The Jewish Community Speaks Out on the Kidnapping of Three Israeli Teens

Jewish Community Speaks Out on Kidnapping of Teens

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    Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'er and Naftali Frankel Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'er and Naftali Frankel
    Please see the public statements
    from Jewish community organizations
     about the kidnapping of three Israeli
    teens by the Hamas terrorists. 
    Jewish Federations of North America:
    On June 12, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel were kidnapped on their way home by members of Hamas. Join us in expressing solidarity with their families by adding a message below.

    To the families of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali,
    As the search continues for your sons, we pray for them like they are our own.  We stand together with you and send our prayers, thoughts and support to you and all of Israel as we stand up to terror and mount every possible effort to safely #bringbackourboys.
    Greater Miami Jewish Federation:
    The Greater Miami Jewish Federation, our Jewish Community Relations Council and the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami extend our heartfelt prayers on behalf of the families of 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, 16-year-old Gilad Shaar and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach, in hope for the speedy and safe return of their children, who have been kidnapped by Hamas.

    The people of Israel have seen too many times the devastating impact of terrorism, which has also included the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers. The abduction of three young civilians – one with dual Israeli-American citizenship – makes this heartbreaking situation all the more intolerable. We know that the government of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces are doing everything in their power to locate and safely rescue Naftali, Gilad and Eyal, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with the government and people of Israel in support of their critical mission.

    While the IDF, through Operation Return Brothers (Shuvu Achim), is working to find and bring home our boys, their three families have reportedly been heartened by the outpouring of support and prayers from around the world on social media.

    We call upon all people of goodwill to join us in solidarity and prayer for the safe return of these three young men. We encourage you to share your hopes and feelings with your friends and networks using the hashtags #EyalGiladNaftali and #BringBackOurBoys.
    Jewish Federation of Broward County:
    Bring Back Our Boys
    We are all overwhelmed by concern for the three kidnapped teenagers – Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali. On behalf of Federations throughout North America, we sent a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu, expressing support and solidarity with the families.

    We have heard that our communities are looking for a way to express themselves and share their thoughts as well. For that reason we have created a “virtual letter” – a web page to enable them to do so. We hope that this effort will offer the families some comfort in knowing that the Jewish community throughout North America stands with them at this difficult time.

    Jewish Federation of Pinellas County:
    The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco encourages our local Jewish community to participate in this social media effort and rally together to "Bring Back Our Boys." Jewish Federations all around the United States will also be participating in this campaign 
    by posting to the web page The page is integrated with Facebook so once you post a comment on the webpage you can share it through Facebook and leverage your Facebook network.  Feel free to share the link. 
    Our thoughts and prayers remain with these three Israeli students, their families, and all Israelis as the search continues. Jewish Federations of North America has sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressing support on behalf of the Jewish Federation movement. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Israelis as the search for the three continues.
    Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County:
    On June 12, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel were kidnapped by terrorists.
    We, the Jewish community of the Greater Palm Beaches, stand together with these boys and their families, sending our prayers, thoughts and support.
    Let your voice be heard. Stay informed with frequent updates on our Facebook and Twitter as this situation unfolds.
    Offer support and comfort by signing your name to a letter we are sending to the boys' families, found below.
    Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation:
    Bring Back Our Boys
    Sign our virtual letter to show solidarity and support for the families of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali, three teenagers who were kidnapped by Hamas in Israel on June 12.
    Jewish Federation of Jacksonville:
    Bring back our boys
    On June 12, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel were kidnapped on their way home by members of Hamas. Join us in expressing solidarity with their families by adding a message.
    Jewish Federation of Collier County:
    At this time, the Jewish community must stand strong together with our fellow Jews in Israel. We join with Jews around the world to offer our prayers, thoughts and solidarity to the families of the three boys. Your support is needed. Here are some ways YOU can take action:
    1.    Download and share a picture of yourself with the #BringBackOurBoys sign
    2.    Like and share the Bring Back Our Boys Facebook page and join the 85,000 supporters and growing.
    3.    Tweet with the hashtag #BringBackOurBoys and #EyalGiladNaftali on Twitter to show support and demonstrate solidarity with the people of Israel.
    4.    Sign this Letter of Unity to the families of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali.
    5.     Keep informed by visiting these pages: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Israel to the US and IDF Facebook page. Then, inform your greater community, friends and family of the situation.
    May we soon see the safe return of these boys.
    Am Yisrael Chai (the people of Israel live)
    Jewish Council of North Central Florida:
    The Jewish Council of North Central Florida joins Jews around the world in our call for the safe and speedy return of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, the three teens who were kidnapped in Israel last week. Help create global awareness, response and action by visiting the JFNA sponsored support page. #bringbackourboys
    Jewish Federation of Sarasota:
    A prayer for the safe return of Gilad, Naftali and Eyal to their families, and for the safe return of all the security forces now involved in this operation. Let us all hope for shalom. Amen.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the three young men apparently kidnapped with the involvement of Hamas, as the efforts by Israeli authorities continue to attempt to ensure their safe return.
    We echo Secretary Kerry’s statement that the Palestinian Authority must fully cooperate with Israeli authorities to assist in locating the Israeli teens. Their horrifying abduction and the resumption of rocket fire from Gaza into Southern Israel lay bare the dangers of legitimizing Hamas' role in governing the Palestinians and present a stark choice for the Palestinian Authority leadership: Will they choose to continue on the path of aligning with forces promoting terror, violence and conflict? Or will they reject this hatred and return to the steps necessary for reconciliation and peace?
    Dear Friend,
    IDF soldiers are conducting a relentless search since the boys went missing last week -- using drones and patrols on the ground to help locate Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali. And over the weekend, IDF Paratroopers joined the effort.
    The soldiers are thoroughly canvassing the area, leaving no stone unturned and risking their lives in an effort to bring our brothers home. 
    Here at FIDF, we are all praying for Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel's safe return to their families.
    During these difficult and uncertain times, please send the soldiers and the families of these boys your thoughts and prayers --  show them that a huge community supports them and is hoping for their safe return as soon as possible.
    StandWithUs is outraged by the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers late Thursday evening, June 12, in Gush Etzion. The three students, Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Sha'er, 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists while returning home from school.
    As Israel conducted an extensive search for the three teens, a rocket from Hamas-controlled Gaza exploded in front of a residential home in southern Israel on June 14.
    It is widely believed that the kidnapping is a direct outcome of a unity pact recently signed between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. As a result, Israel has placed all responsibility for the boys' safe return on PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
    “We join with people around the world who stand in solidarity and offer prayers for the missing boys. Our hearts go out to the boys and their families. These teens are all of our children. We urge the United States government to do everything in its power to bring about the boys' immediate release and safe return to Israel.” 


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