900+ Say ”BRING BACK OUR BOYS” at Community Rally (June 23, 2014)
About the Event
With the kidnapping by Hamas of three innocent teens, the forces of hate and fundamentalism, so clearly on the rise, have again inflicted pain and suffering on Israel. And, again, at Monday night’s Bring Back Our Boys rally, our vibrant, diverse Jewish community rose in response with one voice. More than 900 strong, we stood together in anguish, concern and outrage for this act of terror, and with unwavering support for the State of Israel and our Jewish family there.
Monday night’s powerful and poignant event was organized in only a few days by our Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) with widespread support from community organizations, agencies, schools and synagogues. Boca Raton Synagogue immediately stepped up to host a gathering of whatever size. Rabbi Philip Moskowitz, Rabbi David Steinhardt, Rabbi Jessica Brockman, Cantor Benjamin Tisser and Consul General Chaim Schacham joined the program with prayers and personal statements. We are also grateful to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Members of Congress Alcee Hastings, Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel for their messages of support read by JCRC Co-chair Andrew Robins at the event.
Of course, one night’s rally is not enough. Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Frenkel are not yet home. Violence in the region and threats to our homeland continue. It is up to each of us, individually and in collaboration, to call upon government officials to use the full weight of their leverage and authority to Bring Back Our Boys - and reduce the conditions through which Hamas, a proven organization of terror with a legitimate governing role, can abduct innocent, unarmed teenagers.
Click here to read the remarks delivered at the rally by Matthew C. Levin, President & CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.
Click here to view a powerful video shown at the rally.
Click here to view Channel 12 coverage of the rally at 6:00 p.m.
Click here to view Channel 12 coverage of the rally at 11:00 p.m.