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The Victims And Stories

"There's hardly anyone in the hareidi community who doesn't know, or know someone who knows, three victims..." So writes Kobi Arieli today. The 20 victims of the Jerusalem #2 bus attack and their stories:
First Publish: 8/21/2003, 8:25 PM

"There's hardly anyone in the hareidi community who doesn't know, or know someone who knows, 3 victims..." So writes Kobi Arieli today. The 20 victims of the Jerusalem #2 bus attack are:
* Shmuel Zargari, 11 months, from the Bucharim neighborhood of Jerusalem. His parents and two sisters were wounded.

* Goldie Taubenfeld, 43, of New Square, New York and one of her 13 children, 3-month-old Shmuel; another daughter was wounded

* Tehilla Natanson, 3, from Jerusalem; her family immigrated to Israel from Monsey, NY, and her mother was wounded

* Rabbi Shalom Mordechai Reinitz, 49, father of 11, and his 9-year-old son Yissachar Dov, from Netanya; originally from New York. Their 11-year-old son Mendy was wounded in the attack, and is hospitalized in Laniado Hospital in Netanya, where his family is sitting shiva [the traditional mourning period]. Rabbi Reinitz was the principal of the 600-student Hassidei Zanz Talmud Torah.

* Avraham Bar-Or, 12, from Jerusalem. His parents and six siblings were injured in the attack.

* Binyamin Bergman, 15, Beit Yisrael, Jerusalem. The youngest of nine siblings.

* Elisheva Meshulami, 16, Bnei Brak. Youngest of eight children. Her mother was also wounded.

* Chava Rechnitzer, 19, from Bnei Brak; engaged to be married two months from now, survived by parents and 12 siblings.

* Miriam Eisenstein, 20, from Bnei Brak - volunteered with the elderly and Down Syndrome children

* Lilach Kardi, 22, Jerusalem - in her 9th month of pregnancy, mother of a 1-year-old son, and caretaker of her orphan brother

* Menachem Leibel, 24, from the Bucharim neighborhood of Jerusalem - a charity-organization volunteer, survived by parents and six siblings. "He visited the Kotel [Western Wall] every day," his brother said.

* Rabbi Eliezer Weissfish, 42, from Ramat Shlomo, Jerusalem. Described as a "righteous and humble, and a man of chessed [deeds of kindness]."

* Rabbi Yaakov Binder, 50, from the Shumel HaNavi section of Jerusalem. Father of seven, head of the Kashrut Department of the Jerusalem Religious Council. Was killed while walking outside the bus.

* Liba Schwartz, 54, Jerusalem. Mother of five and grandmother of 11, whose custom it was to pray at the Kotel every day.

* Rabbi Chanoch Segal, 65, Bnei Brak, a well-known educator and scholar, survived by wife and 5 children, 20 grandchildren, and 2 great-granddaughters.

* Shmuel Volner, 50, from Jerusalem. Together with his brother, he ran the Keter book store in Meah She'arim. His son's wedding is scheduled for six weeks from now.

* Tzipora Dushinsky, 50, from Jerusalem

* an unidentified foreign worker