May 28, 2015

Jewish Unity Day to Renew Bonds, Honor Memories of Teens Kidnapped and Murdered in Israel One Year Ago

In the summer of 2014, three Israeli teens, Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah, were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school. Jews from around the world came together to search, pray and offer support. The sense of unity reached its peak as the three boys were found and buried together. More than 1,000 people from throughout South Palm Beach County’s diverse Jewish community gathered together not once, but twice to pray, to mourn and to stand in solidarity with the boys’ families and the State and people of Israel.

Now, a year later, the families of the boys are asking the Jewish world to re-experience and strengthen last summer’s groundswell of unity by participating in their first yarzheit (annual observance of their passing). Their call to action has been amplified by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Gesher and the Israeli Ministry of Education, along with dignitaries and Jewish institutions around the world.

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is answering the call invites the community to join local rabbis and leaders, as well as Jewish communities around the world, to honor the memories of Naftali, Gil-ad and Eyal. This community’s Unity Day commemoration will take place on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton. The program will start promptly so early arrival is recommended; doors will open at 7:00 pm. There is no charge to attend but RSVP is required at jewishboca.org/unity or by contacting Rabbi Josh Broide at 561.702.3864 or joshb@bocafed.org.

“Though our community has continued to grow in bonds, strength and collaboration, this anniversary, both poignant and powerful, calls us to honor the teens’ memory by committing one day, “Unity Day,” to bringing back last summer’s overwhelming sense of togetherness and hope,” said Rabbi Josh Broide, the Federation’s Director of Community Engagement.

Participating synagogues include: Anshei Emuna Congregation, B'nai Torah Congregation, Beth Ami Congregation, Boca Jewish Center/Shaaray Tefilla, Boca Raton Synagogue, Boca Raton Synagogue-WEST, Chabad Lubavitch of Central Boca Raton, Chabad Lubavitch of East Boca Raton, Chabad Lubavitch of West Boca Raton, Congregation B'nai Israel, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh, Congregation Torah Ohr, Delray Orthodox Synagogue, Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, Temple Sinai of Palm Beach County, Young Israel of Boca Raton.