Maya Puder, 25, was murdered while attending the Supernova music festival on October 7 near Re’im.
Maya, who hailed from Zichron Ya’akov, studied acting at the Yoram Loewenstein Acting School in Tel Aviv.
“We are pained and shocked by the untimely death of Maya Puder, who was murdered by Hamas terrorists,” the school said in a statement. “Maya was a beautiful and magical woman, pleasant and pretty, with a captivating smile and a unique personality. She was beloved by both her teachers and her classmates.”
In 2012, Maya was a camper at the Tamarack Camps’ Ruach Village in Michigan as part of a Detroit’s Partnership2Gether program: “Our hearts are broken by this immeasurable loss,” the organizers said in a statement.
Rotem Alima, a friend of Maya’s, told Israel’s Channel 13 that her friend “was like glue. She could connect to everyone, she attracted so many people toward her, she was the glue that kept us together. She was really special, she knew how to enjoy life… she was so talented.”
Shira Pinkas, who worked with Maya at a restaurant in Tel Aviv, described her as “spicy, smart and funny. She was a huge light to all of us. She taught us not to take things too hard in life and to take things easy — she had a lot of self-deprecating humor… she was the kind of girl who everyone thought was their best friend.”