Jewish Community to Hold Memorial Vigil Friday Outside of Palestinian Mission to UN

Amcha-The Coalition for Jewish Concerns-and other Jewish organizations will hold a memorial vigil for the Israeli family who was killed tonight in Israel on Friday, October 2nd, 11 am, at the Palestinian UN Mission, located at Park Avenue & 65th Street, 115 East 65th Street, Manhattan.

Rabbi Avi Weiss will lead a memorial vigil for Rabbi Eitan Henkin and his wife Naama, both in their 30s, who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in a drive-by shooting Thursday night in Israel.

Their four children who were also in the car escaped physical injury, but are psychologically traumatized.

“Just a day after Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas declared in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly that the Oslo Peace Accords with Israel are abrogated, Palestinian terrorists struck. Abbas incited this violence, and this blood is on his hands and is a direct outcome of Abbas’ speech at the United Nations,” noted Rabbi Avi Weiss.

“Our hearts are broken for the Henkin family. Rabbi Eitam Henkin was our granddaughter’s teacher at Nishmat, which was founded by Rabbanit Chana Henkin, R’ Eitam’s mother. It’s unbearable to imagine how four children watched their parents murdered in cold blood before their eyes. While our hearts and souls are now full of tears, I can’t help but place the blame directly at the feet of Abbas. When you declare in front of the world that all agreements with Israel are suspended, you send a message to go out and murder,” added Rabbi Weiss.

Rabbi Henkin’s parents are Rabbi Yehuda and Chana Henkin, who moved to Israel from the US. They are both world-renowned Jewish educators and religious thinkers. Chana Henkin founded the Nishmat Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies for Women in Jerusalem.