Part lullaby, part prayer - Lulu


December 29, 2023

(JNS) — On Dec. 16, our rabbi announced that Avi Lulu of Kibbutz Kfar Aza, who spent Chanukah with us in Palm Beach, Florida and returned to Israel on Dec. 11, had telephoned him the previous day to tell him that his son Alon Shamriz had been one of three hostages mistakenly killed by IDF soldiers.

The congregation roiled with anguish.

We had gotten to know Avi. He spoke at menorah lightings, Shabbat services, parlor meetings and before the Jewish Federation.

Kfar Aza is located near the Gaza border. On Oct. 7, 80 of its more than 700 residents were killed by Hamas and hostages were take...

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