Maj. Yosef Haim Hershkowitz


Sergeant Major (Res.), Yosef Haim Hershkowitz, from the Gush Etzion community of Gevaot, a soldier in Battalion 697 of Brigade 551, fell in battle in the northern Gaza Strip, at the age of 44. Married to Hadas and a father of five, he lived a life full of kindness and always sought to further his education and educate others, making him an inspiring leader to his family and many friends. He gave his life to defend of our beloved homeland.

Before his unit entered the Strip, Hershkowitz, who was the principal of ORT Pelech Boys High School in Jerusalem, sent a video to the school staff and his students: “I miss all of you, hope to see you soon,” he shared at the beginning of the video. “We are after a week that turned our lives upside down. This is the story of Genesis. Man can choose which side he is on, whether he chooses ‘good’ or he chooses ‘evil’. We chose ‘good’ and there are sub-humans who chose ‘evil’. The good will prevail.

Shlomo Ne’eman, head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, published: “Yossi was a man of education and values, one of the best sons of the land. The Gush Etzion Council shares in the grief of the Hershkowitz family and will continue to support them.”

Funeral Date: 12/11/2023
Shloshim Date: 12/12/2023

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  1. Dear Hadas and family,

    Please accept my condolences on the tragic loss of Yosef. Many of us in America knew of his contribution to the education of Jewish children, and through this post we learned more about his integrity, his courage, and his love for you all. May God avenge his blood and may He comfort you among the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

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