By Amanda Clark (Managing Editor).
On November 19, Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year-old Sharon native, was shot dead in a terrorist attack in Israel. Schwartz was taking a gap year at a yeshiva in Beit Shemesh.
Schwartz and several classmates traveled to Gush Etzion, an area south of Jerusalem, to deliver food to IDF soldiers and visit a memorial for three Israeli boys murdered last summer. In the middle of traffic, a Palestian opened fire, killing Schwartz and two other men and leaving five other students injured.
On November 19, hundreds of family and friends attended his memorial service in Boston, and more than 7,000 watched the service online from Temple Sinai in Sharon and on November 22, more than 1,000 people gathered for Ezra’s funeral in Sharon.
Additionally, the Patriots honored Schwartz at their home game vs. the Buffalo Bills on November 24 with a moment of silence.
Schwartz will be remembered for his kindness, his humor, and his commitment to enhancing the lives of others.