Florida shootout survivors journey to Brooklyn Jewish Summit
Three students who survived the Florida school massacre met with about 2,500 other Jewish teenagers on Sunday for an annual Chabad Youth Summit in Brooklyn – prompting everyone there to make mitzvah pledges in memory of those killed.
Maverick Reynolds, a 15-year-old freshman to Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, said the summit was “really important” to his healing.
“It helps me see that everyone is really interested and wants to help,” said the teenager. “It’s nice to see how everyone sticks together and after the experience we are stronger together.”
Another freshman who survived the school shootout, Christopher Branum, said he was honored to attend the Brooklyn event.
“We won’t let that happen [violence] stand, ”said the 15-year-old. “I am proud to be at this” summit.
Lauren Berg, 14, who attends another Florida high school but was a friend of the murdered Stoneman Douglas student Gina Montalto, said, “I’m going to light some candles for my friend Gina and Challah. do [bread] every week.”
The 10th annual Chabad Teen International CTeen meeting was held at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
Rabbi Shaya Denburg, director of CTeen in Coral Springs, Florida, brought a group from the state to the convention for the first time this year.
“Now it’s not about going to New York for a weekend; It’s about going with other children their age to a place that supports and encourages them and hopefully gives them strength to move forward, ”the rabbi told Chabad.org.
Cruz is accused of opening fire on his former campus earlier this month, killing 17 students and teachers.