Elizabeth (Lili) Goren-Friedman

Elizabeth (Lili) Goren-Friedman


July 2, 2008 - Elizabeth (Lili) Goren-Friedman, 54, of Jerusalem was one of three people killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem. Driving a bulldozer on Jaffa Road, the terrorist plowed into cars and pedestrians as well as two public buses. Police shot and killed the terrorist.

Driving a bulldozer on Jaffa Road between the Central Bus Station and the Mahane Yehuda market shortly before noon, a terrorist deliberately plowed into cars and pedestrians as well as two public buses (Egged buses 13 and 60) carrying some 50 passengers, overturning one of them. The terrorist, a Palestinian from eastern Jerusalem, drove for about 500 meters, crushing oncoming traffic on Jaffa Road before being killed.

Elizabeth Goren-Friedman, originally from Austria, was a resident of the Katamon neighborhood in Jerusalem who worked as a teacher at the Jerusalem school for the blind. She was crushed to death by the bulldozer operated by the terrorist.

Divorced and the mother of three, Lili dedicated her life to teaching the blind. School principal Rachel Sakrovish related that "Lili was a veteran teacher, in charge of the syllabus, an educator and at one point the vice principal. It's hard to speak about her in the past tense. Lili was a wonderful person. There was not a student that she did not help progress on a personal, educational, and rehabilitative level. We knew that if a student was having difficulties, Lili was the teacher who would help him."

Her friends described her as a "wonderful person," who volunteered regularly at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, after having overcome a serious illness.

Elizabeth Goren-Friedman was buried at the Har HaMenuchot cemetery at Givat Shaul in Jerusalem. She is survived by three children: Zvi, 23, Issachar, 19 and Yael, 16.

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