“Israel loses a daughter and defender – Rose Lax of Hamilton’s Never Again Group” — Mark Vandermaas


I am very sad to to report that Rose Lax, a passionate advocate for Israel who was the driving force behind Hamilton’s Never Again Group, passed away on the weekend. She will be interned in Jerusalem on May 01/12 at 1:30pm at Bait Hesped, Har HaMenuchot Cemetary. A Shloshim Memorial service will take place at the Adas Israel Congregation in Hamilton on Wednesday, May 30/12 at 7:30pm.

The announcement from Adas Israel describes Rose as… 

Beloved mother of Daisy, mother-in-law of Kent, grandmother of Olivia, Asher & Ben. Passionate defender of the Jewish People & Israel.”

 I met Rose and many of her Never Again Group allies – Jewish and non-Jewish – on April 11/11 at a memorial service for the Fogel family who were massacred by Palestinian terrorists in their home. Afterwards, they insisted on knowing more about the Caledonia situation and understanding why Jews should be involved. Members of the Never Again Group later came to stand with us there, and they travelled to London for my 2011 Blue Beret vigil, and for the Israel Truth Week Conference that Rose helped make possible; it was Rose who stepped up to cover the costs of the room expenses which I would have been quite unable to pay without her help.

NAG logo red lgI was honoured to have been invited to speak – with Rose in the audience – at the Never Again Group’s first public event organized to counter Israel Apartheid Week  held at McMaster University on March 20/12. Rabbi Hausman, who recently flew up from Boston to ride the bus with us to the National Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony was also a speaker that night along with Dr. Peter Marshall of the Victory International Church. The rabbi shared these thoughts with us about Rose’s passing:

My Friends,
Rose LaxThe traditional Jewish response upon receiving the news of the death of someone is “Baruch Dayan Emet-Blessed is the Righteous Judge.” It is far beyond our limited capacity to understand the unfolding of the universe when confronted by such a loss. This phrase reminds us that there events beyond our control, that are incomprehensible, and that we mourn with all of those amongst the Jewish people who have suffered loss.
Rose’s strength, tenacity, perspicacity are legendary. She knew purpose and incorporated such in her approach to life, and her uncompromising support for the State of Israel. She was truly a sentinel along the watchtower as described in Ezekiel 33:7-11.
If her life has taught us any lesson, it is this…do not shrink in the face of danger, do not withdraw in the heat of battle, do not compromise when such compromise will imperil Jewish security, understand the centrality of G-d working in our lives and never, ever let the light of freedom, liberty and democracy be extinguished.
Zichonah livracha, may her memory always serve us an abiding blessing leading us to lives of sanctity and consecration.
Rabbi Jonathan Hausman
Stoughton, MA 
Hamilton Spectator - Activist and mentor Rose Lax dies
We will miss you, Rose.
Mark Vandermaas, Founder
Israel Truth Week

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