A True Partnership
Hagay Shefi, son of a retired Israeli brigadier general, Dov Shefi, moved to the United States from Tel Aviv in 1992 and co-founded GoldTier Technologies, a communications company in Mount Olive, N.J. So renowned was his expertise that he was both a featured speaker and a panelist at the Risk Waters conference in Windows on the World on the 106th Floor of 1 World Trade Center on the morning of the terrorist attack.
"People say how ironic it is, that he is from Israel, but I don't see that," said his wife, Sigal. "People from every country were in the trade center that day. Terror can happen anywhere in the world, and it is nothing that you can predict."
Since the funeral on Sunday, she had been remembering what a true partner he was in raising their children, ages 5 and 3, in Tenafly, N.J. – "he helped with everything around the house," she said – and how, despite the long hours at his start-up company, he spent all his spare time with them. "I am thinking he holds me now," Mrs. Shefi said of her husband. "And I am going to keep him, and his way of thinking, in me."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 22, 2001.