In Memoriam of:

Noah Hershkovitz

Age: 68

From: Kibbutz Be'eri

In Loving Memory of the Innocent Souls Taken Too Soon. United in peace, their light shines on in the hearts left behind. October 7, 2023, a day of sorrow, but their memories guide us toward a hopeful tomorrow.

Noah Hershkovitz, z"l, from Kibbutz Be'eri, was murdered in his kibbutz along with his wife, Maaina, and her mother, Shoshana.

Noah Hershkowitz was born in 1955 in the Yad Eliyahu neighborhood in Tel Aviv. Third son to his parents Yosef and Forton who immigrated to Israel from Poland and Egypt. Noah joined his older brothers Rachel and Zion, and after him was born Israel, the younger brother who died last year. In high school, Noah chose to major in biology, and he spent his free time with his friends at the working and learning youth nest, where, upon joining the "Barak" nucleus of the Parachute Nahal, he became connected to the movement and the values of the kibbutz. Noah fought in the Yom Kippur War and the Lebanon War.

These experiences left a strong impression on his own, but he was unable to share their burdens with others. After his marriage to Ma'ina, Noah worked in a dairy farm, and in the cardboard factory of Kibbutz Ein HaSlosha. When the family moved to Bari, Noah continued to work in the dairy farm, and even held positions in the printing house. When he turned forty, he started studying civil engineering, and when he graduated Worked as an engineer at the company 'AB Planning' in Sderot that specialized in designing MMDs. Noah was very careful about safety, and safety failures would drive him out of his peace. He believed that everything designed, from a structure to a machine or device, should be durable, reliable and safe. 

In fact, these are also the qualities that characterized him: fairness, reliability and responsibility. Anyone who asked him for anything knew that Nah, Nahka, would do it for him carefully and with all his heart. Noah had golden hands. His main hobby was carpentry, and entire generations of children in the kibbutz enjoyed the scenery he built, the games, toys, dollhouses, ferris wheels and his multitude of crazy inventions for which he stockpiled spare parts, machine parts and other things that he used in the workshop near the house. He loved to travel by bike and covered distances with friends in the cycling group or in the hours of solitude he needed in the fields and woods surrounding Bari. 

Noah and Maaina met in 1975 at Kibbutz Kalia. Noah arrived with his core, and met Maaina who had joined a year of service. Both were young, beautiful, chatty and full of life, and the fire of love ignited between them already at their first meeting - a night swim at a locked beach in the Dead Sea. A few months Later, Ma'ina was drafted into the liaison corps and stationed in Jerusalem. Despite the distance, they continued to cultivate the relationship that was officially established at Kibbutz Ein Hasholsha in August 1978, thanks to the night phone call in which Ma'ina informed Noah that she had exhausted her military service and that they were getting married. Noah and Ma'ina liked the kibbutz idea, and when they moved to Kibbutz Bari in 1986, they felt they had found their home, and called it: "a special piece of paradise".

The fulcrum of their relationship was their great love that helped them overcome ups and downs over the years. In addition, they shared common values and interests: their love for sports - which Thanks to her, they swam and rode together, the love of art and culture, the world of classical music and the songs of the Land of Israel, and the world of crafts where they used to combine their talents in the fields of carpentry and painting, and almost always for someone else - the children, the grandchildren, the kindergartens and the school in the kibbutz. In their warm home in Bari, in the "Border Border" neighborhood where Tamir, the third son, was born, a tribe of friends of their age grew up. 

In the common grass in the heart of the neighborhood ran free and barefoot children who felt at home in each of the houses in the neighborhood. Noah and Ma'ina divided the housework between them, and the friends who came in were treated to Noah's favorite orange cake, or Ma'ina's wonderful cheesecake. But most of all, Noah and Ma'ina's lives were dedicated to their children - Ella, Amit and Tamir, and their seven beloved grandchildren: Amir, Daniel, Oz, Lavia, Maayan, Raz and Naomi. 

Grandfather Noah was active, played, involved, and grandmother Ma'ina devoted hours to creating, telling stories and swimming in the kibbutz pool. Noah always emphasized to the children the value of the close-knit family, And Maaina, who was a strong woman who lived life to the fullest, inspired them to grow and grow. Noah and Ma'ina were secular people who lived a life full of faith. Their faith was expressed in the respect they had for humans, and in their ability to respect and see the divine spark in each person. Of blessed memory.

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