Get to Know the Vibrant Community of Our Producers in Beit El

Beit El is home to a thriving community that blends ancient history with modern innovation. The region is significant for its biblical heritage as well as the resilient people who live there today. Steeped in a rich past, Beit El stands as a testament to the enduring spirit and faith of the Jewish people.

Lev Haolam is honored to support and showcase the artisans and producers of the Holy Land, especially those living in regions such as the biblical heartlands of Judea and Samaria. Today, Beit El is much more than a historical landmark; it is a vibrant, forward-looking community that blends its sacred heritage with modern living. Its residents draw inspiration from their biblical heritage to create products that fuse ancient traditions with modern sensibilities.

This seamless integration of history and innovation is evident in the craftsmanship of the goods produced here, from beautifully baked challas to intricate jewelry and metalwork.

Supporting the communities of Beit El means nurturing a vital connection to this sacred land. Through the work of these dedicated producers, the legacy of Beit El lives on, allowing people worldwide to experience and cherish a piece of this remarkable history.

We invite you to learn more about the historic town of Beit El and the people behind the products you love.

From Ancient Altars to Modern Communities: Beit El’s Rich History

Beit El, meaning "House of God" in Hebrew, has a history that stretches back to biblical times. The biblical figure Abraham built an altar here, establishing it as a place of profound spiritual significance. Throughout the ages, Beit El has been a focal point of Jewish life, thriving during the reigns of Kings David and Solomon and maintaining its importance through the Maccabean period.

Genesis 12:8 recounts Abraham’s journey to Beit El, where he called upon the name of God, establishing the area as a place of profound spiritual importance.

The significance of Beit El continued with Jacob, Abraham's grandson. It is where he lay down and dreamt his momentous dream where God reiterated the covenant made with Abraham, promising the land would be given to his descendants.

The Biblical Significance of Beit El: Jacob’s Divine Encounter

Beit El holds a profound significance in biblical history, particularly in the narrative of Jacob's divine encounter. According to the Book of Genesis, Jacob journeyed from Beer-sheba to Haran. As night fell, he stopped to rest, using a stone for a pillow. During the night, Jacob had a visionary dream that would forever alter the course of his life and the destiny of his descendants. In the divine dream, he saw a ladder reaching from earth to heaven. God stood at the top of the ladder and promised the land to Jacob and his descendants.

Jacob's encounter at Beit El is a pivotal moment in the biblical narrative, symbolizing the connection between heaven and Earth. Today, this legacy resonates in the hearts and minds of the Beit El community inspiring and strengthening them.

Beit El Pioneers: From Resiliant Settlers to Thriving Community

In more recent history, after the Six Day War of 1967, Beit El was among the first communities in Judea and Samaria to reestablish a Jewish presence. In 1977, a group of determined Jewish pioneers, inspired by the biblical heritage of the area, settled in the rugged terrain of ancient Beit El. Despite the initial hardships, including the lack of electricity and running water, this community driven by a profound sense of purpose and faith. They built makeshift homes, cooked on simple gas stoves, and persevered through harsh conditions.

Over the decades, Beit El has transformed from a small camp into a thriving town with nearly 7000 residents. The community today boasts robust cultural, educational, and religious institutions, maintaining a harmonious blend of ancient heritage and contemporary living. Beit El continues to grow and develop, serving as a living testament to the enduring spirit and resilience of the Jewish people.

Unveil Beit El’s Treasures: Meet Three Lev Haolam Artisans

Herby's Bakeshop: Tennessee to Beit El

Herby Dan, founder of Herby's Bakeshop in Beit El, Samaria, made a remarkable journey from Tennessee to the Holy Land, where his passion for baking blossomed into a thriving business. Herby was Inspired by homemade challas he enjoyed during his university years in Tennessee. He honed his baking skills while pursuing a law degree and eventually realized his dream of opening a bakery with his wife, Debbie.

Their move to Israel in 1986 marked a new chapter in their lives, as they brought their Memphis-inspired bakery to Beit El. Herby's Bakeshop has flourished, offering a variety of delicious baked goods, like their renowned donuts and biscotti. Through their partnership with Lev Haolam, Herby and Debbie have found a way to share their love for baking and their connection to Israel with people around the world.

Divine Inspiration: Artist Menahem Halberstadt

Menahem Halberstadt is a gifted Israeli artist born in Beit El. He has a deep connection to the land and the Torah. His artistic journey began in childhood and has evolved into a flourishing career, creating beautiful works in various mediums, including oil on canvas and digital art.

Despite his artistic calling, Menahem’s path included time in Yeshiva and the army, with art always being a constant passion. Menahem’s career took a significant turn when he was hired as an illustrator for the Israeli religious Zionist newspaper, Makor Rishon. For over fifteen years, he has illustrated weekly Torah portions, bringing the stories of the Torah to life for both adults and children. His illustrations for a children’s Bible series authored by Emily Amrosi are a testament to his dedication and talent.

Menahem’s collaboration with Lev Haolam on the Jacob’s Ladder project is particularly meaningful. The artwork reflects the mysterious nature of Jacob's dream, transitioning from the earthly realm to the divine. The piece invites viewers to embark on a spiritual journey, echoing Menahem’s connection to his heritage.

As we reflect on the remarkable communities of Judea and Samaria, epitomized by the storied town of Beit El, we're reminded of the profound historical depth and spiritual resonance that permeates these lands.

Beyond mere geography, these areas are living testaments to a heritage that spans millennia, where ancient prophecies intertwine with modern-day aspirations. The communities of Judea and Samaria, like Beit El, embody a remarkable blend of historical depth and spirit. The artisans and producers in these areas create more than just goods; they preserve a heritage and fulfill prophecies. Every product that finds its way into your hands through Lev Haolam is more than just a tangible item; it's a piece of this enduring narrative, a link to the Holy Land's tapestry of history and culture.

By supporting these communities through Lev Haolam, you help to sustain a vital connection to the Holy Land. Join us in celebrating and supporting these extraordinary communities, and experience the rich tapestry of history and culture that they offer.

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Embracing the Legacy: Supporting Artisans in Judea and Samaria

A Lev Haolam subscription means meaningful and valuable support for more artisans and their families. With each surprise box, you're not just receiving products; you're sustaining small Israeli businesses and supporting families across the land. Every item represents a family's livelihood, ensuring their success through your support. Dive into the diversity of Israeli craftsmanship with each monthly package. Our carefully curated selection offers an exploration of the country's heritage and innovation. Even after a year of subscription boxes, our Lev Haolam family members eagerly anticipate each new box, craving more of Israel's unique offerings.

After nearly a decade of selectively curating our themed boxes, we've crafted the ultimate assortment for you to forge a bond with Israel. We are honored to present a surprise box that is full of flavors and artistry from the heart of Israel.

With your subscription, you’ll enjoy everything from wines and olive oils to handmade pottery and jewelry.

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