Celebrating Life and Remembering Loss at Ammunition Hill – Boulder Jewish News

By: June Glazer

L-R Jeff and Randi Levine, Bud and Judy Levin, Russel Robinson, Karen Springer, Sol and Lauren Lizerbaum, Bruce Gould

Last week, during the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War—in accordance with the Gregorian calendar—Jewish National Fund-USA (JNF-USA) held two special, separate events honoring soldiers at Ammunition Hill, Israel’s national memorial site in Jerusalem. By the end, however, the two events merged into one big “family” reunion of sorts. The location, which tells the story of the battle for Jerusalem, is the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the war that ultimately resulted in a reunified Jerusalem. Today a JNF-USA-sponsored heritage site, Ammunition Hill honors the bravery of the paratroopers who fought against Jordanian forces to secure the site, opening the way to Mt. Scopus and the Old City.

The strategic hilltop is considered a symbol of heroism because of the moral code and values in which the paratroopers fought. A tour of the site is part of every JNF mission to Israel, and in 2008, the organization erected a Wall of Honor to commemorate all Jewish soldiers who fought in any war, and in any country. What once bared just 15 plaques, the Wall of Honor now has the names of nearly 350 men and women from around the world proudly inscribed on it.

“We couldn’t think of a better place to honor our dads than here,” said Dr. Sol Lizerbram, incoming JNF-USA president. He and his wife, Lauren, who serves as president of the organization’s San Diego Board of Directors, were on hand to unveil plaques for their fathers, Joseph Lizerbram and Max Cohen, both of whom served in World War II.

The unveiling was also attended by Bud and Judy Levin of Los Angeles, whose son, Max, made aliyah in 2012. Max

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