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BEIT SARA – A Foothold in Kidmat Zion

Building & Strengthening Yerushalayim – A Jewish Response to Arab Terror

Shalom from Jerusalem.
The following article relates to the killing of Sara Blaustein by Arab terrorists, and our response – Building Jerusalem.

Ateret Cohanim has legally and officially purchased 2 buildings on the Jewish property of Abu Dis – Kidmat Zion. One building located at the peak of Kidmat Zion will be called “Beit Hachim” (The Brothers House). The second building is to be called “Beit Sara” and it will be dedicated to the memory of Sara Blaustein, (May Her Memory Be Blessed) who was murdered by Arab terrorists on May 29th 2001.

At this time of tension and bloody conflict, and in a situation where we are surrounded by a sea of terror and hatred, I am calling on world Jewry to show solidarity, stand upright and help us establish a greater Jewish presence in the heart and soul of Jerusalem. I am calling on all people, who believe that a united Jerusalem should remain in the hands of Am Yisrael, to stand by our side. There is a ‘battle’ raging over every square inch in Jerusalem. The reestablishment of Jewish life in and around the Old City, the renewal of Jewish neighbourhoods in Kfar HaShiloach, Abu Tor, Maaleh HaZeitim (Ras El Amud) and now in Kidmat Zion (Abu Dis) is the only way to secure a united Jerusalem.

Kidmat Zion and the future Jewish neighbourhood is one aspect of the vital ‘Magen Yerushalayim’- otherwise known in Ateret Cohanim, as “The Shield of Jerusalem”. “Beit Sara” is the foothold in Kidmat Zion. It is also a more than worthy and appropriate response to the rampant Arab terror being inflicted on the Jewish People in the Land of Israel.

Sara Blaustein, a committed Jewess, a true Zionist who made aliya from New York in early 2000, and a devoted mother and loving wife, was murdered by Arab terrorists while driving towards Jerusalem from Efrat. Sara was on her way to the Kotel. Her death cannot and will not be in vain.

Reestablishing Jewish life & BEIT SARA will be her legacy
and the response of the Jewish world to her death.

Sara Blaustein made Aliya from New York USA in the year 2000.
Sara Blaustein worked tirelessely for the building and strengthening of Jerusalem.
Sara Blaustein was a devoted mother and a loving wife.
Sara Blaustein symbolized every ideal sacred to the Jewish People.
Sara Blaustein was murdered by Arab terrorists on 7 Sivan 5761 – Tuesday 29th May 2001, on the road between Efrat in Gush Etzion and Jerusalem

Sara was on her way to the Kotel.

A Jewish Response to Arab Terror


Beit Sara and the future Kidmat Zion project will be our response
to Arab terror and hatred.
Beit Sara will stand as a symbol of Jewish strength, and of our right to live in peace throughout our city of Jerusalem, and our Land of Israel.


On Tuesday 29th May, Sara Blaustein, an American Jewess who fulfilled a dream by making Aliya in July/August 2000, was gunned down by merciless Arab terrorists. Sara became another tragic victim of the ongoing war being waged by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian Arab groups who are against the mere existence of a Jewish presence in the region. Some have even declared this war as a continuation of the war for Jewish Independence.

Sara Blaustein 53yrs, a new immigrant from Lawrence New York, living in Efrat, was in a car driving from Efrat along the Jerusalem – Gush Etzion Tunnel Road, towards Jerusalem. Just north of Neveh Daniel, the vehicle was attacked by Arab gunmen and Sara Blaustein’s life had come to a sudden and frightening end. Esther Alvan 19yrs,also from Efrat, died a few hours after the attack of severe head wounds. Sara’s husband Norman, and her son Samuel Berg 28yrs, who was visiting from the States were injured in the terrorist attack. The other passengers in the car were slightly injured and were treated for anxiety and shock. Some of the passengers were on their way to the funeral of another victim of this Arab terror, Gilad Zar – the security officer of the Samaria Regional Council who was ambushed and brutally shot by Arab terrorists while driving along the road between Yitzhar and Kedumim.

Sara and Norman Blaustein, were on their way to the Kotel (The Western Wall) in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem. This time, Sara didn’t reach the Kotel.


Sara Blaustein, who fulfilled a lifelong dream and made Aliya less than a year ago, symbolized every valued ideal of the Jewish people. According to family, friends, and Rabbi Kenneth Hain, the Rabbi from her community in Lawrence – Long Island, Sara was “…a Jewish role model…….a remarkable student of Torah and Judaism…..and was always volunteering for causes on behalf of Israel…..Sara was the closest thing that I have seen to the original Zionist pioneers….she didn’t just believe in the Zionist dream, she lived it ! ” Rabbi Hain, of the Beit Shalom Synagogue – Sara’s former congregation in Lawrence, said that the community was in shock after hearing the news of Sara’s murder.

Sara and Norman Blaustein together with their 13year old daughter Atara, made Aliya and settled in Efrat – Gush Etzion, where her brother David Unterberg and his family were already living. In this short period of time, Sara had totally integrated into Israeli society, and especially the community life of Efrat. Together with Rachel Schwartz, one of her neighbours, Sara visited Kever Rachel (Rachel’s Tomb) in Beit Lechem every Tuesday, and this in spite of the tension and conflicts in the area. Sara felt the need and understood the importance of a constant Jewish presence at Kever Rachel and so Sara acted.

Before making Aliya and while living in New York, Sara was the motivating force and Director of the New York office of Ateret Cohanim (Jerusalem Reclamation Project). For 5 years she tirelessly ran the office and did what was humanly possible to raise awareness and financial support for greater Jewish presence in and around the Old City. Sara was far more than a Zionist living in New York – she was a practical builder of Jerusalem and a true active supporter of Jewish causes.

As a response to Sara’s brutal murder and the ongoing Palestinian terror, Ateret Cohanim decided to dedicate a redeemed building, in the memory of Sara Blaustein. This is “BEIT SARA”.
This building, that was purchased by Ateret Cohanim with the financial help of Jews from around the world, will be a real response to Arab hatred and terror. “Beit Sara” will stand as a symbol of Jewish persistance, and fortitude. Sara Blaustein believed deeply that the Jewish people have a G-D given right to live in peace anywhere in Israel, and that it is vital that we continue to redeem the Land. “Beit Sara” , will send a powerful message to world Jewry, and will be one of her legacies. Whether the building ultimately serves as an educational centre, a home for a family from a Yeshiva, or a dormitory for Yeshiva students, is yet to be decided. But all options will be more than appropriate for Beit Sara.

Ateret Cohanim, the organisation that for 25 years has been strengthening Jewish roots in and around the Old City, has slowly succeeded in returning a modest but vibrant Jewish life to the Old Jewish Yishuv – Kotel Quarter, known today as the Moslem and Christian quarters, to Abu Tor, to Maaleh HaZetim (Ras El Amud), to the old Yemenite Village in Shiloach and now to Kidmat Zion. (Abu Dis). “Beit Sara” will be yet another sign of renewed Jewish life in the heart of Jerusalem. Sara Blaustein’s death will not be in vain. Sara may not have reached the Kotel, because of Arab terrorism, but “Beit Sara” will stand as a symbol of the materialisation of the Zionist dream. Sara will ultimately be in the heart of Jerusalem, at the footsteps of the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Old City and the Temple Mount itself.

Ateret Cohanim calls on all Jews around the world to come forward and support this project. We cannot do it alone. Jerusalem belongs to the Jewish world, and this holy and unique city needs the Jewish world to stand firmly behind the building and securing of a united Jerusalem. This requires massive backing, ongoing commitment, and immediate financial support.

Beit Sara
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