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Interfaith Memorial and Prayers for Peace and Healing
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:45

Manhattanville College to Host Interfaith Service Honoring Four Teenagers Killed in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Purchase, NY—Organizations and congregations in New York have united to sponsor an Interfaith Memorial and Prayers for Peace and Healing service for four teenage victims of the violence in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Wednesday, July 30.

The service is free to the public and will take place in the West Room, Reid Castle at 7 p.m. on the Manhattanville College campus. The campus is located at 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York, 10577.

Earlier this summer Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, were kidnapped and killed as part of the recent violence between Israel and Palestine. The service will take place 30 days after the first of the funerals.

“With all the violence committed throughout the world today against young people on our city streets, the Nigerian girls and now the four young men murdered in the biblical land of Canaan; the violence that is done and escalating  in the name of religion in Mosul, Iraq with  the eradication of the ancient Christians and others religions and the destruction of churches and monasteries; violence by Buddhists extremists in Myanmar, we have to demonstrate that religion can be a solution to these complex world problems, Manhattanville College needs to be engaged and present,” Rev. Wil Tyrrell, S.A., D. Min., Catholic chaplain and director of the Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice at Manhattanville, said.

Part of the event will include music from the young men and women participating in the Summit Music Festival, which will serve as a sign of hope and future possibilities of life. State Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-91), and State Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-93), are expected to attend.

Sponsoring organizations include: AJC Westchester, Archdiocese of New York, Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding, Hillels of Westchester, Hudson River Presbytery, the Duchesne Center, Neighborhood Interfaith Conversations, New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Turkish Cultural Center, and Westchester Jewish Council.

Sponsoring congregations include: Bedford Presbyterian Church, Bet Am Shalom, Congregation Kol Ami, First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, Larchmont Avenue Church, Larchmont Temple, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Temple Israel Center of White Plains, Temple Shaaray Tefila, and Yusuf Shah Mosque.

For more information contact Rev. Tyrrell, 914-323-7178, or Jill Friedman, associate regional director of AJC Westchester, 914-948-5585

Eyal YifrachGilad ShaarMohammed Abu KhdeirNaftali Fraenkel 

About Manhattanville College: 

Manhattanville College ( is an independent, co-educational liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, and social and civic action. Manhattanville prepares students to be ethical and socially responsible leaders in a global community. Located just 30 minutes from New York City, Manhattanville serves 1,700 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students from more than 50 countries and 30 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 50 undergraduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, and offers graduate programs in Education, Business, and Creative Writing as well as Continuing and Executive Education programs.