Those we have lost

Shachar Kadman, 34: Scientist who made waves in food tech

Murdered trying to flee the Psyduck music festival on October 7

Shachar Kadman (Credit: Courtesy).
Shachar Kadman (Credit: Courtesy).

Shahar Kadman, 34, from Ranen, was killed on October 7 by Hamas terrorists at the Psyduck music festival near Kibbutz Nir Oz.

On the morning of October 7, Kadman was able to reach his car and began to drive away while maintaining contact over the phone with his family. He called his mother, saying that there were rockets and he was not sure where to go. Then, his mother heard voices speaking in Arabic in the background, and the line went dead.

He was considered missing for several days until his body was found on October 13. He was buried on October 16 and is survived by his wife Ayelet, his parents Yoram and Ronit, and his siblings Shira, Omri and Orna.

Kadman was passionate about environmental conservation and had a master’s degree in biochemistry, food science, and nutrition from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was able to use all of these passions and skills in his work at the Tara dairy company.

His colleague Ifat Dayan Atias wrote that he was extremely smart, hardworking, creative, witty, and had a strong work ethic.

“He was loved by everyone, a man of the people.”

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Posted by Omri Kadman on Friday, October 13, 2023

According to a Globes report, he was also recently chosen to be part of the environmental team for Israel’s Central Bottling Company, where he stood out for his creative thinking and dedication to his work.

His loved ones eulogized him online, with his siblings taking to Facebook to share their grief.

“You were missing for many days,” wrote Kadman’s brother Omri, who was drafted into the IDF reserves when the war broke out. “And now you were found lying on the dance floor with your friends, who were like a loving family to you.”

“Rest in peace my brother, Shachar. My remaining strength will be devoted to avenging you,” said Omri.

Kadman’s sister Shira wrote: “My beloved little brother, [go] beat Grandpa at backgammon and get annoyed at the smell of Grandma Shoshi’s toothpaste, and give them a hug from us.”

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