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Eliahou Benjamin Elmakayes

Staff Sergeant Eliahou Benjamin Elmakayes, the son of Marlene Shoshana and Lucien Israel, was born on November 30, 1994, in France. He had six siblings: Yan, Cyril, Yonatan, Mandy, Jeremy, and Sarah. In 2015, he immigrated to Israel and settled in the Petah Tikva area. On October 7, 2023, he was called up for reserve duty and served in the Engineering Corps.

Eliahou Benjamin Elmakayes was killed in action on November 8, 2023, at the age of 29. He was laid to rest at the Mount Herzl military cemetery. He is survived by his parents and six siblings. After his death, he was posthumously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Elmakayes had moved to Israel specifically to enlist in combat service. His wedding, which was supposed to take place just days before his death, was postponed due to his call-up. His close friend, David Dorfman, described him as always smiling, joyful, and caring. He had a heart of gold and was dedicated to helping others.

Shirley Perezam, the manager of the lone soldier building where Elmakayes lived, remembered him as a person with an incredibly big heart, always ready to volunteer and help others. He had hoped to bring his parents to Israel, and although they tried to settle in the country, they eventually returned to France due to difficulties.

Rafael Jourdo, the brother of Elmakayes’ fiancée, recounted how he was a true patriot, always smiling and ready to help others. He described Elmakayes as someone who feared nothing and whose life was dedicated to security and endless giving. Instead of celebrating his wedding, his family and friends were faced with the sorrow of his burial.

Elmakayes, who was supposed to marry his beloved fiancée Joanna, had his wedding plans interrupted by the war. He was a lone soldier who had moved to Israel alone to enlist in the IDF and was dedicated to his service and his new homeland. His death on his Hebrew birthday added to the profound grief of his family and friends, who had come to Israel for his wedding but instead attended his funeral.

First Name

Eliahou Benjamin

Last Name




Fell On

08 November 2023

Army Unit

Combat Engineering Corps

Army Rank

Master sergeant (res.)

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