Philadelphia Jews Hold Memorials for Murdered Israeli Teens

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A community-wide service, as well as individual synagogues around the region, enabled communal grieving for the three slain Israeli teens.

Some 250 people gathered at Center City's Mikveh Israel synagogue on July 1 to mourn the loss of the three slain Israeli teenagers, Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach.

News that the bodies of kidnapped yeshiva students had been found after an 18-day search devastated the Jewish community on a global level as people flooded social media sites with words of mourning and grief.

A program organized by PhillyIsrael was held at Mikveh Israel, where attendees were addressed by Rabbi Albert E. Gabbai of Congregation Mikveh Israel, Yaron Sideman, Consul General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, Bud Newman, president-elect of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and Steve Feldman, executive director of the Philadelphia office of the Zionist Organization of America.

"The grief and sorrow of their families and loved ones is unimaginable and beyond anything words can describe," the consulate expressed in a news release. "All of us, who for the past 18 days have been hoping and praying for the boys' safe return home, grieve today along with their families."

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