AACI Annual Memorial Ceremony October 14, 2013

Please join us on Monday, October 14, 2013, for the AACI Annual Memorial Ceremony on this, the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War.

We are honored to welcome this year’s keynote speaker, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Yisrael Aumann, father of Shlomo z’l who was a tank gunner killed in 1982 in the war in Lebanon.

Here is a video clip from last year’s ceremony.

This is the first year in a long time that we are blessed to have no NEW names to add to the Memorial Wall. May this be a tradition that we can get used to in years to come.

for more information about this year’s ceremony, or to reserve space on a bus from Jerusalem to the Sha’ar Hagai Memorial site, call 02-566-1181

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AACI is the home for English Speakers in Israel with offices in Jerusalem, Netanya, Tel Aviv, Beer Sheva and Haifa.
AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2 (across from Hadar Mall) Talpiot, Jerusalem
Buses # 10, 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
(02) 566-1181 for more information about any programs or to register.

We Remember: Dan Alon Speaks about Surviving the Munich Massacre

As the world looks forward to the 30th Summer Olympics beginning in London at the end of this month, Israel looks back. Back to the autumn of 1972. That is when the 20th Olympic Games, meant to be a celebration of internationalism and ethics in sport, were turned into a tragedy. The games were held in Munich that year, the first time Germany had hosted the event since the Nazi era. As a result, the Israeli team was on edge – and rightfully so, as it turned out. In the early hours of September 5, Palestinian terrorists calling themselves the Black September movement invaded two of the apartments that housed the Israeli athletes and attempted to capture them. When the Israelis resisted, two were murdered and one escaped. The remaining nine were taken hostage and eventually killed by the terrorists.

The attackers ignored a third apartment with an additional five Israeli team members, who were awakened by the noise of gunshots and shouting. As bullets blasted through their wall from the shooting next door, they discussed trying to fight the terrorists with the Israeli marksmen’s pellet guns. However they had no idea how many enemies or what kind of weapons they would be up against. In the end, they decided to escape via the balcony. All members of this group survived.

Dan Alon, an Israeli fencer and one of the residents of this third apartment was silent about his horrific experience for over thirty-five years. Although permanently traumatized, he went on to marry and have children. Steven Spielberg’s 2005 film “Munich,” about the aftermath of the massacre, prompted Dan finally to begin speaking up about his story. Alon has just released a book, Munich Memoir:  Dan Alon’s Untold Story of Survival.

Now you can meet Dan Alon in person and hear him describe what happened almost 40 years ago and what happened afterwards. He will be speaking at AACI on Tuesday July 17, at a benefit evening for AACI’s AACI Memorial Ceremony and Forest which commemorates over 300 fallen in the IDF or as victims of terror, including David Berger, an American-Israeli Olympic weightlifting athlete killed in Munich.

So often, in the wake of tragedy in Israel, we concentrate on the lost, rather than on the survivors. Yet Dan Alon and others like him have a vital message to convey – that Israel is here to stay and even terrorists cannot extinguish this country’s proud spirit.

IN REMEMBRANCE: Sign a petition for one minute of silence at the 2012 London Olympics in memory of the murdered 11 Israeli team members.



Date: July 17, 2012  Reception: 18:30   Program: 19:00

Admission to this Fundraising Event: 100 NIS / AACI members 75 NIS

Where:  AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2, Talpiot    MAP

Buses # 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop  at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
For information click here and to register for the event click here , or call (02)566-1181.