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Omer Shem Tov

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Omer Shem Tov, 21 years young from Herzliya, radiates a warmth and charm that instantly endears him to everyone he meets, earning him the lifelong affection and friendship of those around him. His infectious smile has the power to disarm even his teachers, who found themselves overlooking a troublemaking Omer, from time to time..
As the cherished youngest child of his family, Omer has a special bond with his siblings, Dana, aged 27, and Amit, 24, earning him the affectionate nickname "Sunshine boy" at home. His mother Shelli speaks of the immense affection he shows towards her and his close friends.
Omer's presence is unmistakable in any setting, not just because of his beauty, but more so due to his vibrant personality and warmth. He is known for his generous hugs, respect for others, and the joy he brings to every room he enters. In every video capture of him, Omer is seen dancing and beaming with happiness.
Having completed his military service a year prior, Omer worked as a waiter to save up for a grand adventure he had planned. His dream was to embark on a journey to Amsterdam (!), a trip scheduled to commence just days after the Nova trance music festival. Tragically, it was at this festival that he, along with siblings Itay and Maya Regev, was kidnapped on October 7th. While Maya and Itay were subsequently released from captivity as part of a ceasefire agreement in late November, Omer is still held hostage by Hamas in Gaza.
21-year old Maya Regev, Omer’s close friend, used to work alongside him. She shares that shifts with Omer were always special. Omer is a friend for deep conversations as well as for sharing a laugh. For years, he has worn a red lucky bracelet. Now, she too wears such a bracelet, feeling a closer connection to him.
Compounding the family's concern is Omer's health; he suffers from asthma and celiac disease, requiring regular access to an inhaler and a gluten-free diet—neither of which is available to him in Gaza. Amidst this harrowing ordeal, his family is tirelessly advocating for his release, determined to see him return home safely. Their unwavering commitment underscores the depth of their love and the collective hope for Omer's well-being.
Omer's bedroom remains as he left it; a bit of a mess. Shelli, his mother, explained that she leaves it untouched - the light remains on, and the fan continues to whirl. Upon his return, he'll find his room just as he left it, having done something utterly typical for someone his age: going out to a party with friends. In the meantime, every morning, his mother visits his room to pray Psalms, sending him waves of love, hope, and assurance, before she and Malki, Omer's father, start another exhaustive day in their campaign to retrieve their son from captivity and bring him home.

Benzi b.

25.05.2024

Pesach 2.

22.05.2024

Omer, we are all praying for you to come home! sending love to you and your family from Minneapolis,MN

Dana B.

13.05.2024

מחכים לך בבית

המשפחה והחברים שלך לא מספיקים להילחם בשביל שתחזור 💪🏼

תישאר חזק אנחנו נחזיר אותך הביתה ולא נשכח לעולם

בתאל

13.05.2024

Omer, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family; that you may return whole to those who love you unconditionally. May you have the strength and hope to sustain you until you are reunited with your family. Leslie and Alan – Merrick Jewish Centre

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עומר אחי היקר תהיה חזק אוהבים אותך עוד קצת ואתה פה

משפחת שם טוב אנחנו בשבילכם ואיתכם

מרז עידה וליאור סער, חברים של עומר

Raz a. l.

04.04.2024

31.03.2024

Dear Omer, I heard your mom today on the hostages place in Tel Aviv and it warmed my heart . What a strong woman she is and how much strength I felt while hearing her. And I m just thankful. I pray everyday for you , that you keep being strong and come home safe soon . Sending all my love to you and your beloved ones 💙🤍

Sandra P.

27.03.2024

למשפחה של עומר שם טוב-

שמי שיר בן עמי ואני תלמידה בתיכון בית ירח בכתה יב.

קראתי את השיר הביתה מאת רביב כנר ואני מביאה ממנו את השורה "תחזירו לי אותו עכשיו הביתה ואין טעם, הכל סתם"

המילים האלה גרמו לי להתחבר אל ההרגשה שלכם ושל כל משפחות החטופים ואת הזעקה שלכם להחזיר אותם עכשיו הביתה. ברגע שהיקרים שלנו לא נמצאים פה אין טעם לכלום, וכל יום שעובר הוא סתם עוד יום שבו מחכים חזרה לשובם.
אני מקווה שבסוף כולם יחזרו הביתה שלמים ובריאים ולמרות שהנפש תהיה פצועה, אני מקווה שנוכל ביחד לשקם אותה. מקווה שנוכל להחזיר להם את החיים שמגיעים להם כי החיים עוד לפניהם, ונעשה הכל כדי שיוכלו להמשיך אותם.

חשבתי עליכם ועל מה שעובר עליכם ורציתי שתדעו שכולנו פה בשבילכם ונעשה הכל בשביל שכולם יחזרו הביתה.

אני איתכם מרחוק

שיר בן עמי

דנה א.

18.03.2024

עומר, אתה ממש גיבור, אתה כנראה לא יודע, אבל מאיה ואיתי חזרו הביתה. אנחנו מחכים עכשיו לך אנחנו מתפללים שתחזור!

Alma

17.03.2024

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Omer,

You have so many loved ones and strangers across the globe praying for you. We will not stop praying!!! You're sweet mother continues to believe and pray and keeps your name out here. May our gracious Lord keep you safe!!! May his arms hold you until you return home to your family!!! Stay strong young man!

 

Marysia

Marysia J.

26.02.2024

Dearest Omer,

From the first day I saw you my heart accepted you as if you were my own son. I have prayed for you every day since. I pray God is with you. That you may feel his presence, comfort and love. That you will return safely and quickly to the loving arms of your family. I pray that your mother will hold you again soon and that your family will sing and dance with you once again. Omer, i pray you stay strong and that you know the day is close that you will return. You are a wonderful boy with a whole life ahead of you. I believe you will come out of this and achieve all your hearts desires. I pray for your family as well. For your father, your mother, your sister, your brother, and your cousin. May they all stay strong and continue in this fight as they have been. May you come home soon so all your hearts can begin healing. Your family loves you and your mom will never give up! So many people love you Omer and we can't wait to see you, singing and dancing in the streets!

 

Tiffany Taylor Sandberg

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Dear Omer,

I watched the video your parents shared of you online on the bringthemhomenow page on instagram and you seem like you are full of life. Even away you are inspiring me. I am so sorry you are going through this and have to experience this pain but I am not worried for you. Hashem is with you, and our nation, and he will bring you home, and he will help you heal. And I can tell that you will continue to shed light into the world like it seems you always have. I heard this quote once, "You can't stop the darkness, but you can spread the light". I know that you will continue to spread your light, continue to love, be loved, be you. Your smile is contangious and I can't wait to see it again. Please keep your chin up and your head held high. You are amazing. I know it may be hard now but you will get through this. I wish I was able to take some of the pain away from you. But just know that you have two beautiful parents that love you very very much and are awaiting your return. You seem like a golden boy. Keep being you. And know that we ALL love you so much as well and can't wait for you to return. I love you, Hashem loves you, and I can't wait to see the greatness that you will continue putting into the world. You make the world a brighter place with your kind heart and great personality, and I know that every bit of light you share into the world will outweigh the darkness.

My whole heart is with you,

With much love,

Alexandra Chabot ❤️

16, from Brooklyn, Ny- We are ALL with you! ❤️

Alexandra C.

11.02.2024