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Manhunt Mobilizes Efrat Community for Hospitality, Unity

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

For nearly two weeks, the abduction of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel has inspired prayer, unity and concern from Jews around Israel, and around the world.

In Efrat, a Jewish town just two kilometers from the site of the fateful kidnapping, residents have seized on the tragedy to work towards increasing dialogue and communication between different sectors of Israeli society.

At Yeshivat Siach Itzahk, on the city’s Dagan Hill, hosted students from the Tel Aviv Secular Yeshiva for a joint study session about the mitzvah of redeeming of captives. The session ended with a prayer for the wellbeing of the boys.

Soldiers participating in the search for Eyal, Gilad and Naftali are hosted by the residents of Efrat. Photo by Yael Abromowitz

Soldiers participating in the search for Eyal, Gilad and Naftali are hosted by the residents of Efrat.
Photo by Yael Abromowitz

In addition, more than 2000 soldiers have bivouacked in local community centers, gymnasiums and youth group centers. Meals have been provided by local residents, who quickly organized communal barbecues around town. By 4pm Tuesday, local residents had  donated enough pitot, hummus, hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, salad and disposable plates for close to 10,000 people. Several locations set up wide-screen televisions to broadcast World Cup soccer competition, and soldiers were seen playing soccer with local teenagers at local elementary schools.

Soldiers participating in the search for Eyal, Gilad and Naftali are hosted by the residents of Efrat. Photo by Yael Abromowitz

Soldiers participating in the search for Eyal, Gilad and Naftali are hosted by the residents of Efrat.
Photo by Yael Abromowitz

Wednesday, too, the hospitality operation was underway well in advance of the soldiers arrival, with Facebook messages making the rounds this morning asking whether the soldiers would be returning tonight. As of this writing, more than 150 pizzas have been donated, hundreds of trays of pasta have arrived at private homes and public barbecue sites and hundreds of volunteers have again begun chopping vegetables in preparation for the soldiers’ return.

Soldiers greeted as they get off the bus in Efrat. Photo by: Michal Haber

Soldiers greeted as they get off the bus in Efrat.
Photo by: Meital Haber

Individuals who want to donate to soldiers involved in the search for Eyal, Gil-Ad and Naftali can call Philly Pizza, (02) 993 2237 or Pizzeria Efrat, (02) 993-1630

JewishPress.com has partnered with Standing Together to raise money towards purchasing basics and essentials for the soldiers who are out in the fields for days on end. To donate, click here.

Chazak Chazak Kita Aleph – Efrat

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Efrat Orot Etzion’s Kita Aleph (1st grade) just completed learning Chumash Breishit. The school took all the classes and parents down to Ma’arat Hamachpelah (Tomb of the Patriarchs) in Hebron for a graduation ceremony.

At the end of graduation, the children chanted the blessings that Yaakov gave to his children.

At the end, Rabbi Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba and Hebron spoke to the first graders.

Hevron graduation - Kita Aleph

Chazak Chazak v’Nitchazek.

Terrorists Open Fire on Kibbutz Migdal Oz

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Terrorists shot a few bullets towards Kibbutz Migdal Oz on Thursday night, according to a report by News 0404.

Migdal Oz is located just across the road from the town of Efrat, in Gush Etzion.

The IDF apprehended two suspects after a search.

Terrorist Caught Near Efrat

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The IDF captured a terrorist just as he was about to throw a firebomb at a car near the southern entrance to Efrat.

Orot Etzion Efrat’s Yom HaZikaron Ceremony

Monday, May 5th, 2014

The students of Orot Etzion Elementary School in Efrat performing a Yom HaZikaron ceremony in memory of those killed in the wars and terror attacks against Israel.

Orot Etzion Efrat students retell and reenact some of the terror attacks and battles that we remember on Yom HaZikaron.

Orot Etzion Efrat students retell and reenact some of the terror attacks and battles that we remember on Yom HaZikaron.

One of the Things I Love About Israel

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

I took this picture tonight on the bus. We spent a lovely Shabbat in Efrat with family.

It’s after midnight, and I got home not all that long ago.  I really don’t have time to write a “proper post,” so I’ll leave you with the reminder.  The State of Israel may not be perfect. Certainly nobody I know is, including myself. The State of Israel is a Jewish State, and in many ways it’s getting better and better. We must work harder and not give up.

Have a wonderful and healthy and joy-filled week.  Look for the best and not the worst.

Efrat

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4 Wounded in Gush Etzion Road Terror Attack

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Four Israeli citizens were wounded Thursday morning in a road terror attack near the Jewish community of Tekoa.

The victims were traveling in a car with Israeli license plates when they were attacked by Arabs hurling a barrage of heavy rocks and boulders.

The windows of the vehicle were smashed by the heavy rocks, and four of the people riding in the car were wounded by flying glass and by the hard missiles with which they were struck.

All four were taken to a medical clinic in the nearby Jewish city of Efrat, about ten minutes away from Jerusalem, local sources said.

Just yesterday (Wednesday) Israel Police Lt.-Col. Baruch Mizrahi was laid to rest in the police cemetery at Mt. Herzl, a victim of a terror attack in Judea on nearby Highway 35, on the outskirts of Hevron. Mizrahi was murdered and his pregnant wife and 9 year old son injured when a gunman shot them with an AK-47 assault rifle from the side of the road as they were traveling to attend a Passover seder in Kiryat Arba. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Tekoa is located on the opposite side of the sector, among the hills of eastern Gush Etzion in the shadow of the Herodian, the burial place of the Biblical King Herod.

The community is situated next to the ancient village of Teq’ua, now an Arab village. A number of residents in the two communities have quietly established good relations. Ironically, it was Teq’ua residents who called friends in Tekoa for help when they came under missile fire from Gaza during the last mini-war, Operation Pillar of Defense.

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