June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One

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June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One

In the summer of 2014, three Israeli teens – Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer, and Naftali Fraenkel – were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school. Jews from around the world came together to search, pray, and offer support. The building sense of Jewish unity while the boys were held captive reached its peak when they were found and then buried together.

A year later, the boys’ families are urging the Jewish world to participate in a call for action for their first yarzheit. Joined by the Israeli Ministry of Education, dignitaries, and Jewish institutions around the world, this call invites Jews worldwide to honor the teens’ memory by committing one day – a day of unity – to restoring a sense of togetherness and hope among Am Yisrael (the Jewish people).

Unity Day will be held in every country on the 16th of Sivan 5775 – June 3rd 2015. We invite Reform congregations worldwide to participate in this important demonstration of Jewish unity.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said of the initiative,

“Unity Day provides the entire Jewish people – regardless of streams, ideologies, and politics – an opportunity to pause for a moment and remember that there is more that unites than divides us. In memory of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali, I encourage all our institutions and members to take part in this worldwide day of Jewish unity and come together as one people.”

Find resources to enhance your Unity Day program on the Jerusalem Unity Prize's website. Creating, discussing, and learning will ensure that will ensure the legacy of Eyal, Gil-ad and Naftali z"l lives on.

Learn more about Unity Day and how your community can participate by visiting unityprize.org/en or by contacting Martín Yafé, North American Director of Partnerships for the Jerusalem Unity Prize, at (929) 238-3244 or martin@gesherusa.org.

Published: 5/12/2015

Categories: Israel, Social Justice & Advocacy

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