Shahar Rozenberg (1977-1997)


Fell in the helicopter disaster at Sha’ar Yeshuv 4th February 1997



Shahar Rozenberg, son of Dvora and Arie was born on Friday 24th February 1977, brother to Einat and Sagi. He grew up in Nes Ziona where he went to elementary school “Rishonim” and then on to “BenGurion” High School. Shahar belonged to the Maccabi Tzair Youth Movement where he was also a youth group leader, he participated in the Maccabiah Games in 1981 and 1985. To his friends he was known as Shahik or Shaharon.

Humanistic at heart he loved reading about psychology and anthropology especially about distant lands and cultures. His favourite presents were books on art especially Leonardo de Vince, Salvador Dali and Picasso. He was also interested in the writings of Nitzche however at the same time he was a football fan of Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Shahar wrote short stories and poetry and left many treasured notebooks. He had many friends especially from his home town Nes Ziona.

His parents said: “Half way through high school, Shahar found the love of his life, Anat, a very special girl who fitted him like a glove”. Both loved to travel all around the country, Negev, Sinai, Judaen desert, Carmel, Galil but their favoutire place was Mount Tabor. Shahar went abroad several times with his family but the most remembered trip was the one he organized for his friends and himself – their trip to the Greek Islands – before they were drafted into the army.

Shahar wanted to do combat duty however he had to get special permission from his parents due to a medical problem. At the end of July 1995 Shahar started his military service and after basic training he joined a special force unit of the Nahal.

On Tuesday evening the 4th of February, 1997 there was a tragic helicopter disaster when two helicopters crashed above Sha’ar Yeshuv in the North of Israel. Seventy three soldiers on their way to combat duty in South Lebanon were killed, there were no survivors.

Shahar was 20 years old. After his death he was promoted to sergeant and buried in the military cemetary in Nes Ziona. Shahar left his parents, sister, brother, girlfriend and many friends.