Piroşca Boda

Piroşca Boda


Apr 17, 2006 - Piroşca Boda, 50, of Romania was one of 11 people killed during the Passover  holiday in a suicide bombing at the Rosh Ha'ir shawarma restaurant, near the old central bus station in Tel Aviv. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

Piroşca Boda, Rosalia Basalia and Elena had come to work in Netanya as caretakers. There they met and became close friends. The deaths of their husbands, all in the last half year, brought them even closer together. On Monday, April 17, they were given the day off for the Easter holiday. Piroşca and Rosalia went to Tel Aviv, where both were killed in the bombing. Elena was saved, agreeing to fill in for her cousin, also a caretaker, who was invited to a bar mitzva celebration.

Piroşca (Piri) Boda came to Israel five years ago from Zalau, in northwestern Romania, to earn money to cover the medical treatment of her husband, who was suffering from cancer, as well as to help her two children, Robert, 29, and Raka, 21. After her husband's death, she continued to work to save money for her daughter's wedding.

Boda had been caring for Sarah Berkowitz for the past three and a half years. Sarah's granddaughter, Sigal Barnea, related that Boda spoke Hebrew well. "She was a good looking woman and highly intelligent. Sarah, a Holocaust survivor, was especially attached to her and the two spoke to each other in Hungarian."

Piroşca Boda's body was flown home for burial. She is survived by her son and daughter, and a granddaughter.

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