web analytics
October 23, 2014 / 29 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Home » Judaism

Tales of Rachel’s Tomb, a Strange Fire, the Golden Graft, the True Foundation

A Jewish woman prays beside Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem.

A Jewish woman prays beside Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem.
Photo Credit: Sharon Perry/Flash90

The dreams and goals of my foundation that led us to buy the property in 2001 included: (1) Making a Bayit, a building to fulfill the “Rachel Prophesy” and solidify our borders of Torah, midos, and the Land; (2) Establishing a Museum of Jewish Aliyah and Visitors Center; (3) Establishing an institute for women’s learning; (4) Establishing a men’s yeshiva or kollel that would learn and emulate Derech Eretz; (5) Building a banquet hall for life cycle events and organizational functions; (6) Arranging for shiurim and lectures for large organizations, such as the OU, Emunah, NCSY, JOLT, including lunch and learning sessions in the Reception Center; (7) Arranging for schools to visit in order to impress upon young students the connection of the Kever to the Jewish people, our ancestors, and their lessons for living  and meriting the Land of Israel. In the past, we have been in all of these endeavors. We held Biblical Art exhibits, as well as classes, seminars, and lecture series presenting the history, holy sites, places of aliyah, and midos of our people. The Israeli army, which grants permits for activities in the Kever Rachel area, graciously helped us mount the museum displays.  In the past, RCRF ran two kollels with wonderful rabbis who donated the mechitzas, book cases, shtenders, and even enlarged the doorway and installed the front door to permit  our new fire-proof safe for the Torahs to be installed in the building.

RCRF, my foundation, provided all of the funds to purchase this building, which I believed was the beginning of a true partnership with that group and an investment in this property in order to fulfill the seven goals enumerated above, as a legacy to all of Klal Yisrael in memory of my parents. RCRF agreed to invest in three American corporations that were set up with the sole purpose of purchasing and reclaiming a property adjacent to Kever Rachel and developing it to meet the above goals. In fact, the trustees, who were responsible for purchasing the property in the name of the entities controlled by my organization, failed to live up to their legal obligations and instead registered the property in their own names and have consistently impeded any effort to rectify the problems. To date, these individuals have not delivered the deeds of the property to the corporations that purchased them.

Despite years of legal wrangling and the firing of the trustees for their misuse of the funds for the project, these individuals are now attempting to wrest control of the property from its rightful owners. They have been able to install themselves as rosh yeshiva and director of the property through dubious insider dealings that effectively cut RCRF out of the property. Now they are attempting to physically exclude my organization from the property and stop us from performing the wonderful work that we have been doing at Kever Rachel for years.

Although RCRF has continued to have multiple weekly events at Beit Bnei Rachel, including lectures as well as periodic events such as art exhibits, Bat Mitzvahs, an upshurin, a brit milah and other life cycle events, and donated a Sefer Torah for use in the building, the fulfillment of its goals have been impeded by a group that has been operating in the building without authorization.  This group, led by a former minister of tourism who was involved in the project from the beginning but has recently been working to change the direction of the project and controlling the valuable property, have engaged in a campaign clearly designed to delegitimize me and my claim to majority ownership of the corporation that should rightfully hold the title and ownership to the property.  This group’s hypocritical and illegal acts that have intentionally interfered with the work of my organization include:

A. Taunting and physically intimidating me and the participants at my organization’s activities.

B. Locking away chairs and tables and carting them away from the building when I arranged special events such as a brit milah or upshurin.

C. Locking various portions of the interior of the building to prevent our access to those areas.

D. Repeatedly taking down our organization’s presentations from the interior wall panels

E. Removing the organization’s Biblical Art Display and even the hooks from which they were professionally hung.

F  Making unauthorized building alterations after letters prohibiting any such rights.

G. Removing sinks and a bathroom.

H. Threatening to damage artwork of an exhibiting artist who I retained.

I.   Removing memorial plaques dedicated to the memory of my parents.

J.  Moving the Sefer Torah out of the Beit Medrash. The Sefer Torah was donated in 2005 to my organization in a RCRF-paid for celebration with hundreds of participants, including the former Rosh Yeshiva of Beit Orot, Rabbi Elkanan Bin Nun.

K. Jamming and changing the locks to the entrances of the building in order to deny access to my organization and the participants who attend its events.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Tales of Rachel’s Tomb, a Strange Fire, the Golden Graft, the True Foundation”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Chaye Zisel Braun
Funeral for Chaye Zisel Braun Underway [photos]
Latest Judaism Stories
Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

Boundaries must be set in every home. Parents and children are not pals. They are not equals.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, head of theYeshivat Chovevei Torah. Rabbi Asher Lopatin will be replacing him as head of the school.

Noah and his wife could not fathom living together as husband and wife and continuing the human race

Rabbi Sacks

The Babel story is the 2nd in a 4-act drama that’s unmistakably a connecting thread of Bereishit

Bible1

Our intentions are critical in raising children because they mimic everything we parents do & think

A humble person who achieves a position of prominence will utilize the standing to benefit others.

Myth #1: It is easy to be a B’nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B’nai Noach.

The creation of the world is described twice. Each description serves a unique purpose.

Question: I recently loaned money to a friend who has been able to repay only part of it. This was an interest-free loan. We exchanged a signed IOU, not a proper shtar with witnesses, since I have always trusted her integrity and only wanted a document that confirms what was loaned and what was repaid. Now that shemittah is approaching, what should I do? Should I forgive the loan? And if my friend is not able to repay it, may I deduct the unpaid money from my ma’aser requirement?

Name Withheld

To the surprise of our protectzia-invested acquaintances, my family has thrived in our daled amos without that amenity, b’ezras Hashem.

Shimon started adjusting the branches on the roof. In doing so, a branch fell off the other side of the car and hit the side-view mirror, cracking it.

I, the one who is housed inside this body, am completely and utterly spiritual.

Should we sit in the sukkah on a day that may be the eighth day when we are not commanded to sit in the sukkah at all?

For Appearance’s Sake
‘Shammai Did Not Follow Their Own Ruling’
(Yevamos 13b 14a)

If one hurts another human being, God is hurt; if one brings joy to another, God is more joyous.

I’m grateful to Hashem for everything; Just the same, I’d love a joyous Yom Tov without aggravation.

Bereshit: Life includes hard choices that challenge our decisions, leaving lingering complications.

More Articles from Evelyn Haies
A Jewish woman prays beside Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem.

From rallying Rachel’s children to reclaim their identity and holy roots, to purchasing and delivering a Sefer Torah to the empty un-walled streets in front of Rachel’s Tomb, to petitioning to have regular scheduled trips of Egged buses eight times daily, Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation now finds itself in a dilemma: whether to be silent like Rachel or cry like Rachel.

Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation hosted a yahrzeit commemoration at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/tales-of-rachels-tomb-a-strange-fire-the-golden-graft-the-true-foundation/2012/04/18/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: