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 HED 24 –  October 25th 2020

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Please note this HED is on  Sunday 25th October. You can use your existing HED login to Zoom or register via this page.

NOTE TIMES FOR THIS SESSION (After changes to winter time for some countries)

This HED meeting will be run with usual 30 mins slideshow and music before kickoff times below.

Israel – 21:00

SA – 21:00

UK – 19:00

Toronto/New York etc.- 15:00

        West Coast/Vancouver – 12:00   

Melbourne – 06:00 (Mon)


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Neil Freed and Dudi Silbowitz z”l
Neil, was born in Johannesburg, in 1948, only one month before Israel was declared and Dudi was born later that year in Cape Town. They went to school and university here in South Africa and were committed leaders in Habonim. Both made aliyah at age 23, were members of the same Ga’arin Hod, הוד, and travelled to Europe together. Soon after that both joined the army within the Nahal framework. Both eventually became tank crew members and finished their army duty.
Neil Freed married Jenny Kahn and Dudi Silbowitz was a passionate cricket and rugby player in Israel who proudly represented Israel in the 1973 Maccabiah Games and they both settled into life as neighbors at Kibbutz Yizre’el.  With the breakout of the Yom Kippur War, both were called up and sent to Sinai. They ended up together in the same tank and crossed the Suez Canal, with a third soldier Shaul Ephraim. On 18 October 1973, in a battle to rescue trapped paratroopers, their tank was hit twice and all three were killed. Dudi was 24 and Neil was 25 years old and they were buried near each other on Kibbutz Yizre’el. 
יהי זכרם ברוך
l-r Dudi Silbowitz and Neil Freed

Eddie Joffe z”l

Edward completed his schooling in Cape Town in 1964 and was active member of Habonim. He then did his military service in South Africa and at the beginning of 1966, together with his parents, sister and brother Harold came on Aliyah. He joined the garin to Kibbutz Tzorah and then went to Gedud 50 of Nahal.

At the outbreak of the Six day War Eddie found himself with the Paratroopers under the command of the legendary Aluf Yisrael Tal, on the flank of Northern Sinai. He was with the force that broke through Gaza and El Arish to Rafiah and around noon on the first day of the War he was injured in the neck by shrapnel which missed his jugular vein by a small fraction of an inch.

Yet again he was injured during his service – this time during the Karameh offensive in March 1968.

Towards the end of October 1968 Eddie completed his army service and was accepted to the Hebrew University. He moved to Jerusalem in order to commence his studies in the Faculty of Agriculture. A short time after Eddie befriended Leon Kanner a new Oleh from Uruguay. They attended the same lectures and eventually boarded together in the same small apartment.

More than 51 years ago , on Friday the 21st of February in 1969 they both went to the Supersol in Rehov Agron Jerusalem to make some purchases for Shabbat and for a botany department excursion in which they were to participate. As they approached the meat counter, an explosive device, a biscuit can filled with 5 Kg of dynamite, which had been placed in the store by two cowardly female Arab terrorists, was detonated and Eddie and Leon were both instantly killed.

Most of his family live in Israel. His sister, Nadine, her husband and her four children and tribe of grandchildren. His brother, Basil, and his family and grandchildren visit every year. His parents are buried next to Edward.

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Eddie Joffe z"l

Harold Leibowitz z”l

Harold ‘was born 7.10.1946  in South Africa. He was very musical and as a youngster performed in concerts and won gold medals and he was an active member of  Habonim. In July 1967 he immigrated to Israel and was among dozens of volunteers who came to help Israel in its hour of need. 

At the end of the six-month volunteering period he decided to stay. He saw before him challenges that gave meaning to his life including the duty of service in the army. He also studied Hebrew which was not an easy task, but he persevered.

Harold (Zvi) enlisted in the IDF at the end of July 1968.  During his service, he spent the winter in Nahal Golan and in July and August served in the Suez canal area. Near the Suez Canal he was hit by an enemy bullet and put an end to his plans and dreams to build his home in the country he loved so much. On September 1, 1969 he was laid to rest in the cemetery of Kibbutz Tzora.  יהי זכרו ברוך

Harold Leibowitz z"l

 Barry Katz z”l

Barry was born on October 17, 1955, in South Africa. He received a Jewish education at Herzliya School in Cape Town, where he also received his matriculation certificate and was an active member of Habonim.

After compulsory service in the South African Navy, Barry began studying law. In 1980 he made aliyah and in 1981 he enlisted in compulsory service in the IDF, in the infantry, and was discharged in 1983, at the end of his service, with a very good evaluation of commanders.

After his release from the IDF, Barry was a member of Kibbutz Tuval in the Galilee. On March 22, 1987, he enlisted in the Border Police as a lieutenant colonel (temporary supplementary police officer) on the kibbutz. 

In his spare time Barry loved to read a lot, especially books on politics and history.  On Friday, September 9, 1987 at the age of 32, Barry was killed in a fatal car accident in the Haifa area. He was laid to rest in the Misgav cemetery. He was survived by his parents and brother. יהי זכרו ברוך

Barry Katz z"l

Walt Dylan z”l

Dylan, son of Belinda and Ivan of Walt, was born in 1995 in South Africa. In January 2014 Dylan came to Israel alone. Ten months later, on November 16, 2014, he enlisted in the IDF and began basic training in the Golani Brigade. Dylan fell in the line of duty on 1 Tevet, December 23, 2014. He was nineteen years old when he fell. At the request of his family, he was laid to rest in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dylan was survived by his parents.

Walt Dylan z"l

 Alan Feldman z”l

Alan was born on January 8, 1960, in Johannesburg. He attended elementary and high schools, but chose not to finish high school there. As a member of Habonim he decided at the age of 16 to leave his parents’ house, make aliyah and join his three older brothers who were already in Israel. Alan graduated from Sde Boker College in the Negev, where he easily became involved in social and academic life. He quickly acquired Hebrew and even adapted to the customs and language of the Sabras, and soon became an Israeli in every way.

Alan used to spend his vacations with on Kibbutz Yizre’el, with two of his brothers.  His ties with the kibbutz and its people became very close, and it was only natural for him that when the time came for his enlistment, he chose to join a Nahal garin.

Alan enlisted in the IDF in mid-January 1979. During his training, he was highly motivated.  On the 25th of Sivan 5769 (June 20, 1979), Alann fell during his service and was laid to rest in the cemetery at Kibbutz Yizre’el. He was survived by his parents and three siblings in the Israel.  יהי זכרו ברוך

Alan Feldman z"l

David Marcus z”l 

David was born in December 1948 to Alec and Yaffa Marcus. He completed his Matric at King David School and later at the Technical College in Johannesburg. He was an active member of Habonim and lived at the Bayit just before he came on aliya. During the Six Day War he volunteered at Kibbutz Neve Yam in the North of Israel. He came on aliya with the garin to Kibbutz Yizrael and there he met Pamela . They eventually married and had a family – Gila, Daniel and Alon. David served in the Engineer Corps during his army service where he laid pipes in the polluted Kishon River. David worked as a technician and then as a talented and accomplished Technical Writer. At the age of 57 he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor – probably connected to his work in the army. David is survived by his wife, Pamela, his children and his grandchildren, his two sisters, Elana and Ora and his younger brother, Ronny.

David Marcus z"l
Gary Myers z”l

Son of Isabel and Bernard, was born on 29.10.1961 in Rhodesia. In his hometown, Gary graduated from elementary school and attended high school. The family immigrated to Israel in 1978, and Gary completed his studies at the youth farm in Jerusalem, and during his studies he joined the Nahal shalad group, which was supposed to reinforce Kibbutz Gesher Haziv. Gary was drafted into the IDF in mid-January 1980 and was stationed with his comrades in the Nahal Brigade. After basic training, he served for about six months in the battalion, with ongoing security in the north of the country, and was later transferred to the “Hoshaya” Nahal Brigade, where he was a key figure in the Shalad nucleus and his commanders and friends noted him as an outstanding soldier and exemplary member. 16.12.1981) Gary fell in the line of duty and was put to rest at the military cemetery in Ra’anana, survived by his parents and brother. יהי זכרו ברוך

Gary Myers z"l
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