Today is June 24, 2018 -

May their memories be for a blessing

The funeral for Alyssa Miriam Alhadeff, z’l, will take place Friday at 10 AM at Star of David in Ft. Lauderdale. Alyssa was a skilled soccer player, a member of Parkland Travel Soccer, and a camper at the URJ’s Camp Coleman in Georgia.
 
The funeral for Meadow Pollack, z’l, will take place Friday at 1:45 PM at Bailey Funeral Home, followed by burial at Star of David. Meadow was planning to attend Lynn University this coming fall.
 
The funeral for Alex Schachter, z’l, will take place Sunday at 9 AM at Star of David. Alex was a freshman trombone and baritone player, active in his school’s marching band and orchestra. He loved playing basketball.
 
The funeral for Jaime Guttenberg, z’l, will take place Sunday at 3:15 PM at Star of David. Jamie volunteered at the Friendship Initiative and she loved to dance.
 
The funeral for Scott Beigel, z’l, will take place Sunday at 2 PM at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton. Scott was a counselor, coach, and geography teacher who spent summers as a staff member at Camp Starlight, a “predominately Jewish” summer camp in Pennsylvania. Scott died protecting his students.
 
We count these losses for the Jewish community among the 17 people killed and 14 injured.
 
The Jewish Federation of Broward County Florida has been working with Jewish Family Services, community clergy, and other partners to bring calm and comfort to the area. They are receiving guidance from the Jewish communities of Las Vegas and Kansas City who, unfortunately, have experience. They are also working on bringing the Israel Trauma Coalition into Broward County by early next week. They have deployed teams of mental-health professionals. They are coordinating vigils and an interfaith memorial. They are requesting donations of blood. They are opening a fund in conjunction with the Broward Education Foundation, United Way, and Community Foundation to assist families.
 
May the memories of those killed in this senseless and horrific act be for a blessing.
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