This past Friday night, I went to pray at the ‘Ohel Yitchak’ Synagogue, in Sderot.

A kassam rocket struck a direct hit on Ohel Yitchak exactly one month ago on May 17th. The attack – one of hundreds – coming from Gaza, hit the synagogue at 11:30 p.m., only half an hour after over 300 people, who were celebrating the joyous ceremony of bringing in a new Torah scroll into the synagogue’s ark, had left the premises. Only the sponsoring family and some close friends were still at the synagogue at the time of the attack.

I had arrived five minutes after the attack on the synagogue.

The scene was from a war zone: total chaos – elderly men and woman, young parents, children and babies, all with eyes filled with terror. There were screaming and crying women and children and some people had fainted and were lying on the ground.

Three years in combat service and I had never experienced such horror. A rocket had landed in the heart of a quiet suburban neighborhood – inside a house of worship.

This article appeared at on June 20th, 2007.

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Noam Bedein is a director of the Sderot Media Center. It is a media advocacy center which portrays the human face of Sderot and southern Israel under siege, to the international media and public. Noam, a native of Tzfat, grew up in Efrat, Israel. After finishing the Beit El Yeshiva High School, Noam learned at a pre-Army training program in the Jordan Valley and then served for three years as an IDF sergeant for an artillery scout unit along the Lebanese border. After the army, Noam served as an emissary for The Jewish Agency in Boston, Massachusetts and then traveled for a year in the Far East.

Upon his return to Israel, Noam relocated to Sderot and pioneered the “Sderot Media Center for the Western Negev Ltd", which has spawned the Sderot Media Center. In this position, Noam is a photojournalist, lecturer and gives briefings to foreign government officials, embassies, foreign press and student groups from around the world.


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