The founder and president of Jerusalem Stone 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 to share with Israeli’s and Palestinian’s alike.
After not working for nearly two years and having a broken neck in bed Sam was able to convince his wife Dana that he had to bring that 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. Since then, Sam’s neck has fully recovered thanks to brilliant Dr. Eric Phillips and G-d.
Jerusalem Stone is truly a family owned company. In 2004 Dana and Sam’s son Ben Nachum 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 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.