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Yoga for Carmel and Edan 

Join us for a free, hour-long yoga class in honor of Carmel and her incredible strength in the face of adversity, and Edan Alexander, a Tenafly native and community member who turned 20 while in captivity. 
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Yoga for Carmel and Edan

BRING THEM HOME NOW

Carmel Gat is known for her strength and compassion. Hostages who were with her in Hamas captivity say that she helped them stay sane with daily yoga and meditation sessions.  

Don’t leave her behind. Don’t leave Edan behind. 

Join us for a free, hour-long yoga class in honor of Carmel and her incredible strength in the face of adversity, and Edan Alexander, a Tenafly native and community member who turned 20 while in captivity. 

Find your inner power while we as a community face extreme adversity by practicing yoga with us at the Kaplen JCC. While we flow, we will think about Carmel and Edan, and wish for their return home safe and sound.

The event is free and open to the community. Donations are welcome and will benefit the Bring Them Home campaign.  

Carmel, 39 years old, is a free spirit and a true people-person. She is an occupational therapist and for many years she has been practicing yoga.  

On October 7th Carmel was kidnapped from her parents’ house and saw her mother killed. She was taken without knowing what had happened to the rest of her family, especially to her brother’s family who were also kidnapped separately from her. 

For more than 50 days we didn’t know if she is dead or alive, as there was no footage of her. After 52 days, we heard the first sign of life from her. Two released hostages shared that Carmel was kidnapped with them. While in captivity, Carmel managed to keep their spirits up throughout the difficult time.  

They said that Carmel managed to do this by leading them in yoga and meditation sessions. 

This was a sign that Carmel has chosen to live. To gain control over her own mind and body in the way that available for her, to take care of others in the unbearable situation of captivity. To maintain some semblance of herself.  

Today we invite you to do the same. To find your inner power while facing extreme adversity by practicing yoga with us at the Kaplen JCC. While we flow, we will think about Carmel and Edan, and wish for their return home safe and sound.