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JERUSALEM, Israel, June 30, 2014: In response to the news that the bodies of three missing Israeli teens, Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach, have been found, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
The hearts of our entire people are broken with the discovery of the murdered bodies of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach. Since the day they were kidnapped we prayed and hoped against hope that this day would not come. Shaken and filled with sadness, we feel deeply connected to our aching people all over the world as we send our love and strength to the three bereft families.
The callous slaughter of these three innocent teens sends shudders through the conscience of all feeling people. May the boys' unfinished lives be remembered for a blessing and may their memories inspire us as we pray, and work, for the peace of Jerusalem.