Gilad Shalit (Age 20)
Gilad was born in Nahariya but was raised in Mitzpe Hilla in the Western Galilee. He is the son of Aviva and Noam and brother of Yoel (23) and Hadas (16). He follows sports teams and tournaments all over the world, from tennis to basketball and cycling. Gilad is a well-mannered, quiet and soft-spoken young man, with a smile that lights up his face. Gilad began his military service a little over a year ago in July 2005. He followed his older brother Yoel into the armed forces and despite being able to avoid combat due to medical reasons, he preferred to serve in a combat unit. Prior to his abduction, he had been on duty guarding the settlements around Gaza.
Since the attack at Kerem Shalom on Sunday, June 25, 2006, Gilad has been held in the Gaza Strip by Hamas.
Remembering Fallen Heroes
Ehud (Udi) Goldwasser
Udi was born in Nahariya, the son of Miki and Shlomo and older brother of Yair and Gadi. After dating for nine years, he and his wife Karnit were married less than a year before the Hezbollah attack that led to his death. Udi completed his undergraduate studies at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) and was currently a graduate student in environmental engineering. Udi was a kind, loving and caring person, always ready to offer a helping hand in any situation. He was a man of principles and values, knowledgeable about many subjects and was an avid photographer. During the time when Udi’s fate was uncertain, Yair Goldwasser, younger brother of Ehud, spoke to members of the Cleveland community. To hear what he had to say, click here.
On July 12, 2006, Udi was abducted and taken to Lebanon after Hezbollah attacked his military patrol. Two years later, on July 16, 2008, his body was returned home to Israel.
Eldad was born and raised in Kiryat Motzkin. He was the son of Tova (of blessed memory) and Zvi, and brother of Benny, Ofer and Eyal. After completing three years of military service in the elite Givati infantry brigade, he became a law student at Bar Ilan University with the hopes of becoming a law professor. Eldad was loved by and immensely popular among all who know him. He readily offered aid to anyone in need. Eldad was called up for military reserve duty after completing his exams at Bar Ilan University. Three days before his abduction, he visited his family and participated in the annual memorial for his mother. The following day, he returned to complete the remainder of his reserve duty.
On July 12, 2006, Eldad was abducted and taken to Lebanon after Hezbollah attacked his military patrol. Two years later, on July 16, 2008, his body was returned home to Israel.