The victims of the Meron tragedy include 2 sets of brothers, father of 11 children, 6 US citizens
As the names and photos of the victims of the Mount Meron tragedy emerged on Friday, and some families rushed to bury their dead before the Sabbath began, others were still frantically trying to establish whether their loved ones were among the victims.
As of Saturday evening, at least 42 of the 45 confirmed victims of the tragedy had been identified and their families informed. But the identification process was underway and the task of naming all victims and informing all families should be extended.
Officials said they run multiple checks to make sure there aren’t any errors. As of Saturday evening, 34 bodies were handed over to their families for burial.
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At least two families have lost several children.
Some families learned of the deaths of loved ones on WhatsApp, according to Channel 12 News, which quoted an anonymous woman who learned of the death of her 33-year-old brother in a group about efforts to locate the missing. She told the network that she had not yet been contacted by any official source.
Among the victims were people whose families live abroad, further complicating the process. Six of the victims had US citizenship and one was Argentinian. Two were Canadian.
Menahem Zeckbach, 24, from Modiin Illit, was buried on Friday afternoon in his hometown of Bnei Brak. He is survived by his pregnant wife and their 1 year old child.
Simcha Diskind, 23, from 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 specifically for the Lag B’Omer celebrations. He was buried in Jerusalem on Friday afternoon; with no immediate family in Israel to attend the funeral, hundreds of people who did not know him answered the call to attend.
A member of the Skverer Hasidic sect, he is survived by his wife and five children. For the past few years he has been living in Monsey, New York.
Shimon Matalon, 38, of Beitar Illit, is survived by his eleven children.
Yedidia, 13, was from Bnei Brak. He came to the event with his family.
David Krauss, 33, from the town of Beit Shemesh, is survived by nine children.
Moshe Bergman, 24, was from Manchester, England. He was studying in the Mir Yeshiva and living in Jerusalem.
Haim Rock, 19, was from the central town of Beit Shemesh.
Yisrael Anakvah, 24, of Beit Shemesh is survived by her two children.
Eliyahu Cohen, 16, was from Beiter Illit.
Hanoch Slod, 52, was from Ashdod.
Elazar Mordechai Goldberg
Elazar Mordechai Goldberg, 37, of Beitar Illit is survived by his four children.
Moshe ben shalom
Moshe Ben Shalom, 20, was from Bnei Brak.
Yedidya Fogel of Jerusalem studied in a yeshiva in the central city of Ramat Gan.
Rabbi Yonatan Hebroni was a father of three from the town of Givat Shmuel.
Moshe Mordechai Elhadad, 12, and Yosef David Elhadad, 18, resided in Jerusalem.
Moshe Natan Neta Englard, 14, and Yehoshua Englard, 9, were from Jerusalem.
Haim Seler, 24, of Jerusalem is survived by 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, is survived by eight children.
Yaakov Elhanan Strikovsky
Yaakov Elhanan Strikovsky, 20, was from Elad.
Yosef Amram Tauber
Yosef Amram Tauber, 19, from Monsey, was a student at Brisk yeshiva. A relative said he went to Israel to attend the yeshiva “for the first time last week”.
Daniel (Donny) Morris
Donny Morris, 19, of Teaneck, New Jersey. Donny had attended the event with a group of Shaalvim Yeshiva where he was a student.
Moshe Levy was 14, from Bnei Brak.
Yosef Yehuda Levy
Yosef Yehuda Levy was 17, from Rekhasim near Haifa
Nahman Kirshbaum, 15, was from Beit Shemesh.
Ariel Tzadik was 57 years old from Jerusalem.
Rabbi Eliezer Tzvi Joseph
Rabbi Eliezer Tzvi Joseph, 26, was a father of four from Kiryas Joel, New York. Satmar Hasid, he was the father of four children.
Abraham Daniel Ambon
Abraham Daniel Ambon, 21, was an Argentinian student in a yeshiva in Jerusalem.
Dubi Steinmetz, 21, was from Canada.
Yishai Mualem, 17, was from Rekhasim near Haifa
Yosef Mastorov, 18, was from Ramla.
Yosef Greenbaum, 22, was from Haifa.
Eliezer Yitzhak Koltai
Eliezer Yitzchak Koltai, 13, was from Jerusalem. He had lived in Passaic, New Jersey, before settling in Israel with his family.
Menachem Knoblowitz, 22, of Borough Park, Brooklyn. He was engaged to a young woman from Lakewood, New Jersey, according to social media.
Elkana Shiloh, 28, resided in Jerusalem.
Elazar Gefner, 52, resident of Jerusalem.
Yossi Kohn, 21, of Cleveland, Ohio, was a student at Mir Yerushalayim Yeshiva.
Shlomo Zalman Leibowitz
Shlomo Zalman Leibowitz, 19, resident of Safed.
Moshe Tzarfai, 65, was from Jerusalem. He is survived by four children, 25 grandchildren.
Ariel Achdut, 20, was from Jerusalem.
Doron Hen, 41, resided in Holon.