We react with both grief and outrage to the announcement that searchers have just discovered the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel. Early news reports indicate the boys were shot shortly after their abduction. Yes, the Middle East can be a complex and violent place. Nevertheless, the abduction and murder of three unarmed, innocent youths is impossible to comprehend as anything other than an act of unadulterated evil.
We pray that the boys’ families find solace in the embrace of those who love them. At this moment, we all surely share their pain.
May their memories be a blessing, and my God comfort them as He comforts all whom mourn in Zion and Jerusalem.
Rabbi Clifford M. Kulwin
Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz
Federation Mourns the Murders of Kidnapped Israeli Teens
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ joins with the state of Israel and the worldwide Jewish community in grief and horror following the announcement of the tragic murders of Gilad Shaar, 16, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19. Their innocent lives had only just begun when they were so abruptly taken in vain. We hope those who committed this heinous act will be brought to justice. Our hearts go out to their families. May they find strength knowing that we and so many others continue to stand for them and with them. May their memories be a blessing to us all. Baruch Dayan Ha’emet.
Federation of MetroWest is holding a “virtual vigil” on Facebook called: In Memory of #EyalGiladNaftali. This event provides an opportunity for our community to mourn together, share feelings, post prayers, and candles. Help keep their memories alive. For those of you on Facebook we hope you will join and invite others to participate.