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US Unity Day: Bridging Gaps in Jewish Communities Abroad!
Posted 06/15/2017 02:09PM
"Through the power of the memories of Eyal Ifrach, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frankel, not only will their deaths have brought us together but their memories will as well. May the memories of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali inspire us all to really live as one people with one heart."

Written by Iris and Ori Yifrach, Rachelli and Avi Fraenkel, and Bat-Galim and Ofer Shaar, parents of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali

Unity Day is an initiative to bridge gaps and to encourage tolerance in Israeli society and in Jewish communities abroad, created by the murdered boys' bereaved parents.

Last week, in their Judaic Studies classes students watched this short YouTube video in which Rachelle Frenkel asks for everyone to choose any act, large or small, to remember the power we have as a people when we choose unity over division.

The members of our Chesed and Tzedakah Committees invited our students to package dozens of gift bags and to write thank you cards for our American veterans who reside at Samaritan Village. The Village specializes in services for veterans who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its impact on all aspects of their lives.

Sophomores Sophie D., Paola M., and Elizabeth A., accompanied by Ms. Benel, travelled to The Village, and not knowing what to expect felt somewhat timid. They were quickly put at ease by the veterans' warm welcome, all whom had served tours of duty that stationed them in war zones, from Afghanistan to Iraq and beyond, and now were seeking ways to heal. Paola, Sophie and Elizabeth were humbled by the veterans' brief introductions, and they felt proud of our troops in ways they don't often experience. They plan on working hard at continuing our students' connection with the men and women who have bravely serve our nation.

Another group of students chose to bake challot, packaging them in bags tied with colorful bows and stickers that read, Shabbat Shalom! Sophomore students, Adam A., Sophie D., Gloria K., and Michael P. brought them to the Upper East Side Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. The in Center's Rabbi will distribute them to the residents to enjoy at their Shabbat dinner.

מצווה גוררת מצווה
One good deed will bring another good deed.
Pirke Avot 4:2

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