Photo Credit: Courtesy, J Reznik
The Brooklyn 'Wall of Conscience' started by Jeff and Jody Reznik to support the families of the three kidnapped Israeli teens.

A couple who own an art shop in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, New York has found a novel way to support the families of the three Israeli teens kidnapped on June 12 by Arab terrorists in Gush Etzion.

The parents of Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Sha’ar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, still have no idea where their sons are, or what their condition is. But at least they will know that not only in Israel do parents and children feel compassion for them and feel their pain.

‘All Jews are immediate family’ – painted bricks on a ‘Wall of Conscience’ of support in Brooklyn for the families of the three kidnapped teens.

Artist Jody Reznik and husband Jeff recruited local residents to express their love and hope for a positive outcome from the abduction by painting bricks on a ‘Wall of Conscience’ outside their shop.

The Rezniks prepared the site, located on East 17 Street between Avenues L and M, with outlines of bricks. They are to be painted in and signed by people concerned for the safety and welfare of the kidnapped teens, Jeff Reznik told The Jewish Press.

“It’s intensely meaningful,” Reznik said. “There wasn’t a dry eye here when a five year old girl explained to us what her symbol represented. What a privilege to do this.”

Reznik indicated another: “One of the bricks was painted with a symbol that said, ‘I love you’ in sign language drawn by one of our supporters whose mother is deaf.

The sign language symbol for ‘I love you’ painted on a brick by the child of deaf parents, a message from a Brooklyn child to the families of the kidnapped Israeli teens.

“The unique colors each one of us paints represents the diversity of concerned people, while amplifying our unity in the humanitarian message, ‘Bring Back Our Boys,’ he explained.

His wife Jody, a local artist, is helping to manage the campaign, which began Sunday and is intended to continue until all the bricks are painted – or until the boys are found and returned safely, “whichever comes first… obviously we hope it’s the former.”

Supplies are being provided by J Reznik Studios free to all participants, Reznik said.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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