Rescued Jewish Girl from Umm el Fahm Gets Married in Vienna


rav-yitzchak-niazovThe wedding was held in Vienna, Austria, but tears of joy were shed in the Bnei Brak headquarters of Yad L’Achim, whose staffers had rescued the bride from an Arab village.

The story begins with a young girl from a warm, supportive family who experienced a breakdown, physically and emotionally, and moved in with the family of an Arab man she had met.

Her distraught parents called Yad L’Achim, which made inquiries and learned that the girl was in the village of Umm el Fahm being subjected to severe ridicule and abuse by the Arab hamula.

In a complex operation, whose details cannot be released at this time, Yad L’Achim managed to rescue the girl from under the noses of the family.

After putting her up in a “safe” house, Yad L’Achim realized that the Arab family would not relent in its determination to find her. At that point, Harav Shalom Dov Lifschitz, Yad L’Achim’s chairman, ordered that she be flown to another country to start her life anew.

For a number of reasons, it was decided to fly the girl to Vienna, but only after contacting the Rav of the Bukharan community in the city, Rav Yitzchak Niazov, and briefing him on her situation.

Just this week, Rav Niazov called Yad L’Achim with a heartwarming update to the story. “We welcomed her with open arms and made sure she lacked for nothing,” he said. “After it became obvious that she had returned to herself, and that she was sincere in her desire to establish a home of Torah and mitzvos, we approached an eligible young man in our community. To our great joy, the shidduch succeeded and two weeks ago they were married.”

Rav Niazov added that “it was inspiring to see how the community had embraced her. In the week after the wedding, during the Sheva Brachos, a different family hosted a beautiful dinner in their home for the young couple.”

Rav Niazov reports that the husband has a good job and a home to which the couple has moved.

Rabbi Lifschitz concluded that the story is proof that “we must not give up on any Jew.” He added: “It’s not just one neshama [soul] that was saved, but many generations to come. This is all in the merit of pidyon shvuyim, the mitzvah of redeeming captives.”

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. If she had to leave eretz yisroel due to thefact that it was dangerous for her dont you think it is irresponsible to post her new location as well as the name of her rov.

  2. Highly unlikely that a girl from a “warm, supportive family” would suddenly have a breakdown, and do such a thing. She was probably a victim of abuse from her family, and that led to what happpened.

  3. to #4: many girls who come from extremely frum homes and cant stand being in a box all their life will go out and want to see what else there is in the world. th efamily could have been very warm and loving but sometimes they see a world that they think is better. another reason someone can go off like that is when they are abused in school-teachers or friends.