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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 5, 2013 Seeking Kin: On ,ocicl?2g the mystery of a chilt 00hood friend By Hillel Kuttler BALTIMORE (JTA)--In their TeIAviv boarding school a half:centuryago, Moshe Zarchi and Zvi Halevy spent time to- gether doing homework, play- ing hide-and-seek and enjoying ChamishaAvanim, a jacks-like game involving five gold cubes. Halevy, 62 and aresident of Netanya, Israel, fondly.recalls their friendship. It may have meant even more to Zarchi, whose parents gave him up for adoption. Halevy learned only re- cently that Zarchi died in the United States more than 30 years ago--and perhaps was murdered. But he didn't know where Zarchi had lived orwhere he was buried. He had hoped to stop by the cemetery during his next visit to his daughter and grandchildren, who live in Brooklyn, N.Y. "Seeking Kin" learned re- cently that Zarchi is buried much closer to home: in the Eretz HaChaim Cemetery in Belt Shemesh, approximately 50 miles from Netanya. "I'll visit, The circle will be closed. I accept the situation, that these are the facts," Halevy said. "It's a shame that I didn't meet him [later]in life, but the fact he's buried in Israel is extraordinary." From 1959 to 1965--Halevy gave the years as 5719 to 5724, from the Jewish calendar--the two boys attended the Belz Tal- mud Torah; an all-male, haredi Orthodox elementary school still operating at 63 Ahad Ha'am St. in Tel Aviv. They were room- mates for at least three years, and livedwith one or two other students. Each morning, the children said Shacharit prayers, ate breakfast, attended Judaic classes and had recess. After lunch they had more classes, eveningand nighttime prayers, dinner and secular studies. "Itwas avery busy schedule," Halevy said in an understate- ment. Halevy liked spending time with Zarchibecause of his intel- ligence and creativity. Halevy remembers him as someone who did "very sophisticated crafts," like carving wood and making colored-sand designs in bottles. "He had the hands of a crafts- man. I liked studying with him because he had a sharp mind. I don't know what his IQ was, but" I'd have to think it wa:s 120," said Halevy, who would know such Courtesy Zvi Halevy Finding the gravesite ofhis childhood fn'end Moshe Zar- chi was a goal of Zvi Halevy, shown here at his barmitzvah, which occurred about the time he last saw Zarchi. things from having spent 40 years as a teacher and principal of Judaic and secular subjects in Netanya's haredi Horev School. Wanting to know what be- came of his classmate, Halevy was interviewed on the Is- raeli radio program "Hamador L'chipus Krovim" (Searching for Relatives Bureau) in Oc- tober. Last month, the show's host, Izi Mann, received a telephone call from someone who connected Halevy to the family of Simcha Bunim Son- nenschein, a widower who had adopted Zarchi. Although Sonnenschein died in 1998, his brother, Yo- sef Elimelech Sonnenschein, is now in his 90s and lives on Moshav Komemiyut, near Ashkelon. Halevy drove there in May to visit him and Yosef Elimelech's daughter, Nechama Hoffman. He learned that Zar- chi often visited the moshav on vacations from school. Halevy recognized a photograph of SimchaBunimasthemanwho occasionally visited Zarchi at the Belz school. At the moshav, Halevy. learned that Zarchi had moved to the United States, married and had two children. But his hosts did not know their names, where Zarchi settled, when or how he had died, and where he was buried. MalkaTeichman, the daugh- ter of Simcha Bunim and his second wife, Rachel, "told "Seeking Kin" that she does not remember much about Zarchi because he had left home to serve in the military while she was young. Zarchi's biological parents were poor and planned Courtesy Malka Teichman Moshe Zarchi, shown during his wedding in the United States, was the Israeli classmate whom Zvi Halevy had hoped to find. to hand him over to a Christian or Jan. 1, 1981, which matches family or even a cult when her the online searches revealing father, then living in Kfar Ha- Isakovitch's birth in 1951 and sidim, nea.r Haifa, intervened death in December 1980. and adopted him. Teichman The official said his records did not know his profession in list Isakovitch's brothers as America, but remembered her Shlomo and Yona and their father saying that Zarchi had father as Yitzhak. The official, been murdered, who said he remembered.the Zarchi apparently received long-ago burial, recalled that little attention in the Son- Zarchi was a taxi driver who nenschein home. Rachel was was killed. a Holocaust survivor from Thefactspointtothecorrect Czechoslovakia who entered person because Teichman had the marriagewith five children said Zrchi's original surname of her own. Her first husband, was Isakovitch. Zvi Adler, was killed by terror- Halevy had long wanted to ists while on guard duty near find his old friend so they could Jerusalem, Teichman said. discusstheirchildhoodmemo- ShortlyaftermarryingRachel, ries. When he learned that Simcha Bunim changed their Zarchi was dead, even killed, surnamebacktoSonnenschein "I felt like I'd been smacked," because she disliked the name said Halevy, a father of six and Zarchi. grandfather of 25. Halevy remembered his He now hopes to locate his friend having entered the Belz friend's survivors to learn more school under a different pre- of his background. adoption surname, which later "I'd like to meet them, and I'd was changed to Zarchi. Halevy be happy--if one can say such also recalled the boy being a a thingmto go to his grave and Haifa native, say Tehillim [psalms]," Halevy The search for Zarchi's fam- said. "That way, I can take my ily and burial place apparently leave of him." wouldremainopen.But"Seek- Please email Hillel Kuttler ing Kin" contacted Teichman at seekingkin@jta org if you again, and she reported that know the whereabouts of the her stepbrother, Aharon Adler, survivors ofMoshe Isakovitch/ while visiting the previous Zarchi.Ifyouwouldlike"Seek- Shabbat had mentioned Zar- ing Kin" to write about your chi'sburialintheBeitShemesh search for long-lost relatives cemetery, and friends, please include the "Seeking Kin" confirmed principalfactsandyourcontact that fact with a cemetery of- information in a briefemail. ficial, with a twist: Zarchi ap- "Seeking Kin" is sponsored by pears in the records as Moshe Bryna Shuchat and Joshua Isakovitch. 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