HUC-JIR Mourns the Deaths of Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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HUC-JIR Mourns the Deaths of Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal

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Monday, June 30, 2014
The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion family mourns the senseless and tragic deaths of our three Israeli boys, Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach. Our hearts are filled with sorrow as we think of their families in pain. We mourn with them, their friends, and all those in our beloved State of Israel and in the Jewish community around the world. 
May God console their grieving parents and families as they cope with this awful loss. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with them. We will continue to hope and work for a day when such violence will cease to exist in our world, and all people live in peace. May their memories be for an eternal blessing.
ברוך דיין האמת
Barukh dayyan haemet
Rabbi Aaron Panken, President
Andrew R. Berger, Chair, Board of Governors

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.