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 National Memorial Ceremony
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 15:30
The annual AACI Memorial Ceremony honors the memory of North Americans, or their immediate family members, who have died while in service to the State of Israel or as victims of terror.  The ceremony is held every fall at the AACI Memorial Site in the Rabin Forest near the Sha’ar HaGai junction.  At the site stands a stone Memorial Wall on which are inscribed the names of more than 350 people, the earliest of which go back to the 1920’s. 
This year’s Memorial Ceremony will be held on Sunday October 6, 2019  - 7 Tishrei 5780,  at 15:30.  To our great sorrow, the following people will be remembered and their names added to the Memorial Plaque:
Zecharia Baumel
Amiad Yisrael Ish-Ran
Michaela “Miki” Levit
Shlomi Mark
Alex Sasaki
This year’s featured speaker will be Herb Keinon, the diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, where he has worked for 33 years.  In this capacity, he
is responsible for covering the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister, often traveling with the Prime Minister on his trips abroad.  As such, he has up-close knowledge of and an intimate perspective on the country’s political, diplomatic and strategic challenges. 

Herb Keinon has lectured widely in Israel and internationally on the political and diplomatic situation in Israel, and appears on radio and television programs around the world as a guest commentator.

Herb Keinon’s 2009 book  – Lone Soldiers: Israel’s Defenders from Around the World –tells the story of young men and women from the Diaspora who volunteer to serve in the Israeli army.

Originally from Denver, Keinon has a BA in political science and an MA in journalism. He has lived in Israel for 35 years.
The title of Herb Keinon’s talk is: Israel 2019: Is this the child we prayed for?
Mark your calendar and join us for this moving ceremony.
Wendy Bar Yakov and Julian Landau
Co-Chairs, National Memorial Committee
IMPORTANT:  Please see the updated instructions for entering the Memorial Site on the map below!

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