Tal's Life Story...
Tal was born on June 7th 1985 in The Carmel Hospital, Haifa. Tal
was the first born child to Orly and Ron Kehrmann, as well as, Dror’s
She was incredibly friendly. She had a lot of friends from different
streams of life. She had sensitivity to others’ feelings. Her friends
say that when she saw somebody hurt, she took special consideration
in supporting and encouraging him. Because she was so friendly,
she was the one who made a connection between individual friends
and society. In her world of friends, there were a lot of new immigrants.
Tal was a very sensitive teenager and did everything she could to
avoid hurting a weaker person’s feelings.
Her sensitivity towards mankind also applied to her interaction
with animals. She loved animals, especially cats. At the age of
three, she had a cat that she really loved. And at a later age,
she fell in love with camels. Her room was filled with all kinds
of stuffed animals. There were especially many kinds of camels.
There was even a warning sign that said, “Camel Crossing!” She received
it as a gift from a friend’s father who designed warning signs.
Tal loved to read Literature both in English and in Hebrew. The
last book that she had not yet finished, was Lord of the rings in
English. She knew English very well. Of all the books that she loved
to read, she especially liked the stories of Etgar Keret. She met
him in a Book Festival in June, 2002. Etgar autographed her book
and wrote: “Dear Tal, Lots of books and lots of life…”
In addition to her appreciation of literature, she loved to watch
the science and music channels. She knew all the words to numerous
songs. If one picked any random song she surely knew all the words,
both in English and in Hebrew.
Tal knew how to balance between the rebellious teenage behavior
and the maturity that adults expected of her. On one hand she was
a little girl—she loved dolls, and illustrated cartoon characters.
On the other hand, she was very mature. One could see this in her
behavior and conversations that she had with others. Her homeroom
teacher said that she conducted a lesson about the end of the year
events. She recommended as an end of the year project, to improve
the external look of campus—a little garden with grass and water.
In 11th grade, a year before the explosion, a month after the Twin
Towers Terrorist attack, Tal was sent to represent “Ironi Hey School”
in a delegation to Boston from the city of Haifa. She was chosen,
because of her outstanding ability to connect with others.
In preparation for the draft to the Israeli army, Tal went through
a series of tests to volunteer her service in a combat unit. She
was supposed to start her army service on December 16th 2003.
Tal was killed on March 5th, 2003 in the bus bomb explosion, number
37, on Moriah Blvd, Haifa. On that day, after school she met her
friend to plan the end of the year events. They both went downtown
to buy some things for this occasion. From downtown, they got a
call from their friends to come up to the Carmel.
Tal and her friend, Liz Katzman, were killed on the bus up to the
Tal died three months before her 18th birthday.
were taken by Tal's good friend - Liz Katsman - who died with Tal
at the bus
Tal and Liz