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She returned home, health s'g ments have taken her u,| Mara Tamaroff will turn 21 restored, only to pick up her lengthandbreadthoftheW, nextmonth,butherfacewears high school diploma, opting Bank as part of the IDFs thesobrietyofoneyearsolder, in September 2000to remain eration Defensive Shid | A former gymnast who re- in the Jewish state and enroll which sought to uproot tg| covered from a broken back, at Hebrew University. rorist infrastructure there.] the U.S.-born Tamarofftalked WhentheIntifadabrokeoutShe snapped pictures du '| her way into the Israel De- weekslater, Tamaroffwasvol- ing last year's spring in f'[ fenseForcestobecomeitsfirst unteering at Tel Hashomer sion into Jenin, deemedtl | woman combat photographer Hospital just outside of Tel too hazardous for the pr | a year ago. Aviv. She and a friendwatched due to booby trapped ho | She occupies a reserved seat in horror as the first casual- and alleys 1 on the helicopter of IDF Chief ties, both Palestinians and Is- Her camera has also beck| of Staff Lt.-Gen. Mosheraelis, were wheeled in. on call to record the aiR!'| Ya'alon, for whom she serves Months later, on a bus in mathofsuicidebombingsst | as a personal photographer, the Jordan Valley, Tamaroff as those at Moment Caf "On the one hand, I feel wouldescapeinjuryinabomb- March, the Otniei sernin ,| like a tourist in the Israeli ing in a snack shop nearby, lastDecemberandtheoldTP[ army because every couple of Everyone in the restaurantwas Aviv bus station in JanUaff'| days, I'm somewhere else," wounded. Later on, Tamaroff These assignments are said Tamaroff, a slim, soft- said she and a friend helped toughest, the corporal saY [ spoken woman, in an inter- throw a birthday party for two "You see that one pictU k view last week, adding, "I'm of those who barely escaped andyou really feeltheshock f like the eyes of the Israeli death, the moment,because so [ army." Her shots of battle and On her winter break from times you can t explain so suicide bombings have ap- the university, she and her thing like that with word i peared in Israeli newspapers roommate volunteered toshesaid. such as the Jerusalem Post work at an army base near During just over a year and Ha'aretz. Beersheva, which led Tamaroff service, Tamaroff was Pt i On leave from the IDF, to enlist in a combat unit. But motedtoofficeroverherPCe | Tamaroffwas in the Washing- the IDF refused her at first, in the photography unit, '| ton area as part of a national based on her health history, and women alike. I tour by 14 Israeli military and "I said to the officer that I'm "I get to go places I'd ne '| police officers hosted by State staying there until they draft dreamed of going to sit of Israel Bonds. me and I started crying," on meetings with tl e chidd| The young woman from Tamaroff recalled, staffand [Israeli Prime Hini l Doylestown, Pa grew up a The military establishment terAriel]Sharon'ssittingtl | Reform Jew, with a passion for softenedandtheyoungwoman and the defense minister," photography, which she stud- was placed in a special volun- said."I'm rightwhere it startS. | led in high school, and mini- teer program for people with While thrilled with her rolei | n't mal attachment to her tell- disabilities, whoshareamodi- the IDF, Tamaroffdoes | gion. fled basic training, news photography as a lang.[ That changed for her at 16, She had to fight for a place- term career compatible wit | when a first trip to Israel for menttomatchheraspirations, family life. ,| her brother's bar mitzvah cel- "They wanted me to be a"I live with two cell pho | ebration piqued her interest, secretary, but I said 'No way, I and a beeper - and I'm on About ayear later, however, want to be in the field.'" After 24/7," she lamented. Tamaroffwas fiat on her back just two months as an 6ffice the middle of a movie;, convalescingfromthesurgery worker in the IDF theysend me to Nablus. that repaired her spine, bro- spokesperson's unit, she was she expects to keep her ca i ken in gymnastics, chosen for the photography eraand her uniform untilrld Meanwhile, an immune de- unit. But another roadblock January, when she hope ficiency virus had attacked emerged: by tradition, women continue her studies at He both her thyroid gland and took theceremonialpictures, brew University, withavie eyes. men the combat stills, going into advertising pho ' "TheytoldmeI'dbeblindinTamaroffrefused toaccept raphy. twoyearsifthemedicinedidn't the status qua. Back home in DoylestO work," she recalled. "I had a To prove her mettle, she Tamaroff's parents worry reailybadyear, butthosetrau- joinedatroopofinfantrytrain- kvellas theystay intouchO! mas led me to think more se- ees for a 40-mile hike, taking phone, says theiradventur riously about the meaning photos along the way. oflife, the preciousness oflife." "The colonel of Gaza heard Backin high school, her brush I did the march and gave m'e a with illness had put her out of purple beret," said Tamaroff, sync with her peers. Moved to fishing outa picture of the two see Israel again while she togethersportingthehats, the could, she flew there with a emblem of the IDF's Givati daughter. . "They're nervous they're proud," said Tarnar i | "They understand what .l j| pened to me in the hospice| that I needed to do someth o [ that I felt had meaning." HDS third-graders make their own pizza The Hebrew Day School third grade classes of Penny Gold and Jennifer Disch a fun tour to Piz ert'a Uno in Lake Mary on March 5. Servers Kate Smith and A nl Oatridge were their tour guides as they made their own personal pizzas. This was of the third grade "Health and Nutrition Unit." They toured the entire kitchen arta reviewS, the Food Pyramid, which they had learned about in class. Needless to saY, entire class truly enjoyed this trip and will now have suggestions to their parents the importance of pizza in their diet.