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Gush Etzion Unites in Response to Kidnapping and Murder

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The residents of Gush Etzion are uniting to show their resilience in the face of terror with an initiative created in part by Israeli media mind Ari Abramowitz, ‘One Flag.”

Gush Etzion residents are blanketing their loose-knit cluster of communities with Israeli flags to show of solidarity with the families of the three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered there June 12 by Hamas terrorists.

“Rather than calling for hatred and revenge, since the very beginning of this nightmare each of the three bereaved families have been calling for national unity,” Abramowitz explained. “They have unified us, now it is our chance to stand united with them.

Each resident receives a message with their flag: “We, the Gush Etzion family are hanging flags from our windows. We are raising the flag in solidarity with the Sha’ar, Frenkel and Yifrach families who are mourning the murder of their beloved sons. Our nation was united in tears, prayer, and hope for their sons safe return. And now, as we mourn them, they continue to unite us.”

Gush Etzion resident Jeremy Gimpel, the other organizer of the campaign, added that Israelis, especially the youth in Gush Etzion, needed a positive way to harness both the grief of these devastating murders and the feelings of love, empathy, and support they all feel for the victims’ families.

“Jews have always made meaning out of pain and brought light out of the darkness of anti-Semitism and hatred. This united initiative is a truer reflection of the settlers. It’s peaceful, powerful, and regal. By the end of the Shloshim (30 day mourning period), it wouldn’t surprise me if this becomes a national campaign,” he said.

“The irony of this incredible campaign is that we were initially concerned with how the youth were dealing with the trauma of the murder in their neighborhood. As soon as we got the ball rolling, it was pushed forward almost entirely by the youth here who are mobilizing with impressive efficiency to distribute flags throughout their communities,” Abramowitz added.

Yitchak Nesh, a 17 year old activist, also noted, “We thought it was important to launch this campaign here in the Gush, where our friends were abducted. “Our enemies need to understand that while they have succeeded in murdering three innocent boys, they have failed at their greater goal of trying to scare us and weaken us.”

“So many people are confused by the violence and accusations in the media,” explained Mottle Wolfe of Tekoa. “Now is not the time for rifts and divisions, it is the time for healing and unity. That is what this ‘One Flag’ campaign is all about.”

The campaign has also engendered widespread support from the local community leadership and from mayor Davidi Perel, who strongly encouraged the initiative. The region’s “Orly Print,” agreed to print all materials at cost.

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

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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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