Almost Close – A Jerusalem Chai documentary

the video brings to light the work of the American Friends of Ateret Cohanim which has supported the efforts of Ateret Cohanim in Israel to renew the once thriving communities of the Old Jewish Quarter, today called the Muslim and Christian Quarters. American Friends seeks to strengthen the Jewish presence in these areas by providing for the social, emotional and security needs of those families and students who live in and around the Old City. These Israelis, who have chosen to redeem the holiest city of all, face a daily barrage of violence from their Arab neighbors. Despite the hostility and hatred, these brave families continue to exhibit their desire to live in a united Jerusalem and remain strong.

“The families and their young children living here guarantee a future united Jerusalem, not bound by quarters and division, but rather bound by love and peace in the eternal capital of the Jewish people” said Shani Hikind of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim. “These amazing individuals are the definition of our motto, ‘Making the Old City Young Again.’ They need our constant support and we are here to insure that support.”

Produced by Daniel Finkelman and shot by Aharon Orian, the film crew were attacked by an angry Palestinian mob while shooting and got a first hand experience of the everyday hostility aimed at the Jewish residents.

You can support the work of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim by donating on their website, http://www.Jerusalemchai.org or calling 212-216-9278

Directed by Daniel Finkelman
DP Aharon Orian
Sound David Ort

Music by Erez Lev Ari, Gad Elbaz and Ovadia Chamama.