Makeshift Memorial Corners Help Neighbors Mourn Together

Updated: Jan 7

In place of the usual ceremonies conducted in honor of fallen soldiers, hundreds of “Memory Corners” have been put up across the country. Leaders of the unique community initiative created hundreds of kits that were distributed to apartment buildings and neighborhoods in cities throughout Israel.

By Asaf Zvi, originaly published on "Davar" - Link at the bottom

Israeli Memorial Day – Hundreds of Israelis have taken it upon themselves to erect “memorial corners” for fallen soldiers at the entrances to apartment buildings and on community noticeboards throughout the country. These makeshift memorials include posters and remembrance pages and are assembled from DIY kits distributed for free by local activists. What started as a grassroots initiative by Dror Israel members in Rehovot in response to the nation-wide ban on holding memorial ceremonies in memory of the fallen and visiting cemeteries quickly spread to cities throughout Israel backed by local authorities and driven nationally by Dror Israel.

Remembering the fallen in Rehovot. Photo cerdit: Iris Zilberman

The leaders of “Isolated-not alone”, a local community project active in the neighborhoods of Rehovot, were behind the initial operation to distribute memorial kits. More than two hundred city residents came to the first distribution center, set up in a local center of Dror Israel’s youth movement. They took home memorial kits to assemble in apartment buildings and community bulletin boards, offering residents a chance to see who among their neighbors had lost love ones in defense of the State of Israel.

Noga Nevo, a member of Dror Israel and one of the project’s leaders, said that demand for the kits exceeded expectations and that people continued asking to receive them to take home to their neighbors long after the deadline.