Reuven Escott of Bergenfield is the uncle of a 22-year-old IDF sailor, who is in a patrol boat off the coast of Gaza.
“My zayde was an ardent Zionist,” Mr. Escott said. “He met my grandmother in Borough Park, in a Zionist-oriented group.” The family’s desire to live in and work for Israel goes back at least that far and remains undiminished, he said. That’s why his nephew went to a hesder yeshiva, why he has served for three years in the Israeli navy, and why he is now working a “dream of three generations.”
His parents “lose sleep at night, and they worry ““ but they are in good spirits,” he said. “They are concerned about their son,” but they are also confident about the mission’s eventual success.
“We are bursting with pride that he is making this sacrifice to serve Israel and the Jewish people,” Mr. Escott said.