Yuri Shtern had two great passions in public life – the Land of Israel and aliya.

I knew Yuri from the late ’70s in Moscow, where he already stood out as an able and intelligent leader in Zionist activities. We both taught Hebrew and made great strides in promoting aliya. In those days, he was very active; running around all the time and doing everything at once.

This is how I will always remember him.

What was very special about Yuri, up until his last days, was that he did everything with passion. He was always emotionally invested, and most MKs were willing to work with him because they saw his integrity.