Kochava Even Chaim


Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Aug 31, 2010 - Kochava Even Chaim, 37, of Beit Hagai, was one of four Israelis murdered in a terrorist drive-by shooting attack on Route 60 near Kiryat Arba, east of Hebron. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
Kochava Even Chaim caught a lift with Yitzhak and Talya Ames when their vehicle was attacked by terrorists who sprayed the vehicle with gunfire. All four passengers of the vehicle were hit by numerous shots from short range and pronounced dead at the scene.
The other victim of the attack was Avishai Yitzchak Schindler.
Kochava was a teacher in Efrat. Her husband Maimon, one of the first Zaka first aid volunteers to arrive at the scene, discovered that his wife was among the victims.
Meir Damari, a resident of Beit Hagai said, "Only after many years of trying did Kochava manage to get pregnant and bring a child into the world. Now she is left without a mother," he said sadly.
Kochava Even Chaim was buried in Ashdod. She is survived by her husband and their 10-year-old daughter.
A Mother Remembers Kochava Even Chaim
One of our blog's readers remembers her children's teacher Kochava Even Chaim, who was brutally gunned down by Arab terrorists last week near Beit Chaggai. ( http://voices-magazine.blogspot.com/2010/09/nadia-matars-letter-7-jewish...)

Kochava Even Chaim, Hashem yikom dama, was my son's ganenet (preschool teacher) two years ago. Working in the gan tikshoret (communication preschool) with Autism Spectrum Disorder kids, is not an easy job. But Kochava made the 45 minute trip every morning and greeted them with a huge smile and the patience of a malach (angel). As anyone who knows ASD kids can imagine, the daily schedule in a gan tikshoret is of supreme importance. Sticking to it can make the difference between a somewhat calm and smooth day for the kids, or a day when the kids all melt down together because of lack of routine. When i started to take my son out on a regular basis to attend a therapy that he needed to receive outside of gan, he was missing kochava's weekly parshat shavua time slot. After a week or so, Kochava informed me that she was changing the entire schedule (a major thing in a gan tikshoret) to enable my son to be present for parshat shavua. 'He loves learning torah so much, it would be a shame for him to miss it', she informed me. You can read another mother's words here: