Perfect time to strengthen the Jewish Presence!

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House ( and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives ( He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

Alot of folks are pretty angry (and justifiably so!!!) about the recent US Supreme Court decision affirming the President's ability to not recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel on US passports.

The question is: what to do?!!! You could contact your Congressman, but its likely he already voted for a law to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital city - and that didn't seem to work. You could post your displeasure on Facebook. I'm not sure how much effect that will have on the situation. 

Or you could.....take an active role in strengthening the Jewish Presence in Jerusalem! 

There is a project right now in the Old City of Jerusalem that requires a loan/donation of $70,000 (returned in 3-5 years). The result will be 4 apartments and a renovated study hall (beis medrash) in the "muslim quarter". The property is currently owned by a Jewish organization and the funds are strictly for the very necessary renovations. You can be in touch with me if you or someone you know is interested and/or for more details. 

Let's show the US Surpeme Court and the entire world how little influence they have on what's happening in Jerusalem! Time to strengthen the Jewish Presence!

Ben Packer
Old City of Jerusalem