Each week, until they are all returned home, Park Avenue Synagogue dedicates the mitzvah of hadlakat nerot Shabbat, lighting Shabbat candles, to an individual held in captivity in Gaza.
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Ditza Haiman, 84, who worked as a social worker until she was 80, was taken from the Nir Oz kibbutz, where she has lived for decades and played an important part in community life. Her family describes her as a beloved great-grandmother and, “A woman of peace who is full of compassion and wisdom.”
Alex Dancyg, 75, a Holocaust historian who has written books on Poland’s Jewish community and the systematic murder of Jews during the Second World War, was taken from the Nir Oz kibbutz.
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YAIR YAAKOV, MEIRAV TAL AND FAMILY
Yair Yaakov and his girlfriend, Meirav Tal, were kidnapped from Nir Oz. They were in a bomb shelter, which was infiltrated by terrorists, from where they were taken to Gaza. Yair's two sons, Or and Yagil, had been with their mother nearby in another bomb shelter on the kibbutz and were also taken by Hamas.
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