Elizabeth Goren-Friedman
Reproduction photo: Dudi Vaaknin
Jean Relevy
Reproduction photo: Dudi Vaaknin

Teachers killed in terror attack laid to rest

Elizabeth (Lili) Goren-Friedman, 54, dedicated her life to teaching the blind. Preschool nanny Bat Sheva Unterman, 33, managed to save her daughter’s life before being crushed to death. Third victim identified as Jean Relevy, 68, of Jerusalem

Hundreds of relatives and friends attended the funeral of Elizabeth (Lili) Goren-Friedman who was killed in the deadly terrorist attack in Jerusalem. Goren-Friedman, 54, was laid to rest at the Har HaMenuchot cemetery at Givat Shaul.


Elizabeth, a resident of Jerusalem, was killed when the massive bulldozer operated by the terrorist crushed her to death. She was a teacher at a school for the blind in the city.


“Lili was a veteran teacher, in charge of the syllabus, an educator and at one point the vice principal," Principal Rachel Sakrovish told Ynet.


"It is hard to talk about Lili in the past tense, she's an amazing person. There wasn't a student that Lily didn't help advance on a personal, educational and rehabilitative level. We knew that if a student was falling behind and struggling, Lili would work tirelessly to help them."


Sakrovish added, “When I think about her I recall the phrase, ‘A woman of valor, who can find?’ We found her, and they took her. She was a wonderful mother and a charming woman. She was part of the educational establishment for the blind and didn't give up on investing in her family."


When the magnitude of the tragedy became apparent, Goren-Friedman's ex-husband and her son, Zvi, headed to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute to identify her body.

Scene of attack (Photo: Hezi Shayer, Arabil)


Shlomi, an educator at the Horev yeshiva high school in Sanhedria where her two sons study said, “this is a wonderful family, they contribute whenever they can, a very idealistic family.”


Elizabeth Goren-Friedman is survived by three children - Zvi, 23, Issachar, 19 and Yael, 16.


Bat-Sheva saved her daughter  

The second name cleared for publication is that of Bat Sheva Unterman, 33. Also from Jerusalem, her five-month-old daughter Efrat was with her when she too was crushed to death. In her last moments she was able to unclasp the belt of her daughter's chair, saving her life. The infant was extracted from the crumpled car by paramedics, completely unharmed.


A social worker released the baby girl from the hospital she was evacuated to and placed her with a foster family until her relatives could be located. She is currently with her aunt.


Unterman’s cousin said that she had worked as a nanny at a preschool.


Unterman's family knew she was in the area of the attack as she had taken Efrat to the HMO. They tried

contacting her, but to no avail.


“This is a quiet, modest family. We prefer not going into details about this. We will honor her in a personal manner,” said a relative.


Unterman is survived by a husband and three daughters. The name of the third victim has not yet been cleared for publication.


Killed a month before becoming a grandfather

Jean Relevy, 68, of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, was about to become a first-time grandfather in about a month. He was survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.


According to his nephew, Nati Avner, "he was one of the most special people I knew, always thinking about others. The family was his happiness, and he was always looking for a platform to help people."


Relevy was the youngest child in a family of seven children. His mother died several months after his birth, and he was raised at his sister's home. He immigrated to Israel from Iran with his father in 1949, after the family had spent nine years in India.


On Wednesday, he was hit by the raging bulldozer while driving his car as part of his daily work routine.


"He installed air conditioners for a living," his nephew said, "and was the most intellectual air conditioner installer I knew. His great love was photography and one of his habits was carving."


Referring to the circumstances of his uncle's death, Avner said that "everyone was in shock. No one expected this. He had a small, modest family."


Ronen Medzini and Neta Sela contributed to this report


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