Talya Slotki, Nursing Coordinator in the Pain Clinic at Shaare Zedek, was awarded an Honourable Distinction for Bravery and Heroism by the President of Israel this week. She received this award in recognition for her dedication and commitment to her work following the most tragic, personal loss.

On the morning of October 7th, Noam and Yishai Slotki, the two sons of Talya and her husband Shmuel, left their home and travelled south to help defend the besieged communities along the border. Both sons fought valiantly before falling in battle. For the next week their exact whereabouts and fate went unknown, before Talya and her family were informed that tragically, both sons had been killed.

Following the enormity of this personal tragedy, Talya returned to her role at Shaare Zedek soon after completion of the shiva. Since then, she has continued to work tirelessly to provide critical medical care in addressing and alleviating pain.

The bravery of the Slotki sons on that horrific day has become widely recognized as a symbol of remarkable heroism and love for their people and country – ideals upon which they were both raised by Talya and her husband.

Talya’s continued service to her patients and her profession, despite the ongoing challenges resulting from her personal loss, is a source of inspiration to all of the Shaare Zedek family, and we wish her our deep congratulations on this most fitting honour.

Pictured (L-R) Sarah Goldberg,Shaare Zedek Deputy Director General for Nursing, Talya Slotki, President Isaac Herzog, Rabbi Shmuel Slotki, Shaare Zedek Director General Prof. Ofer Merin.