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Hebrew University Memorial Service Marks 15 Years Since Attack on Mount Scopus

31/07/2017

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem held a memorial service today to honor and remember those who were killed and injured fifteen years in a terrorist attack at the Mount Scopus campus. The ceremony was attended by leadership, students, staff, faculty and friends of the Hebrew University, at Nancy Reagan Plaza near the site of the attack. Among the dignitaries who participated in the event was Ambassador Hélène Le Gal, France's first female ambassador to Israel, who delivered remarks in Hebrew.

Nine students and staff members were killed in the bombing of the cafeteria in 2002:

  • Benjamin Blutstein
  • Marla Bennett
  • Revital Barashi
  • David Gritz
  • David Diego Ladowski
  • Janis Ruth Coulter
  • Dina Carter
  • Levina Shapira
  • Daphna Spruch

About the nine who were killed:

  • Benjamin Blutstein – Age 25, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Ben was a student in the two-year graduate students’ program in Jewish Education at the Rothberg International School and at the Pardes Institute. Ben was a colorful and special person, a religious young man who by day studied Judaism, Gemara and Chumash, and by night worked as a disc jockey.
  • Marla Bennett – Age 24, from San Diego, California, Marla was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and a student in the two-year graduate students’ program in Jewish Education at the Rothberg International School and at the Pardes Institute. Marla was aware of the dangers inherent in living in Israel, but she also knew that there was no other place in the world where she would rather be.
  • Revital Barashi – Age 30, Revital was the youngest of 13 children of a Jerusalem family. Revital worked in the secretariat of the Faculty of Law, and she was involved, among other things, in assisting the academic and administrative staff and in guiding new employees. Revital, the Faculty’s ray of light, was outstanding in all of her deeds, diligent, talented, pleasant and always with a captivating smile.
  • David Gritz – Age 24, from Paris, David had completed his undergraduate studies and his first year of graduate studies in Philosophy at the University of Paris, where he was an outstanding student. David had registered for the Rothberg International School’s summer ulpan, which he never got to begin. David was a brilliant student, a true intellectual, with a special and intense interest in Jewish studies.
  • David Diego Ladowski – Born in Argentina in 1973, David immigrated to Israel in 1992. David was about to finish his master’s degree in Public Policy at the Hebrew University, and was due to start his first diplomatic job in the Israeli Embassy in Lima, Peru.
  • Janis Ruth Coulter – Age 36, from Boston, Massachusetts, Janice had a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Denver. She was the senior program coordinator at the Rothberg International School’s New York office. Janice was a wonderful woman, smart and dedicated, with a great sense of humor.
  • Dina Carter – Age 38, Dina was born in North Carolina, and immigrated to Israel in 1990. She worked as a librarian and archivist in the Publications and Archives Department of the  University’s Jewish National and University Library. Dina was a unique woman with a captivating personality, an intelligent and talented artist who painted and sculpted.
  • Levina Shapira – Age 53, Levina was born in Jerusalem. She worked at the Hebrew University for 30 years and worked her way up to the senior position of Director of the Student Administration Authority. She was blessed with wisdom, talent, dedication, pleasant ways, excellent human relations and unceasing curiosity.
  • Daphna Spruch – Born in Tel Aviv, Daphna worked as a systems coordinator in the Student Administration Authority for close to 30 years, and was one of its most senior and experienced workers. Daphna was a smart woman, intellectual and widely educated. She had been studying for her master’s degree in Comparative Religion.
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Hebrew University Memorial Service Marks 15 Years Since Attack on Mount Scopus