Artwork created by Hadar Goldin, an Israel Defense Forces soldier killed in 2014 by Hamas terrorists during “Operation Protective Edge,” is on display in an exhibit in Philadelphia for the next two weeks.
The pieces will be displayed at the Kaiserman JCC in Wynnewood in an exhibition titled “Hadar Goldin: The Final Peace.” The exhibit was organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Kaiserman JCC, in partnership with the Consulate General of Israel in New York and the Hadar Goldin Foundation.
Hadar’s works have previously been shown at the United Nations and shown in international traveling exhibitions.
In August 2014, Goldin, a 23-year-old lieutenant in the IDF’s Givati Brigade, was abducted and killed by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip two hours after a ceasefire was agreed in the Gaza Strip. as part of the conclusion of the Israeli military operation. Goldin’s parents are still awaiting the return of his body for burial in Israel.
The new exhibit celebrates the former IDF soldier’s life as a talented artist, but his family said they hope the showcase will also encourage others to advocate for the return of his body, and that of another soldier killed by Hamas in Gaza that summer, Oron Shaul.
“I hope people who visit this exhibit will join the effort to bring Hadar back from Gaza after eight years and help bring peace to Hadar, peace to his family and peace to the world,” the mother said. by Goldin, Leah Goldin.
Ambassador Asaf Zamir, who is Israel’s consul general for New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and Delaware, delivered a keynote address at the unveiling of the exhibit on Wednesday.
He noted that “looking at this work is beautiful, but also frustrating. It’s a reminder of the wonderful things in life, but also that Hadar is not at home.
The exhibition lasts until June 17.
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