This year for Yom HaZikaron, we commemorated the fallen soldiers in a special event called A Taste of Memories.
During the event, we made the favorite food from a fallen soldier and told his story. We decided to dedicate the event to Matan Gotlib – raised in Rishon LeZion, a fighter in the Maglan Unit, who was killed during Operation Protective Edge.
Matan participated in the DillerTeen Fellows program MetroWest in 2009. He was also was active in local community projects with his Tzofim Youth Group in Israel. Matan loved to travel and meet new people. Matan is part of Greater MetroWest and it is very important to share his story and heritage to our community.
Together, we made his favorite cake:
- 2 tbsp of coffee dissolved in 1 cup of hot water
- 480 ml heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp vanilla pudding powder
- 2 packs graham crackers or tea biscuits
- Whip the whipping cream until fluffy. You can mix in condensed milk now if using.
- Dip tea biscuits into the coffee solution for a few seconds and remove before they start breaking. Layer them on a 9×13 dish.Or, you could layer the biscuits and then using a teaspoon you could add some coffee solution to let the biscuits soak.
- Spread whipping cream evenly on the biscuits then repeat with another layer of soaked tea biscuits, followed by whipping cream. Dust with cacao powder if you wish.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours then serve cold.
You are welcome to make Matan’s recipe at home and tell your family about Matan’s story.
After the food preparation, we gathered and learned about more about Matan and his love of Israel, people, and his hope of peace. Check out the video we saw below, made by Noam Barak, to commemorate Matan.
Thank you to those who were able to join us and learn about Matan.