Those We Have Lost

Alon Werber, 26: Partygoer who just ‘wanted to dance’

Murdered at the Supernova music festival near Re’im, October 7

Alon Werber (Facebook)
Alon Werber (Facebook)

Alon Werber, 26, of Ra’anana, was murdered on October 7 at the Supernova music festival.

After several days of searching, his body was found and he was buried on October 12 in Ra’anana. He is survived by his parents, Dani and Mirta, and his siblings Tom and Lian.

Werber was remembered by friends and family as someone who was quick with a smile, made everyone laugh and loved to travel the world.

On the door of the family’s home, as they were observing the traditional seven-day mourning period, hung a sign: “Welcome. Despite it all, we are happy people. Please enter with a smile in your heart and a smile on your face. Life is beautiful! This is what Alon would have wanted.”

His cousin Oren Werber, wrote on Facebook that Alon’s “only crime was that he wanted to dance with his friends. He will always be remembered for his big smile and even bigger heart.” Oren noted the sign which hung on his aunt and uncle’s door, saying that “to me, there is no stronger depiction of our strength, hope and perseverance, as a family and as a people. We are not alright, but we are united, we are strong, and we will win. May his memory be a blessing to us all.”

His uncle, Ron Werber, got a tattoo on his arm that read “You’ll Never Dance ALONe.” Ron wrote on Facebook: “My younger brother, Dani, lost his son, Alon, who only wanted to dance and sing peace in the fields of Kibbutz Re’im. RIP our dearest Alon.”

Alon’s sister-in-law, Julia, wrote that everytime she visited Israel, she was “welcomed by Alon at the airport with a pit stop for way too much hummus. But I’ll never have this again. He was taken away at the wrong time from us. Alon was only 26 and still exploring the world, telling me I MUST go to India. I guess now I’ll have to.” Julia wrote that due to the Hamas onslaught “we lost one of the kindest men on this earth. My heart couldn’t hurt anymore than it does now.”

His cousin, Elad Werber, wrote on Facebook that it was impossible to imagine that Alon had been killed “at one of the purest moments of life, in a space we all loved, in front of speakers with a thumping bass, at the peak of the event, the sunrise, the moment that for most people everything connects — instead everything crashed.”

“Your only crime was that you came to dance and to celebrate love, happiness, unity, friendship and peace,” he added. “You came to enjoy life, the way that you knew better than all of us. In your memory, in the memory of all those killed at the Supernova festival, and all those killed in this horrible war, I promise you, we won’t stop dancing.”

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