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Eli Chalouh

New York, New York

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Multilingual and Multinice
Fluent in Arabic, Hebrew and English, Eli Chalouh, 23, moved easily among the diverse communities to which his languages gave him access. He spoke Arabic at home, of course: he moved here with his family from Damascus, Syria, when he was 14.

At his new job at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, in the World Trade Center, he spoke Arabic with his Egyptian colleagues, who got a kick out of him. Mr. Chalouh was not Muslim; he was a Syrian Jew, who learned Hebrew at the yeshiva he attended in Brooklyn.

America was the country he wanted to wrap his future around. He was always in a rush, determined to cram every moment with English studies and other courses: he was so disciplined that he allotted himself only 15 minutes of television at night.

His efforts were beginning to pay off. He had just graduated with near-perfect grades from Long Island University, a member of the honor society and voted by the faculty the most outstanding accounting student of 2001.

Industrious, yes, but enormously sunny and engaging, as well. "Whatever you asked him he would do, and whatever you wouldn't ask, he would volunteer to do," said a supervisor at work, Eddie Jaeger. "He was an unbelievably nice kid."

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We will never forget you your light shine on us for ever and ever until we meet

I received a seedling in your memory today. I will plant it and nurture it to honor you and your family.

Dearest Eli - It's hard to believe that you've been gone for 12 years now. Rest in peace and watch over all of us.

To Eli's family and friends,
You do not know us..but yesterday we found Eli's balloon floating near the site of the World Trade Centers and I felt compelled to write.
We were visiting Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken yesterday for my daughters birthday...finished early when the kids decided they wanted to tour NYC in the time we had left. Being aware that it was 9/11 I was cautious to steer clear of the 'Ground Zero' site as I was concerned about crowds. We got lost and just started...

DEAR ELI

I REMEMBER SITTING NEXT TO YOU IN CLASS THROUGHOUT THE 4 YEARS IN HIGH SCHOOL.YOU WERE KIND SMART AND CARING.YOU STOOD OUT FROM THE REST.NO WONDER GOD TOOK YOU SO EARLY,YOU ARE A SPECIAL SOUL.
YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE NOW .PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL OF US AND THE COMING OF THE MASHIACH.

LOVE YOU R FRIEND DAVID SITT

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

I am tearing as I read this... I known eli since he was in highschool. what can I say Great Guy VERY smart I would never forget the day I walked into his house to find his diplomas hung on the wall.. every year when they say the names of the 9.11 victims I wait especially for his to come so I can remember and pay respects in his honor.. I wish his family the best and may his legacy and all of who vanished with him never be forgotten

As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.

dear Eli Chalouh i didnt really get to meet you but i know for a fact that you are a great person because i have met all of your cousins and i know that there all just like you may you rest in peace and watch out for us and all off your family from up above REST IN PEACE ELI WE ALL LOVE YOU