Our hearts are broken.
CJP and JCRC and our entire community were devastated to learn of the discovery of the bodies of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach in Hebron today.
From the time they were abducted more than two weeks ago, the worldwide Jewish community saw Naftali, Gilad and Eyal as “our boys.” We joined together in hopes that our strength and our unified voice would be powerful enough to bring them home. We are horrified to learn that the three boys were brutally murdered just hours after their abduction.
We cannot even begin to know the pain their families are enduring now. We can only hope that they find comfort in knowing that the world mourns with them and that Israel and the Jewish people stand with them.
The cold-blooded murder of these three Israeli teens is an all-too-vivid illustration of what Israeli families continue to endure at the hands of those who prefer killing to peace. It is an illustration of why we are so deeply committed to Israel and to her people.
When the Hebrews were backed up against the Sea by Pharaoh’s army at the time of the Exodus Moses stood and prayed for God’s help but God was not pleased with the prayers:
"Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward.”
In other words, prayer is not enough. We must redouble our efforts to support Israel and to tell her story at this time of darkness and danger to everyone we know. We must make sure that the world knows what happened today. Tell your friends and family about this terrible crime against these children.
Please join us to remember our boys at a community-wide memorial service:
Wednesday, July 2 at 7:00 p.m.*
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Temple Beth Elohim
10 Bethel Road, Wellesley, MA
Executive Director, JCRC