Marla Bennett, 24, from San Diego, California, was killed on July 31, 2002, by the bomb that exploded in the cafeteria at the Hebrew University. Her love for Israel, her desire to understand the country and to learn more about Judaism brought her here almost two years before. She was completing a master’s degree in Jewish Education at the Hebrew University while studying classical Jewish texts at Machon Pardes. Friends described her as a life enhancer, someone who brought sunshine to everyone's lives. She is survived by her parents, Linda and Michael, and a sister.