30,000 attend Mount Herzl funeral of IDF soldier from Los Angeles

Max Steinberg's funeral. Credit: Israel Hayom video screenshot.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Sgt. Max Steinberg, a U.S.-born Golani Brigade soldier who fell in battle in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, was laid to rest on Wednesday at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

Around 30,000 Israelis attended Steinberg’s funeral, making it one of the largest in the history of the Mount Herzl military cemetery. Steinberg, 24, was born and raised in Los Angeles. In June 2012, joined by his younger siblings Jake and Paige, he visited Israel for the first time on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip and fell in love with the country. After the trip was over, Steinberg decided he would move to Israel and enlist in the Israel Defense Forces.

Steinberg was killed on Sunday morning in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza when an anti-tank missile struck the armored personnel carrier he was riding in. Five other Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in the incident, and a sixth has been classified as missing in action, but is presumed dead.

Posted on July 24, 2014 .