Dr. Marcelle Frailich Kaplun, a high school science teacher associated with the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, was murdered in Kibbutz Be’eri on October 7.
She was considered missing for more than 10 days until her body was finally located and identified following the Hamas onslaught against southern Israel. Her husband, Dror Kaplun’s murder was confirmed on December 7.
Frailich Kaplun’s daughter, Mor Strikovski, wrote on Facebook that her mother “was always larger than life.”
“You gave us the tools to be the very best, you gave us the spirit to be the most optimistic and emerge victorious from every situation,” she wrote. “You gave us the confidence to know that we are the best.”
Strikovski added: “Now we’re on our own and thanks to you we know that we are capable alone — but you are with us every moment and every minute, your spirit is guiding us, comforting us and giving us resilience.”
The National Center of Chemistry Teachers in Israel said in a statement that it was “joining the deep mourning” of the loss of Frailich Kaplun, who worked for years as a chemistry teacher in high school as well as on national projects, professional development of science teachers and developing learning materials for middle schools.