Once 1,000, number of missing Israelis dwindles to 3

NEW YORK — The number of Israelis considered missing here dropped to three Wednesday night when Ya'acov Habbi and his daughter Gali were located. Ya'acov, who lives near the World Trade Center, and Gali were trapped in a car next to the site for about 20 hours.

Ido Aharoni, Israel's consul for media and public affairs said efforts to locate others are continuing. A group of consulate workers are searching local hospitals for people admitted with Israeli-sounding names.

Foreign Ministry workers have succeeded in locating over 1,000 Israelis. Some 20 have been located at area hospitals.

No Israeli businesses were based in the World Trade Center, said a consulate spokeswoman.

The consulate has processed more than 4,500 phone calls of people seeking information regarding missing relatives here as of Wednesday morning, said Aharoni.

A young Israeli woman, hoping for a respite from the tensions of terrorist attacks at home through a brief U.S. vacation, was among the victims aboard United Airlines Flight 175.

Alona Avraham of Ashdod was a passenger aboard the second hijacked plane to crash into the World Trade Center, the airlines confirmed.

Avraham was in her mid-twenties and had recently finished her university studies, according to Danny Raymond of Van Nuys, California, a cousin of Avraham.

Raymond said Avraham had spent a few days in Boston with friends and was heading for Los Angeles to celebrate Rosh Hashanah at the Raymond home.

Edmund Glazer, who died in the tower crash of American Airlines Flight 11, was chief financial officer and vice president of finance for California-based MRV Communications, a telecommunications company with long-standing Israeli ties.

Glazer was a native of Zambia, born to South African parents, and came to the United States when he was 17. He attended Santa Monica College for two years, then graduated from the University of Southern California.

Glazer was a resident of Wellesley, Mass., and was on a business trip to MRV headquarters in Chatsworth, Calif., when his plane was hijacked.

He is survived by his wife Candy and four-year old son Nathan.

Daniel Lewin, co-founder of Akamai Technologies, a Boston-based Internet company, was aboard the same flight. Lewin was born in Denver and raised in Jerusalem. Before Akamai, he worked for IBM in Haifa, and served in the Israel Defense Force for 4 years, the company said.

The 31-year-old is survived by his wife and two children.

Actress and photographer Berry Berenson, the wife of the late actor Anthony Perkins, the sister of actress Marisa Berenson, and the grandniece of famed art historian and collector Bernard Berenson, was also aboard Flight 11.

Berry Berenson appeared in a number of Hollywood films in the 1970s and '80s, and photographed covers for Life magazine and other publications.

Bernard Berenson was born in the Lithuanian village of Beltramentz, where his father was one of the leaders of the Jewish community. Although Bernard converted to Christianity as a youth, he publicly prided himself of carrying on the Jewish "tradition of great learning."