Re-visiting Pauline Rose – “The Lady of Mount Zion”

They will not hurt or destroy anywhere on My holy mountain…
Isaiah 11:9a

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It has been just over two years since the work of HIS-ISRAEL first began. It seems a fitting time to re-visit the woman whose words the Lord used to inspire the heart of HIS-ISRAELPauline Rose.

Known to many as “The Lady of Mount Zion” Pauline Rose was South African by birth. She and her husband were ostrich farmers during a time when ostrich plumage was in demand. Her husband Albert and his brothers were known as the ‘ostrich feather kings’ of South Africa. Once the industry collapsed, Albert and Pauline made their way to London. In London, Albert became a builder and Pauline a designer for a fashion house in Paris. Albert owned a tract of land and when WWI started the government wanted the land for agriculture. The Roses took over the duties of the farming and their farm became the origin of the famous Heston Farm outside of London. No stranger to tragedy, Pauline and Albert lost their son in his youth.[1]

Agaist all odds, while much of Jerusalem was still occupied by Jordan, Pauline Rose and Albert created a home on Mount Zion.  In the spirit of the Lord, it was a safe and warm place welcoming people from all walks of life into a circle of fellowship. Pauline shares in her book Window on Mount Zion:

My husband and I moved in and gave it the name Ha-Ohel (The Tent). We chose this name with the prayer that the spirit of Abraham’s tent would abide in it, making it a place where all people who came could find a loving welcome – a meal – a bed, rest, or renewal of the spirt, according to their needs.

But long before the house and garden on Mount Zion, Pauline had a heart for Jews and Christians working together in love to prepare the way of the Lord in the land of Israel.

In Jewish Christian Brotherhood and The Mission of the Jewish Christian Community, Pauline shares the vision of the early Jewish Christian community.

Pauline Rose was one of a very small group who felt the call to bring the understanding and the Light of Messiah to Israel. On June 22, 1946, Pauline was able to kindle His light in Jerusalem in preparation for what she – and the then small and newly formed Jewish Christian Community – hoped would be the beginning of a Messianic Congregation in the Land.

You can read her words in The Light Of The Messiah.

During the perils of Israel’s new statehood (1948) Pauline refused to be evacuated. Instead she stayed and at risk to her own life chose to serve others. Her experience of these tension-fraught days is recorded in her book, The Siege of Jerusalem. Abram Poljak, who spearheaded Messianic Judaism in Israel, speaks of this time and Pauline’s arrest (and the arrest of four other members) by the Irgun (the Stern group, followers of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, led by Menachem Begin):

Our Community stood firm. Several times each day Pauline Rose went through the rain of bullets from her flat in Rehaviah, a suburb, to our meeting place in the centre of the New City of Jerusalem – often the only person to be seen in the streets. She also fetched food and water for other people who dared not go into the street; she assisted sick women in their housework and nursed patients in a hospital. Her faith and quiet heroism made her a shining example, keeping the Community together. The fact that, as a woman, she thus despised death carried the others along with her and during all these months not one of the appointed services was cancelled.

Information by hostile circles led to the detention and questioning of several of our members in the course of the war months. They were well treated by the Jewish police and military authorities; and having proved that they did their duty as citizens and had no contact with the enemies of Israel, they were set free again, the authorities expressly declaring that they did not take exception to our members’ beliefs. (The Jewish government had, at the proclamation of the State of Israel, guaranteed freedom of religion.)

However, the arrest of five members of the Community by radicals in the middle of August took a different turn. The Stern Gang aimed at Pauline Rose in the first place, who holds a British passport, speaks English and looks like a Gentile. The Stern Gang members maintained that she was a British agent, and the Jewish Christian Community a spy organization under a religious cloak.

The Sternists had succeeded in laying hold of a number of British spies and Jewish traitors. The first, they handed over to the authorities for trial; the second, they shot themselves. And now three women and two men of our Community were in their hands and recommended to say their last prayers.

The group pleaded their innocence but emphasized their faith in Jesus as the Messiah of Israel. Only one woman, on hearing the death threats, denied her faith, telling the Sternists’ court that she would have nothing more to do with the Community, whereupon she was set free. The trial of the other four was postponed to the following day.

Meanwhile the “arrest of the Jewish Christian Community” had become known in Jerusalem (a Hebrew daily paper reported about it), well-known Jews who knew Pauline Rose took up the case, convincing the Sternists that their accusations were untenable, and achieving the discharge of all.

The time has not yet come to speak of the experiences of our friends in prison. I only want to say that however hard the test was, they all thought of it as a privilege, a divine favour and considered it their happy lot. Like the Apostles of old, these Jewish Christians were able to sing songs of praise in prison and witness to the light of Christ before the powers of darkness.

In summing up we must say that the conduct of the Community during the siege of Jerusalem, and that of its leading circle in prison were worthy of our great calling, and form a chapter of praise in the history of the Jewish Christian movement.[2]

In 1959 Pauline and her husband Albert made aliyah to Israel. Fighting for years for permission to move into a particular tumble-down house on Mount Zion, in 1964 Pauline and Albert leased and began the full renovation of the house and garden. At this time Pauline was in her 70’s, Albert in his 80’s. Situated on the Jordanian-Israeli border, in 1967 Pauline found herself in the middle of the Six Day War.

Alicia Armstrong [3] shares:

The old woman was all alone when the guns commenced to thunder and bullets ripped the soft summer breeze.

What was she to do? Try to find some sort of shelter where she could cower in darkness until the shooting ended?

Certainly not! Instead, she whipped out her tape recorder to make a permanent record of the battle sounds.

For this was no ordinary fight. It was the battle for Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War between Israel and three Arab states. And this was no ordinary woman. It was Pauline Rose, who went to live on Mt. Zion because she had a vision that God wanted her to reside there.

Join Keren as she reads Pauline’s remarkable story of the transformation of the little house and garden on Mt. Zion and the 1967 Six Day War – Window On Mount Zion.

Read also Pauline’s article Our Protection – where Pauline speaks of our greatest protection in any battle.

Many of Pauline’s relatives were among Hitler’s first victims. You can read The Power Of The Spirit where Pauline shares  of her visit to Germany in1936 and her return after the war.

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This summer, Keren and I aim to share with you Pauline Rose’s book The Siege of Jerusalem, Pauline’s eyewitness account of the events in Jerusalem, 1948, during Israel’s War of Independence.

The enemy surrounds us — is on our doorstep! Terrible battles are in progress. All sections of the Jewish city are being shelled… Jerusalem is like a city under sentence of death, bearing within it the certainty of life.[4]

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~ Cindy

 

A special thanks to Paul Meier – Abram Poljack Archieve – for his permission to share Pauline Rose’s articles.

Photo credit – David Rubinger, Pauline and Albert Rose at their home on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem

[1] Information drawn from – Who’s Who in Jewish History, Joan Comay, and Faith Made It Possible, an article in the El Paso Herald Post – April 3, 1974, Paul Raboff – Jerusalem
[2] Abram Poljak, Letters From Mount Carmel, 1948
[3] Alicia Armstrong, Roses of Mt. Zion Recall War, The Milwaukee Journal, May 8 – 1973
[4] Pauline Rose, The Siege of Jerusalem

14 thoughts on “Re-visiting Pauline Rose – “The Lady of Mount Zion”

  1. I first heard of Mrs Rose a few years ago and I have been enamored with her ever since. I have been unsuccessful in finding much information about her, but as gifts this Passover I received both The Siege of Jerusalem and Window on Mt Zion!
    Thank you for sharing further information about Mrs Rose. I am excited to learn more about a woman whose life story that I heard so little of sparked such an excitement in my spirit.

    • Shalom Lisa! Through friends, I met her neighbor Paula Palombo and saw the Rose’s house and introduced her story to our little congregation here in Jerusalem. Boaz, from FFOZ, has subsequently done much follow up and research and willl soon be honoring her in a special way with new publications of her books and further material. Keep a lookout! She was an amazing woman.

      • Yes, I can’t wait to see the new releases in a few months.
        We host a small Bed & Breakfast and our room is “The Pauline Rose Room” where there is a short bit of information about her and why we admire her. I’m looking forward to putting the new books in that room for guests to look through if they wish.
        I know that Mr Michael has some great new finds that we’ll all be really excited about. I’m grateful to him for the work he has done to honor those who have gone on before us and have been forgotten.

          • Adelheid Perlick, geb. Meier, germany

            I am so very very happy to have found out through you that so many people are honouring Paulines work.
            I belong to the Meier familiy who have gone with Puline and Albert all the years they were living in Ha Hohel. We were thankful helping them in their difficult living.
            My mother, who was a friend to Pauline since 1956, my three brothers and my husband are already dead. So I am the last who could tell a bit out of their lives, especially the time in Ha Ohel.
            I also have photos, a “Garden book”, letters … .
            I would very much enjoy to get in contact with.

            Best regards
            Adelheid

              • Dear Keren,

                please excuse me not answering earlier. I have never used the internet before and. I am only writing emails. In November i tried to write to you but stopped the letter, because I was sure it would not work. But it did!!!
                I would be very glad to meet you. It could be possible, because I will visit Israel for a week from March, 25. to April, 2nd.
                It would be wonderful if we could see us somewhere in Jerusalem.

                With my best regards
                Adelheid

            • Dear Adelheid,

              I found this website ‘His Israel’. I hope you get this message of mine.

              I am originally from South Africa now in Australia. Was raised in a very nominal Christian home and have continued in my faith but have always felt something was missing. Recently I started reading more about Messianic Judaism and came across Pauline Rose involvement and have purchased a copy of her book called ‘Siege of Jerusalem ‘ (which I have yet to read). I have a real yearning to learn more about all this rich spiritual heritage.
              I stumbled across this website and saw your post and your surname caught my attention…let me explain why…

              I was told by a late Uncle of mine that our surname was changed from Blomeier to Blomeyer (my forebears on my father’s side came to Southern Africa in ~1854 from Germany and settled in a small community called New Hanover, Natal South Africa). I have not been able to find out any further about the reason for the name change and when it took place. So when I saw your geb. surname and also acknowledgment of a Paul Meier in this same website, I thought you may be able to help. Maybe I am being a bit too general and hopeful but would appreciate if you could shed any light on why this type of name change could have happened? None sharing my same surname in South Africa can help me. Do you know Paul Meier? They say if don’t ask you don’t know!

              My wife and I make our very first tourist visit to Israel and the land next year early 2020 and definitely want to visit the Rose home Ha Ohel you mention (and hope to have read the book before then in preparation).

              Best regards,

              Kim Blomeyer (Mr)
              email reply appreciated on: kimblomeyer@hotmail.com

              • Shalom Kim,

                I will be happy to forward your message to Adelheid, and I am sure she will answer you. It was a blessing for me to interview her in Pauline Rose’s garden.
                I hope you and your wife will enjoy more on His-Israel. If you have time try and listen to the recordings of Pauline’s “Window on Mount Zion” which tells you their miracle stories about Ha’Ohel.

                Blessings from Jerusalem,
                Keren

  2. I was privilege to have met ALBERT ROSE in 1976/7 on Mt Zion when I toured Israel as a student, gift from my mother after I passed my honn degree in O.T. – a friend of my mother who lived in Oudtshoorn famous for it’s ostrich farms told us about Albert still living on Mt Zion – I had a wonderful afternoon visit there and he told his wife made the first ISRAELI FLAG !! >WHITE SHEET AND BLUE INK and HOISTED ON Mt ZION ‘THE MOMENT’ SHE RECEIVED THE NEWS OF INDEPEDANT STATE of ISRAEL IN 1948/9. I haven’t read any of the mentioned books, today for the first time ‘googled’ to see if I could get any information on Albert Rose, but nowhere this is mentioned. I would dearly appreciate an answer, Estelle SPIES

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