From shtetl to stable

The family-owned King David Stables near Jerusalem has its origins in 19th-century Lithuania.

May 3, 2018 23:55
The family-owned King David Stables near Jerusalem

The family-owned King David Stables near Jerusalem. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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HORSES HAVE been a part of the Lipschitz family for generations. From Lithuania to South Africa to Israel, the horse passion is something that Anthony Lipschitz and his children continue. Though horse trading is not usually thought of as a Jewish occupation, in the 19th century Jews dominated the field in some parts of Ukraine and Russia, though it was unusual in Lithuania.

Family tradition tells of Lipschitz’s maternal grandfather owning a beautiful white stallion in a Lithuanian shtetl in the late 19th century. He’d ride his horse into Cossack villages in order to steal food to bring back to the shtetl desperate for food.


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