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Parents of American killed in terror attack promote tolerance with free iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad app

Daniel Wultz with Computer, April 2006

Four years after a terrorist attack that claimed the life of 16-year-old Daniel Wultz, his passion for doing good deeds continues through a free app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Four years after a suicide bombing that claimed the life of a 16 year-old Florida youth, two local nonprofits have teamed up to release an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad application to promote tolerance in the world.

Daniel Wultz, a student at the David Posnack Hebrew Day School, was visiting Israel with his parents, Sheryl and Tuly Wultz, during the Passover holiday on April 17, 2006 when a suicide bomber targeted the restaurant where Daniel and his father were having lunch. Both Tuly and Daniel were seriously injured. Daniel died 27 days later, on Mother’s Day, in a Tel Aviv hospital.

Throughout his young life, Daniel was particularly fond of performing good deeds, known in Judaism as “mitzvot.” As the fourth anniversary of the event approached, Sheryl and Tuly Wultz met with staff at the Weston-based PAIRS Foundation to consider ways to continue promoting tolerance and good deeds in Daniel’s memory. Following Daniel’s death, the Wultz Family created the Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation to develop educational and sports programs that promote tolerance and acceptance.

Mitzvah Pjoject app

Free app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad guides youngsters through identifying and completing projects that promote tolerance and good deeds.

The group came up with the idea of creating an iPhone app called “Mitzvah Project,” designed specifically to guide youngsters preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah to perform good deeds that help them learn about tolerance and launch projects to help families, peers and communities.

Steven Steinberg, a technical specialist at PAIRS Foundation, volunteered to oversee development of the project, including design, working with team members and programmers on implementation, and assuring Mitzvah Project was released on iTunes to coincide with the event that led to Daniel’s death. Other PAIRS team members, including Veronica Nijamkin and Seth Eisenberg, volunteered to work with the Wultz family to create more than a dozen projects that promote tolerance.

Click here to learn more about Mitzvah Project on iTunes or visit the Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation online.


Happy Birthday, Daniel

Daniel Cantor Wultz, April 2006.

Daniel Wultz in northern Israel during a family vacation, April 2006.

Today is Daniel Cantor Wultz’s 19th Birthday. At least it would have been. It should have been.
I never met Daniel. Yet on this day in particular, I miss him terribly.

Daniel died at the age of 16.

He died on Mother’s Day in 2006, 29 days after being mortally wounded by a suicide bomber sent by cowardly terrorists to a Tel Aviv restaurant where Daniel and his father, Tuly, had gone for lunch during a Passover holiday visit to Israel.

I learned about the attack from an e-mail I received hours afterwards from the father of a youngster I’d coached at the Weston YMCA asking me and others to pray for Daniel.

For 29 days, I prayed and prayed. Thousands more prayed for Daniel too. People like me who’d never met him or his family, but knew that he could have been any one of our sons. In those 29 days, he became a son to all of us.

In fact, I had also wanted to take my sons on a family trip to Israel that Passover. I was angry and sad because their mother hadn’t wanted them to go and we didn’t.

I first met Daniel at the funeral that took place for him when his body returned with his parents, sister and grandparents for the somber service at our community’s Chabad synagogue, where he had been a passionate member eagerly embracing Torah and taking to heart daily the challenges of performing good deeds.

I cried for Daniel and his family that day. Actually, I cried over Daniel’s death for many months after and again today, as I awoke to a new day with my newborn son still sleeping safely and peacefully beside me knowing that today would have been Daniel Wultz’s 19th birthday.

Since Daniel’s death, his parents have worked tirelessly to establish and nurture the Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation in his memory with the mission of helping create a world in which other parents do not have to mourn the senseless, tragic loss of their sons and daughters from the acts of fanatics.

Each day, I think about the Albert Einstein quote that is featured prominently on the website’s homepage:

The world is a dangerous place; not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing…

Like me, they’ve also brought a new son into the world, who I know brings light and love to their lives each moment.

Daniel and his parents have forever touched my life far beyond what I could explain in words. From the moment I began holding him in my prayers, I’ve regularly felt his presence in my life.

These past three years, each time I’ve hugged my own sons, I’ve held on just a little longer. Each time we’ve parted from each other, I’ve been sure to let them know how much I love them. Each time I’ve seen an opportunity to do a good deed, I’ve done my best to do so knowing that it’s up to me — to all of us — to continue transforming the world as Daniel did on so many days of his life.

I hope on this day and many others people all over the world will continue saying a prayer for Daniel and doing good deeds in his memory.

And I pray that we will all hold our children a little closer, love them and each other even more, and actively work to create a world safe for all of our children as we embrace the gift of life for each of the precious moments we are given.

You can learn more about the Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation online at http://www.dcwfoundation.org.