Elnatan Eli Horowitz

7/4/5763

Mar 7, 2003 - Rabbi Eli (Elnatan) Horowitz, 52, and his wife Dina, of Kiryat Arba, were killed when armed terrorists infiltrated Kiryat Arba and murdered them in their home while they were celebrating the Sabbath.
 
The terrorists, dressed as religious Jews, entered the couple's home at 8:45 P.M., in the midst of the family's Shabbat Eve celebration, and opened fire, killing husband and wife. Five others were wounded before the intruders were killed by IDF troops. An explosive belt was found on the body of one of the terrorists.
 
Eli was born in Kfar Haroeh, where his father, Moshe Horowitz, served as community rabbi. When he was several months old, his family moved to the United States. He grew up in Silver Springs, Maryland, until returning to Israel at age 15 and settling at Kibbutz Hulata. When he was 18 he volunteered for the paratroops.
 
After being raised in a religious home, Eli underwent a period of secular rebellion upon his return to Israel. Returning to the fold of religious observance as a young adult, he studied at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem where he met and married his wife Dina. He moved with his family to Kiryat Arba 19 years ago.
 
Rabbi Eli Horowitz was known as a moderate who condemned acts of violence by Arabs or Jews. At the time of his murder he taught at Shavei Hevron, Midreshet Harova in Jerusalem's Old City, Mitzpeh Ramon, and Netzarim in Gush Katif. He was also a skilled amateur carpenter.
 
Alex Frank, a member of the Kiryat Arba Local Council, said of Horowitz that, "I considered him an authority, despite the fact that I'm not religious. I knew I had someone to go to... They were a couple who tried to bridge the gaps between all the parts of this splintered nation."
 
Eli and Dina Horowitz were buried in Jerusalem. They leave four children - Batsheva, 30, Zvi, 26, Nehama, 22, and Shulamit, 20 - and several grandchildren.