(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
On Sunday, June 23, the Kol Plaza was dedicated in Ganei Tal, the new community built for over 250 families who were evacuated from the Gaza Strip. Kol Plaza is named for Dov and Rachel Kol, who were murdered eight years ago, on the 17th of Tammuz 5765. The beautiful plaza, which is located next to the town synagogue, was built with the generous support of Friends of KKL-JNF from Italy, and it will serve as the community site for weddings and other celebrations.
Next to the plaza, there is a playground also donated by friends of KKL-JNF from Italy in memory of the Matalon and Moda families, where the sound of children's laughter can be heard throughout the day.
The stone plaque in memory of the Kols was unveiled by Rachel Kol's mother, Naomi Mizrahi, and their children and grandchildren. After the unveiling ceremony, Motti Sender, one of the founders of Ganei Tal, invited everyone to the Kol Plaza, where he reminded the audience that Rachel and Dov had spent the Shabbat weekend at Ganei Tal in the Gaza Strip and had left on Saturday night for Jerusalem. "Their car was shot at by vicious murderers who ended the lives of a couple that we all loved very much. A few years later, I met a very special person who was moved by their story and wanted us to commemorate them here, in the new Ganei Tal, where we have lived for the past two years.
"We wanted the date of the plaza dedication ceremony to be close to the date that the Kols were killed, and it just so happened that last Saturday that a son was born to Yonatan and Ayelet Kol, who was named Dov Ma'ayan. I pray that Kol Plaza will be a place where joyous voices will be heard in the future. I would especially like to thank KKL-JNF here in Israel and KKL Italy, whose generosity and dedication made the building of this magnificent plaza possible."
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