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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2018


Leah Goldin

Parent of Hadar Goldin

Israeli mother Leah Goldin's life was turned upside down when her son, Lt. Hadar Goldin, died in combat in the Gaza Strip during the IDF's Operation Protective Edge in August 2014. Hadar was one of two fallen IDF soldiers from that conflict – the other being Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul – whose remains have yet to be returned to Israel for burial. In a 2017 interview with The Algemeiner, Leah Goldin pointed out that “Bringing a soldier back to Israel to burial is, first and foremost, a humanitarian issue. This is an important value in all religions. It’s about human dignity.” In 2018, Goldin and her supporters have argued against any agreement with Hamas for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip as long as the terror group illegally holds both Israeli hostages and the remains of IDF soldiers. (Photo: US Mission to UN.)


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