Tribute to Ezra Schwartzby Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
Posted on 2015-12-17
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Ms. DeLAURO. Mr. Speaker, it is with the heaviest of hearts that I
rise today to take a moment to remember Ezra Schwartz who, at only
eighteen, was taken from us all too soon when he was killed just before
the Thanksgiving holiday while volunteering in the West Bank. Ezra's
grandparents, Mark and Heni Schwartz, have long been involved in New
Haven's Jewish community and I am heartbroken for their loss.
Ezra was an extraordinary young man who had his whole life still ahead of him. Memories shared from those from every walk of his life shared a common theme--Ezra's kind heart, generous nature, and passion for making a difference. His vivacious character was contagious. He was dedicated to his family and his community, always striving to enrich the lives of others.
Ezra was an accomplished young man who loved teaching others. His father, Ari, recently recounted the many ways in which he helped his younger siblings as well as his time at New Hampshire's Camp Yavneh last summer, where he won an award for leading campers in the annual sing-off. Ezra's choice to join a yeshiva program, combining service with learning, did not surprise anyone who knew him.
Spending a ``gap year'' between high school and college studying at an Israeli yeshiva, Ezra was building a deeper connection to his ethnic and religious roots as well as volunteering his time to make a difference in the lives of others. His was a mission of compassion and humanitarianism and he was killed simply because he was Jewish.
Though we may never fully understand why Ezra was taken so soon, his family and friends can take comfort in the full life that he led while he was here. It is an honor and privilege for me to stand today to pay tribute to Ezra Schwartz and his extraordinary young life. I extend my deepest sympathies to his parents, Ari and Ruth; his siblings, Mollie, Hillel, Elon, and Avi; his grandparents, Mark and Heni; as well as his many family and friends at this most difficult time. Well known for his generosity and kind spirit, Ezra will be deeply missed by all of those fortunate enough to have known him and will serve as an inspiration to others to make a difference in this world.