B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Director Alan Schneider presented on Tuesday thousands of shekels in financial assistance to Israeli children left fatherless in two terrorist attacks earlier this year.
The funds were made available from B’nai B’rith’s Edith “Pat” Wolfson Fund, administered for the last 11 years by the World Center and B’nai B’rith First Lodge of England.
The first donation was presented to Yael Shevach in the family’s home in northern Samaria to benefit her six children: Renana (11), Neomi (9), Miriam (7), Milka (5), Ovadia (4) and Benayahu (1), whose husband and father, Rabbi Raziel Shevach (35), was murdered on Jan. 9, 2018 in a drive-by terrorist attack near their home in the settlement of Havat Gilad. Shevach was a religious educator and a mohel who helped save lives in his volunteer work with the Magen David Adom national rescue organization. Ahmad Nassar Jarrar, the 22-year-old head of the terror cell responsible for Shevach’s murder, was shot dead by security forces in a raid in the village of Yamoun, near Jenin, on Feb. 6.
The second donation was made to the four children of Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal (29), a teacher at Bnei Akiva Yeshiva in Givat Shmuel, who was murdered in a stabbing attack near the entrance of Ariel on Feb. 5 while on his way to a family event. His children are Avital (6), Daniel (5), Roni (3) and Avraham (1). The presentation was made to their mother, Miriam, also a teacher, who continues to live in the family’s apartment in the Har Bracha settlement. Ben Gal’s assailant was a 19-year-old Israeli-Arab resident of Jaffa, Abed al-Karim Adel Assi, the son of an Israeli mother and Palestinian father from Nablus. Al-Karim arrived at the Ariel Junction bus stop and stabbed Ben Gal from behind. Ben Gal ran to a bus that had stopped at a nearby station while his assailant gave chase. Reaching the bus, the rabbi knocked on its door for help before collapsing. The terrorist then fled the scene. An off duty Israel Defense Forces officer who witnessed the attack then chased the assailant in his car and rammed him. Despite being hit, al-Karim was able to escape with the help of an unidentified driver who picked him up near the scene of the incident. On March 18 he was captured in Nablus with several other suspects who helped him hide and they are currently on trial.
The Edith “Pat” Wolfson endowment was created in 2005 to provide financial assistance to children in Israel who have lost at least one of their parents.
Rabbi Raziel Shevach and Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal with their Families: