A group of female graphic designers from across Israel have spearheaded a project to commemorate Na’ama Henkin, the 30-year-old mother who was murdered with her husband, Rabbi Eitam Henkin, 31 in a drive-by shooting carried out by three Hamas terrorists last October 2015. The couple was killed as they were driving with their four young children on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh in Samaria.
Eitam Henkin was a doctoral student at Tel Aviv University and Na’ama was a respected graphic designer who owned her own studio. The family lived in the Neria community in the Mateh Binaymin Regional Council of southern Samaria.
“We wanted to find a way to remember the kind of person Na’ama Henkin was,” Rivkah Nitsan told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) in an interview. Nitsan, herself a graphic designer, did not personally know Henkin but followed her graphic design work.
“The last thing that Na’ama created was a poster for Sukkot, which she had uploaded to her Facebook business page for her clients and friends to print and use to decorate their Sukkot [booths],” Nitsan explained. Henkin had chosen a passage symbolizing unity within Israel for her last creation.
“A group of graphic designers from secular and religious backgrounds came together to create a variety of posters to use as Sukkot decorations based on Na’ama’s original color palette,” Nitsan told TPS. Each of the 44 designers who participated in the project chose a passage and a Sukkot-themed symbol for their poster, keeping within the spirit of Na’ama’s last work.
Over 40 posters were created and have been uploaded to a Facebook page, Aguda Achat – In Memory of Rav Eitam and Naama Henkin, dedicated to Hemkin’s memory. People from across Israel including some Knesset members and people from abroad have downloaded the posters to decorate their Sukkahs. “People in Canada and the USA wrote to us saying that they have hung these posters in their Sukkahs,” said Nitsan, who noted that head of the Zionist Union party and opposition leader Isaac Herzog had several posters in his family’s Sukkah.
“Na’ama was a very kind and giving person and she believed in the unity of our people. We wanted to commemorate this legacy of Na’ama,” commented Nitsan.
“The project gives people the opportunity to remember the light and beauty of Na’ama. I believe that if Na’ama is looking down right now, she’d be happy to see how her work is continuing to inspire others,” concluded Nitsan.