American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) has established the Max Steinberg Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund in partnership with the fallen soldier’s parents, Stuart and Evelyn (Evie), and Max’s siblings, Paige and Jake. Max died in battle in Gaza during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

The Max Steinberg Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund was formally launched at Sunday night’s The Times of Israel Gala in New York City. The Steinberg family was one of three “Families of the Fallen” recognized at the event.

Max Steinberg was originally from Woodland Hills, California. He made aliyah, joining the Israel Defense Forces as a lone soldier. He insisted on serving in the elite Golani brigade. Max was 24 years-old when he lost his life defending the land and the people he loved.

The Steinberg endowment will provide scholarships to Golani and other combat reservists at BGU in perpetuity, with first preference going to lone soldiers. The Steinbergs will be part of the decision process to ensure that the receiving students mirror Max’s values and vision.