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Jews You Should Know

May 20, 2019


Most people - gratefully - cannot imagine the pain of losing a child under any circumstances, much less in a brutal terror attack while he is still a young boy. Yet we also cannot imagine the strength of character and the spiritual power necessary to transform that grief into a plan of action aimed at growth and healing for fellow victims of unspeakable tragedy.

Rabbi Seth Mandell, along with his wife Sherry, turned the most terrible experience of their lives into a catalyst to help thousands of families: children and parents of bereaved families who needed a sympathetic ear, a warm hug, a few days respite, a summer camp experience...anything that would help them cope with and emerge from their common pain.

The Koby Mandell Foundation - - is a living testament to the undying spirit of a young Jewish boy, and to the unprecedented courage of his parents and those who have chosen life and meaning over bitterness and hatred.



Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.

The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (, a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at

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A special thank you to Jacob Rupp of the Lift Your Legacy podcast for his invaluable production assistance.