Manchester Community Rallies For Kidnapped Soldier
Submitted to: Israel 
Posted: February 06 2007


6 February 2007 ( - Over 1500 members of Manchester’s Jewish community joined together last weekend for three days of solidarity events to mark the visit of the parents of kidnapped soldier Eldad Regev. Their visit was organised by ManuJew (Manchester Universities Jewish Student Society) and a series of events saw the Manchester community turn out in force to express their support and encouragement to the family and the families of Israel’s other missing in action soldiers.

On Thursday evening, Eldad’s father Zvi Regev spoke to over 100 university students in Fallowfield. The following day, the family spoke at King David High School, Broughton Jewish Primary School, King David Junior School and met with the heads of Manchester’s Jewish organisations. On Saturday night, Mr. Regev addressed 350 members of the Manchester community at the Hilton Suite on Bury New Road. Attendees were encouraged to fulfil mitzvot to honour the missing soldiers.

Speaking at the Hilton Suite, Zvi Regev said: “Thank you to the Manchester community for such a warm welcome, and I hope that each person spreads our message of solidarity within their own community to help bring our sons home.”

Rabbi Yitzchok Kaye, founder of ManuJew, commented: “We organised the visit of the Regev family because our focus and Israel’s focus seems to be moving away from the plight of Israel’s kidnapped soldiers and we felt it was essential that we emphasise our solidarity with their families. The opportunity for our community to take upon themselves an extra mitzva is a wonderful response to assist the soldiers' homecoming. The response of the Manchester community was incredible; every event was standing room only and over one and a half thousand members of the community heard from the Regev family and expressed their support.

“We hope that the community’s solidarity will give the families of Israel’s missing soldiers the strength and encouragement they need to continue their efforts to secure the soldiers’ release, and I want to thank the Manchester community for their tremendous outpouring of support over the last few days.”


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