Memphis Jewish Federation announced that the Memphis-Shoham Partnership is bringing to Memphis Zehava Shneor, mother of fallen Shoham Israeli soldier Sarit Shneor.
While in Memphis, Zehava will interact with a broad swath of the Memphis Jewish community, including Beth Sholom teens, Bornblum middle school students, Margolin Hebrew Academy middle school and girls high school students, Temple Sisterhood, Temple seniors, B’nai Tzedek teens, Young Adults, MOMentum Moms and other community members.
Zehava will also have a special private reception for community members who met the “Collecting Miles for Sarit” 56-mile fitness challenge sponsored by the Memphis Jewish Community Center.
On October 24, 2003, while in her army service as an Observation Post Commander, Sarit was killed in a terrorist attack on her army base near the Gaza border.
Her parents decided to honor her memory by establishing an annual two-day relay race, called “Returning Home”, in which Shoham High School seniors, right before their army service, run from Sarit’s army base to Shoham, a distance of 56 miles.
“We have already been so inspired by Zehava’s commitment to keeping alive the memory and legacy of her daughter,” said Scott Notowich, Memphis chair of the Memphis-Shoham Partnership. “We are looking forward to hosting her in Memphis and deepening our connection to Israel through her personal story of tragedy and triumph.”
Members of the Memphis-Shoham Partnership Steering Committee will host Zehava in their homes February 9th-16th.