Funeral procession for Rabbi Edelstein begins in Bnei Brak with estimated 100,000 mourners

Thousands gather around the body of Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, head of the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, on May 30, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
Thousands gather around the body of Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, head of the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, on May 30, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

Funeral proceedings for Rabbi Gershon Edelstein begin in Bnei Brak, with approximately 100,000 people in attendance.

Police estimate that there will be major traffic backups in the entire central area of Israel until late tonight.

Magen David Adom says it is deploying “increased forces” in Bnei Brak during the funeral procession, in coordination with police, and will boost the presence of emergency motorcycles in the area.

MDA calls on those attending “to avoid overcrowding and congestion, refrain from climbing fences, poles, and roofs, watch over children in their care, hydrate adequately” and call 101 with any emergencies.

“We are on full alert to medically secure the funeral procession, with hundreds of EMTs and paramedics deployed in the field and using technological and medical means,” said MDA director Eli Bin. “I urge participants in the funeral to obey the instructions of the security forces and the organizers, avoid overcrowding, and exercise significant responsibility and caution.”

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