Helping Victims

From the moment an act of violence takes place, CTVP’s teams are there, forging an immediate bond with the victims and their families, bringing them financial, practical, emotional, and spiritual support as they struggle to reclaim and rebuild their lives.

We stay with all these families for as long as they need us – whether weeks, months or years. There is no end point to our help except the family’s ability to re-enter their lives successfully. Only then do we move quietly into the background, but still remain available for those times when the horror inevitably reasserts itself and help is needed once again.

This is what makes CTVP so unique, we are there for the long-term.

Parents of Kidnapped Students Heartened by ‘Book of Mitzvot’

 Parents of Kidnapped Students Heartened by ‘Book of Mitzvot’

 Books including more than 3,000 pledges of acts of kindness delivered to students’ families Staff   |   June 22, 2014 6:11 PM

Uriel and Iris Yiftach examine the ''Book of Mitzvot,'' containing thousands of pledges of acts of kindness and prayer.Uriel and Iris Yiftach examine the "Book of Mitzvot," containing thousands of pledges of acts of kindness and prayer.

The parents of three yeshivah students kidnapped by terrorists in Israel said they were “deeply heartened” when they were presented with books containing more than 3,000 pledges of acts of kindness and prayer that have been received on a special web page created by

It was an extremely moving visit for the parents of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, as well for as the rabbis who visited them. Over the past week, more than 4,200 pledges have been received, and on Sunday, books containing some 3,000 of those pledges compiled late last week were delivered to the boys’ families by a delegation of rabbis organized by Chabad Terror Victims Project, an initiative of the Lubavitch Youth Organization in Israel that helps terror victims and their families.

“This is the most moving thing that we have received until now,” said Avi Frenkel, whose wife, Rachel, added that “this is exactly what we wanted, for people to increase mitzvot in their merit.” Bat Galim Shaar noted that “receiving this book was the most important thing for us.”

“Needless to say, they were all very emotional visits,” said Rabbi Menachem Kutner, director of the project. “But the families are strong and are giving off a very positive attitude, and actually are giving strength to everyone around them.” 

Cover page of the book containing more than 3,000 pledges.

“It was very powerful to see their reaction to the books, especially when we showed them that the mitzvot came from all over the world,” added Rabbi Yossi Swerdlov, who along with Kutner was joined by Rabbi Aharon Prus of Tzerei Agudat Chabad Headquarters Israel; Rabbi EliezerShemtov, director of Chabad of Uruguay; and Rabbi Yankel Kagen, director of Chabad of Contra Costa, Calif. “The parents were all visibly moved and extremely grateful,” said Swerdlov. ”All of them said how important it is for people to continue to do mitzvot in honor of the students.”

Iris Yiftach noted that of all the intelligence she is receiving from the defense establishment, she knows that “the true solution and the true ‘intelligence’ ” is to be found in the book of mitzvot that she received. “This is a book that pleads directly to Hashem. We will keep it with Eyal’s things and show it to him when he returns, with G‑d’s help.”

Readers can continue to “pledge a mitzvah” on the students’ behalf here.

When doing a good deed, please have in mind their names:

Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah

Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim

Eyal ben Iris Teshura




Parents of Kidnapped Students Heartened by ‘Book of Mitzvot’

South African Member of Parliament joins CTVP for a day of goodness and kindness


Yesterday, Sunday December 22, Chabad Terror Victims Project (CTVP.ORG) staff and volunteers, accompanied by MP Jack Bloom, a Jewish member of the Gauteng Provincial Parliament in South Africa., visited families in Israel whose lives had been recently shattered by terror and violence.


Our first stop was with the family of Shlomi Cohen A'H, a soldier who was killed by sniper fire last week near Rosh Hanikra in northwestern Israel, on the border with Lebanon. A Lebanese soldier fired at least seven bullets at his IDF vehicle.


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Shlomi,  who was 31 and the father of an 11-month-old-baby girl, lived in Afula. His grieving wife, Maayan, his parents, and his in-laws were deeply moved by our visit, especially by the fact that we were accompanied by Jack Bloom who came from so far away. Shlomi’s wife talked about how very much she appreciated our being there and the fact that Mr. Bloom was thinking of her and her family and sharing in their pain. She said this tangible way of demonstrating solidarity with them was very powerful.


Because neither set of parents is in a position to be able to help out, we gave Maayan financial assistance. She told us it will go a very long way to help them. She was extremely moved and appreciative. She just kept saying “I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it! This is so important for me and my daughter.”


We will, of course, follow up with Maayan and be in constant contact with her. We know once the initial shock has worn off she will need us even more and we want to continue helping her in any way we possibly can.


After we left the Cohen's we went to visit four Israeli soldiers who were recently wounded, two very seriously, when their tank exploded during a military exercise.  They were members of Division 401’s 9th Battalion and were evacuated by helicopter to the Rambam hospital which is in Haifa.




We brought them gifts, prayed with them, and sang and danced to lift their spirits. They will all be added to our list of Israel Defense Forces soldiers who we assist, especially as they are all from poor families who were struggling before this accident.  


One soldier’s father is completely out of the picture, another’s father was killed in a motorcycle accident five years ago, and a third is from a family that made aliyah. He is one of seven kids and his parents have been unable to find work.


The soldiers were so very grateful for our visit. They were moved that Mr. Bloom took time off from his busy schedule in Israel to visit with them and help lift their spirits.






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