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The historical house of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the founder of the modern Hebrew was build by financial aid of American Jews. Three month before the contemplation of the building Eliezer Ben Yehuda died. Still, his family including his grandchildren lived in it.
The International Meeting Center
Today the building is called Beit Ben Yehuda. The Beit Ben Yehuda (BBY) is an international youth meeting center in Jerusalem which is associated with Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (ASF).
The International Meeting Center provides a welcoming forum for intercultural meetings between Israelis and people from all over the world. It offers a variety of seminars, programs, language courses, and accommodation for all age groups. The programs tackle social, political, historical, cultural and religious issue with the focus on the causes and effects of National Socialism. They also deal with the conflict in the Middle East, as well as German-Israeli and Christian-Jewish relations in the past and at present. The seminars offer talks with Holocaust survivors, social workers, writers and lectures. Furthermore, you could learn Hebrew through our language courses (Ulpanim). The BBY has longstanding associations with various educational institutions and youth organizations, including Yad Vashem, the Israeli Youth Exchange Council, and universities, as well as organizations that support Jewish-Arab or religious-secular coexistence. Beit Ben Yehuda works with Centre Le Pont in Paris and International Youth Meeting Center in Oswiecim (Auschwitz).
The Guest House
The Guest House has 10 rooms each with own bathroom and accommodates up to 48 guests. It consists of two main buildings: a new construction, housing most of the facilities, and adjacent historical family home of Eliezer Ben Yehuda.
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