Bring It Home

RECLAIM Judaica stolen during the Holocaust REDISTRIBUTE throughout the Jewish Community RECONNECT With tradition
Bill Frankel
Motza Ilit
6 Team Members



Thousands of pieces of Judaica, stolen from Jewish families during the Holocaust, are on sale in markets around Europe. In antique stores, flea markets and junkyards, they are waiting to be reclaimed and put back into use by Jewish families and communities all over the world.


Imagine: A family using Shabbat candlesticks  recovered from the flea market in Latvia.

Imagine: A Jewish summer camp using a Yad Torah (Pointer)reclaimed from a Budapest junk market .

Imagine: A synagogue reciting Kiddush with a cup found in a bin of junk in a Poland antique market. 

Imagine: Students around Europe funded to locate and buy back Judaica, inventory the pieces, and prepare them for distribution.


Imagine that you are a part of this amazing project! 

Bring It Home


How it Began!


Bring it Home began as a simple trip to explore the famous Budapest flea market, Ecseri. In 2007 while visiting the market, I noticed a substantial number of pieces of Judaica on the vendors' tables. There were Kiddush cups, Hanukkah menorahs, Shabbat candleholders, Torah yad/pointers, Tzedaka boxes, and much more. There were hundreds of pieces! Every time I would inquire about a piece one the dealer would bring out more and more to show me from under his table.

As I walked around, I grew overwhelmed by the large number of pieces and the question of how they had come to be in the dealers’ hands.Where did they come from? There could be no answer other than that they had been taken during the war as Jews were forced from their homes during the Holocaust. Eventually, these pieces of Judaica had ended up on these dealers’  tables. At that moment, I felt that they did not belong in the hands of the dealers, but in the hands of the Jewish Community. I felt like I needed to Bring It Home, to bring the lost Judaica back into the Jewish community to be used as it was originally intended. 

I decided to create Bring It Home to fund local community members to go into the markets and buy the Judaica, inventory the pieces, and then send them out to the community with the explicit stipulation that the pieces will actually be used - not to be archived or to be displayed in a museum - but to be used as they were intended.

The project is also about keeping the stories of the Jewish communities lost during the Holocaust alive through the artifacts. Each piece will be accompanied by an educational component to connect the recipient (Synagogues, summer camps, Campus Hillels, new immigrants, families still living in the local community) to it’s history, and with information on different traditions, prayers and uses for the Judaica.


Where will the funding go to?


The funds raised will be for start up costs for the project, essentially to get the project off the ground, specifically:


  • Professional design for the project; logo, website, full branding of the concept
  • Development of portfolio materials to be used in promoting the project for major funding. 
  • Establishing a headquarters in Israel
  • A pilot buying trip to Budapest and Warsaw


Other Ways You Can Help


While your contribution is extremely important, contributing is much more than $, it’s also your energy and your ideas. 

 Can you: 

  • Design a web site?
  • Edit my pour spelling?
  • Create a logo?
  • Process an application for nonprofit status in Israel?
  • Help start finding markets and pieces throughout Europe? 


If you want to help, contact us. We are always looking for volunteers with great energy and ideas. 

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  • $18USD
    Chai- Life.

    Hebrew numerology 18 = life. For your support and helping bring life to this project I will send you a personal thank you and keep you updated on the project.

    12 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $36USD
    L'Chaim- To Life

    If 18 = life then 36 = 2 lives or L'Chaim. For your support at this level you will get a personal thank you, updates on the project and tweet shout out!

    4 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $50USD

    Symbol of good luck 5 symbolized by a upright hand. For your support and for giving us a hand you will receive all of the above listed on our website as a supporter, and a one of a kind hamsa postcard from one of our buyers in the field.

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $100USD
    Todah- Thanks

    Hebrew for Thanks! For your support and to say thanks, you will receive all of the above, plus a special thank you from our trip to Budapest, a sampler of special Hungarian paprika.

    2 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $180USD
    Etz Chaim - Tree of Life

    For your support in helping us set roots to this project, you will receive all of the above and a piece will be sent to a community in your honor and you will receive a personal note from a recipient community.

    0 out of 15 claimed
  • $270USD
    Koach- strength

    Chai x 15. Thanks for your support and giving this project the strength to grow. For your support you will receive all the above and a photo story book following the story of one piece of Judaica reclaimed during the project.

    0 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $360USD
    Circle of Life

    Chai x 20. Thanks for your support to allow us to close the circle on so many lost memories. For your support you will receive all the above and the opportunity to choose a community to receive a reclaimed piece of Judaica

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $500USD
    Shoresh- Root

    Thank you for your generous support to establish the roots of Bring it Home! For your support you will receive all of the above and a personally selected item from one of the reclaiming trips for you to use in your home or to gift.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Makor -Source

    With overwhelming appreciation, thank you for your support at this level. For your generosity, you will receive all of the above and your choice of either a guided tour of any of our target markets ( flight and lodging not included) and the local community. Or I will come to a community of choice and give a slide presentation of the project. Either choice will include 2 personally selected pieces for you or to be gifted by you.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
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