A decade of pain

The Koby Mandell Foundation, which has just marked a decade of providing support to bereaved families, is as relevant today as ever.

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September 6, 2012 13:41
Shrri and Seth Mandell at the Koby Mandell Foundat

Shrri and Seth Mandell at the Koby Mandell Foundation 521. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Living in Israel, they are all around us, passing by unbeknownst to us in the street each and every day: our fellow countrymen from all walks of life who have lost loved ones – a mother, a father, a sister, a brother or a child to Arab terrorism. According to Rabbi Seth Mandell, whose son Koby was brutally murdered at the age of 13 along with his 14-year-old friend, Yosef Ish-Ran, while they hiking near their Tekoa homes at the height of the second intifada in 2001, “On the outside, you wouldn’t know that there is anything different about these people [who have suffered a loss], but on the inside, there is a sense of isolation from ordinary society.”

It is because of that sense of isolation that Mandell and his wife, Sherri, established the Koby Mandell Foundation, which runs year-round therapeutic programs for suffering families, in their son’s memory. According to Sherri, the foundation, which has just marked a decade of providing support to bereaved families, is as relevant today as ever because “while a long time may pass since a family suffers a loss, you are never whole again. There is always a sense of brokenness.”

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