support for israel
Favorite New York deli and bagel shop hosts fundraiser for Israeli hospital treating Houston-born soldier
One Houston restaurant and bakery wants to do its part to assist with relief efforts in Israel, which suffered a devastating terrorist attack last weekend.
New York Deli and both locations of its sister concept, the Bagel Shop Bakery, will sell blue and white bagels and cookies beginning this Friday, October 13. The restaurant will donate 100 percent of all proceeds to Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center.
The hospital is treating a Houstonian and graduate of The Emery/Weiner school who was wounded in the attack (the soldier's name has been circulating within the local Jewish community but has not been released for publication).
Even better, an anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations up to $1 million. Co-owner Michael Saghian released the following statement about the tragedy:
"We are deeply distraught by the situation in Israel. In times such as these, we offer our deepest condolences for lives lost. We send prayers of healing to those injured. We send comfort to those who have lost loved ones.
We send strength to those caring for the injured and to all the men and women on the front lines of this tragedy. We also send hope for repairing a broken world, and pray that one day neighbors can support one another — and come together in the spirit of peace and humanity."
Houston’s Jewish community gathered Monday night at Congregation Beth Yeshurun to show support for Israel. Organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, a number of political leaders also attended, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Senator Ted Cruz, Representatives Lizzie Fletcher and Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Senator John Whitmire, Harris County Commissioners Leslie Briones and Adrian Garcia, and Houston City Council members Abbie Kamin and Amy Peck.
“This is a defining moment, not just for the State of Israel and the people of Israel, but this is a defining moment for all of us,” Turner said, according to an article in the Jewish Herald Voice. “There is a tendency by some to remain silent, but we have an obligation to stand up and very clearly denounce what took place.”