Nearly 300 people celebrated the silver anniversary of the Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation (RCRF) at a gala in the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center on Nov. 9.
The event commemorated the yartzeit of Rachel Imeinu, 11 Mar Cheshvan.
The foundation was formed to save Kever Rochel when it was threatened with being turned over to the Palestinians as part of the Oslo Accords.
RCRF founder Evelyn Haies lobbied the Knesset to keep the Kever in Israeli territory, and saved the bus line that goes to the Kever. RCRF has also donated two Torahs to Kever Rochel, which are used in weekly Torah readings, and helps supply food for a Kollel at Rachel’s Tomb.
The organization runs weekly shiurim and hosts special simchas, such Bat Mitzvahs. It also plans to create a beautiful Chupah in a garden outside the Kever, and a sculpture of a Rachel Tear to memorialize all of the Jews who have been lost to terror.
The Master of Ceremonies, activist Dr. Paul Brody of Great Neck, was joined by his wife Drora as the evening got underway.
More information about the organization’s efforts can be found at facebook.com/RachelsChildren.org.