Grieving the Israeli Teens – A Statement from Haver

star-of-davidThe news that the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers were found dead has caused considerable sadness and pain for Jewish communities around the world who were praying for their safe return.

We pray for peace on the souls of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach and great strength and comfort to the mourners; their families and loved ones, devastated by this tragic and senseless loss.

We join people of conscience around the world in outrage at this senseless killing and pray that this brutal act does not close our hearts to the possibility of peace. In their memory, we pray for an end to the unbearable violence and hatred.

In our recent prayers for the safe release of these three boys, we were in solidarity with Jews across the world and now we are all grieving the loss of Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, all mourners.

In the coming days, we will try to gather across the community in their memory.

May the families of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

Let their memories be for a blessing.

Haver – Boulder’s Rabbinic Fellowship

About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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