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Jun 14, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm | 23rd of Tevet, 5730 | כ״ג בטבת תש״ל
Gilad Sha’er, 16, of Talmon died on June 12, 2014. He was one of three high school students kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in the area of Gush Etzion, while trying to hitch a ride home. Eyal Yifrah, 19, of Elad; Gilad Sha’er, 16, of Talmon; and Naftali Frenkel, 16, of Nof Ayalon – were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in the area of Gush Etzion, while trying to hitch a ride home.Their bodies were discovered after an extensive search on June 30.
Gilad Sha’er was a student at the Mekor Hayim yeshiva in Kfar Etzion along with his friend Naftali Frenkel.
Gilad loved to read, listen to music, and watch movies. He studied hard and liked to spend time with his grandparents. Much loved by his peers and teachers, he volunteered to help others, working with children as a youth counselor. He would always help around the house and was an amateur pastry chef.
A family friend said:
“Gilad was very creative, with a very dominant personality. He was good-humored and engaging. I remember his smile.”
Ezra Sha’er, Gilad’s grandfather said: “He was a good kid, a gifted child – always smiling, even as a baby. He was a boy who loved to learn, to do everything for the community and for society; he was a counselor in Bnei Akiva. He loved his country, he took a lot of trips around Israel. And, unfortunately, today he’s gone,” he added.
Right after they were kidnapped, Gilad had phoned the police emergency line in an attempt to alert them to their plight. Speaking of his son’s call to the police, Ofir Sha’er said: “From the moment I heard your brave whisper, I heard a great voice and I stood taller. What resourcefulness, bravery and strength of someone not yet 17.”
Gilad Sha’er was buried alongside Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah in the Modi’in cemetery, after a memorial ceremony in Talmon.
He is survived by his parents, Ofir and Bat-Galim, and his siblings.
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