Anita Griffel made aliya from Canada in 1971. She was working on her doctorate in sociology at the Hebrew University and was on the staff of the Histadrut Executive Committee. During a Sukkot holiday trip to Sinai with her five-year-old daughter and friends in October 1985, she and six other Israeli tourists were shot and killed by a crazed Egyptian soldier at Ras Burka. When the shooting began, she protected her young daughter Tal and saved her life by literally covering the child's body with her own. She was later remembered by friends and co-workers at a memorial seminar at the University.