The Amit Yeshiva in Petach Tikva has moved to a new building and received a new name, Amit-Eliraz, in memory of Maj. Eliraz Peretz, who was killed in Gaza 2.5 years ago.
Eliraz served in the elite Sayeret Golani as a Deputy Battalion Commander, after his older brother, Uriel, had been killed in Lebanon. He left a wife and four children.
Miriam Peretz, mother of Uriel and Eliraz, was not present at the ceremony (she had to escort a granddaughter to her first day of school), but spoke by phone with the principal, Rav Shimon Shushan, for 40 minutes. She said that she believes that naming the school for Eliraz guarantees that it will transmit Jewish heritage, values and identity to its students. "Eliraz believed in the love of the land, in giving, in kindness, in seeing what is good and he defended the land and the nation with great devotion," she said.
The Amit educational network has also founded a leadership unit named after Eliraz's neighbor and good friend, Ro'i Klein hy"d, who was killed when he jumped on a live grenade during a battle in the Second Lebanon War.