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8 Stories of Bravery from October 7th


In Their Light spotlights eight inspiring stories of courage and heroism shown by men and women during the early events of October 7 in the face of terrorism by Hamas. 


Sometimes their acts of bravery saw them being injured, or losing their lives. The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror has been supporting bereaved families and families of the injured since that accursed Shabbat morning. The sorrow and grief are unbearable, but through the depths of such darkness, countless stories of valor shine. We are here to highlight at least some of them.

How can you use this kit?

Each night during the eight nights of Hanukkah, choose one of these heroes’ stories to light up our world by dedicating your candle lighting to that person. This kit contains eight stories of courage as well as two empty cards so you can add your own heroes if you wish, such as the student who stood up to antisemitism at college or the retired teacher who came to Israel to help southern farmers. Stories of bravery are not limited to the local community, nor to Jews, and everyone is invited to choose their own heroes to think of, in addition to those we have included when you light your Hanukkah candles.


After lighting the candles and sharing the story of your chosen hero or heroes, we would love for you to share your photos with us. Gather around your menorah, hold up the card with your hero’s story, and tag us on your favorite social networks using the hashtag #InTheirLight. You can also tag The Jewish Agency’s pages in various languages, and the Shlichim (Israeli emissaries) units. 

Happy Hanukkah and Am Yisrael Chai! 

Read More about the Fund for Victims of Terror


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