On May 7, 2001, Koby Mandell and his friend Yosef Ish-Ran skipped school to explore the caves just outside the West Bank settlement of Tekoa where they lived. When finally discovered some 24 hours later, their bodies were so badly beaten they could only be identified through their dental records. Sherri and her husband, Rabbi Seth Mandell, responded to this tragedy by founding The Koby Mandell Foundation. She also wrote a book, entitled The Blessing of a Broken Heart.
“Blessing of a Broken Heart” details the author’s healing journey after the terrorist murder of her son. Her uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking exploration of her own experience won the 2004 National Jewish Book Award. Mandell will speak about her personal story, healing from grief and the role of the wounded healer in Judaism.
She will also discuss the Koby Mandell Foundation, which runs healing programs for families that have been directly affected by terror in Israel, having lost an immediate family member to a terrorist attack or an act of war. Sherri currently directs the Mothers’ Healing Retreats, an innovative healing program of The Koby Mandell Foundation that she hopes brings love, support and healing to mothers and widows bereaved by terrorism.