Rabbi Ben Packer is incredible. He operates the Heritage House which is a great place for young travelers to stay. There is a men's house and a women's house. I stayed here a few nights while visiting friends in Jerusalem over Sukkot. It was a comfortable and convenient place to stay. Ben gives an awesome tour of the old city and is just a super guy. It's definitely basic accomodations and we guys can be pretty messy so there's lots of clothes and luggage laying around, but what else do you need? You get a bed, sheets, and a towel. It's in a great location and it's free!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Heritage House provides safe and comfortable lodging for young Jewish travelers and students in Jerusalem so that they can best experience and develop their connection with Israel, Judaism, and the Jewish People. We provide our guests with a warm bed, fresh bedding, laundry facilities, food options, wifi, long-distance calling, an extensive library, and information on numerous tours and educational/service opportunities throughout Israel. We organize and lead exciting hands on in-depth tours of the entire Old City of Jerusalem, Hevron, Shilo and many more important places of tremendous historical, political and religious significance not included in your standard tours. Additionally, we provide Shabbat and holiday programming, featuring home-cooked meals with local families, beginner services, and general explanations of Jewish customs and practices. These services, and many more, are all provided free of charge and with abundant genuine warmth and sincerity to all who come through our door. Eligibility We provide for travelers and students ages 18-30 and Jewish. special for Birthright and Masa Participants! and "lone soldiers" are more than welcomed! ... more less