Tiferet Lapidot had been teaching English to children in Africa before she returned to Israel this fall to be with her family for the High Holidays. She was planning to go to Australia after holidays ended, around the time she was going to turn 23. But first, she decided to go to the Supernova music festival near the border with Gaza.
That’s where she found herself frantically running for her life on Oct. 7, trying to escape from Hamas terrorists, who committed a murderous massacre at the now-notorious festival. Lapidot managed to make one last phone call home to her mother. But after that, the family heard nothing. They feared she was among the nearly 200 kidnapped Israelis and foreign tourists taken hostage in Gaza.
But on Oct. 18, after an agonizing wait that took over a week, the family learned their daughter was among the 260 partygoers who died that day.
On The CJN Daily, host Ellin Bessner speaks with the late Tiferet Lapidot’s aunt, Galit Goren, and with her uncle, Harel Lapidot, both of whom are Canadians living in Israel. This interview was recorded days before the family learned of Lapidot’s fate.
What we talked about
- The Canadian Sephardi Federation and the Quebec Sephardic community are asking people to put up free posters showing the names and faces of the missing hostages. You can download these posters for free, which can also be sent to your politicians, at kidnappedfromIsrael.com
- Read more about The Abraham Global Peace Initiative’s $100,000 reward for information leading to the exact locations of the hostages
- Ten mental health tips to help your kids (and you) cope with anxiety during this difficult time in Jewish history: on The CJN Daily
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