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Sister of American Lone Soldier Killed in Action Seeks to Study in Israel

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Paige Steinberg Photo: Natan Roi, Jewish Agency for Israel

Paige Steinberg. Photo: Natan Roi, Jewish Agency for Israel.

Paige Steinberg, 21, the sister of fallen U.S. immigrant IDF soldier, Max, has decided she wants to study in Israel, at a Tel Aviv-area college, Israel’s NRG News reported Monday.

Sgt. Max Steinberg, 24, from Beersheba, was killed along with seven other soldiers on July 20 in Gaza’s Sajayeh neighborhood, when Palestinian terrorists fired an anti-tank rocket at his lightly-protected APC (armored personnel carrier).

“Applying to schools in Israel,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “Let me know if anyone has any recommendations!” she added to her friends.

She said she hopes to attend the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).

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“Officially sent my first application to a University. Goodbye Pierce College, and hopefully see you soon IDC! Yikes!”

“Regardless of my brother, I love Israel, but recent weeks have caused me to understand very clearly that I want to go there (Israel),” she told NRG.

Paige Steinberg offers her last respects to her brother, Max, as his coffin is brought for burial. Photo: Facebook

Paige Steinberg offers her last respects to her brother, Max, as his coffin is brought for burial. Photo: Facebook.

“I’ve been embraced with so much love and support, that, deep down, I just want studies in the country to be the next step in my life, in Israel,” she said.

Some 30,000 Israelis and visitors attended Max’s funeral.

“Don’t worry, be happy,” was Max’s last communication with Paige, via Facebook, before his death, she told The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles.

On Max’s first-ever visit to Israel, together with Paige and brother Jake,  two years ago on a Birthright trip, Max came to Mt. Herzl, where the founder of modern Zionism, Theodore Herzl is buried.

It was during that moment that Max chose to make his home there and volunteer for the IDF, according The Jewish Agency for Israel, the quasi-governmental organization that supports and aids new olim – immigrants to Israel.

Watch Paige’s and her family’s eulogies for Max, along with that of U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, at his funeral:

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