About Mevo Beitar

In Their Memory

Yoel Ben-Yehuda Potpovitch photoYoel Ben-Yehuda Potpovitch, z"l
Yoel, Ben Yehuda and Hinde, was born on April 8, 1933 (Shabbat HaGadol 5693) in Tel Aviv. Yoel, a graduate of the Tachachamoni School and a member of the Irgun and Beitar, joined Mevo Beitar together with the Ched Ness group. On the morning the Tammuz 5710 (June 25, 1950), Yoel went out with his friend, David Koren, to draw water from the spring. A band of Arabs attacked the two men in an ambush. Yoel, who was carrying a weapon, was killed instantly. His friend David was kidnapped. The terrorists took Yoel's boots and rifle. The terrorists left his body in the field with a note in Arabic: "Revenge of Rahman Abu Bader." Yoel, 17 and 3 months old when he died, was the first casualty settlement of Mevo Beitar. Survived by his father and five brothers and sisters. He was buried in the cemetery Nahalat Yitzhak. The spring next to where Yoel was killed was given the name Ein Yoel in 1956.

Yitzhak Don photoYitzhak Don, z"l
Yitzhak, son of Yaacok and Tova Don, was born in Poland on June 5, 1937. At the outbreak of World War II, when the Germans invaded, the family fled from Poland. After multiple hardships, they arrived in Argentina. Yitzak's great desire was to make aliyah and build his life in Israel. In July 1953, still in his youth, he immigrated to Israel and joined the cooperative Moshav Mevo Beitar. On June 19, 1954, Isaac went out with two other members of the moshav to a grove of fruit trees near the moshave, which at the time was also near to the Jordanian border. An infiltration cell of the Arab Legion ambushed them in the woods, opening fire on them. Yitzhak and his friends tried to return fire, but their weapons were not working properly. At the end of a heroic battle that lasted three hours, Yitzhak and his two friends were killed. Their bodies were dragged into Jordan and vandalized. His friends say that Yitzhak loved to write, mostly in Yiddish. He wrote about his integration into his new life in his Homeland, the arduous and difficult work of man to tame the surrounding nature, and the joy of creating the settlement on the hilly landscape. Yitzhak was 17 years old when he died. He was buried in the Mevo Beitar cemetery.

Eliezer Beino Katz photoEliezer Beino Katz, z"l
Eliezer, son of Moshe and Polina Katz, was born on September 1, 1933 in Bahia, Brazil, and therefore nicknamed "Beino" - few knew him by his real name of Eliezer. Beino was born and raised in Brazil, where he finished elementary school and high school. He did not get any Jewish or Zionist education at home, but one day he was invited to the nest of Beitar movement and introduced to Zionism. He fell in love with the Zionist ideal, and joined the Beitar Zionist training program Brazil. Without any previous notice, he announced "I have arrived and I want to make aliyah with you to Israel." In June 1952 he immigrated to Israel, to the cooperative Moshav Mevo Beitar where he worked in agriculture. Beino become known to all as a friendly and happy person, who loved to dance, sing, and play the harmonica. At the beginning of 1955 he expected his sister to come to visit. About a week before her intended arrival, on January 18, 1955, he went to work on an area of ​​land held by Mevo Beitar next Moshav Agur. Infiltrators attacked the house where he was with a friend, Zvi Aidman. The infiltrators shot and killed the two men and stold all the equipment in the house. His sister was not able to see him again. Beino was 22 years old when he died. He was buried in the Mevo Beitar cemetery.

Uri MonkUri Munk, z"l
Uri, son of Mordechai and Lonia, was born on May 12, 1943 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Uri was raised and educated in Argentina. After getting married to Aliza, their honeymoon took place on the ship that brought them to Israel in February 1963. They initially joined Kibbutz Or Haner in the Negev, but moved to Moshav Mevo Beitar in December 1963. Uri lived for 33 years, until his last day, on Mevo Beitar. Uri and Aliza had three children: Michal, Zeev and Avigail. Over the years Uri served actively in various roles in the community: Treasurer, Economic Director, Director of the Poultry Department and Cotton Department. He was sent abroad several times as an agricultural counselor from the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He later worked for the Post Office, Finance and Control Department. Uri loved to play sports, and was on the moshav's varsity volleyball team. On July 26, 1996, at 1 AM between Thursday night and Friday morning, the Munk family traveled on the road between the Reem intersection and Beit Shemesh, on their way home to Mevo Beitar. Next to Moshav Gefen in the Emek HaEla region, terrorists overtook their car and fired at them.  Uri and his daughter-in-law Rachel were killed instantly. His son, Zev Munk, was seriously wounded and died in hospital two days later. Uri's wife, who was also traveling in the car, was not hurt. She reported that her husband, Uri, defended her with his body. Seven weeks prior to this terrorist attack, Efrat and Yaron Unger were attacked and killed in a similar way in the same place.  Uri was 53 years old when he died. He was buried in the Mevo Beitar cemetery. A memorial for Uri, his son Zev, and his daughter-in-law Rachel was built in the Menachem Begin forest. In the place of the attack, a memorial was constructed. His work colleagues built a synagogue and named it after Uri in Jerusalem's Post Office building.

ואל בן-יהודה פוטפוביץ ז"לZeev (Zevik) Munk, z"l
Zevik, son of Uri and Aliza, was born on October 10, 1966 in Jerusalem. Raised in Mevo Beitar, he studied in Kiryat Anavim and at the Matte Yehuda Regional School. Throughout his life, Zevik excelled in every framework: school, army, university. In his youth, he belonged to the Beitar Youth movement. In the army, he served initially as a combat engineer and then in the Communications Corps, where he was awarded the title of Outstanding Soldier. After he finished his army service, Zevik earned a B.A. in Social Science from Bar Ilan University and then studied to become an X-ray technician at Kaplan Hospital. After completing his studies, he worked as an X-ray technician in the Meuchedet Hospital in Jerusalem and was one of the founders of the X-ray Department in Kiryat Arba. In June 1996, he married Rachel Shmee (6 weeks before the terrorist attack that killed them both). On July 26, 1996, at 1 AM between Thursday night and Friday morning, the Munk family traveled on the road between the Reem intersection and Beit Shemesh, on their way home to Mevo Beitar. Next to Moshav Gefen in the Emek HaEla region, terrorists overtook their car and fired at them.  Zeev's father Uri and wife Rachel were killed instantly. Zeev was seriously wounded in the head and hospitalized at Tel HaShomer Hospital. On July 28, 1996, Zeev died from his injuries. After his death, his organs were donated, thus saving the lives of five others who underwent successful transplant surgeries. Zeev was 29 years old when he died. He was buried in the Mevo Beitar cemetery, next to his wife Rachel and father Uri. A memorial for Zev, his father Uri and his wife Rachel was built in the Menachem Begin forest. A memorial stone was constructed in the place of the terrorist attack. The Kiryat Arba X-ray department is named after Zeev.

ואל בן-יהודה פוטפוביץ ז"לRachel (Racheli) Shmee Munk, z"l
Racheli, daughter of Shlomo and Mazal, was born December 7, 1971 in Jerusalem. She grew up in Givat Mordechai, attended elementary school at "Menashe Elishar", and went to high school at the Hebrew Gymnasium in Rechavia. In the Israeli army, she served as a teacher, working specifically with soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds. After studying Education at David Yellin College, he worked as a kindergarten teacher in Mevaseret Zion. Rachel found her calling in early childhood education. She founded the first kindergarten of the movement for progressive Judaism. In her first and last year as a kindergarten teacher, she succeeded to put her personal stamp in the spirit of the movement's values on the kindergarten. That same year her kindergarten became well known for its special values. Thus, the kindergarten, which began with just 14 children, developed into a few parallel kindergartens. In June 1996, Racheli married Zevik Munk (6 weeks before the terrorist attack that killed them both). On July 26, 1996, at 1 AM between Thursday night and Friday morning, the Munk family traveled on the road between the Reem intersection and Beit Shemesh, on their way home to Mevo Beitar. Next to Moshav Gefen in the Emek HaEla region, terrorists overtook their car and fired at them.  Rachel, along with her father-in-law Uri Munk, were killed instantly. His husband, Zevik Munk, was seriously wounded and died in hospital two days later. Seven weeks prior to this terrorist attack, Efrat and Yaron Unger were attacked and killed in a similar way in the same place. Racheli was 24 years old when she was murdered. She was buried in the Mevo Beitar cemetery. A day later, her husband was buried next to her, after dying from injuries in the same terrorist attack.  A memorial for Rachel, her husband Zeev, and her father-in-law Uri, was built in the Menachem Begin forest. A memorial stone was constructed in the place of the terrorist attack.

 

 

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