Terrorism leaves enormous holes in the hearts of loved ones. This story is heartbreaking. But it is also so quite inspiring. Following the stage of mourning, this young woman decided to continue in the path of her amazing father and sister who were killed together in a Cafe in Jerusalem.
Dr. Applebaum and his daughter Nava went out to a cafe in Jerusalem to chat before Nava’s upcoming wedding. A terrorist cut both of their lives short – just one day before their wedding date. Dr. Applebaum was generally at his post in the Shaarei Tzedek hospital whenever there was a terrorist attack. He was the head of the Emergency Medicine Unit. But this time, he didn’t show.
Dr. Applebaum had not just run the unit. He transformed it. In addition, he set up an organization called Terem – that basically kept the emergency rooms free from non-emergencies. This organization now has branches all over the country. It truly has changed the face of the medical system in all of Israel. More than 1 million people use Terem every year.
The young bride-to-be had volunteered and worked with children with cancer. She was also very interested in medicine. Her plan was to study chemistry or genetics and work on a cure for cancer.
Her wedding gown now adorns the covering of the Torah Ark at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem. The skirt of the wedding gown was formed into a wedding canopy for other couples to use at their weddings.
May her sister serve as an inspiration for all who combat the effects of terrorism.