AACI Memorial Forest & Annual Ceremony
On the road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near the vital pass of Shaar Hag
ai (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 2014
AACI members, families of the fallen, students attending programs for youth from abroad, and other honored guests will honor the fallen at the Annual Memorial Ceremonywhich was held on Tuesday September 30, 2014, ו' תשרי תשע"ע
at 16:00 at the AACI Memorial Site near Sha'ar Hagay. The Ceremony is held each year 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.
To our great sadness, the following people were remembered and their names added to the more than 320 names already inscribed on the Memorial Plaques:
Nissim Sean Carmeli
David Menahem Gordon
Oren Simcha Noach
יהי זכרם ברוך
The featured speaker at the ceremony was MK Rabbi Dov Lipman. MK Lipman made Aliyah from Silver Spring, MD nine years ago with his wife and four children. He has rabbinic ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore and a Masters degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. The author of three books about Judaism and an experienced educator, MK Rabbi Lipman rose to national and international prominence for his role in challenging and combating religious extremists in Bet Shemesh. He is the first American-born MK in close to 30 years. The title of Rabbi Lipman’s talk will be:
"Ask what you can do for your country"
Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for this important ceremony next year:
Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 4:00pm
Donna Grushka and Rabbi Jay Karzen
Co-Chairpersons, Memorial Committee
Transportation to the Memorial Ceremony will be available from Jerusalem; phone 02-5661181 for reservations.
If you are available to occasionally drive to the site, or you – or someone you know – are interested in being shown the Memorial, please let our Jerusalem office (tel: 02-5661181) or Judy Ann Cohen (02-6514392) know.