I was suggested to stay at this 'Hostel' as an extension for my Birthright experience. The positive side of this place is the location: In the heart of the Old City you truly feel that you're in Jerusalem. Unfortunately that was the extent of the positive feel I got there.
Though at first welcoming, after I had gotten into a discussion with the director, a 'Rabbi
Ben Packer, about Judaism, I was accosted and verbally abused for not agreeing with everything he had said. I would not allow myself to be treated that way and left immediately and stayed somewhere else.
As a hostel that markets itself as a place to explore Jewish learning, I was greatly disturbed that there is no place for discussion and independent Jewish thought.
I would suggest you look elsewhere.
- 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