- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 11, 2001

JERUSALEM — Judith Sho-shana Greenbaum, an elementary-school teacher from New Jersey, planned to return home next week after attending a five-week course in Jewish education in Jerusalem.
Instead, the pregnant 31-year-old from Passaic was buried yesterday in the holy city. She was one of 15 persons killed when an Islamic militant blew himself up in a packed pizzeria at lunchtime Thursday.
A long series of funerals lasted throughout the day as grieving relatives, many of them stopping to weep against walls or collapsing in sobs, came and went from the hot, sun-drenched Givat Shaul Cemetery on a hilltop overlooking Jerusalem.
Most of the victims were Israelis, but in addition to Mrs. Greenbaum, one Dutch immigrant, two immigrants from Moscow and a Brazilian tourist were among the dead.
At a funeral for five members of a family from the West Bank settlement of Talmon, 11-year-old Leah Schijveschuurder, one of the surviving children, was wheeled into the cemetery on a hospital bed with plastic breathing tubes in her nose.
Her Dutch-born father, Mordechai, 44, was buried along with her mother, Tzira, and three of her siblings, ages 2, 4 and 14.
The front pages of Israeli newspapers yesterday showed pictures of the family and other victims. "Five from one family," read the headline in the Ma'ariv daily.
At the funeral for the American schoolteacher, Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert sought forgiveness "because yesterday we could not protect her."
"Maybe one day she would have come with her husband and family to the city of Jerusalem, and now she's here and she will stay here forever," Mr. Olmert said.
U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer began to speak but was interrupted by Meir Indor, a right-wing activist who yelled, "You don't let us retaliate," before being pushed out of the area.
Mrs. Greenbaum's husband, Shmuel, fought back tears.
"Shoshana, I love you," he said, as he looked at his wife's body, wrapped in a blue velvet cloth. Relatives wept and whispered above open prayer books. The clank-clank sound of metal shovels and the smell of fresh soil filled the air.
The American schoolteacher had gone to the pizzeria for a study break. Moments after she ordered her food, the bomber, standing behind her at the counter, detonated his explosives, sending a cloud of nails, flames and smoke through the restaurant.
Mrs. Greenbaum died instantly.
One of her cousins, Elisheva Hayman, 18, carried a bent photograph of Mrs. Greenbaum, smiling as she stood beside her husband. "I remember how happy it was, how beautiful," Mrs. Hayman said of the couple's wedding 18 months ago.
Mrs. Greenbaum's parents, Alan and Shifra Hayman, who live in Los Angeles, were unable to attend their only daughter's funeral because they could not get to Jerusalem on time. The family is religious, and devout Jews must be buried as quickly as possible.
Elsewhere, there was more grief.
Howard Green, 61, a seminary school director from New York City, stood in the sunlight that poured through a hospital window as his niece, Hanna Tova Nachemberg, 31, deep in a coma, clung to life.
Mr. Green and his wife, Dora, came to Israel last week with a group of 25 American and Canadian Jews to show solidarity with Israel.
On Thursday, they were shopping for books and souvenirs with their niece and her 3-year-old daughter, Sarah, who wanted pizza for lunch.
Howard Green had just come to the table with pizza when the blast pushed him over. Flames burned his head, and an air-conditioning duct fell on him. He said he was surprised at the level of calm and that few people were screaming.
His niece lay still on the floor, blood coming from her nose. A piece of shrapnel had broken one of her ribs, ripped through her lungs and punctured her heart.
"We were talking. We didn't notice this guy walk in. I didn't see him until I saw him dead," said Mr. Green, a white-bearded man with green eyes, as his niece's husband wept in the hallway.
Mr. Green sighed as a doctor told him Hanna's condition had not changed.
"We just pray," he said. "There's not much else to do."

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