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​On June 22, B’nai B’rith rededicated a Uniondale, New York memorial to the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 games in Munich.
B’nai B’rith members on Long Island created a memorial in 1988 to honor these slain athletes. Several people spoke at the rededication event including Almog Elijis, spokesperson for the Consulate General of Israel in New York; Harold Mitchell, president, B’nai B’rith Metronorth Region; Susan Berk, co-chair, Memorial Grove Rededication; and Deanna Friedman, co-chair, Memorial Grove Rededication. Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet, senior rabbi at the North Shore Synagogue, delivered the invocation.
Rhonda Love, vice president of programming, represented B’nai B’rith International. Gail Warnick, director of Volunteer Services, Mid-Island Y JCC, brought “kindness stones” from a program that the JCC created, and Frieda Stangler, past president of the Long Island Builders, Business and Professional unit of B’nai B’rith helped create the memorial.
B’nai B’rith is grateful for the support it received from the Nassau County Parks Department for refurbishing the space. Brian Nugent, former deputy commissioner, Nassau County Parks Department and Timothy O’Connell, deputy commissioner, Nassau County parks Department attended the event as well.
The memorial was conceived by the men and women of the Long Island Building, Business & Professional Unit of B’nai B’rith. The Israeli Olympic Athletes Memorial Grove was officially dedicated in June 1988.