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Survivor gives account of 2001 Jerusalem pizzeria bombing, Feb. 24

Rabbi Binny Freedman, survivor of the August 2001 suicide bombing attack in Jerusalem, will present a lecture titled "Inside the Cauldron: A Survivor's Account of the Jerusalem Sbarro's Pizzeria Bombing" at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Originally from New York, Freedman is educational director of Isralight, a Jewish education/outreach program. "Walking into Sbarro's, there is a larger area for sitting in the front, but the back looked a bit cooler and quieter, so I decided to grab a seat in the back," he wrote. "That decision saved my life."

Freedman is an ordained rabbi, a storyteller and a musician, as well as an Israeli Defense Forces company commander. His weekly thoughts on Judaism and spirituality reach thousands of people around the world. He speaks about his harrowing experience, the trauma of Sept. 11 and other instances of terror in a spiritual and holistic manner, trying to find some message behind the violence.

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs , Center for Jewish Life , International Center , Program in Near Eastern Studies , Program in Jewish Studies and Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students . After the lecture, there will be an opportunity for discussion at the Center for Jewish Life.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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