Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Remembering Gabe

Gavriel Yehuda ben HaRav Chaim z"l

Today, the 19th of Elul, is the yarhzeit of my friend Gabe Arzouan who drowned in an accident in Florida three years ago.

I was introduced to Gabe back in 1996 and I spent some time together with him in the late 1990's. Over time I lost contact with Gabe and then one day I read an article in the Jewish Press that marked his first yahrzeit.

I was touched by what was written, but I was also shaken. It wasn't until I read this article did I learn about what happened to him.

I remember Gabe as a gentle, intelligent, and funny individual. He was a true mentch in every regard.

Today, on his yahrzeit, I am giving tzedakah to the Keren Gavriel Yehuda G'mach, an organization that was established in his memory to provide assistance to struggling families in Eretz Yisroel.

Others also wishing to give to this organization can send checks to:

Keren Gavriel Yehuda - The Franco Foundation
c/o Arzouan
1111 University Blvd. West #505
Silver Spring, MD 20902


At September 13, 2006 at 9:09:00 AM EDT, Blogger MC Aryeh said...

I read the tribute page, and he sounds like he was a wonderful soul. A very touching tribute by you as well...

At August 8, 2016 at 8:17:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Jacqueline Arzouan said...

Dear Simple Jew:
I am Gabe's Z"L mother.I was doing a random search when Hashem made me encounter your very moving tribute of our dear, beloved, exceptional son. Your words moved our family to tears, and we thank you for the warm encounters you had with this very special Neshama. If you are in the area,please join us as we celebrate his yearly Yartzeit with a Siyyum and Seuda this coming Elul in Silver Spring Md.
May you see only Brachot veHatzlacha. Amen.
Gabe's Mom.


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