Sam was born on a small mountain village named Malcha in Jerusalem,
Israel. As a child he was very drawn to artwork spending much of him time carving highly detailed animals from
wood and making art with what little medium he had. He was a poor academic student ultimately finding interest
as an apprentice to be a watchmaker.
At the age of 18 he met his wife Dana who was on a youth trip with her synagogue from Kansas City, MO.
Although he did not speak English and she barely spoke Hebrew the two spent almost her entire trip together. They
wrote back and forth for years with limited communication and saw each other only once in the three years that
Sam had to finished the army. After the army Sam purchased a one way ticket to see Dana. Sam arrived having no
luggage, knowledge of the language, of the culture, or means to purchase a return ticket. Sam earned his United
States citizenship and married Dana in 1978.
In 1992 during a trip to Israel Sam started to have very serious neck pain. After extensive testing it was determined
that surgery was necessary. Sam had a hard time finding a doctor who would take the liability of performing it.
Sam’s long time friend Dr. Eric Phillips performed the surgery in Omaha, Nebraska. The surgery was successful
and Sam spent the next year in bed in Kansas City. During this time in bed Sam spent much of his time watching
the world news as the rock throwing in Israel began. He wanted to take those stones from Jerusalem and bring
them to those who will appreciate it and not abuse it. The thought was to take something negative and show its
warmth and beauty.
After not working for nearly two years and having a broken neck in bed Sam decided
that he had to bring Jerusalem Stone to America. They mortgaged their house. He was issued a neck brace and they
immediately purchased tickets to Israel. Sam and Dana met with the largest producing stone factories both Israeli
and Palestinian owned, neck brace and all, and began to form great relationships that they hold still today.
Jerusalem Stone is a family owned company. In 2004 Ben, Sam’s son, joined Jerusalem Stone.
After several years of working in the company both in the warehouse, fabrication shop, and office Ben is currently
spending much of his time in Israel and abroad checking projects and containers shipping to the port. We work directly with
the quarries both Israeli and Palestinian alike. We believe in functioning together, thinking differently, building
relationships that protect Israel and improve the lives of the people living near its borders. We believe and share
the idea that friendship is a medicine of life. We can work together and not destroy each other. This is something
that we believe in. As a result we provide the most beautiful and durable stones in the world to our customers.
We genuinely love what we do and our work reflects it. Sam and Ben are always very involved in the community
and feel honored to be a part of unique projects efforts to make the world a more beautiful place.
Stained Glass By Sam Nachum
Below are several stained glass pieces created by Sam Nachum.