I didn't know Galya Levy, but I do know her mother, Sharon, who together with her family recently marked the one-year yarhzeit (anniversary) of her passing. Sharon, a former South African who lives in Jerusalem, sent me the story of Galya’s life as it was written in Hebrew on the Israeli government memorial website (www.izkor.gov.il). We aren’t permitted to give more details about Galya Levy’s immense contribution to the State of Israel. But we can pay tribute to her by presenting the story of her life, here in English for the first time.
The daughter of Sharon and Zofer and sister of Shai, Galya was born on April 12, 1975 in South Africa to a family with strong Jewish and Zionist values. In 1976, she made aliyah with her family and they became members of Kibbutz Na’an. They returned to South Africa in 1984.