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  • Don’t kill us

    2 days ago

    We are teenagers on summer vacation. Some of us are religious Jews and some of us are religious Muslims. We are in different places and we come from different places.

    We are your future.  And four quite like us -- Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrach, and Mohammed Abu...

  • Anxiety, hope, unity, grief, outrage, fear, trauma, uncertainty …

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    1 week ago

    I landed in Israel just a few days after the abduction of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach. I had been here two weeks earlier, in an Israel that was celebrating Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Euroleague Basketball Championship. I spent quality time with my son Ilan and his...

  • Brooklyn baby named for three murdered Israeli teens

    1 week ago

    A Brooklyn baby was named Eyal Gilad Naftali in memory of the three murdered Israeli teens.

    The name was announced at the baby’s bris on Monday, according to the NRG news website. He is the son of Yankee and Bina Teitelbaum, who live in the Crown Heights neighborhood.


  • Time Square billboard generates support for murdered Israeli teens

    1 week ago

    A billboard in Times Square in memory of the three kidnapped and murdered Israeli teens has generated support for their families.

    The billboard originally was posted to call for the safe return of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, who were abducted from a junction in...

  • Kidnapped Israelis shot 10 times with silenced gun, U.S. lab says

    2 weeks ago

    Three Israeli teenagers who were abducted by Palestinians in the West Bank last month were shot at least 10 times with a silenced gun in what appeared to be premeditated killings, a U.S. official involved in the investigation said.

    The disclosure clashed with speculation by some...

  • On the threshold of a Third Intifada

    By Simone Wilson

    2 weeks ago

    The shocking kidnap-murder of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel in the West Bank on June 12, followed by the brutal revenge killing of Palestinian teen Muhammed Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem on July 1, have bred a level of anger and mistrust between Jews and...

  • Muslim-Jewish statement on the murder of innocents in Israel

    2 weeks ago

    We are a group of Muslim and Jewish community and religious leaders in Los Angeles and Orange County. Although we have important disagreements about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how it ought to be resolved, all of us together affirm that the murder of innocent people, be...

  • Israeli soldiers jailed after public call for revenge in teens’ murder

    3 weeks ago

    Seven Israeli soldiers were sentenced to prison for posting photos calling for retaliation for the murder of three Israeli teenagers.

    The military handed down a 10-day term for the soldiers on Thursday after they posted the photos on Facebook calling for revenge for the killing...

  • In Israel, mourning turns to anger and despair

    By Simone Wilson

    3 weeks ago

    When news broke in Israel at around 7:30 p.m. on June 30 that the dead bodies of the three kidnapped boys had been discovered in a field near to where they disappeared — after 18 days of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) searches, raids and arrests across the West Bank — grief blanketed...
  • In full recording of teen’s emergency call, kidnappers heard celebrating

    3 weeks ago

    The full recording of the emergency call placed by one of three abducted teens, in which the kidnappers can be heard celebrating, was released.

    Wednesday’s release of the full audio, which is 2 minutes, 9 seconds, comes a day after the first 49 seconds were released.

    In the...

  • After two weeks of hope, a community mourns slain Israeli teens

    3 weeks ago

    Only 18 days after joining together in a hopeful prayer vigil for three Israeli teenage boys abducted at a bus stop outside their school, 1,500 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community grieved together in a memorial service for the teens—Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali...

  • How does Israel know Hamas is responsible for the kidnappings?

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    In the weeks since the Israeli government learned of the kidnappings of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, its military and intelligence sources have worked tirelessly to piece together the puzzle of what happened, where it happened and precisely how it happened.


  • At teens’ funeral, personal grief and national solidarity merge

    3 weeks ago

    They were their mothers’ sons. They were all of our sons. They were dear boys. They were martyrs for Israel. They were funny, clever, creative. They are the messengers of the Jewish people in heaven.

    The joint funeral Tuesday of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach...

  • U.S. Jewish communities memorializing Israeli teens

    3 weeks ago

    Jewish communities across the United States have responded to the murder of three Israeli teens with vigils and memorial services.

    The announcement that Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach had been found dead Monday of gunshot wounds in a field near Hebron prompted a...

  • Schoolboys, not soldiers: A mother responds

    3 weeks ago

    How does a Jewish mother respond to the unthinkable? In Jeremiah, we read of the matriarch Rachel, the quintessential Jewish mother, who sat in Ramah crying and bitterly weeping. There was no comfort for her, her children were gone. Like our ancient matriarch, we, too, are in...

  • Our worst fears realized

    3 weeks ago

    For the first time in two and a half weeks, my children did not ask, upon opening their eyes in the morning, "Has there been any news about Naftali, Gilad and Eyal?"

    They did not have to ask because last night our worst fears were confirmed with the announcement of the discovery...

  • Please join the community for a memorial service tonight

    3 weeks ago

    Tonight (Tues., July 1st) at 7 p.m., Beth Jacob is holding a memorial service that is open to the public and being planned in partnership with our Federation, the Israeli Consulate and Lihi Shaar, aunt of Gilad Shaar, who is a member of the congregation.

    The address is 9030 W....

  • Recording of kidnapped teen’s emergency call released

    3 weeks ago

    The recording of the emergency call placed by one of the kidnapped teens was officially released after a leaked copy spread throughout Israel on WhatsApp.

    “I’ve been kidnapped,” a teen, identified by his father as Gilad Shaar, is heard whispering in the call made at 10:25 p.m....

  • Murdered teens to be buried side by side

    3 weeks ago

    The three kidnapped teens who were found murdered near Hebron will be buried side by side.

    Separate funerals are set for Tuesday afternoon for Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach in each of the teens’ home communities, after which they will be buried in the Modiin...

  • Aunt of murdered Israeli teen mourns: ‘His sisters don’t have a brother anymore’

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    Lihi Shaar, aunt of the murdered teen Gilad Shaar, struggled to hold back tears as she spoke on the telephone, still absorbing the shocking news.

    She spoke slowly as she said she was holding a picture of her 16-year-old nephew, whose body was discovered today, 18 days after he...

  • With discovery of Israeli teens’ bodies, national ordeal ends in tragedy

    3 weeks ago

    A national ordeal here ended in tragedy as three Israeli teenagers kidnapped earlier this month were found dead near Hebron.

    The discovery of their bodies Monday night by the Israeli army and volunteer searchers brings to an unhappy conclusion the intensive effort to find the...

  • Statement by President Barack Obama on the deaths of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar

    3 weeks ago

    On behalf of the American people I extend my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel – who held Israeli and American citizenship. As a father, I cannot imagine the indescribable pain that the parents of these teenage boys...

  • Jewish community responds to death of kidnapped Israeli teens

    3 weeks ago

    New Community Jewish High School

    Dear Friends,

    The Board of Trustees, Faculty, and entire NCJHS Community join with the Jewish people around the world in profound sorrow as we mourn the loss of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach.

    As a Jewish High School, the...

  • Police officers demoted for mishandling kidnapped teen’s call

    June 30, 2014 | 12:35 pm

    Several senior police officers were demoted for “severe failure of conduct” in their handling of the phone call from one of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers.

    [Related: Israel finds bodies of three missing teens in West Bank]

    A committee investigating the call found that the...

  • USCJ leaders express grief and outrage at murder of teen boys

    June 30, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    Following the discovery of the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens, the leaders of United Synagogue released the following statement:

    The leadership and board of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism join together with the worldwide community of mourners to express...

  • Jewish Federations express grief and outrage over deaths of kidnapped students in Israel

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    June 30, 2014 | 11:34 am

    The Jewish Federations of North America and the worldwide Jewish community joined with the State of Israel today in grief and horror following the announcement of the tragic deaths of  Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar.

    Michael Siegal, Chair of the Jewish Federations...

  • Uncomfortable truths from the Gush Etzion kidnappings

    June 27, 2014 | 11:05 am

    On Thursday Israel released the photographs of two Hamas operatives, Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme, identified by the IDF as the ones who grabbed three of our Jewish children two weeks ago. All we have to know about the values of these two men can be summarized by the comment...

  • Israel to downscale operation searching for kidnapped teens

    June 25, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Israel’s Cabinet agreed to reduce the presence of the country’s military in the West Bank and limit its incursions into Palestinian areas 12 days after the kidnapping of three Israeli teens.

    The operation to locate and return the teens, called Operation Brother’s Keeper, now will...

  • In suburban settlement bloc, kidnapping shakes sense of security

    June 24, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    At a shopping center in the middle of Efrat, families eat pizza, a deliveryman unloads a cart and a barista serves coffee. On a passing bus, a banner reads “Gush Etzion — an Israeli home.”

    In many respects it’s a normal, quiet Monday in this settlement that has grown into a large...

  • Mother of kidnapped Naftali Frenkel tells U.N.: ‘Much more can be done’

    June 24, 2014 | 8:32 am

    The mother of Naftali Frenkel implored the U.N. Human Rights Council to help find her son and two other abducted Israeli teenagers.

    “Much more can be done and should be done by everyone,” Rachel Frenkel told the council on Tuesday morning in Geneva. “I ask everyone to do whatever...

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