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
1111 University Blvd. West #505
Silver Spring, MD 20902