Eyal Gilad Naftali

One Year Later, From ‘Bring Back Our Boys’ to ‘Unity Day’

The parents of the three boys murdered by Palestinian terrorists last year will honor their memory at 'Unity Day' on Wednesday.


This piece was written by Iris and Ori Ifrach, Rachelli and Avi Fraenkel, and Bat-Galim and Ofer Shaer, the parents of Eyal Ifrach, Gil-ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel.

One year ago, our families were thrust into a nightmare beyond anything we could have ever imagined.

Israelis lit candles in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on July 6, 2014 to mourn the death of the three murdered teenagers. JTA.

A Time Of War, A Time Of Peeping Tom-ism

From Gaza to a D.C. mikveh to a Cuban jail cell, a look back at the top stories of 2014, plus leading figures we lost.


1. The Gaza War

In July, Israel launches its third major Gaza operation in six years. Dubbed Operation Defensive Edge, the campaign begins with 10 days of intensive airstrikes in Gaza. After several failed cease-fire attempts, a ground invasion of Gaza follows.

“Death of Klinghoffer” protestors,” Getty Images

Brooklyn Baby Named For 3 Murdered Israeli Teens


A Brooklyn baby was named Eyal Gilad Naftali in memory of the three murdered Israeli teens.

The name was announced at the baby’s bris on Monday, according to the NRG news website. He is the son of Yankee and Bina Teitelbaum, who live in the Crown Heights neighborhood.

Essay: Israel At War: So Far, So Near

Special To The Jewish Week

Here in New York City, it can be difficult to wrap one’s mind around the reports we get from Israel — the vicious deaths of four teenagers followed by more death and destruction; parents singing Hebrew lullabies in the bomb shelter of a Jerusalem bookstore; elephants sheltering their young in the Ramat Gan zoo as sirens scream and also the continuity of ordinary life, a mood that one Facebook friend describes as “tense normal.”

Elicia Brown
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