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Friday, August 22, 2003

Remember our dead

At a candlelight vigil Sunday 7:30 pm at Boulder's Courthouse Lawn
Avraham Bar Or, 12, Jerusalem. Buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

Binyamin Bergman, 15, Jerusalem. Binyamin was on his way back from a friend's Bar Mitzvah. He was a pupil of Shomrei Hachomot Yeshiva. His uncle, Meir, described him as "a great, talented child, always helping everyone." Binyamin was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday, at 20:00.

Yaakov Binder, 50, Jerusalem. Yaakov Issachar Dov Binder was head of the Kashrut department of the Jerusalem Religious Council. Yaakov, a Gerer Hassid, was on his way to congratulate friends on their son's Bar Mitzvah when he was caught in the explosion. Yaakov was described by his friends as a modest man and a great scholar, observant at every turn. Yaakov left behind a wife and seven children. He was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday, at 16:00.

Feige Dushinsky, 50, from Jerusalem. Feige was laid to rest at the Mount of Olives at 15:30 PM on Thursday.

Miriam Eisenstein, 20, from Bnei Brak. Miriam devoted a significant part of her life to voluntary work. Yitzhak, her neighbor, spoke of her: "Miriam performed charity work. She used to volunteer in extremely difficult cases, such as the elderly and patients of Down's Syndrome. All the time she had she devoted to helping others." Miriam used to visit the Kotel every week, bringing with her a list of family members and friends to pray for. She had just graduated from a teachers' seminar. Miriam left behind two parents and eight siblings.

Lilach Kardi, 22, Jerusalem. Lilach was eight months pregnant and a mother of a one-year-old child. She lived in Netanya until three years ago, when she married Shmuel Kardi and moved to Jerusalem. Six years ago, her parents both died, leaving Lilach to raise and care for her now 14-year-old brother. "She was traditionally orthodox but after her parents died she became Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox)," Lilach's friend spoke of her. "She was such a righteous and modest person." "Lilach was very much attached to the Kotel (Western Wall), she used to go every day," said Shalom Kardi, her father-in-law. Lilach was buried on Wednesday at 13:00, in Netanya.

Menachem Leibel, 24, Jerusalem. Nachman Leibel spoke of his brother on Wednesday: "He lived in Jerusalem all his life, and used to go to the Kotel every day. His kindness was overwhelming, he always volunteered, always helped out in charity organizations. "We knew he was at the Kotel yesterday. We called his cellphone. He always used to answer after terror attacks, but this time he didn't pick up. I started going to the hospitals. Within an hour and a half I had been to all of them. He wasn't on the lists. That's when I realized he probably wasn't one of the wounded." Menachem left behind two parents, five brothers and a sister. He was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday, at 14:00.

Elisheva Meshulami, 16, Bnei Brak. Elisheva was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon.

Chava Nechama Rechnitzer, 19, Bnei Brak. Chava was on her way back from the Kotel, her wedding three months away.

Mordechai Reinitz, 49, and Issachar Reinitz, 9, Netanya. The Reinitz family was vacationing in Jerusalem. Shalom Mordechai, principal of the Darchei Avot Yeshiva in Kiryat Tzanz, took his two sons, Issachar and Mendi (11) to the Kotel. Both Shalom Mordechai and Issachar Dov were killed in the explosion. Mendi was severely wounded. Tzanz Chasidut spokesman Shalom Shtemer said: "Shalom Mordechai grew up in this neighborhood. He was a wonderful educator devoted, modest and impeccably organized." On announcing the deaths of the father and son, the Yeshiva's 600 pupils were called in from their summer vacation to recite Tehilim. Gedalia, a teacher at the Yeshiva, spoke of his pupil, Issachar Dov: "A child full of life. He loved to play, and yet he was a top student. He knew when to be serious and when to be happy." Both Shalom Mordechai & Issachar Dov were buried in Netanya on Wednesday, at 17:00.

Liba Schwartz, 57, Jerusalem. Liba, a mother of five and grandmother of 11, used to frequent the Kotel every day. Both Liba's son, Yoel, and husband, Rabbi Yisrael, called her on Tuesday night, asking her to hurry home. Liba would not leave until she finished reciting her portions of Tehilim. "Her being killed after praying at the Kotel, it's as if she has completed her mission in this world," said Yoel, Liba's son. "She died sanctifying the name of God." Liba was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

Hanoch Segal, 65, Bnei Brak. Hanoch was murdered exactly 24 hours before his 44th wedding anniversary. A father of five, and teacher of thousands, Hanoch was in Jerusalem visiting his son. His wife received the tragic news hours after she landed in Rome for a holiday. "This was a scholar," said Hanoch's nephew, Chaim. "A man who read, learned, and was interested in everything. A truly enlightened man." Hanoch left behind a wife, two sons, three daughters, 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Goldie Taubenfeld, 43, and Shmuel Taubenfeld, 3 months, NY. A mother of thirteen, Goldie lived in New Square, an orthodox community near Monsey, NY, and was in Israel with her husband and two of her children for a family wedding. Both she and her son, Shmuel, were killed in the attack. Goldie and Shmuel were buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

Rabbi Eliezer Weisfish, 42, Jerusalem. Rabbi Weisfish's neighbors spoke of a kind, sensitive helpful person. Like so many of the victims, Weisfish too was on his was back from the Kotel, riding the no. 2 bus. Shmuel Kleiman, Weisfish's neighbor, and a nephew of another victim of the attack Shalom Mordechai Reinitz, described his friend as "a righteous Jew, with such a special personality. He never hurt anyone, lived modestly and was a man of great charity. Rabbi Weisfish left behind a wife and 12-year-old daughter. He was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday, at 16:30.

Shmuel Wilner, 50, Jerusalem. A Satmer Chasid, Shmuel ran a shop for plastic goods in Mea Shearim. He left behind a wife and five children.

Shmuel Zargari, 11 months, Jerusalem. Nava and Yaakov Zargari, a teacher and a yeshiva student, lived with their six children in a small apartment in Jerusalem. On Tuesday, they took five of their six children to the Kotel. Shmuel was killed in the explosion. His parents and six-year-old sister, Ester, were critically wounded and are still hospitalized, missing Shmuel's funeral. Michael, 12 years old, and Avigail, two and a half years old, were lightly wounded. Shmuel was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday at 15:00.

Two victims have been identified, but their names remain unpublished due to the families' requests.