We remember and we pray for a peaceful future

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Vice Prime Minister of Israel Silvan Schalom (R) and President of the National Olympic Commitee Zvi Varshaviak take part in a wreath laying ceremony at the commemoration plate for the victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre in front of the house in Connollystrasse 31, where the Israeli team stayed during the Olympic Games, in Munich, southern Germany, on September 5, 2012. Relatives of 11 Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre are due to join survivors and politicians to pay tribute at the site of their killings 40 years ago. AFP PHOTO / PETER KNEFFEL GERMANY OUTPETER KNEFFEL/AFP/GettyImages
Today is the 45th anniversary of the Munich Massacre, in which terrorists murdered 11 Israeli athletes during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. It’s a day for us to remember that they were murdered simply because they were Jewish. Today anti-Semitism persists. It is our hope that hatred will subside and that people will learn to live together in peace and harmony even when their religion, nationality, color or creed do not line up.

At the Lev Lalev Orphanage in Netanya, Israel we teach our girls respect. We emphasize that Hashem has made every human being and that each person is sacred.

On a personal note, the massacre in 1972 was a defining moment in my life. I cried bitterly that the Olympic committee took no action to acknowledge the murder of eleven Israeli athletes. Within three weeks I was on a plane to Israel where I worked and studied for the next several years. Since that time I have worked on behalf of the Jewish people, recognizing that WE are ONE- and that we are one people with one destiny.

Thank you for making Lev Lalev your personal connection to Israel. Every donation- every action- every prayer gives us strength and greater security.