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Lag Ba’omer: These are the victims of the Mount Meron stampede

CM 30/04/2021

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At least 45 people were killed on Thursday night after a stampede broke out as massive crowds gathered for the Mount Meron religious bonfire-lighting ceremony to mark the holiday of Lag Ba’omer.Below is a list of the victims, published by haredi (ultra-Orthodox) news sites Bhadrei Haredim, Kikar Hashabat and The Yeshiva World. The list will continue to be updated, as not all of the victims have been identified. 

To date, 32 victims of the disaster have been identified, the Forensic Institute said at around 7:15 p.m. on Friday. Of them, 22 were released for burial. By order of the Chief Rabbi of Israel, no more bodies would be released until after Shabbat.

At least four of the deceased are US citizens, the Foreign Ministry said.US President Joe Biden said that the US embassy and State Department will provide all necessary support to their families. 

Israel’s Population Authority has opened a direct line of contact for first-degree family members of those injured during the Mount Meron disaster, which would ease the bureaucratic process of visiting Israel if the family members live abroad, Ynet news reported on Friday.
The authority stated that as part of the initiative, the requests must be sent through the Border Control Administration at the e-mail address: harigim-natbag@piba.gov.il 

Rabbi Eliezer Tzvi Joseph, 26, was a Satmar hassid from the US. He was the father of four children. Menachem Knoblowitz, was also a US citizen from New York, who was engaged only two weeks ago to the daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Chaim Rosemarin from New York. 

Nachman Doniel Morris, 19, from Teaneck, New Jersey.Eliezer Yitzchok Koltai, 13. Formerly from Passaic, New Jersey he lived in Jerusalem.Yossi Cohen, 21, from Cleveland, Ohio, he was a student of Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem.Dov Steinmetz, from Montreal, Canada, and a student of Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Shragi Gestetner, a Skverer hassidic rabbi and musician, arrived in Israel from his hometown of Montreal, Canada to participate in the Lag Ba’omer celebrations. He was the father of six.
Since his family is not in Israel, the general public was asked to show up at 3 p.m. for his funeral. He was buried in the Har Hamenuhot Cemetery. 
Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevitch called on the public to attend the funeral: “With a heavy and hurting heart Gestetner’s death was publicized. We will not leave him alone in his last moments.”Avrohom Daniel Ambon, 21, from Argentina and a student of Heichal Yitzchak Yeshiva.Yosef Yehuda Levi, 17, and Yishai Me’ulam, 17, from Rekhasim. They had travelled together as friends to Mount Meron, and were killed together.Two sons of Rabbi Yitzchak Mendel Englard, a Bobov hassid from Jerusalem, were killed as well. Yehoshua Englander, 9, and Moshe Natan Englander, 14, both of Jerusalem. 
Rabbi Yisrael Alnakvah, 24, from Beit Shemesh was the father of two. 
Rabbi  Menachem Asher Zeckbach, 24, was a yeshiva student living in Modi’in Illit. His funeral took place Friday and began at his parents’ home in Bnei Brak. 
Chaim Rock was a yeshiva student from Beit Shemesh who was studying in the Mir Yeshiva in Modi’in Illit. 
Yosef Amram Tauber was a resident of Monsey, New York, who came to the Brisk Yeshiva in Jerusalem to study. 
Eliahu Cohen, 16, was a Breslov hassid from Betar Illit and a student of the Heichal Avraham Yeshiva.
Rabbi Shimon Matlon, 37, was a Talmud Torah teacher in Beitar. 
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Diskind, 23, was a well-known Gur hassid living in Beit Shemesh. 
Rabbi Chanoch Solod, 52, was also a Gur hassid, from Ashdod, where his funeral took place before Shabbat. 
Rabbi Eliezar Mordechai Goldberg, 37, was a Szydlowiec hassid from Betar Illit, and a Talmud Torah teacher. He was the father of four children. Moshe Ben Shalom, 21, was a student at the Ponovitz Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. Yedida Asher Fogel, 22, was a student of the Hesder Yeshiva in Ramat Gan, originally from Kiryat Moshe in Jerusalem, who was living in Givat Shmuel before the accident.Moshe Mordechai Elchad-Sharf, 12, and his brother Yosef Dovid, 18, from Jerusalem. 

Rabbi Chaim Ozer Seller, 24, was the father of a girl and resident of the Neve Ya’akov neighborhood of Jerusalem. He was a graduate of the Ponevezh Yeshiva. 
Rabbi David Krause, 33, father of nine, resident of Beit Shemesh.
Rabbi Yehuda Leib Rubin, 27, from Beit Shemesh, father of three children.
Rabbi Shmuel Zvi Klagsbald, 34, from Beitar Illit, a Torah scholar at Maor Einayim.
Moshe Levy, 14, from Bnei Brak, a Talmud Torah student. 
Nachman Kirshbaum, 15, from Beit Shemesh.Rabbi Yonoson Chevroni a student at Givat Shmuel, and father to three children.Elazar Gefner, 52.  He was one of the most important hassidim of Dzikov Vizhnitz, from Jerusalem.Yaakov Elchanan Strakovsky, 20, a student of Be’er Yisrael Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. Yosef Mastorov, 26, a student of Yeshiva Rinah Shel Torah, from Carmiel.Rabbi Ariel Tzadik, 56, from Jerusalem.Rabbi Yosef Greenbaum 22, from Haifa.Yedidyia Chiyuis.Elkanah Shila, 29, of Jerusalem.
Some of the victims were to be buried in the Mount of Olives cemetery and the rest in the Har Hamenuhot cemetery, the Jerusalem Municipality announced. 
The bodies of the deceased were moved from Mount Meron to the L. Greenberg Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir for identification by families who had not yet managed to find their relatives. 
Police blocked off traffic to open up the space for the families to arrive easily, and a tent was set up for them outside of the building.The government declared a national day of mourning on Sunday, May 2. Flags will flown at half mast.
President Reuven Rivlin launched a campaign at the President’s Residence on Friday to help families find their loved ones. 
Rivlin lit 45 candles on Friday afternoon to commemorate the 45 fatalities from Mount Meron reported at the time. 
President Reuven Rivlin lighting 45 candles in honor of the victims from Mount Meron, April 30, 2021. (Credit: MARK NEYMAN/GPO)President Reuven Rivlin lighting 45 candles in honor of the victims from Mount Meron, April 30, 2021. (Credit: MARK NEYMAN/GPO)
“This is the time to hug the families and to help them find their loved ones – to cry together,” he said. “This is a hard and painful day. This tragedy is heartbreaking.” 
The President’s Residence campaign will continue into Shabbat: +972-2-6707211

Source: Jerusalem Post

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