To commemorate Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day, which occurs the day before Israel's Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut), the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle created six eight-foot panels in memory of Israelis that had died, either in military service to Israel or as a result of terrorist attacks.
Because of Seattle's connection to the town of Kiryat Malachi and the rural region of Hof Ashkelon, just north of the Gaza Strip, one panel was in memory of those from those two areas who gave their lives.
Here are pictures and stories of two young men from the area:Or Shachar of Kibbutz Yad Mordechai and Gad Rahamim of Kiryat Malachi
List of names of those from the two areas that have died and are remembers at Yam HaZikaron:
And photos of many of them:
Here are more photos including 23 who died on Bus #37:
memorial to Ehud (Udi) Goldwasser:
Michael Levin, a USY grad, made aliyah after finishing high school, and joined the IDF the following year.
The final panel highlighted the "local" connection, that people in the Seattle area have with those in Israel that died in terrorist attacks.
In 2006, Pam Waechter was murdered in an attack on the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.
Many people in Seattle had a connection to the Holtzbergs, the young couple in India that died in a terrorist attack in November, 2008.
Dina Tanners, the current co-chair of TIPS, lived on Kibbutz Merom Golan in November 1972 and was pregnant with her first child. Micha Fichman was a member of that kibbutz and came to warn her and others working with her in the laundry area of an imminent terrorist attack. She got to a shelter safely, but he was mortally wounded by shrapnel a short time later. The place where Dina had been standing was hit, so Micha saved her life.
Kiryat Malachi & Hof Ashkelon in ISRAEL, in partnership with TIPS - Tucson, Seattle & Phoenix in the U.S. Working together, to make a difference.
TIPS is one of more than 45 partnerships developed by the Jewish Agency for Israel to help world Jewish communities connect to Israel as partners working together and not in the traditional donor-recipient relationship. The Jewish Federations of Tucson, Phoenix, and Seattle form the TIPS partnership, which works with Kiryat Malachi and the rural region of Hof Ashkelon. Several Jewish Federations in California also have a relationship with those two areas through the Western Region Network.
Kiryat Malachi is an immigrant town of about 23,000 people, located an hour’s drive from both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Today more than 25% of the town is from Ethiopia. Hof Ashkelon is a rural district of stretching from just north of the Gaza Strip to south of Ashdod with 13,500 residents in 19 moshavim and kibbutzim and a “temporary” town of Gaza émigrés. The communities closest to Gaza have often been targets of mortars, missiles, and even land attacks.
The Israeli and American members of the joint steering committee decided in 2006 to place the emphasis of their core budget funds on teenagers in order to change the image of the region and to instill in them a pride for their home communities.
The teens themselves created the programs that are now being implemented, which include a first ever regional sports league, a performing arts program in cooperation with the national “happening” - Festival B'Shekel, youth leadership regional clubs, leadership taught through sports, and teen work groups renovating public areas.
The remaining 1/3 of the budget is for exchanges and interaction of people in the 3 US and 2 Israeli communities. Programs include a joint teen trip for the summer of 2009, teen counselor exchanges, an apartment in Kiryat Malachi for Americans volunteering in the town, school e-mail exchanges and visits, and an art contest and a calendar featuring the winning entries.P2K is not just a list of wonderful projects. We work together to help promote the values of volunteerism, accountability, empowerment, cooperation, and mutuality, as well as the creation of lifelong friendships. Members of our communities are invited to participate.
For more information, contact Adam Tennen in Phoenix (480 634 4900 x 1102), Moshe Babel-Pour in Tucson (520-299-3000 x191), and Dina Tanners in Seattle (email@example.com).