The Women of Ayalon

Yehudit Ayalon


The women at the Ayalon factory had a significant influence on helping win the Independence War by producing the majority of the bullets for early battles.


Yehudit Ayalon was one such woman.

She changed her last name to Ayalon in honor of working at the factory.


Yehudit was born in 1924 and came to Israel with her family in 1936. She was an educator and told the story of Ayalon to so many generations of people.


She was part of Hatzofim Alef (Scout Group A) who worked underground in the factory for 3 years making bullets. When the factory closed, she moved with the group up north to the kibbutz near Haifa.


In 1945, Yehudit was already married with a child when Scout Group A came to Rehovot and started making bullets secretly. She kept a journal of that time, writing very carefully as to not to expose anything. Her journal is a true treasure and some of the segments are very powerful.


Yehudit passed away in 2015 at the age 90. She had 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She kept the story of Ayalon alive until the day she passed.


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