Devorah Friedman
Efrat Local Council Memorial for Soldiers and Victims of Terror Back to main page
Click for Hebrew

Devorah Friedman

"Piha patcha bechochma vetorat chesed al leshona"

"She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue"

(Proverbs 31:26)

On March 5, 2002, Devorah and her husband Yonah were on their way to work. As they were driving on the road that connects Efrat and Gush Etzion to Jerusalem, several terrorists opened fire on their car near Neve Daniel. Devorah was killed instantly, and Yonah was lightly injured. Her funeral took place just a few hours later. Yonah was taken to the funeral on a stretcher, and was later returned to the hospital for surgery.

The Friedman's moved to Efrat about fifteen years ago. The drive between Efrat and Jerusalem was very familiar to Devorah, as she drove it every day to the office in Jerusalem where she worked as a dental assisstant. The Friedman's had four children: Shlomo (23), Amichai (19), Nesia (16) and Eliraz (9). Devorah is the fourth person from Efrat, a city of over 7000 residents, to be killed by terrorists. In the past year three others were killed in shootings: Baruch Cohen, Sara Blaustein and Esther Alvan.

Devorah was 12 when her family made aliya. Devorah went to Bnei Akiva in Ba'it Vagan, a neighborhood in Jerusalem. In Sherut Leumi she worked with retarded children. After marrying Yonah they lived in Kiryat Arba for nine years before moving to Efrat in 1987.

Devorah was an extraordinary wife and mother. She raised her kids according to the Pasuk: "Chanoch lana'ar al pi darko." She ran the family and the household efficiently with much caring and consideration for everyone's needs. Devorah always acted according to her conscience and faith without being deterred.