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Rotem Neumann, 25: Her life was an ‘endless dance’

Murdered at the Supernova music festival on October 7

Rotem Neumann (used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Rotem Neumann (used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Rotem Neumann, 25, from Kfar Hess, was murdered by Hamas terrorists at the Supernova music festival on October 7.

She was considered missing for three days before her body was identified on October 10.

A video posted on Tiktok weeks later in memory of Rotem showed a woman who was constantly smiling and dancing her way through life.

Friend Elit Eliyahu, who made the video, wrote in the caption that they would “always remember you smiling, dancing, and enjoying life.”

In a letter to Rotem that was published in Israel Hayom in November, her boyfriend Shaked wrote that she would have been surprised to know how many people noticed her and “were jealous and wished for themselves at least a quarter of that smile and half of the dance” that she had.

“We were all blessed to know you,” he wrote. “We had the privilege of a taste of that fountain of youth and taking part in the wonderful dance you did endlessly, and we thank you for every second.”

@eliteliyahu

לזכר רותם ניימן❤️תמיד נזכור אותך מחייכת, רוקדת ונהנת מהחיים. תרקדי לנצח❤️ רותםניימן

♬ A Sky Full of Stars (Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London) – Coldplay

He ended by saying he would make it his life’s mission to keep Rotem alive in everyone’s hearts.

“Your music will continue to play in our ears, and your light will shine for eternity,” he wrote.

About a month before she was killed, Rotem had begun working at the Merloza restaurant in Tel Aviv where chef Dor Even described the staff as a family and said that Rotem had found her place in that family during the short time she had worked there.

“Rotem was wonderful and smart,” he wrote in an obituary in Walla. “She had a captivating smile and good energy. I know that even though she was only with us for a short time, [My wife] Mor and I will always remember her, and she will always be part of the family.”

Read more Those We Have Lost stories here.

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