TOM AND TOMER HILL

The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - TOUR ISRAEL - Trans­lated by Han­nah Hochner.

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.

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