Racheli Fraenkel is a Torah educator, co-founder of The Jerusalem unity prize and Unity day project. Mrs. Fraenkel is a mother of seven and lives with her family in Nof Ayalon. She became an international speaker after her son, Naftali Fraenkel, was kidnapped and murdered along with two other Israeli teens in 2014.
Rachelle Fraenkel became a public leader, a national heroine, and, just as important, a religious heroine as well, over the 18 days that her son and his friends were missing. Both men and women looked up to her because of her restraint, her faith, and the profound statements she made about the prayers being offered for the three boys’ return. Her statement to the young children she met at the Western Wall that, “God is not our employee”, revealed a new religious language.