Israeli mother of slain student addresses Scottsdale congregation

Transforming darkness into light, tragedy into triumph, Rachelle Fraenkel, whose own son was brutally kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists this past summer, has changed the discussion on terrorism with her vision of unwavering faith and profound courage.

In doing so, Rachelle has become a sought-after speaker, teacher, and beacon of inspiration worldwide.

Rachelle Fraenkel is the American-Israeli mother of Naftali Fraenkel, the 16-year-old yeshiva student who was kidnapped while hitchhiking with Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah in the West Bank on June 12.

Rachelle Fraenkel

Congregation Beth Tefillah has announced she will be speaking at its “Fourth Annual Gala” 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Rachelle Fraenkel is the American-Israeli mother of Naftali Fraenkel, the 16-year-old yeshiva student who was kidnapped while hitchhiking with Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah in the West Bank on June 12. The bodies of the three Jewish boys were found on June 30 in a field northwest of Hebron.

The gala will include an elegant cocktail party with live music, heavy hors d’ouvres, hosted bar, silent auction, and the highlight of the event, an address by Rachelle Fraenkel.

“This is the only address Rachelle will be giving on the west coast since her personal tragedy and before returning to Israel, and it is our absolute privilege and an incredible honor for us as a community to host such a highly-acclaimed speaker as we pay tribute to her story and her sacrifice,” says Rabbi Pinchas Allouche, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tefillah.

Congregation Beth Tefillah also plans to present to Rachelle Fraenkel with “1,000 Good Deeds” during the gala, that its congregants have resolved to add to their lives in loving memory of Rachelle’s son, Naftali, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach, and in the quest of expelling darkness with light, evil with goodness.

Rachelle Fraenkel was born in Israel, the youngest of five siblings. Her mother and father were the children of Holocaust survivors who came to America from Austria and what was then Czechoslovakia before immigrating to Israel.

Ms. Fraenkel, who lives in central Israel, has spent time touring America as a lecturer.

For more information on attending the gala, contact Congregation Beth Tefillah at 480-223-9343 or email gala@cbtaz.org.

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