On Friday evening, September 13, Orly Ohayon and her mother, Esther, were struck by a car as they were walking to Etz Chaim Synagogue for erev Yom Kippur services in Mandarin, Florida.
Tragically, Orly’s 57 year old mother died on the scene from her injuries. Orly was taken by ambulance in critical condition to University of Florida Health Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Orly underwent surgery Saturday evening and has begun her physical recovery.
Orly, 16, is a regional board member of the Orthodox Union’s youth organization, the National Council of Synagogue Youth, and she attended a NCSY program this summer.
Orly, born in Ashkelon, Israel, lived alone with her mother in a small town outside of Jacksonville. Esther’s body will be transported. She will be transported to Israel, where she will be buried next to her husband, Yuda Ohayon, who predeceased her.
There is currently a fundraising site established by Orly’s cousin, as money will be needed to cover the cost of transport and burial for Orly’s mother, and for Orly’s needs when she is released from the hospital.
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.
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