When the Nashville Jewish community observes Yom Hazikaron on Monday, May 1, it will honor Taylor Force, the 28-year-old Vanderbilt University MBA student who was killed a year ago by a knife wielding terrorist while studying in Israel.
Yom Hazikaron , the Israeli memorial day, is when the Jewish state remembers those who have died while serving in the military or at the hands of terrorists.
The local observance will begin at 7 p.m. at Congregation Micah. It will be led by Rabbi Philip “Flip” Rice and other local rabbis and will include remarks by Mark Cohen, a professor with Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, who had accompanied Force and 29 other students to Israel as part of a course on global entrepreneurship when the attack occurred.
Also speaking will be Phil Lieberman, a Vanderbilt professor of Jewish studies and law, and Adi Ben Dor, the community shlicha (Israeli emissary) at the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Both will be talking about their service in the Israeli Defense Forces. •