The Ateret Cohanim Association (Amuta) together with American Friends of Ateret Cohanim / Jerusalem Chai took upon themselves to build and develop the Jewish community within the walls of the Old City and its environment. The Amuta was officially founded by Mati Dan in 1982 and shortly thereafter the establishment of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim, a recognized 501 c(3) charity in 1984.

Following in the footsteps of the Ramban (Rabbi Moshe Ben Nachman) and the early days of the Zionist movement, the residents of the Old City dedicate their lives to renewing Jewish life in the Jerusalem that was forecably taken away after the 1948 War of Independence. The Ateret Cohanim organizations continue to strengthen Jewish roots, build Jewish life and develop the Jewish Yishuv, in and around the Old City.

The brave and resillient pioneers living throughout the Old City and the surrounding neighborhoods receive enormous support and cooperation from the Ateret Cohanim organizations, enabling the families and the numerous Yeshiva students to have a warm and vibrant community.

The organizations' achievements are also due to the support of the general public which appreciates and identifies the Old City as the heart and soul of the Jewish people.

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To strengthen the Jewish community

A large proportion of the new homes purchased are old, neglected and sometimes uninhabitable. The need to restore and renovate many of these apartments to accommodate needy Jewish families is very real. Currently there are 10 apartments waiting for renovation. This year, when we celebrate 50 years of the liberation and unification of Jerusalem, we would like you to partner with us and renovate these apartments.Renovation costs : 370,000 $ Donate now >


Life in the Old City and East Jerusalem neighborhoods is complex and there is a constant need to ensure the security of the residents. Although the Government finances the security personnel, throughout the area, Ateret Cohanim is still required to cover the costs of security cameras and additional security measures, that ultimately help to protect the lives of the residents.The cost of installing cameras and other security equipment is 130,000 $. Donate now >

Children activities

The Jewish families residing in and around the Old City primarily live in closed compounds with no parks and public gardens and the Jewish children of the Old City, sadly cannot play in the alleyways due to security concerns. As such, Ateret Cohanim builds rooftop playgrounds for the children, so that they can play freely and grow in a safe, healthy and positive atmosphere. There are three compounds in which playgrounds still need to be built, and there are also three existing playgrounds that need to be renovated. The cost of building and renovating the playgrounds is 105,000 $. Donate now >

Restoration of the old synagogue in Kfar HaShiloach

130 years ago, Yemenite immigrants established a thriving neighborhood in the village of Shiloach (known today as Silwan) and at its heart stood the Ohel Shlomo Synagogue. As part of the revival of Yemenite Village, about two years ago we were privileged to return to the old synagogue and the sounds of prayer and Torah are once again heard in the area. The main southern portion of the synagogue needs extensive renovations. (work has already been completed on the northern part of the synagogue, thnks to our partners.) This synagogue will reestablish a spiritual center for the nw residents in the Shiloach. The cost of the renovation is 208,000 $. Donate now >