UPDATED — I am very sad to to report that Rose Lax, a passionate advocate for Israel who was the driving force behind Hamilton’s Never Again Group, passed away on the weekend. She will be interned in Jerusalem on May 01/12 at 1:30pm at Bait Hesped, Har HaMenuchot Cemetary. A Shloshim Memorial service will take place at the Adas Israel Congregation in Hamilton on Wednesday, May 30/12 at 7:30pm.
The announcement from Adas Israel describes Rose as…
“Beloved mother of Daisy, mother-in-law of Kent, grandmother of Olivia, Asher & Ben. Passionate defender of the Jewish People & Israel.”
I met Rose and many of her Never Again Group allies – Jewish and non-Jewish – on April 11/11 at a memorial service for the Fogel family who were massacred by Palestinian terrorists in their home. Afterwards, they insisted on knowing more about the Caledonia situation and understanding why Jews should be involved. Members of the Never Again Group later came to stand with us there, and they travelled to London for my 2011 Blue Beret vigil, and for the Israel Truth Week Conference that Rose helped make possible; it was Rose who stepped up to cover the costs of the room expenses which I would have been quite unable to pay without her help.
I was honoured to have been invited to speak – with Rose in the audience – at the Never Again Group’s first public event organized to counter Israel Apartheid Week held at McMaster University on March 20/12. Rabbi Jonathan Hausman, who recently flew up from Boston to ride the bus with us to the National Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony was also a speaker that night along with Dr. Peter Marshall of the Victory International Church. The rabbi shared these thoughts with us about Rose’s passing:
- MP David Sweet, May 18/12: Rose Lax Tribute in House of Commons [VIDEO, 1:01]
Remarkable because she was born in a displaced persons camp to survivors of the Holocaust and yet grew to become an individual lauded for having changed the Jewish political landscape of North America.
Remarkable because of her tireless work to empower university students against the scourge of anti-Semitism on campuses.
Remarkable because Israeli member of the Knesset, Bennie Begin, son of the sixth Israeli prime minister, spoke of the very special connection he felt with Rose and the Lax family since the time of his parents.
We lost a woman of outstanding character and heart in Rose Lax. I, along with my colleagues, the Hon. Stockwell Day and the member for Nepean—Carleton, offer our sincere condolences to Rose’s family.
- OpenParliament.ca, May 18/12: David Sweet on Rose Lax (text)
- Five Feet of Fury, April 30/12: Terrible shock: Canadian Zionist activist Rose Lax dies
- OpenParliament.ca, May 18/12: David Sweet on Rose Lax
Mark Vandermaas, Founder
Israel Truth Week