On June 12, three Israeli boys went missing, causing concern around the world
“Naftali Fraenkel, 16, an American citizen; Eyal Yifrah,19; and Gilad Shaer, 16,” Eric Koehler, CEO of the Stamford Jewish Community Center.
“There were three teens that were coming home from study in Israeli and unfortunately they were kidnapped what we believe by Hamas terrorists in Israeli over 10 days ago,” says Rabbi Daniel Cohen of the Congregation Agudath Sholom.
On Wednesday night, the Stamford community joined the rest of the world in showing support for the boys and their families. About 200 community members rallied together at the JCC, including the United Jewish Federation, Stamford Board of Rabbis, and local synagogues and agencies, to prayer for the boys’ safe return.
“I spoke to one of the mothers this past Friday and she said to me how much the emotional support means,” says Cohen.
“I’m really proud of the Stamford Jewish Community for gathering together to stand up for our brethren Jewish boys who were kidnapped but also standing up for what’s right and decent in the world,” says James Cohen, CEO of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien.
“It’s a humanitarian issue, not a Jewish issue, not a political issue, “ says Daniel Cohen. “We also think about the children that we kidnapped in Nigeria as well, and pray for their speedy return also.”