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. 
The AACI National Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 
ו' תשרי תשע"ח at 16:00 at the AACI Memorial Site near Sha'ar Hagay. 
We are proud to announce that this year’s featured speaker will be Yael Eckstein, senior vice president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Yael Eckstein oversees all IFCJ programs and serves as the international spokesperson for the $100 million
organization. Prior to her present duties, she held the position of director of program development and organization outreach. Ms. Eckstein is a published writer and a respected social service professional. She is a native of Chicago and was educated in both the U.S.
and Israel, including biblical studies at Torat Chesed Seminary in Israel, Jewish and sociology studies at Queens College in New York, and additional study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
To our great sorrow, the following people will be remembers and their names added to the Memorial Plaque this year:
David Golovensitz
Erez Orbach
David Seymour
Niot Watzman
יהי זכרם ברוך
Mark your calendar and join us for this moving and significant ceremony.  Additional details will updated to this site.
Map to memorial site here:

A bus will leave AACI Jerusalem at 14:00 sharp! Please phone AACI 02-566-1181 to reserve a place on the bus; the charge for the bus is NIS 30. We advise arriving at AACI at 13:30 in order to be ready to board the bus at 13:45. 
Rabbi Karzen will lead Mincha prayers at 15:45.
Donna Grushka and Rabbi Jay Karzen
Co-Chairpersons, Memorial Committee
NOTE: Last year’s ceremony was held in the AACI office due to major roadwork then in progress near Sha’ar HaGai. As a result, last year’s plaques were not “officially” unveiled. Accordingly, we will also unveil plaques in memory of the following people who were remembered in the 2016 ceremony:
Hallel Yaffa Ariel, Taylor Force, Avraham Goldman, Eitam and Naama Henkin, Richard Lakin, Michael Mark, Yair Mordechai, Shlomo Rindenow, Chaim Rothman, Ezra Schwartz, Yonatan Suher, and Tuvia Yanai Weissman.
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