Event Details

Stories of Survival from October 7th - Kibbutz Be'eri

Thursday, February 1, 6:00 pm

Congregation Emanu-El San Francisco will be honored to host Maayan Barkai and Elad Kidar, two courageous individuals from Kibbutz Be'eri who survived unimaginable horrors during the brutal Hamas attack of October 7th. 

On Thursday, February 1st, our community will gather and bear witness to their harrowing experiences.

We invite you to join us in this meaningful and reflective gathering in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel. 

Teens are welcome to join this program accompanied by a parent or guardian. We leave it to the discretion of families to decide what is developmentally appropriate.

This program will be in-person only.

6:00 pm - Reception

6:30 pm - Main Program

About our speakers:

Maayan Barkai

Maayan Barkai is 44 years old and married to Orit. They have five children. Maayan was born and raised in Kibbutz Be'eri and lived there until October 7, 2023. He currently lives in a hotel in the Dead Sea with the rest of the Kibbutz, which lost over 100 members, focused on restoring the community and building for the future.

On October 7, Maayan, his wife, and their five children hid in their safe room in Be'eri. Maayan held off Hamas terrorists for 20+ hours before he and his family were rescued. Amid the standoff with Hamas, Maayan's house was set on fire, causing him and his family to escape to a neighboring house, running through Hamas gunfire, smoke, and raining missiles. His story is nothing short of heroic. 

Maayan has a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, a master's degree in political science from the security studies department of Tel Aviv University, and is currently studying for a second master's degree in mental health sciences. Before October 7, he supervised employment programs for people with disabilities at the "Gvanim Association." Before his work in Gvanim, Maayan managed the Kibbutz Be'eri community.  

Elad Kedar

Elad Kidar is 45 years old and married to Inbar. Together, they have four children. In addition to his wife and children, Elad's parents and two siblings lived in Be'eri on October 7, 2023. On October 7, Elad, his wife, and two of their four children were in their home when the sirens began. 

He immediately checked on his parents and sister with special needs. Elad's family remained in their safe room through the many hours of Hamas infiltration, dealing with terrorists in their home, smoke, and the devastation of the Kibbutz. 

Elad's father, who had Parkinson's, was murdered by Hamas. 

When the Kibbutz was later evacuated, there was no sign of Elad's mother. Only later did they learn that she had been kidnapped and taken to Gaza. Towards the end of November, almost two months from the start of the war, the family was informed that Elad's mother was likely murdered in Gaza. 

Elad has managed the computing and communications of Kibbutz Be'eri for the past 17 years, specifically working in computers and communications at the famous Be'eri Press. He has taken many advanced courses and is certified in various products and systems. He currently serves as deputy manager of the IT department at Be'eri Printing, managing multiple areas in the department, including planning and project management.  

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