Major Aryeh Ziering, son of Debbie and Mark, was an Israeli-American canine unit officer. He was killed during the first day of the Israel-Hamas war after his unit was called up to the south.
A native of Ra’anana with three siblings, Ziering’s parents had immigrated to Israel from New York and the family maintained strong ties with their roots back in America. Ziering returned to the US each summer for much of his life. He spent summers in Maine and loved baseball and hiking.
Aryeh Ziering received military honors at his funeral in Ra’anana, his hometown, in central Israel. His parents spoke of his humility, athleticism and the pride and responsibility he showed leading an IDF unit. He had been home for the weekend to celebrate the holiday of Simchat Torah, dancing in synagogue Friday night with his friends and a group of young boys. His father recalled how one boy wanted to make sure Aryeh would return the next day for more dancing.
But Saturday morning Aryeh woke to the news of the attack and rushed off to duty in the south. He leaves his parents and siblings.