Local groups partner on campaign for teens kidnapped in Israel

A coalition of local Jewish organizations have partnered on a St. Louis campaign focused on mobilizing the Jewish community to lend support for the three teens recently kidnapped in Israel — Naftali Frankel, Gilad Sha’er, and Eyal Yifrah.  

“The horrific abduction of three innocent Israeli teenagers is a matter of deep concern for the Jewish community, world-wide, and here in St. Louis,” the coalition stated in a news release. “We are encouraging extensive use of social media to express our community’s solidarity with the boys, their families and the people of Israel.”

Bring Back Our Boys STL is an effort initiated by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) with the support of the following organizations (list in progress): AJC, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Community Center, Moishe House, National Council of Jewish Women, Next Dor, St. Louis Hillel, St. Louis Israel Connection, St. Louis Rabbinical Association and the St. Louis Rabbinical Council. 

“This is a contemporary response to a contemporary situation,” said Andrew Rehfeld, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation. “We are utilizing the power of social media to respond as a community while being part of the international conversation.”

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For more information on the developing situation and to learn what you and your friends and family can do to support the Bring Back Our Boys effort, visit jewishinstlouis.org/bringbackourboys.

 This webpage will also provide briefings, analysis and commentary. 

The campaign is being formally launched on Thursday, June 26. The partnering organizations encourage the community to join in this focused St. Louis effort, and to Tweet #bringbackourboys and #bringbackourboysSTL.