Mur­dered teen’s fam­ily is moved by pledges

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JONATHAN KAL­MUS

OVER 100 cards from Manch­ester fam­i­lies have been de­liv­ered to the home of mur­dered Is­raeli teenager Naf­tali Frenkel. The cards con­tained mes­sages of hope and com­mit­ments from mem­bers of south Manch­ester syn­a­gogues to char­i­ties and com­mu­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions which would be per­formed in mem­ory of the three young Is­raelis mur­dered in the West Bank.

The idea orig­i­nated at a me­mo­rial ser­vice held jointly by the South Man- ch­ester, Hale, Yeshu­run and Shaarei Hayim con­gre­ga­tions. Hale rabbi Joel Port­noy had called on the 500 people at the ser­vice, which his shul hosted, to show that “vile acts of hate must be drowned with acts of love — and cer­tainly never re­venge”.

Rabbi Port­noy took the cards to Is­rael last week and his Modi’in-based son de­liv­ered them to Naf­tali Frenkel’s mother, Rachel.

“Mrs Frenkel was clearly very touched and said the cards would be passed on to the other fam­i­lies,” Rabbi Port­noy added.

Plant worker: Moishy Has­sell at his job at a gar­den cen­tre

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