building, Families in City of Patriarchs

Joy in Hevron: Five Jewish families have moved into an old/ new building in the City of the Patriarchs. Another new building is about to be populated, as well.

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The building, directly adjacent to the Admot Yishai (Tel Romeida) neighborhood, was duly purchased and redeemed by the Jewish community of Hevron.

In addition, The Jewish Community of Hebron ("") will be holding a gala celebration this coming Passover for the dedication of a new building in the same neighborhood. Named Beit Menachem in memory of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, it has been under construction for several years. It is designed to give the long-time Jewish residents currently living in caravans a measure of protection against terrorist shootings; Rabbi Shlomo Raanan, grandson of the famed Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook, was murdered by an Arab terrorist in one of those thin-walled homes in August 1998.

The ceremony will also mark the inauguration of the Tel Hebron Archaeological Site, and will be attended by Rabbis Dov Lior and Moshe Levinger, as well as Knesset Speaker Ruby Rivlin and Minister Natan Sharansky.

Over 60 Jewish families now live in Judaism's 2nd-holiest city, and 150 students study in the local post-high school yeshiva. The families populate three neighborhoods: Avraham Avinu, Beit Hadassah, and Admot Yishai - home to Abraham and King David.

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