TOM AND TOMER HILL
Another memorial site that attracts people who love spending time out in nature is Tom and Tomer Hill. This botanical garden was erected in memory of the 1997 helicopter disaster. One of the 73 fallen soldiers was Tomer Keidar of Kibbutz Negba and another was Tom Kitain of Kibbutz Shoval. The two of them were friends from the time they studied together at the Tzafit High School. They then joined the IDF together and both died in the terrible helicopter accident.
The memorial garden contains a number of plants that are indigenous to Israel from biblical times, and signs with verses from the Torah and riddles are scattered around the grounds. In addition, Israeli folk songs can be heard playing in the background. It’s easy to find the entrance to the garden, since there is a huge pole there with 73 white doves painted on it by painter Rami Peled. Directions: Drive south on Road 3 and turn left at Negba junction. About a kilometer before you reach the kibbutz, turn right toward Tom and Tomer Hill.