AACI Memorial Forest & Annual Ceremony
 
On the road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near the vital pass of Shaar Hagai (view map) where fierce battles raged in 1948, stands a forest established by the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel in conjunction with the Jewish National Fund.

The first trees were planted following the Six-Day War in 1967 to honor the memory of those olim from North America and members of their families who fell in Israel’s wars. The forest is a living memorial, an eternal link between the fallen fighters and the land they loved.  The scope has since been expanded to include those who fell in the pre-State days, as well as in terrorist attacks, including tourists and temporary residents.
 
It serves as a site of remembrance and reflection for Israelis and visitors alike. 
 
Since before the establishment of the State, more than 300 American and Canadians have fallen in Israel’s wars, defensive actions, and terrorist attacks. Their sacrifice has preserved the State of Israel for the Jewish people. 
 
The AACI Memorial Ceremony is held each year during the High Holiday season to honor the memory of those North Americans, or AACI  members, and members of their immediate families who have fallen while in service to the State of Israel or as victims of terror. This is a moving tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice so that Israel can exist as an independent and strong Jewish state. 
 
AACI NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEREMONY 2016
SAVE THE DATE!!!
 
The AACI National Memorial Ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016,
 ד' תשרי תשע"ז at 16:00 
 
CHANGE OF VENUE*:
AACI - Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
37 Pierre Koenig Street / 2 Poalei Tzedek
Talpiot – Jerusalem
 
HONORING THE MEMORY OF THE FALLEN:
*Hallel Yaffa Ariel    *Taylor Force    *Avraham Goldman    *Na’ama and Eitam 
Henkin    *Richard Lakin    *Michael Mark    *Yair Mordechai    *Shlomo Ridenow  
*Rabbi Chaim Rothman    *Ezra Schwartz    *Yonathan Suher    *Tuvia Yanai Weisman.
יהי זכרם ברוך
 
GUEST SPEAKER: Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel – speaking on:
 
In Thy Blood – Live!        בדמייך חיי
In the presence of representatives of the Governments of Canada and the United States and the I.D.F.
TRANSPORTATION: Egged Buses number 10, 15, 30, and 34 to Hadar Mall;  
PARKING: in Hadar Mall or on street
For more information phone AACI 02-5661181, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
 
Please join us for this moving and significant ceremony.  
 
*Because of the ongoing roadwork along Route 38 in the area around our Memorial site, KKL has decided, in consultation with Netivei Yisrael, that it is not  possible to bring several hundred people there under current conditions. Therefore we have reluctantly agreed to change the venue of our Memorial Ceremony for this year only  Instead of the site in the forest near Sha'ar Hagai, the ceremony will be held in our office in Talpiot.  We have a large room which can seat 200+ people so we sill expect a large attendance.  We know that the atmosphere will not be the same as in the forest but we expect that it will still be a moving and meaningful event for all attending. ,
 
The address of our office is:  AACI-DR. MAX ז"ל and GIANNA GLASSMAN FAMILY CENTER, 37 PIERRE KOENIG / 2 POALEI ZEDEK, TALPIOT, JERUSALEM   4th floor
 
The schedule for the ceremony remains the same.  Please plan to arrive at the building between 15:30 - 15:45 so that we can all be in place to begin at 16:00.  There will be a brief mincha service led by Rabbi Karzen at 15:45 for those who wish to participate, but this is not part of the ceremony. 
 
For additional information please phone 02-5661181.   
 
Donna Grushka and Rabbi Jay Karzen
Co-Chairpersons, Memorial Committee
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