Dear fellow Scouts and friends,
It is with great sorrow and pain that I have to let you know of the death of our beloved friend Amos Ilani, the Wolf Bronze awardee, last night in Tel-Aviv, after a short and very bad illness.
Amos’ funeral will take place on Tuesday, September 25, at 14:00. We hug today and send our condolences to Amos’ dear wife Elka, his brother Dany and family, his daughters Michal and Orna, and his 6 grandchildren. It is a great loss to all Scouts, in Israel and abroad, and to me personally.
Amos Ilani joined the Hebrew Scouts when he was 10 years old and had been active in the movement throughout his life. As a volunteer Amos served as the head of one of Tel-Aviv’s largest Scouts unit (tribe) for 15 years. He also served as, Chairman of the International Relations Committee, International Commissioner and Chief Commissioner of the Israel Boy & Girl Scouts Federation (for 10 years), Chairman of the Committee for Relations with the German Scouts Associations since 1988, and a member of the Hebrew Scouts board of directors. Amos was one of the founders and a member of the Board of the International Forum of Jewish Scouts (IFJS).
In the last 35 years, Amos has made it his personal mission to achieve progress in three important fields:
1. Creating and strengthening direct personal ties between young members of the five Jewish, Druze, Catholic, Muslim Arabic and Greek Orthodox Scouts organizations active in Israel.
2. Forging an ongoing dialogue between Israeli and German Scouts, with respect to the painful history of the Jewish Holocaust and the events of World War II.
3. Establish and develop Jewish Scouting around the world through activities in the International Forum of Jewish Scouts.
Amos has put the strengthening of ties with European and World Scouts at the top of his priorities. With this in mind, he has supported and encouraged the participation of many Israeli delegates, coming from the various Israeli Scouts organozations, in international conferences, seminars and planning teams. He has also initiated and organized seminars in Israel and many visits of the heads of the European and international offices, in Israel.
Amos never stopped his Scouts activities. In recent years, he continued to share his experience, contacts and expertise being involved in all international relations and activities of the Israeli Scouts. For all of this he was awarded in 2016 the highest Scout honor, the Wolf Bronze.
May Amos Rest in Peace – The Scouts of the Israel Boy & Girl Scouts Federation in the past and present, Hebrew, Muslims, Catholic, Orthodox and Druze will miss him greatly and will always remember his enormous contribution to create a better world as a true Scout.
Yours in Scouting,
Dr. Amos Simon