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 was held on Sunday, September 20, 2015,
 ז' תשרי תשע"ו at 16:00 at the AACI Memorial Site near Sha'ar Hagay. 
To our great sorrow we honored the memories of the following four people and their names were added to the Memorial Plaques at the site:
Chaya Zissel Braun
Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky
Rabbi Kalman Zev Levine
Rabbi Moshe Twersky
יהי זכרם ברוך
The featured speaker at the ceremony was Dr. Micah Goodman, a leading voice on Judaism, Zionism, the Bible, and the challenges and opportunities facing Israel and contemporary world Jewry.  Dr. Goodman directs Ein Prat – The Midrasha, Israel's leading pluralistic Beit Midrash for young adults. A well-known author and lecturer,  Dr. Goodman has a doctorate in Jewish Thought from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and teaches at his alma mater. He is a member of the recently formed Global Forum of the National Library of Israel and serves as a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.  The title of Dr. Goodman’s talk will be:  "Israelis:  Idealists Without Ideals".
Donna Grushka and Rabbi Jay Karzen
Co-Chairpersons, Memorial Committee
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.
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