On October 13, while on his way to the IDF Recruitment Office, 18-year-old Ruby boarded the #78 bus in his Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon HaNatziv. He found a seat near the back of the bus and sat down, unaware of imminent danger.
A few seconds after the doors closed, a man seated behind Ruby stood up, started shouting “Allah Akbar,” and began a killing rampage. He was soon joined by another terrorist, who began shooting at a couple that was sitting next to him.
Ruby quickly ducked under the seat, where he saw the terrorists’ killing spree unfold. He began crawling to the front of the bus in order to reach the door and flee.
One of the terrorists ran up to Ruby while he tried to pry the door open with both hands. Thankfully, Ruby was able to…
Ofer is a Fellowship employee in our Jerusalem office. He is also the proud father of two sons who currently serve in elite IDF combat units, something that also, Ofer explains, “keeps us from sleeping and causes us much worry and concern.” One of his sons, Yonatan, is stationed in Jerusalem, tasked with securing the streets and key locations in the Holy City. In this letter, Yonatan shares the gratitude he has for the people of Israel, who he is protecting, but who also care for him:
For some time, people have been coming up to us and saying thank you – “Thank you for protecting us, thank you for being vigilant, thank you for being soldiers.”
After two weeks of providing security in Jerusalem, we want to tell you, the people of Israel, “thank you.”
During the wave of terror attacks happening throughout Israel, The Fellowship has been giving grants of 4,000 shekels (roughly $1,034) to victims and their families to help with medical expenses and lost wages from missing work. Moshe was one of those recipients.
On Saturday night, October 4, Moshe, a 15-year-old yeshiva student, had been stabbed in his back, shoulder, and chest near the Damascus Gate while he was on his way to the Western Wall. The attack stopped only when his friend, who was walking with him, sprayed tear gas at the terrorist. Moshe grabbed the legs of the terrorist, who fell to the ground. Moshe then ran about 150 feet and collapsed. The terrorist was killed after the attack.
Moshe was brought to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in moderate condition, where he was immediately operated on….
I don’t let my daughter wear flip flops anymore – I’m afraid she won’t be able to run if she needs to. I look every driver in the eye before I cross the street – I want to see if I can read their intentions before my daughter and I walk in front of their cars. Sitting at a café feels like an act of defiance, though I check the news obsessively as I sit outside, vulnerable and jumpy.
These are trying times in Israel. Even towns that once felt immune have now…
Last week, we were heartened by the stand for Israel taken by a thousand college students. And today, we are thrilled once again by this piece in The Times of Israel by a college student who is bringing her pro-Israel voice to campus – one that is sadly not a majority voice:
I love Israel. I have already visited twice, and I am currently taking a Modern Hebrew course in the hope that when I return, I will be able to easily converse with my friends and family in their native language. A part of me comes alive when I am there — the history pulls me through time and connects me to those who came before me, and the overall acceptance of Judaism is comforting. I felt at home in a place I…