By COLlive reporter
Brooklyn is joining the many locations in the world where prayers are being held in merit of the three Jewish teens who were kidnapped this past Thursday by terrorists.
A vigil and prayer service will be held in front of the Jewish Children’s Museum on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights on Tuesday, 8:00 PM.
It is being organized by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams who has a background in law enforcement as a police officer in the New York City Police Department for 22 years.
“I believe that the Israeli government is pursuing the matter aggressively and I think the United States shouyld take a very active role to insure that these children return home safely,” Adams told COLlive.com.
Yeshiva students Gilad Shaar, 16; Naftali Frankel, 16; and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were kidnapped Thursday while hitchhiking at a bus stop near the city of Chevron.
Fraenkel’s grandparents moved to Israel from New York City back in 1956. But Brooklyn was a second home for the missing teen, who, like his six siblings, is a U.S. citizen, the Daily News reported.
“We really know that everybody is doing everything possible to bring all three boys back,” Fraenkel’s aunt, Ittael, said in Israel. “The family is strong, amazingly strong. It is very hard and the family is keeping their hopes up.”
Communal support was being offered from around the world. In midtown Manhattan, some 250 people from 15 different Jewish groups gathered in front of the Israeli consulate on Monday to pray and popularize the social media hashtag #BringBackOurBoys on Twitter and Facebook.
On Monday, Israeli security forces rounded up 40 members of the Hamas terror group, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says is behind the kidnapping.
Palestinians threw rocks when Israeli soldiers barged into the al-Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli troops responded with gunfire, killing a 20-year-old Palestinian and wounding another, hospital officials said.
But the gathering at Jewish Children Museum on Tuesday will be strictly about prayer and hope, Adams said.
“Brooklyn has large Jewish population and one of the abducted young men has a Brooklyn connection,” he said. “We’d like to bring the same awareness to the public as we did with the vigil for the Nigerian children.”
Rabbis, lay leaders and community members were invited to join Adams in this public ceremony, set to begin at 8:00 PM. All are encouraged to attend to show support.
VIDEO: Rachel Frankel, Naftali Frankel’s mother, expresses her faith, as she thanks the public and Israeli security forces for their respective prayers and exhaustive search efforts.