The identification of all 45 victims from the Mount Meron tragedy has been completed, Israel’s Abu Kabir Forensic Institute said Sunday morning.
The victims, all male, included brothers, children as young as 9, young fathers, and rabbis. At least two families lost multiple children.
Among the victims of the fatal crush caused by overcrowding in a narrow walkway were 10 foreign citizens: six Americans, a British national, two Canadians, and an Argentinian.
The incident, which happened early Friday during celebrations of the Lag B’Omer festival, is the country’s deadliest-ever civilian disaster.
Dozens were buried Friday, but funeral services ceased during the Sabbath, from Friday evening until Saturday nightfall.
The Abu Kabir Forensic Institute said in a statement Sunday morning that by midnight it had completed the grim task of identifying all 45 victims.
By the morning 44 of the bodies had been released for burial and the last, 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 process of identification was delicate, with the institute having to balance its professional duties with the needs of the bereaved families.
“A disaster of this magnitude requires very complex assessments on the part of the institute staff. The need and request of the families for a speedy completion of the process was understandable and we acted in accordance, 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 overseas, further complicating the process. Six of the victims held US citizenship and one was from Argentina. Two were Canadian. One was British.
Following is a full list of the 45 victims.
Menahem Zeckbach, 24, of 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, of Beit Shemesh was buried on Friday in Haifa. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
Rabbi Shraga Gestetner of Montreal, Canada came to Israel for the Lag B’Omer celebrations. A well-known singer in the Hasidic world, he was buried in Jerusalem on Friday afternoon but with no immediate family present in Israel. Hundreds turned out for the funeral to make up for the absence of his family abroad.
A member of the Skverer Hasidic sect, he is survived by his wife and five children. In recent years he had been living in Monsey, New York.
Shimon Matalon, 38, of Beitar Illit is survived by his 11 children.
Yedidia, 13, was from Bnei Brak. He came to the event with his family.
David Krauss, 33, from the city of Beit Shemesh is survived by nine children.
Moshe Bergman, 24, was originally from Manchester, England. He was studying in the Mir Yeshiva and living in Jerusalem.
Haim Rock, 19, was from the central city of Beit Shemesh.
Yisrael Anakvah, 24, from Beit Shemesh is survived by his two children.
Eliyahu Cohen, 16, was from Beitar Illit.
Hanoch 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.
Yedidya Fogel from Jerusalem studied in a yeshiva in the central city of Ramat Gan.
Rabbi Yonatan Hebroni was a father of three from the city of Givat Shmuel.
Moshe and Yosef David Elhadad
Brothers Moshe Mordechai Elhadad, 12, and Yosef David Elhadad, 18, were residents of Jerusalem.
Yehoshua and Moshe Natan Neta Englard
Brothers 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.
Yosef Amram Tauber
Yosef Amram Tauber, 19, of Monsey, New York, was a student at the Brisk yeshiva. A relative said that he left for Israel to attend the yeshiva “for the first time last week.”
Daniel (Donny) Morris
Donny Morris, 19, from Teaneck, New Jersey. Donny had been attending the event with a group from the Shaalvim yeshiva, where he was a student.
Moshe Levy was 14, from Bnei Brak.
Yosef Yehuda Levy
Yosef Yehuda Levy was 17, of Rechasim near Haifa.
Nahman Kirshbaum, 15, was from Beit Shemesh.
Ariel Tzadik was 57, from Jerusalem.
Rabbi Eliezer Tzvi Joseph
Rabbi Eliezer Tzvi Joseph, 26, was a father of four from Kiryas Joel, New York. A Satmar Hasid, he was the father of four children.
Abraham Daniel Ambon
Abraham Daniel Ambon, 21, was an Argentine studying at a yeshiva in Jerusalem.
Dubi Steinmetz, 21, was from Canada.
Yishai Mualem, 17, was from Rechasim near Haifa.
Yosef Mastorov, 18, was from Ramla.
Yosef Greenbaum, 22, was from Haifa.
Elazar Yitzchok Koltai
Elazar Yitzchok Koltai, 13, was from Jerusalem. He had lived in Passaic, New Jersey, before moving to 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, was a resident of Jerusalem.
Elazar Gafner, 52, was a resident of Jerusalem.
Yossi Kohn, 21, of Cleveland, Ohio, was a student at the Mir Yerushalayim yeshiva.
Shlomo Zalman Leibowitz
Shlomo Zalman Leibowitz, 19, was a resident of Safed.
Moshe Tzarfati, 65, was from Jerusalem. He is survived by four children and 25 grandchildren.
Ariel Achdut, 20, was from Jerusalem, and studied at a yeshiva in Tel Aviv.
Chen Doron, 41, was a resident of Holon.
Mordechai Fakata, 24, of the Satmar Hasidic sect, was a father of two.
Yaakov Elchanan Starkovsky
Yaakov Elchanan Starkovsky, 20, from Elad, was a student at a yeshiva in Jerusalem.
On Sunday, Israel began a day of mourning for the victims, ordered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Flags were lowered to half-staff at the Knesset and President Reuven Rivlin’s official residence, and ceremonies were expected at the Knesset and army bases. A cabinet meeting scheduled for Sunday was canceled. Concerts and sports events were postponed. And the Jerusalem school system announced it would dedicate its studies on Sunday to the tragedy.
New York Jewish Week via JTA contributed to this report.