Feb 25, 2005 - Yael Orbach, 28, of Rehovot was one of five people killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Stage club on the Tel Aviv promenade at around 11:20 P.M. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
Yael Orbach was set to marry her boyfriend of four years, Ofir Gonen, in three weeks, and had started to hand out invitations to the wedding just Thursday. The couple went to the Stage club on Friday night for a night out. They were among the first to arrive and were handing out invitations to Ofir's army friends when the bomb exploded. Yael was killed, while Ofir was moderately wounded - one of 50 wounded in the attack.
"My daughter was killed by base murderers at the prime of her life," Orbach's mother, Helen Solomon-Ziebinsky, said. "She was about to marry her beloved. She was full of life, a good soul, always ready to help."
Yael grew up in Yavne and moved to Rehovot several years ago. She completed her studies at the Ginsburg High School in Yavne and served in the army as an instructor in the Armored Corps. She studied acting, and dreamt of becoming a famous actress. She was currently working at a Tel Aviv law firm.
Yael Orbach was buried in the Kfar Sava cemetery. She is survived by her parents and two siblings.