Sep 20, 2006 — Representatives of the families of the Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah spoke to an overflow crowd of Yeshiva University students and staff on Sept. 19 at the Schottenstein Cultural Center on the Beren Campus.

Karnit Goldwasser, wife of Ehud Goldwasser, and his father, Shlomo Goldwasser, spoke to the more than 350 students and gave a multimedia presentation about their family member as well as Eldad Regev who was kidnapped at the same time, and Gilad Shalit, a soldier kidnapped by militants in Gaza on June 25. Students sat on the floor in the front of the auditorium and some were forced to stand in the lobby of the building because the room was filled to capacity. Many in the audience were visibly moved and shaken by the speakers’ talk.

The program was organized by the Israel Club, YU’s Center for the Jewish Future and the Office of Student Affairs.

Students had an opportunity to sign a petition urging Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to make the release of the soldiers a priority. Communal prayers were said for the soldiers’ safe return.

Mrs. Goldwasser urged the students to attend the Rally for Israel at 47th Street and Second Avenue at noon on Wednesday. The family members said that the assurances of Kofi Annan and the Israeli Prime Minister were encouraging, but meaningless without action to back them.