At least 45 people were killed on Thursday night after a stampede broke out as massive crowds gathered at the Mount Meron religious bonfire-lighting ceremony for the holiday of Lag Ba’omer, in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “heavy disaster.”
As of Friday morning, the following names have been released:
Reb Shimon Matlun, 37, of Beitar Illit.
Reb Dovid Kraus, 33, of Toldos Aharon. A resident of Beit Shemesh, he is survived by his wife and nine children.
Reb Shragi Gestetner, a Montreal native and known Jewish singer of Monsey, New York.
Reb Yisrael Anakvah, 24, from Beit Shemesh, a father of two.
Reb Simcha Bunim Diskind, 23, from Beit Shemesh.
Reb Menachem Asher Zeckbach, 24, from Kiryat Sefer. He is survived by his wife and newborn daughter.
Reb Eliezer Tzvi Joseph, from Kiryas Joel, Monroe.
Reb Chanoch Slod, 52, from Ashdod.
Reb Eliezer Goldberg, from Beitar Ilit.
Reb Chaim Ozer Seler, 24, of Nevei Yaakov, Yerushalayim.
Reb Yonoson Chevroni of Givat Shmuel.
Reb Yehudah Leib Rubin, of Ramat Gan.
Reb Elazar Gefner.
Reb Chanoch Solad, 52, from Ashdod.
Habachur Chaim Rock, from Beit Shemesh, a talmid of Yeshivas Mir-Brachfeld in Modi’in Ilit.
Habachur Yosef Amram Taub, from Monsey, New York, a talmid in Yeshivas Brisk, Yerushalayim.
Habachur Eliyahu Cohen, 16, from Beitar Ilit, a talmid in Yeshivas Heichal Avraham in Beitar.
Habachur Menachem Knoblovitz, 22, a recently engaged Chosson from Boro Park, Brooklyn, NY.
Habachur Nachman Kirshenbaum, of Beit Shemesh.
Habachur Yedidyah Fogel, Ramat Gan.
Habachur Dov Steinmetz of Montreal, Canada.
Habachur Moshe Levy, 14, of Kiryat Herzog, a talmid of Talmud Torah Imrei Dovid.
Habachur Moshe ben Shalom, of Bnei Brak, a talmid of Yeshivas Ponovezh.
Habachur Yosef Dovid Elhadad, Yeshiva Amalah Shel Torah, Yerushalayim.
Habachur Yaakov Elchanan Strakovsky, 20, a student in Yeshiva Be’er Yisrael.
Habachur Nachman Doniel Morris, 19 of Teaneck, NJ
Reb Shmuel Tzvi Kalgsbard, 43, of Beitar. he was a Rosh Kollel in Rachmastrivka and a Magid Shiur in Yeshivas Meor Einayim.
Moshe Nosson Nota Englard, 14 and his brother Yehoshua Englard9, of Yerushalayim.
Moshe Mordechai Elchad-Sharf, 12, and his brother Yosef Dovid Elchad-Sharf, 18, of Yerushalayim.
Habochur Yosef Yehuda Levi, 17, of Rechasim.
Habochur Yishai Me’ulam, 17.
Habochur Avrohom Daniel Ambon, 21, from Argentinia.
Habochur Elazar Yitzchak (Azi) Koltai, 13, of Yerushalayim, formerly of Passaic, NJ.
Reb Ariel Tzadik, 56, a Lubavitch chossid from Beit Vegan, Yerushalayim.
Reb Yosef Greenbaum, 22, of Haifa.
Habochur Yedidyia Chiyuis
Habochur Yossi Cohen, 21, from Cleveland, and was a Talmid at Mir Yerushalayim.
Habochur Elkanah Shila, 28, of Yerushalayim.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.
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