Memorial Day: Eva Sandler Coming to Israel

The widow and mother of three of the Otzar HaTorah massacre victims will be the Jewish Agency's guest of honor on Memorial Day.

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Eva Sandler – who lost her husband and two of her young children during the Toulouse massacre  – is coming to Israel to attend the Memorial Day ceremony planned for the plaza of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem.

She will be accompanied by her late-husband's father, Samuel Sandler. Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 29, and sons Aryeh, 6, and Gabriel, 3.5, were laid to rest in Israel shortly after the shooting outside the Otzar HaTorah school in southern France. Myriam Monsenego, 8, was also killed in the attack, perpetrated by Islamist Mohammed Merah.

Rabbi Sandler, an Israeli citizen, was a resident of Kiryat HaYovel who was conducting Jewish outreach in France.

The ceremony, held yearly at the Jewish Agency's plaza, is dedicated to Israel's fallen soldiers and Jewish victims of terror from around the world. 

Each year, a torch is lit in memory of Jews murdered in anti-Semitic incidents and terror attacks by victims' relatives, or those who survived attacks themselves. This year the Sandler's accepted the Jewish Agency's invitation to light the torch in Jerusalem.

The ceremony is organized by the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization in cooperation with the National Fund, Keren Hayesod, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), and Canadian Jewish communities.