It has been a month since Nir and Liz were killed – out of hate – in Tel Aviv.
Nir lived a life of love, caring and supporting every living creature.
Nir, my son, was killed while volunteering to help young people be who they are as human beings.
Nir, like other counselors, was there to help young people create and maintain an internal dialogue regarding their identity and their sexual identity, and to help them find their way in life. He was there to help them find their strengths, help them find and walk their unique path in our world. It was a place where young people could be themselves; accept themselves and others as they are. We all need such a place … Nir wasn’t only talking. He was taking action. Acts of kindness appeared everywhere and anywhere he was.
Nir served his country in the military for more than six years. In Israel, a country that struggles to exist, it means a lot. The values of mutual responsibility is highly valued and encouraged.
This year, as a first year Computer Sciences student at IDC, the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Nir was active in the IDC Entrepreneurship Center, helping his fellow students and was a volunteer leader in the Young Entrepreneurship Program, leading high school students through their first steps in business. At the same time, he started to develop startups and businesses of his own.
Nir wanted to be rich. When I asked him what he wants to do with all the money, his reply was simple: I want to be a teacher, a guide to young people. I want to teach them to think creatively, to think out of the box. I want to teach young people to find what they really love, what they want to be and do. I want to help them find strength inside them to walk their life path …
His love will always be with us; we will always remember his smile. I am grateful he is my son, I am proud of his path in life. I thank God for every single minute he was part of my body, and part of my life.
Nir touched many hearts. A bullet directed at his heart killed him, but it did not – and will never – kill his love and his life's legacy.
As Nir’s mother, I appreciate the support that Vancouver has offered me and my family. I thank all of you for attending and participating in this ceremony.
My call to you now is to take the seed of love and caring, grow it in your hearts, continue to foster its growth and bring with you into the future!