A Brokenhearted Mother Tries to Heal

(Washington Post) Matthew Mosk - Sherri Mandell read to an audience gathered at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville, Maryland on Sunday from her just-published book about the journey of self-discovery that followed her 13-year-old son Yaakov's brutal death in a cave near their home in Israel. She described her son's final hours - how he cut school with a friend to go hiking, how the boys were accosted as they descended into a canyon, how they were bludgeoned with stones the size of bowling balls, how the killers painted the walls of the cave with their blood. The Mandells once were a local family. Before moving to Israel, they lived on a quiet block in Silver Spring. During the summer of 2002, little more than a year after her firstborn had died, Mandell and her husband opened a summer camp in Israel for the relatives of victims of terrorism, and 200 children attended. This year, there were 600 campers.

2003-11-14 00:00:00

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