Sunday, August 31, 2014

Gifts in Memory of 3 Slain Teens


 Taglit Birthright Israel: Mayanot alumni gathered to create gifts with artist Michoel Muchnik to distribute to family and friends of the three slain boys Eyal, Gilad and Naftali.
In response to the tragic murder of the three young boys, Eyal, Gilad and Naftali, Taglit Birthright Israel: Mayanot put on a very special event in NYC.

Under the guidance of acclaimed Kabbalistic artist Michoel Muchnik many beautiful Judaica pieces were made such as Mezzuzahs, Havdallah spice Boxes and Tzedakka Boxes. The items will be distributed to the friends and classmates of the boys as a consolation for them and a show of solidarity with Jews across the world. With each item made, a note was written with a mitzvah or positive resolution to be done in honor of the boys. 

Prior to the event, the organizers spoke with Mrs. Frankel, mother of Naftali and told her of their plans for the event. Mrs. Frankel was very touched by the idea and received three boxes of beautiful gifts to distribute to family and friends of the boys.

Rabbi Mordy Hecht, from Chabad of the Gardens, in Queens recently returned from leading a trip. Hecht was glad his alumni could attend the event.

"You could see clearly on the faces of those making the items that it meant so much to them to be able to send a physical comfort to the families of the boys. The same boys that they prayed for when they were still missing."

For Michoel Muchnik it was certainly a busy week, his daughter was getting married three days later, but it wasn't even a question whether he would want to be a part of the event. 

"What a great privilege to be able to help these young Jews connect with their fellow Jews in such pain, in the Land of Israel. It was a very special event," said Muchnik.

May this type of tremendous unity and togetherness happen regularly, but only for good occasions!
Our Mayanot Alumni Events coordinator, Rabbi Dov Oliver did a tremendous job  organizing every detail of the event. 

Mayanot thanks Helen & Kurt Feuerman and Jodi & Adam Weinstein for their continued support of the alumni initiatives!