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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Westport Rabbi: ‘Important to Support Israel With Our Presence’

(Editor’s note: Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn of The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston, and Wilton returned home today after a brief visit to Israel with two fellow Westporters.)

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Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn visiting with children in Ashkelon whose summer camp was moved to a bomb shelter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

By Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn

I joined a group of mostly rabbis from the United States and Israel on the Rabbinical Assembly/Masorti Movement Emergency Mission to Israel.

I was the only rabbi who brought congregants with me: Larry Kleinman and Orna Stern of Westport.  We were the first rabbinic mission to arrive since the conflict/war started. We arrived Monday night and returned today.

Highlights included visiting the southern towns that are targeted the most by the rocket attacks. We visited children who are spending their days in a bomb shelter instead of outside at summer camp. 

We visited with various members of the Knesset, a woman who runs a trauma organization, and Rachel Fraenkel, the mother of Naftali Fraenkel, the Israeli teen who was kidnapped and killed a few weeks ago.

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