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 will be held on
Thursday October 18, 2018  '  " at 16:00
 at the AACI Memorial Site near Sha'ar Hagay. 
Eliyahu Drori  "
David Seymour “CHIM” "
will be remembered and his name added to the Memorial Plaque this year
The featured speaker at the ceremony will be Gidi Mark, the International CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel. After a 15-year diplomatic career in the Israel Foreign Ministry, Gidi Mark became the first employee of Birthright in 1998 and he has been the CEO since 2008. What began as a vision has become one of the most successful organizations in the Jewish world.
The title of Gidi Mark’s talk is “The Bridge to the Future of the Jewish People”
Mark your calendar and join us for this moving and significant ceremony.  Additional details will appear in future issues of the AACI Voice, in our enewsletter,  and on the AACI website www.aaci.org.il  . 
Donna Grushka and Rabbi Jay Karzen
Co-Chairpersons, Memorial Committee
IMPORTANT:  Please see the updated instructions for entering the Memorial Site on the map below!
JERUSALEM  BUS:  A bus will leave the AACI office in Talpiot at 13:30 sharp!  Please phone AACI   02-5661181 to reserve a place on the bus; the charge for the bus is NIS 30.  We advise arriving at AACI at 13:00 in order to be ready to board the bus at 13:15.

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