May the memory of those that were killed be blessed. May the wounded have a full and speedy recovery.
The death toll from the murderous attack on Jews by “Palestinians” rose to 11 this weekend following a forensic reexamination of body parts. The 11th victim of the attack was identified as Manbara Valdi Tzadik, a 35-year-old foreign worker from Ethiopia who was apparently in Israel illegally. Her severely charred remains were positively identified over the weekend
Chezki Goldberg, 42, social worker, guidance counselor, and columnist for the JEWISH PRESS, father of 7 children, aged 16=1, was murdered today on the 19 bus going to work. Chezki was born in Toronto, moved to NY, and made aliyah to Har Nof, and then to Beitar Illit. Chezki was an internationally known lecturer for troubled Jewish teens and a counselor for scores of couples.
Eli Zefira, 47, chief of maintenance at the Jerusalem High School, was loved by all of his students. The school facility operated daily due to Eli’s dedication and repairs. Eli was the father of 3 children, including a 20 month old child. Eli was on his way to work and was murdered today on bus 19 in Jerusalem.
Chana Bonder, 38, made aliyah from Russia 12 years ago and worked at Jerusalem City Hall. Chana had just celebrated her 38th birthday on Sunday with co-workers and family. Chana was the mother of two teenagers, aged 15, and 14. Chana and her husband and children made aliya with their small children and today, she was murdered on the 19
bus in Jerusalem.
It is taking longer than usual to identify the burned out bodies of the bus according to tonight’s police statement.
They are trying to match DNA and body parts of each victim
Baruch Rindishivili, 38, an oleh from Russia, was murdered today.
He was an award winning chef. He was 38 years old and the father of twins, aged 3 and a baby, aged 12 months. At 7 45 AM, he dropped off the twins to their gan (nursery). The twins kissed him on both cheeks and told their Abba, Baruch Chondiashviili, to bake them some cookies for Shabbat. Baruch boarded the 19 bus to go to work at the Great Synagogue where he was the chef for the caterer in the Great Synagogue.
Baruch’s wife Etty, heard the news of the pending return of the IDF soldiers’ bodies from Lebanon which was suddenly interrupted by the news of the pigua in Jerusalem. Etty called Baruch on his cellphone with no answer. Etty had a ‘feeling’ and took her 12 month old baby and ran to a cab to take her to the pigua. The Great Synagogue
office confirmed that Baruch did not show up to work. Baruch was murdered on bus 19 and Etty’s cry last night at the Forensic institute was ” Who will take my children to gan? Who will take them to synagogue on Friday night?”
Abraham Blachson, 28, made aliya from France only 5 years ago together with his wife. Abraham was learning computer science at Machon Lev and was learning in a Kollel in Geula each day. On Thursday, Abraham missed the early minyan in his community of Givat Mordechai and after catching a late minyan, Abraham, asked his wife to put away his talit as he was in a rush to catch the 19 bus to take him to his morning Kollel. Mrs.Blachson heard the news of the explosion of the bus as she was wrapping away the talit for her husband into his talit bag. Abraham Blachson was wrapped in his talit, once again, not for prayer, but for burial.
Dana Itach, 24, was married last summer of 2003 to her childhood sweetheart. The couple lived in Katamon, Jerusalem. Dana was on the 19 Bus to get off at the ‘next’ stop after the Prime Minister’s home area. Dana was simple, pretty, plain, and was on her way to her doctor’s office for a medical exam as she thought she was pregnant. Dana’s husband, Moshe, heard the news about the bus terrorist, and phoned the doctor’s office. The office had not opened due to the
terrorist explosion nearby. Dana’s cellphone was ringing and ringing. Only G-d now knows whether Dana Itach, 24, was pregnant at her moment of murder by terror. Dana Itach is now a dead bride.
Nurit Azulay is the mother of Rafi, 24, and Nir, 20, two sons in Jerusalem. Four years ago, Rafi was injured in 2000 in Lebanon and had been admitted to Hadassah to undergo an eye surgery at Hadassah Ein Kerem on Thursday, as a followup procedure from his IDF injuries in Lebanon. Nir Azulay, the ‘kid’ brother was a guard for Egged busses. Nurit said “Bhatzlacha”(Good luck) to her eldest son, Rafi, as the nurses and attendants began to wheel Rafi into the operating theater. As Rafi was being operated by his eye surgeon, the news hit Hadassah of the terrorist attack on bus 19.
Nurit knew that Nir, her other son, worked the Aza Street route and bus 19 as a guard. Nir was on another bus 19 going in the exact opposite direction when the terrorist blew himself up on the passing bus 19. Nir was slightly injured and was brought to Hadassah Ein Kerem. Nurit ran down from the operating waiting room area. ‘leaving’ her son Rafi, to meet her other son, Nir at the ER. Last night, we watched and we cried as we saw both Rafi, in patched eye, sitting together with Nir, in patched hand, as Nurit held both of her sons in her arms.
Yuri Plorsko, 41, made aliyah from Romania with his wife in 2001. His friends told him that he was crazy to come to Israel during the war of 2001. Yuri assured his relatives that the war would be over ‘soon.’ Yuri was on his way to Bank Leumi on Aza Road to withdraw some money from the versateller to buy a gift for his 5 year old daughter’s birthday tonight. Yuri’s wife was interviewed this morning on radio in advance of today’s 5 funerals within 1 hour of each other. “We love Israel and as Jews thought we would be safer in Jerusalem than in Bucharest.”
Anat Darom, 23, was studying Math at Hebrew U. Mt. Scopus and had moved from Tel Aviv after completing her IDF duties to start university life. Anat’s parents had just left to a 2 week vacation trip to the USA on Tuesday when they were informed about the murder of Anat on bus 19 in Jerusalem. Anat is survived by her sister and parents.
Natalia Gamrial, 53, was on her way to her daily job of caregiver for a woman who was wheelchair bound and dying of cancer. At 9 30 AM, employer’s son called the Gamrial home to find out where his mother’s caregiver was, as she was never late for work. Natalia immigrated from Leningrad in 1993 to Israel. Natalia’s 80 year old mother still lives in Leningrad as she was ‘afraid’ to move to Israel in 1993. Natalia was murdered on the 19 bus and is survived by her husband, daughter, and mother.