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Hasidic singer, a dozen boys and teenagers, father of 11: All 45 victims of Meron



The identification of all 45 victims of the Meron tragedy has been completed, the Israeli Judicial Institute Abu Kabir said on Sunday morning.

The victims, all men, include brothers, 9-year-olds, young fathers and rabbis. At least two families have lost many children.

Among the victims of the fatal crushing caused by overcrowding in a narrow path are 10 foreign nationals: six Americans, a British citizen, two Canadians and an Argentine.

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The incident, which took place early Friday during the Lag B’Omer festival celebrations, is the deadliest civilian disaster in the country.

Police said Sunday that a man who took part in the pilgrimage was still missing and had asked the public for help in finding him: Iht Haim Yitzchak, 39, was last seen at 8:30 p.m. in Mount Meron. He is 6 feet 1

(185 centimeters), thin and bearded.

Dozens were buried on Friday, but funerals were suspended on Saturday, Friday night through Saturday night.

The Abu Kabir Judicial Institute said in a statement Sunday morning that it had completed the grim task of identifying all 45 victims by midnight.

By morning, 44 of the bodies had been released for burial, and the latter, at the request of the family, was to be released later in the day, the statement said.

Chen Kugel, director of the institute, said the identification process is delicate, with the institute having to balance its professional responsibilities with the needs of grieving families.

“A catastrophe of this magnitude requires very complex assessments by the institute’s staff. The need and demand of the families to complete the process quickly was understandable and we acted accordingly, but we did not compromise on the professional steps required to do so. I would like to express my condolences to the families, “he said in a statement.

People gather in front of the home of the victim of the defeat of Meron, in the city of Bnei Brak, on April 30, 2021 (Flash90)

Among the victims were people whose families live abroad, which further complicates the process. Six of the victims are American citizens and one is from Argentina. Two were Canadians.

The following is a complete list of the 45 victims.

Menachem Cekbach

Menachem Zeckbach, 24, of Modin Illit, was buried Friday afternoon in his hometown of Bnei Brak. He survived his pregnant wife and their 1-year-old child.

Menachem Zakbach, 24, of Modiin Illit, was killed in a mountain crash. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Simcha Diskind

Simcha Diskind, 23, of Beit Shemesh, was buried in Haifa on Friday. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

Simcha Diskind, 23, of Beit Shemesh, was killed in a mountain crash. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Shraga Gestner

Rabbi Shraga Gestetner from Montreal, Canada, came to Israel for the Lag B’Omer celebrations. A famous singer in the Hasidic world, he was buried in Jerusalem on Friday afternoon, but no close family was present in Israel. Hundreds turned up at the funeral to make up for his family’s absence abroad.

A member of the Hasidic sect Squareer, he survived by his wife and five children. In recent years he has lived in Monsie, New York.

Montreal’s Shraga Gestetner was killed during a fatal crash in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021 (screenshot: YouTube)

Shimon Matalon

Shimon Matalon, 38, of Beitar Illit, survived his 11 children.

Shimon Matalon, 38, of Beitar Illit, was killed in a mountain crash. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Jedidiah Hayut

Edidia, 13, was from Bnei Brak. He came to the event with his family.

Yedidia Hayut, 13 of Bnei Brak, killed during the deadly attack in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

David Kraus

David Kraus, 33, of Beit Shemesh, survived by nine children.

Moshe Bergman

Moshe Bergman, 24, was from Manchester, England. He studied in the Yeshiva World and lived in Jerusalem.

Moshe Bergman, 24, was killed in love with Meron (courtesy)

Chaimian rock

Chaim Rock, 19, was from the central city of Beit Shemesh.

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Israel Anaqua, 24, of Beit Shemesh, survived her two children.

Yisrael Anakvah, 24 of Beit Shemesh, killed during the fatal crash in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Elijah Cohen

Elijah Cohen, 16, was from Beitar Illit.

Elijah Cohen, 16, killed in crushing Meron (courtesy)

Hanoch Slod

Enoch Slod, 52, was from Ashdod.

Hanoh Slod, 52, of Ashdod, was killed in a deadly attack in the mountains. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Elazar Mordechai Goldberg

Elazar Mordechai Goldberg, 37, of Beitar Illit, had four children.

Elazar Mordechai Goldberg, 37, of Beitar Illit, was killed in a deadly mountain attack. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Moshe Ben Shalom

Moshe Ben Shalom, 20, was from Bnei Brak.

Moshe Ben-Shalom, 20, of Bnei Brak, was killed during a deadly attack in the mountains. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Edidia Vogel

Yedidia Vogel from Jerusalem studied at a yeshiva in the central city of Ramat Gan.

Yedidia Vogel, 22, of Jerusalem, was killed in a deadly mountain attack. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Jonathan in Hebron

Rabbi Jonathan Hebrony is the father of three children from the city of Givat Shmuel.

Jonathan Hebrony of Givat Shmuel was killed during the silence in the mountains. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Moshe and Joseph David Elhadad

Brothers Moshe Mordechai Elhadad, 12, and Joseph David Elhadad, 18, are residents of Jerusalem.

Brothers Moshe Mordechai Elhadad on the right and Yosef David Elhadad were killed during the deadly attack in the mountains. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy) courtesy)

Yeshoshua and Moshe Nathan Neta Englard

Brothers Moshe Nathan Neta Englard, 14, and Yeshoua Englard, 9, were from Jerusalem.

14-year-old Moshe Nathan Neta Englard and 9-year-old Yeshua Englard were from Jerusalem. (courtesy)

Chaim seller

Chaim Seller, 24, of Jerusalem, survived his wife and 2-week-old daughter.

Chaim Seller, 24, of Jerusalem, was killed in a deadly mountain attack. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Yehuda Leib Rubin

Yehuda Leib Rubin, 27, was from Beit Shemesh.

Yehuda Leib Rubin, 27, of Beit Shemesh, was killed during a deadly attack in the mountains. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Shmuel Zvi Klagsbald

Shmuel Zvi Klagsbald, 43, survived by eight children.

Shmuel Zvi Klagsbald, 43, who was killed in the crushing of Meron (courtesy)

Joseph Amram Tauber

Joseph Amram Tauber, 19, of Monsie, New York, was a student at the Brisk Yeshiva. A relative said he went to Israel to attend the yeshiva “for the first time last week.”

Daniel (Donnie) Maurice

Donnie Morris, 19, of Teaneck, New Jersey. Donnie attended the event with a group from the Shaalvim yeshiva, where he was a student.

Daniel (Donnie) Morris was killed during a deadly crash in the mountains. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Moshe Levy

Moshe Levy was 14 from Bnei Brak.

14-year-old Moshe Levy, who was killed in the crushing of Meron (courtesy)

Joseph Yehuda Levy

Yosef Yehuda Levy was 17 from Rechasim near Haifa.

Joseph Yehuda Levy, 17, who was killed in the crushing of Meron (courtesy)

Nachman Kirschbaum

Nahman Kirschbaum, 15, was from Beit Shemesh.

Nahman Kirschbaum, 15, of Beit Shemesh, was killed during a deadly attack in the mountains. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Ariel Tsadik

Ariel Tsadik was 57 years old from Jerusalem.

Ariel Tsadik, 57, of Jerusalem, was killed in a deadly mountain attack. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Rabbi Eliezer Zvi Yosif

Rabbi Eliezer Zvi Joseph, 26, is the father of four children from Kiryas Joel, New York. Satmar Hasid, he was the father of four children.

Abraham Daniel Ambon

Abraham Daniel Ambon, 21, was an Argentine who studied at a yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Abraham Daniel Ambon, 21, of Argentina, was killed in a deadly attack in the mountains. Meron on April 30, 2021 (courtesy)

Dubi Steinmetz

Duby Steinmetz, 21, was from Canada.

21-year-old Dubi Steinmetz, who was killed in the crushing of Meron (courtesy)

Ishai Mualem

Ishai Muallem, 17, was from Rechasim near Haifa.

Yishai Mualem, 17, who was killed in the crushing of Meron (courtesy)

Yosef Mastorov

Yosef Mastorov, 18, was from Ramla.

Yosef Mastorov, 18, who was killed in the crushing of Meron (courtesy)

Joseph Greenbaum

Josef Greenbaum, 22, was from Haifa.

Joseph Greenbaum, 22, who was killed in the crushing of Meron (courtesy)

Eliezer Yitzhak Koltai

Eliezer Yitzchak Koltai, 13, was from Jerusalem. He lived in Pasaik, New Jersey, before moving to Israel with his family.

13-year-old Eliezer Yitzhak Koltai, who was killed in the crushing of Meron (courtesy)

Menachem Noblowitz

Menachem Noblovitz, 22, of Borrow Park, Brooklyn. He was engaged to a young woman from Lakewood, New Jersey, according to social media.

Menachem Noblovitz, 22, of Borough Park, Brooklyn, was killed in Meron’s disaster (courtesy)

Elkana Shiloh

Elkana Shiloh, 28, was a resident of Jerusalem.

Elkana Shiloh, 28, who was killed in the crushing of Meron (courtesy)

Elazar Gefner

Elazar Gefner, 52, was a resident of Jerusalem.

Yossi Kon

Yossi Kon, 21, of Cleveland, Ohio, was a student at Yeshiva Mir Yerushalaim.

Yossi Kon, 21, who was killed in Meron’s deadly lubricant (courtesy)

Shlomo Zalman Leibovitz

19-year-old Shlomo Zalman Leibovitz is a resident of Safed.

19-year-old Shlomo Zalman Leibovitz from Safed was killed in Meron’s deadly lubricant (courtesy)

Moshe tsarfati

Moshe Tsarfati, 65, was from Jerusalem. He survived by four children and 25 grandchildren.

Moshe Carfatti, 65, killed in Lag B’Omer Meron’s deadly grease (courtesy)

Ariel Ahdut

Ariel Ahdut, 20, was from Jerusalem and studying at a yeshiva in Tel Aviv.

Chicken Doron

Hen Doron, 41, is a resident of Holon.

Mordecai Fakata

Mordechai Fakata, 24, of the Satmar Hasidic sect, was the father of two children.

Mordechai Fakata, 24, who was killed in the crushing of Meron (courtesy)

Jacob Elkanan Starkowski

Jacob Elkan Starkowski, 20, of Hellas, was a yeshiva student in Jerusalem.

Jacob Elchanan Starkovski, 20, killed in crushing Meron (courtesy)

On Sunday, Israel began a day of mourning for the victims, ordered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The flags were lowered to half-staff at the official residence of the Knesset and President Reuven Rivlin, and ceremonies were expected at Knesset and army bases. The cabinet meeting scheduled for Sunday was canceled. Concerts and sporting events were postponed. And the school system in Jerusalem has announced that it will dedicate its education on Sunday to the tragedy.

New York Jewish Week through the JTA contributed to this report.




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