Family, friends of N.J. woman mourn loss of beautiful person

WHIPPANY, N.J. — Hundreds of friends, family members, classmates and former students of Judith Shoshana Greenbaum gathered at Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem last Friday to pay their last respects.

Greenbaum, 31, of Passaic, N.J., was one of 15 who died when a suicide bomber caused chaos in a crowded Jerusalem pizzeria at 2 p.m. on Aug. 9. A teacher who was attending a summer studies program in Jerusalem, she was five months pregnant with her first child.

Another victim, 31-year-old Chana Tova Chaya Nachemberg, who was born in the United States but now lives in Israel, clung to life this week. As of Tuesday, she was in critical condition at Hadassah Hospital, in a "deep coma," according to her uncle, Howard Green of Riverdale, N.Y.

Green and his wife, Dora, had been sitting with Nachemberg and her 3-year-old daughter, Sarah, at a table at the Sbarro pizza cafe when the bomb exploded. Nachemberg was hit with shrapnel. Green suffered second-degree burns.

He is trying to help friends in Modi'in, where his niece lives, raise money to help her husband, David, pay for child care and rent a car to facilitate visits to the hospital to see his wife.

Nachenberg was born in the Bronx, moved to Israel at the age of 10, attended high school in New Jersey, and then returned to Israel.

Greenbaum was buried in Jerusalem at her family's request.

Her husband, Shmuel, had returned to the United States two days prior to the bombing, after spending the summer with his wife in Jerusalem, where she attended a summer program for students seeking a master's degree in Jewish education. He returned to Israel for her funeral and left the following night.

Her parents could not make it to Israel before the Sabbath, and the family, after consulting their rabbi, decided to hold the funeral anyway. The parents will go to Israel to mark the end of shloshim, the traditional 30-day mourning period, for their only child.

Marni Benuck of Passaic, Greenbaum's friend since they were 12-year-olds growing up in Los Angeles, described her as "beautiful inside and out." She said many of Greenbaum's former students from a Hebrew academy attended her wedding, held about 18 months ago.

Another close friend, Shoshana Greenspan, who lives in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Eshkol, had spoken with Greenbaum shortly before her death, inviting her to lunch at her home. Greenbaum declined, saying she would pick up lunch on the way.

During an evening together last week, Greenbaum had expressed excitement about her recent move to Passaic, said Greenspan, and optimism about her new job as a teacher at the Yeshiva of North Jersey. She never expressed any fear about being in Jerusalem at a time of conflict, said Greenspan.

Greenbaum's uncle, Pinhas Hayman of the West Bank settlement of Elkana, said her death should serve as a wake-up call to diaspora Jews. People "should remember they can't hide their Jewish destiny…Solidarity missions are not enough, he said.

Among those killed by the suicide bomber were:

*Lily Shamilashvili, 33, and her daughter, Tamar, 8, of Jerusalem.

*Frida Mendelsohn, 62, of Jerusalem.

*Yocheved Shoshan, 10, of Jerusalem.

*Malka Roth, 15, of Jerusalem.

*Tehila Maoz, 19, of Jerusalem, a waitress at the restaurant.

*Michal Raziel, 16, of Jerusalem.

*Zvi Golumbak, 26, a Hebrew University student from Carmiel.

*Giora Balash, 60, of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He had come to Israel with his wife and family for his son's funeral, which was to take place this week. He was buried last Friday in Ashkelon.

*Five members of the Schijverschuurder family: Mordechai, 43, Tzira, 41, and three of their children, Raya, 14, Avraham-Yitzhak, 4, and Hemda, 2. Residents of the settlement of Neriya near Jerusalem, the family had come to have fun at the Jerusalem pizza parlor. Mordechai Schijverschuurder had immigrated to Israel from Holland when he was 17. His parents were Holocaust survivors.

There are five surviving children in the Schijverschuurder family: Two girls who were injured in the attack, Leah, 11, and Haya, 8, still hospitalized. There are also three boys, Ben-Zion, 22, Meir, 20, and Israel, 17. They read the Kaddish at last Friday's funeral.