Police in Orlando, Florida conducted a massive search with helicopters and search dogs to try and locate two Jewish high school girls from Miami, who disappeared on Saturday afternoon. Later on Sunday the two were found by a helicopter alive and well.
Rivka Moshe and Bracha Katz, both 16-year-old students at the Lubavitch Educational Center's Beis Chana High School in Miami, were taking part in a school Shabbaton at the Caribe Cove Resort near Wyndham in Four Corners, to the west of Kissimmee.
After learning that the girls were safe, the resort’s manager, Keith Odza, remembered he was Jewish and decided to put on tefillin, the ritual phylacteries that Jewish men wear every weekday, for the first time ever.
Odza was helped by Rabbi Zvi Konikov of Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts and Rabbi Yosef Konikov of Chabad of South Orlando.
“Today is your bar mitzvah,” Rabbi Konikov told Odza. “We should always remember that when things seem like they can't go right, like this day, darkness can turn into light.”