Teen Escapes Terror Attack on Bus, Saves Others

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/ASHERNET)

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…

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Terror Through the Eyes of an Israeli Mother

Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein speaks about the current wave of terror rising in Israel:

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Living with Terror

(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/ASHERNET)

I can’t recall when it first happened, but sadly, over the years it’s become normal to talk to my kids about terrorism. When I first moved to Israel from America 10 years ago I thought I would be able to hide the dangers of terrorism from my children. But I have realized that is impossible.

“Turn the news on,” my eight-year-old daughter implored on the way to school today. “I want to hear if anyone else got stabbed last night.” That was at 8:00 in the morning, and thank God no new attacks had been reported.

After dropping off my older kids, I took my three-year-old to nursery school. When we got there, the front gate was locked. I rang the bell a few times and wondered if her class was canceled. But…

Posted in: Ami Farkas / Israel / IsraelUnderAttack

Growing Up with Terror



A staff member in The Fellowship’s Jerusalem office shared with us this moving essay about what it’s been like living in the shadow of terror in Israel.

My family made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) in May 1990 from Kazakhstan, which was essentially a Muslim country and was ruled by the Soviet Union. Kazakhstan had taken in and embraced thousands of Jewish families that escaped from Eastern Europe during the Holocaust. Others, like my family, arrived in the country at the end of the war. In Kazakhstan, my parents had Christian and Muslim friends, many of which were closer to them then their Jewish friends. My family was a Zionist family and some of our relatives made aliyah to Israel in the 1970s. The minute that the gates of the Soviet Union opened for aliyah, my parents decided…

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Bon Jovi Dedicates Song to Israel

(Photo: wikicommons/Bodzio16)

(Photo: wikicommons/Bodzio16)

This past Saturday, even as the Holy Land was gripped in terror from the ongoing violence facing its people, singer Jon Bon Jovi not only played his first concert in Israel, but also, The Times of Israel reports, dedicated a new song to the nation’s people:

Jon Bon Jovi’s kicked off his band’s first-ever performance in Israel Saturday evening by telling 50,000 cheering Israelis “I’ve waited a long time for this!”

A few songs…

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