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.
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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.
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 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.
Simcha Diskind, 23, of Beit Shemesh, was buried in Haifa on Friday. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
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.
Shimon Matalon, 38, of Beitar Illit, survived his 11 children.
Edidia, 13, was from Bnei Brak. He came to the event with his family.
David Kraus, 33, of Beit Shemesh, survived by nine children.
Moshe Bergman, 24, was from Manchester, England. He studied in the Yeshiva World and lived in Jerusalem.
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.
Elijah Cohen, 16, was from Beitar Illit.
Enoch Slod, 52, was from Ashdod.
Elazar Mordechai Goldberg
Elazar Mordechai Goldberg, 37, of Beitar Illit, had four children.
Moshe Ben Shalom
Moshe Ben Shalom, 20, was from Bnei Brak.
Yedidia Vogel from Jerusalem studied at a yeshiva in the central city of Ramat Gan.
Jonathan in Hebron
Rabbi Jonathan Hebrony is the father of three children from the city of Givat Shmuel.
Moshe and Joseph David Elhadad
Brothers Moshe Mordechai Elhadad, 12, and Joseph David Elhadad, 18, are residents of Jerusalem.
Yeshoshua and Moshe Nathan Neta Englard
Brothers Moshe Nathan Neta Englard, 14, and Yeshoua Englard, 9, were from Jerusalem.
Chaim Seller, 24, of Jerusalem, survived his wife and 2-week-old daughter.
Yehuda Leib Rubin
Yehuda Leib Rubin, 27, was from Beit Shemesh.
Shmuel Zvi Klagsbald
Shmuel Zvi Klagsbald, 43, survived by eight children.
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.
Moshe Levy was 14 from Bnei Brak.
Joseph Yehuda Levy
Yosef Yehuda Levy was 17 from Rechasim near Haifa.
Nahman Kirschbaum, 15, was from Beit Shemesh.
Ariel Tsadik was 57 years old from Jerusalem.
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.
Duby Steinmetz, 21, was from Canada.
Ishai Muallem, 17, was from Rechasim near Haifa.
Yosef Mastorov, 18, was from Ramla.
Josef Greenbaum, 22, was from Haifa.
Eliezer Yitzhak Koltai
Eliezer Yitzchak Koltai, 13, was from Jerusalem. He lived in Pasaik, New Jersey, before moving to Israel with his family.
Menachem Noblovitz, 22, of Borrow Park, Brooklyn. He was engaged to a young woman from Lakewood, New Jersey, according to social media.
Elkana Shiloh, 28, was a resident of Jerusalem.
Elazar Gefner, 52, was a resident of Jerusalem.
Yossi Kon, 21, of Cleveland, Ohio, was a student at Yeshiva Mir Yerushalaim.
Shlomo Zalman Leibovitz
19-year-old Shlomo Zalman Leibovitz is a resident of Safed.
Moshe Tsarfati, 65, was from Jerusalem. He survived by four children and 25 grandchildren.
Ariel Ahdut, 20, was from Jerusalem and studying at a yeshiva in Tel Aviv.
Hen Doron, 41, is a resident of Holon.
Mordechai Fakata, 24, of the Satmar Hasidic sect, was the father of two children.
Jacob Elkanan Starkowski
Jacob Elkan Starkowski, 20, of Hellas, was a yeshiva student in Jerusalem.
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.