JFSA to hold community memorial service for Israeli teens at JCC

A community-wide memorial service for the three Israeli teens found murdered June 30 will be held Tuesday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal  Yifrah, 19, were kidnapped June 12 while hitchhiking near the West Bank settlement of Kfar Etzion. All three were studying in West Bank yeshivas.

“It is with heartfelt sadness that we send our condolences to the families of these three beautiful young boys whose lives were senselessly taken. May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Let us pledge that the legacy of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal will be to continue our quest for a world that is united in peace,” read an email announcing the memorial service from the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, signed by Board Chair Kathy Unger and Presdent and CEO Stuart Mellan.