250 Jews visit Elonei Mamreh

Hevron institution organizes tour for hundreds of Jews visiting rarely-opened historical site.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Jews visit Elonei Mamreh
Jews visit Elonei Mamreh
Malachi Levinger and A.D.

Approximately 250 Jews on Friday morning visited Elonei Mamreh, the Hevron-area place where our forefather Avraham lived.

The archaeological site contains remnants of a large building from the end of the Second Temple Period, as well as the remains of a Byzantine church. According to the Oslo Accords, the site is supposed to be open regularly to visitors.

However, Jews are only allowed to visit Elonei Mamreh once a year, in a large, organized group secured by IDF soldiers.

The Hevron Midrasha (school for Jewish studies) organized the group's entry to Elonei Mamreh. Organizers happily greeted the large crowds arriving from all over Israel and thanked the IDF soldiers who made the visit possible.

Thousands of Jews are currently arriving in Hevron, where they will spend Shabbat (Sabbath) together. The visitors will eat together, tour the Jewish areas of Hevron, and visit Me'arat Hamachpela (the Cave of the Partriarchs).