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Eitan Horn

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Eitan, an Argentinean-Israeli citizen, landed in Israel as part of the Na’ale program back in 2004, chasing the footsteps of his brother Yair who had made Aliyah five years earlier, and their brother Amos who had settled in Sde Boker six months before Eitan. Their parents weren't far behind, making the move the next year to join their sons. Eitan made Kfar Saba his home, and Yair fell in love with Kibbutz Nir Oz. Although scattered around Israel, the brothers still share a very close and warm bond. Yair and Eitan are also devoted uncles to Gali and Ariel, often going all together to soccer games, playing “Just Dance” in the kibbutz pub with all the disco lights on.
In his career as an informal educator, Eitan has made his mark working with various youth movements and even took on the role of an emissary in Peru for the Jewish Agency. He has a knack for dancing and a gift for making people laugh, driven by a deep commitment to bettering the world. Eitan's warmth and charm have a way of leaving a lasting impression on everyone he meets.
On the weekend of Simchat Torah, Eitan went to spend the holiday with his older brother Yair at Kibbutz Nir Oz. On Saturday October 7th, Hamas terrorists invaded Yair’s home and all contact with the brothers was lost. They went missing for 49 long days. It wasn’t until the first hostages were released, sharing their testimony, that the family got a sign of life from them; the brothers were kidnapped; although held separately, they are alive and mentally strong.
Itzik Horn, their father, has been vocal in international media, striving to maintain attention on their plight, emphasizing the strong familial ties that bind them, including their shared love for Hapoel Be’er Sheva soccer club. Yair and Eitan are die-hard fans of Hapoel Be'er Sheva; they make it a point to take their nephews to the team's games, creating a new generation of family fans for the club from the Negev's capital. Hapoel Be'er Sheva fans made a tribute for Yair and Eitan - their portraits were painted on the Sports Square walls.

Eitan, known for his impactful work in non-formal education, and Yair, recognised for his life-affirming humor and community engagement, were taken from their lives filled with joy, laughter, and meaningful connections. Their abduction is a stark reminder that the hostages could have been any one of us, making their fight our collective battle, compelling us all to advocate their safe return home.

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