Families search for a safe haven

While her son was locked out of the neighborhood bomb shelter in Safed, Sarah was worrying in J'lem.

By JENNY MERKIN, YAEL WOLYNETZ
July 14, 2006 03:39
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While her son was locked out of the neighborhood bomb shelter in Safed, Sarah Rubenstein was worrying in Jerusalem after having gone there to help her daughter plan her wedding. Rubenstein, a resident of Safed for 26 years, heard about Hizbullah's attacks on Wednesday and quickly phoned her son, Gavriel, and asked him to join the rest of his family in Jerusalem. Gavriel refused to come to Jerusalem because he didn't want to leave the family dog and because he felt that it would be safer in Safed, after all, "the attacks always happen in Jerusalem," his mother recounted. On Wednesday, Gavriel managed to convince his mother to come back to Safed, but when the Katyusha rockets hit nearby Mount Meron early Thursday, he told her to remain in Jerusalem. When news of the Katyusha rocket attacks in Safed reached Sarah, she was unsure of her son's whereabouts. Her worst fear was the thought that in an emergency situation the bomb shelter would be locked. It turns out that Gavriel had been locked out of the nearby shelter and had to wait for the police to open it. The shelters were locked because they hadn't been used for so long and no one expected they would be needed. Gavriel is now on his way to Jerusalem to join his family, despite his fears that access would be limited.

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