Eyal Yaverbaum hy”d

Served as a devoted shaliach Torah MiTzion in Montevideo during the year 5760 (2000-2001). During his shlichut Eyal had a profound impact on his community, especially students and youth. Several former members of the Montevidio community made aliyah as a result of the inspiration that they received from Eyal. One example among many of Eyal’s dedication to the community saw him walk several hours late one Shabbat night (through some partly dangerous neighborhoods) in order to accompany three siblings who had joined the shlichim for the Friday night meal and oneg. After this close encounter with Eyal, the entire family became more observant until making aliyah several years later.

Eyal was born in Rechovot in 1976 to Dudi and Shoshi. He attended the Yeshiva High School in Efrat while serving as a Bnei Akiva madrich in Tekoa. Afterwards, Eyal studied at the Otniel Hesder Yeshiva where he developed a special appreciation for Chasidut. Eyal served in the Armored Corps of the IDF and attended the Officers course. He and friends from the Yeshiva established a new army outpost called Nogahot. It was upon completing his 5th year of Hesder that Eyal set out for his year abroad with Torah MiTzion together with Yuval Reinman under the direction of Rosh Kollel Rav Yuki and Rachel Meir.

In 2002 Eyal married Sarah and the two established their ‘bayit’ in Nogahot where he was active in growing the community and helping others. On the night of Rosh Hashana in 2004 a terrorist entered the yishuv while Eyal and Sarah were entertaining guests.  Eyal answered the door but quickly discovered what lurked outside and locked the door. The terrorist sprayed the caravan with gunfire killing both Eyal and the baby of the Yaverbaum’s guests, Shaked Avraham HY”D.

One year later, a book entitled “Zchuyot K’Rimon” was published in Eyal’s memory including uplifting essays relating to Rosh Hashanah.

May His Neshama have an Aliyah.