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Alexander Levlovich
Alexander Levlovich
Alexander Levlovich, 64
Alexander Levlovich was a beloved father of three and lifelong Jerusalem resident. He managed a home for the disabled, and did everything he could to make life easier for its residents, even on a shoestring budget. On September 14, 2015, Levlovich was driving home from Rosh Hashanah dinner with his family when Palestinian youths began throwing stones at his car. He lost control of the vehicle and crashed. He and two other passengers were injured, and Alexander later succumbed to his wounds. Just days before, he had celebrated the wedding of his daughter.
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Rabbi Eitam Henkin
Rabbi Eitam Henkin
Rabbi Eitam Henkin, 31
On October 1, 2015, Eitam and Naama Henkin were driving through Judea and Samaria with their four children when Palestinian gunmen ambushed their car. Eitam and Naama were shot multiple times in front of their children, who were in the back seat. Naama was an accomplished graphic artist and a loving mother. Eitam was a noted Torah scholar, and lectured at the Nishmat College for Women, which was established by his mother. He was close to completing his doctorate when he was killed. They are survived by their parents and children: Matan Hillel (9), Nitzan Yitzhak (7), Neta Eliezer (4), and Itamar (9 months).
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Naama Henkin
Naama Henkin
Naama Henkin, 30
On October 1, 2015, Eitam and Naama Henkin were driving through Judea and Samaria with their four children when Palestinian gunmen ambushed their car. Eitam and Naama were shot multiple times in front of their children, who were in the back seat. Naama was an accomplished graphic artist and a loving mother. Eitam was a noted Torah scholar, and lectured at the Nishmat College for Women, which was established by his mother. He was close to completing his doctorate when he was killed. They were survived by their parents and children: Matan Hillel (9), Nitzan Yitzhak (7), Neta Eliezer (4), and Itamar (9 months).
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Rabbi Aharon Bennett
Rabbi Aharon Bennett
Rabbi Aharon Bennett, 22
Aharon Bennett, a rabbi in the Breslov Hasidic community of Beitar Illit, was a soldier in the Golani Brigade in the IDF. On October 3, 2015, he was attacked by a Palestinian terrorist in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, an IDF reservist and teacher at a local yeshiva, ran to Rabbi Bennett’s aid. The attacker took Rabbi Lavi’s gun and stabbed him. Both died shortly after. The attacker also stabbed Bennett’s wife and two-year-old son, wounding them both. Rabbi Bennett is survived by his parents, his six siblings, his son, and his infant daughter.
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Rabbi Nehemia Lavi
Rabbi Nehemia Lavi
Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, 41
Rabbi Nehemia, an IDF reservist, was a husband, a father, and a teacher at a Jerusalem yeshiva. When Aharon Bennett, a rabbi in the Breslov Hassidic community of Beitar Illit, was attacked by a Palestinian in the Old City of Jerusalem, Rabbi Nehemia Lavi ran to Rabbi Bennett’s aid. The attacker took Rabbi Lavi’s gun and stabbed him. Both died shortly after. Rabbi Lavi is survived by his wife and seven children.
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Chaim Haviv
Chaim Haviv
Chaim Haviv, 78
Chaim Haviv was born in Iraq and emigrated to Israel with his parents and ten siblings at the age of 11, settling in Jerusalem. He worked as a construction worker and later as a silversmith, and passed the value of hard work onto his children. On October 13, 2015, while he and his wife were on the way home from a doctor’s appointment, two Palestinians stormed their bus. One stabbed passengers while the other opened fire. Haviv, and two others were killed and 15 others were wounded in the attack. He is survived by his wife, who was badly wounded during the attack, five children, and 14 grandchildren.
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Richard Lakin
Richard Lakin
Richard Lakin, 76
Richard Lakin was born and raised in the US, where he was active in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s and gained a reputation as a beloved teacher. He and his family moved to Jerusalem in 1984, where he made a living as an English teacher. He was a passionate peace activist who championed tolerance and coexistence. On October 13, 2015, two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem bus. One stabbed passengers while the other opened fire. Lakin is survived by his wife, their two children, and eight grandchildren.
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Alon Govberg
Alon Govberg
Alon Govberg, 51
Alon Govberg immigrated to Israel from Baku, Azerbaijan 20 years ago. He worked as a security guard for the Andalus Orchestra. On October 13, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists stormed the Jerusalem bus he was riding. One stabbed passengers while the other opened fire. Govberg, Richard Lakin (76), and Chaim Haviv (78) were killed, and 15 others were wounded in the attack. Govberg was killed immediately.
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Shadi Arafa
Shadi Arafa
Shadi Arafa, 24
Shadi Arafa, from Hebron, was an Arab bystander at the November 19th terror attack at the Alon Shvut Junction. A Palestinian terrorist drove by and opened fire upon oncoming traffic, and pedestrians. Shadi was killed along with two others.
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Ezra Schwartz
Ezra Schwartz
Ezra Schwartz, 18
Ezra Schwartz was a student from Sharon, Massachusetts, studying in Israel on a gap year program. He was known for his friendliness, his sense of humor, and his ability to bring out the best in others. He loved sports, and captained his high school baseball team. He was due to begin his studies at Rutgers University the next fall. On November 19, while Ezra and his friends were traveling back from volunteering in Gush Etzion, a Palestinian terrorist with a submachine gun opened fire towards oncoming traffic killing Ezra and two others - Yaakov Don (49) and Shadi Arafa (24).
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Hadar Buchris
Hadar Buchris
Hadar Buchris, 21
A Netanya native, Hadar Buchris studied art and theater. Remembered as energetic and bright, she spent her two-year national service working with children in Tiberias and Beit She’an. While waiting for a ride in Gush Etzion on November 22, 2015, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed Hadar multiple times. She later succumbed to her wounds.
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Alon Bakal
Alon Bakal
Alon Bakal, 26
Alon Bakal was the manager of the Simta pub in Tel Aviv. After his army service in the Golani Brigade, he studied law and business management. He was an avid sports fan, cheering on the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team, and actively took part in the Latet volunteer organization. His friends remember his passion and his dedication to improving the world. On January 1, 2016, Nashat Milhem, an Arab-Israeli terrorist from Arara, opened fire on the Simta pub, killing Alon and Shimon “Shimi” Ruimi (30).
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Shimon (Shimi) Ruimi
Shimon (Shimi) Ruimi
Shimon “Shimi” Ruimi, 30
Shimi was one of two Israelis murdered after an Arab-Israeli gunman opened fire at Simta Pub in Tel Aviv. Shimi served in the Golani Brigade and was a civilian employee of the IDF. Shimi was standing outside the pub when the terrorist attacked. He was the third of four children in the Ruimi Family. He is survived by his parents, brother, and two sisters.
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Amin Shaaban
Amin Shaaban
Amin Shaaban, 42
Amin Shaaban came from a large Bedouin family that moved from the Negev to Lod 50 years ago. He was a hardworking cab driver dedicated to supporting his twelve children. He would work 12 to 14 hours a day, saving up to build a house for his son. After Nashat Milhem carried out a shooting attack in a Tel Aviv pub on January 1, 2016, he killed Amin in his car while fleeing the scene of the crime. The Lod municipality is dedicating a playground in his honor.
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Dafna Meir
Dafna Meir
Dafna Meir, 38
Dafna was a nurse in the Neurosurgery Department of Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center, and also acted as a premarital counselor for brides. She was studying Arabic in order to better understand her friends and coworkers, believing that neighbors should share a language. An adoptee herself, she believed in the importance of giving children a better life, and fostered two children with her husband. On January 17, 2016, a Palestinian terrorist attacked her while she was painting the door of her home. She tried to wrestle him off in an attempt to protect her children, who were still inside the house, as he stabbed her repeatedly. The terrorist fled as she screamed for help, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. She is survived by her husband and her six children.
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Shlomit Krigman
Shlomit Krigman
Shlomit Krigman, 24
Shlomit Krigman had recently received her BA in industrial design. Her final project, public libraries at bus stops, combined her two loves - books and design. She was a group leader for her local chapter of the Bnei Akiva youth group, and was known for her quiet and caring demeanor. On January 25, 2016, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed Shlomit as she was shopping for groceries for her grandparents. She later succumbed to her wounds.
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Yaakov Don
Yaakov Don
Yaakov Don, 49
Yaakov Don was a longtime educator and resident of Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion. He was murdered on November 19th by a Palestinian terrorist who opened fire upon oncoming traffic at Alon Shvut Junction, killing Don and two others. Don also worked for years as a social education coordinator, and was known for his smile and his rolling laugh that filled the hallways. Don leaves behind his wife Sarah and his children Aviad (21), Maor (19), Yedidya (17), and Racheli (13).
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Rabbi Ya'akov Litman
Rabbi Ya'akov Litman
Rabbi Ya'akov Litman, 40
Ya’akov Litman, a teacher, was killed when Palestinian gunmen opened fire on his family's car near the Otniel Junction. When the gunmen attacked, the family had been driving to a Shabbat celebration of their fourth daughter’s upcoming wedding. Ya’akov’s wife, three daughters, and two sons were also in the car. His oldest son, Netanel, was also killed in the attack.
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Netanel Litman
Netanel Litman
Netanel Litman, 18
Netanel Litman, a Magen David Adom volunteer, was killed when Palestinian gunmen opened fire on his family’s car near the Otniel Junction. When the gunmen attacked, the family had been driving to a Shabbat celebration of their fourth daughter’s upcoming wedding. Netanel was shot while calling for help. His father, Ya’akov, was also killed in the attack, and his mother, three sisters, and younger brother were all lightly wounded by shrapnel.
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Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky
Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky
Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 59
Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky was killed when a Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into a Jerusalem bus stop and then attacked bystanders with an axe. He was known as a pious man and admired for his charity work. He is survived by his son.
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Reuven Aviram
Reuven Aviram
Reuven Aviram, 51
Reuven Aviram made aliyah from the former Soviet Union in 1990, and worked at a jewelry factory in Tel Aviv. He was stabbed while praying by a Palestinian terrorist who was trying to enter a Tel Aviv synagogue. Two others were injured in the attack. He is remembered as a learned, generous, and happy man. He is survived by his wife and son.
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Rabbi Aharon Yesayev
Rabbi Aharon Yesayev
Rabbi Aharon Yesayev, 32
Aharon was born and raised in Tel Aviv and later moved to Holon. He was stabbed and murdered while praying when a Palestinian terrorist attempted to enter a Tel Aviv synagogue. Aharon left behind his loving wife, five young children, his parents, and siblings.
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Rabbi Reuven (Eduardo) Birmajer
Rabbi Reuven (Eduardo) Birmajer
Rabbi Reuven (Eduardo) Birmajer, 45
Rabbi Reuven Birmajer was a teacher at the Aish HaTorah Yeshiva in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. While on his way home, he was attacked and killed by two terrorists outside Jaffa Gate. He was a beloved educator who gave each student the attention they needed, and known by all as a man full of joy and life. He is survived by his wife Naomi and seven children: Tzippi, Dov, Shuli, Bruria, Aharon, Tehila and Batya.
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Gennady Kaufman
Gennady Kaufman
Gennady Kaufman, 41
Gennady Kaufman was a gardener and maintenance worker at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. He was brutally stabbed by a Palestinian attacker while waiting for a ride home. He succumbed to his wounds three weeks later in Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife Veronica and two children, one of which is a soldier in the Israeli Navy.
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Avraham Hasno
Avraham Hasno
Avraham Hasno, 54
Avraham Hasno was killed as he was returning home to Kiryat Arba from his work in a school kitchen. Along the way, Palestinians blocked the highway with burning tires and pelted his car with stones. Avraham was forced to stop and exit his vehicle. He was then hit by a truck driven by Palestinians, and was fatally wounded. Avraham is remembered as a dedicated social activist who always had a smile on his face. He is survived by his wife Ruth, seven children, and nine grandchildren.
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Sergeant Omri Levy
Sergeant Omri Levy
Sergeant Omri Levy, 19
Sgt. Omri Levy was waiting at the Beersheba Central Bus Station when a terrorist armed with a pistol and a knife grabbed Sgt. Levy’s rifle and opened fire. 10 Israelis were wounded before a policeman shot the attacker. Sgt. Levy served in the Golani Brigade’s Gaza Division, in which he dealt with disturbances along the border. He is survived by his mother Efrat, and his brother and sister, Ro'i and Yuval.
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Staff Sergeant Benjamin Yakubovich
Staff Sergeant Benjamin Yakubovich
Staff Sergeant Benjamin Yakubovich, 19
Staff Sgt. Benjamin Yakubovich, a Border Police officer, was critically wounded in a car ramming attack at Halhoul Junction, north of Hebron. He had been serving in the Border Police for a year and a half at the time of the attack. Staff Sgt. Benjamin was remembered as a special person, full of pride in his service. He is survived by his grandparents, Mikhail and Galina, his parents, Stanislav and Simona, his brother, and two sisters.
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Corporal Ziv Mizrahi
Corporal Ziv Mizrahi
Corporal Ziv Mizrahi, 18
Cpl. Ziv Mizrahi was a driver in the IDF Combat Intelligence Corps. On November 23, he arrived at a gas station along Route 443 with one of his officers. While there, a Palestinian terrorist fatally stabbed Cpl. Mizrahi, who managed to open fire at the terrorist, saving the life of the officer who was with him. Cpl. Mizrahi is remembered as modest, quiet, witty, and always ready to help. He is survived by his parents, Doron and Dafna, his brother Lidor, and sister Eden.
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Ofer Ben Ari
Ofer Ben Ari
Ofer Ben Ari, 46
Ofer Ben Ari was hit by a stray bullet fired by a Border Police officer during a stabbing attack outside of Jaffa Gate, at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Ofer saw two Palestinian attackers stabbing a passerby and ran out of his car to help, attempting to stop the terrorists with his bare hands, when he was caught in the crossfire. Ben Ari owned a recording studio in Jerusalem and often opened it free of charge to troubled youth. He also provided temporary housing for the homeless in an underground property he owned. He is survived by his wife Yifat and two daughters, Ofek (18) and Gaia (16).
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Corporal Hadar Cohen
Corporal Hadar Cohen
Corporal Hadar Cohen, 19
Cpl. Hadar Cohen served in the Border Police, stationed to the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. A week after her deployment, her squad identified two suspects and asked for identification. One pulled out a knife and began stabbing one of the officers. Hadar acted heroically and shot the attacker, saving her friend’s life. A third attacker then opened fire and critically wounded Hadar. She is described by her family as a girl that everyone loved. She is survived by her parents, Ofer and Sigalit, a brother, and a sister.
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Staff Sergeant Tuvia Yanai Weissman
Staff Sergeant Tuvia Yanai Weissman
Staff Sergeant Tuvia Yanai Weissman, 21
Staff Sgt. Tuvia Yanai Weissman, a soldier in the IDF’s Nahal Brigade, was shopping with his wife and infant daughter while on leave. He heard screams from another aisle as two 14-year-old terrorists attacked shoppers with knives. Even though he was unarmed, Tuvia ran to help. He was mortally wounded. His wife said of him that "if you had not raced to help, you would not be the Yanai that I know, the one I fell in love with." Weissman was described by friends as a quiet, studious young man, a loving husband, and father. He is survived by his wife Yael, daughter Netta (4 mo.), his parents, and three siblings.
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Major (Res.) Eliav Gelman
Major (Res.) Eliav Gelman
Major (Res.) Eliav Gelman, 30
Maj. (Res.) Eliav Gelman was returning from reserve duty when a terrorist attacked him at the Gush Etzion Junction. IDF soldiers securing the junction saw the attacker run at Maj. Gelman with a knife and opened fire, striking both Gelman and his attacker. Maj. Gelman was fatally wounded by the gunfire. Eliav served in the IDF as a paratrooper, becoming an officer. In 2014, he fought in Operation Protective Edge, and later served in the Air Force, from which he was discharged with the rank of captain. After leaving active service, he spent every available moment with his two young sons. He is survived by his wife Rinat, seven months pregnant, their two sons, Yair (5) and Yoav (2), parents David and Sarah, three brothers, and two sisters.
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Taylor Force
Taylor Force
Taylor Force, 29
Taylor Force, a student at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management was visiting Israel as part of a course. Taylor was fatally wounded when a terrorist went on a brutal stabbing spree at the entrance to Jaffa Port, just south of Tel Aviv. Ten others were also wounded in the attack. Taylor graduated West Point Military Academy in 2009. He served with the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan from September 2010 until July 2013. According to a Vanderbilt University statement, "he exemplified the spirit of discovery, learning and service that is the hallmark of our wonderful Owen community." He is survived by his parents, Stuart and Robbi Force, and his sister, Kristen Ann Force.
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Habtom Weldemicheal Zerhom
Habtom Weldemicheal Zerhom
Habtom Weldemicheal Zerhom, 29
On October 18, 2015, a terrorist in the Beersheba bus station attacked Staff Sgt. Benjamin Yakubovich, took his gun, and opened fire, wounding ten Israelis. Mistaken for a second attacker, a security guard shot Habtom as he tried to flee the scene. Habtom sought asylum in Israel after being forced into an extended military service in Eritrea. He worked in a plant nursery in a moshav in the Negev to support his family who remained in Eritrea. His employer described him as a quiet, modest, and responsible worker who was liked by all. He saved his money and dreamed of returning to Eritrea to reunite with his family.
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In Memoriam - Remembering Our Fallen
In Memoriam - Remembering Our Fallen - Israel Defense Forces
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Israel Remembers its Fallen Soldiers

In a country of over 8 million people, every family and every citizen is connected personally, in some way, to someone who lost his life. Today, the number of fallen stands at 23,320. We mourn their absence and we feel acutely the pain of our loss. We imagine the families they would have had, the homes they would have built, the grandchildren they would have given us. We talk to them, we feel that they are there – but we know that they can’t talk back. Over the years, the pain dulls a little bit, but it never loses its power to affect us. Every year, on Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s memorial day), Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers and victims of terror. To date, 23,320 people have been killed during active military duty. In Memoriam is a special project, meant to honor a small selection of fallen soldiers chosen at random, and to tell the stories of those who lost their lives defending the State of Israel. These tragedies are the result of the difficult reality Israel faces every day.
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