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Victims of Meron tragedy include 2 sets of brothers, father of 11, 6 US citizens

Most victims identified; at least two families lost multiple children

Top row (L-R): Menahem Zakbah, Simcha Diskind, Shraga Gestetner, Shimon Matalon; 2nd row (L-R): Moshe Natan Neta Englard, Yehoshua Englard, Yosef David Elhadad, Moshe Mordechai Elhadad; 3rd row (L-R): Haim Seler, Yedidia Hayut, Daniel (Donny) Morris, Nahman Kirshbaum; 4th row (L-R): Abraham Daniel Ambon; Yedidya Fogel, Yisrael Anakvah, Moshe Ben Shalom
Top row (L-R): Menahem Zakbah, Simcha Diskind, Shraga Gestetner, Shimon Matalon; 2nd row (L-R): Moshe Natan Neta Englard, Yehoshua Englard, Yosef David Elhadad, Moshe Mordechai Elhadad; 3rd row (L-R): Haim Seler, Yedidia Hayut, Daniel (Donny) Morris, Nahman Kirshbaum; 4th row (L-R): Abraham Daniel Ambon; Yedidya Fogel, Yisrael Anakvah, Moshe Ben Shalom

As names and pictures of the victims from the Mount Meron tragedy emerged on Friday, and some families rushed to bury their dead before the start of the Sabbath, others were still frantically trying to establish whether their loved ones were among the victims.

By Saturday night, at least 42 of the 45 confirmed victims of the tragedy had been identified and their families informed. But the identification process was ongoing, and the task of naming all the victims and informing all the families was expected to be protracted.

Officials said they were conducting multiple checks to ensure that there would be no mistakes. By Saturday night, 34 bodies had been released to their families for burial.

At least two families lost multiple children.

People gather outside the home of a victim of the Meron crush, in the City of Bnei Brak, on April 30, 2021. (Flash90)

Some families learned of their loved ones’ deaths on WhatsApp, according to Channel 12 news, which cited an unnamed woman who learned of her 33-year-old brother’s death in a group about efforts to locate the missing. She told the network she had not yet been contacted by any official source.

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.

Menahem Zeckbach

24-year-old Menahem Zeckbach 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.

Menahem Zakbah, 24, of Modi’in Illit was killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (courtesy)

Simcha Diskind

23-year-old Simcha Diskind of Beit Shemesh was buried on Friday in Haifa. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

Simcha Diskind, 23, of Beit Shemesh was killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (courtesy)

Shraga Gestetner

Rabbi Shraga Gestetner of Montreal, Canada came to Israel specifically for the Lag B’Omer celebrations. He was buried in Jerusalem on Friday afternoon; with no immediate family present in Israel to attend the funeral, hundreds who did not know him heeded a call to attend.

Shraga Gestetner, of Montreal, was killed during the fatal crush at Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (screenshot: YouTube)

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-year-old Shimon Matalon of Beitar Illit is survived by his eleven children.

Shimon Matalon, 38, of Beitar Illit was killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (courtesy)

Yedidia Hayut

13-year-old Yedidia was from Bnei Brak. He came to the event with his family.

Yedidia Hayut, 13 of Bnei Brak, killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (Courtesy)

David Krauss

33-year-old David Krauss from the city of Beit Shemesh is survived by nine children.

Moshe Bergman

Moshe Bergman, 24, was originally from Manchester, England. He was studying in the Mir Yeshiva and living in Jerusalem.

Moshe Bergman, 24, was killed in the Meron stampede (courtesy)

Haim Rock

Haim Rock, 19, was from the central city of Beit Shemesh.

Yisrael Anakvah

24-year-old Yisrael Anakvah from Beit Shemesh is survived by his two children.

Yisrael Anakvah, 24 of Beit Shemesh, killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (Courtesy)

Eliyahu Cohen

Eliyahu Cohen, 16, was from Beiter Illit.

Eliyahu Cohen, 15, was killed in the Meron stampede (courtesy)

Hanoch Slod

Hanoch Slod, 52, was from Ashdod.

Hanoch Slod, 52, of Ashdod was killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (courtesy)

Elazar Mordechai Goldberg

Elazar Mordechai Goldberg, 37, of Beitar Illit is survived by his four children.

Elazar Mordechai Goldberg, 37, of Beitar Illit was killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (courtesy)

Moshe Ben Shalom

20-year-old Moshe Ben Shalom was from Bnei Brak.

Moshe Ben Shalom, 20, of Bnei Brak was killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (Courtesy)

Yedidya Fogel

Yedidya Fogel from Jerusalem studied in a yeshiva in the central city of Ramat Gan.

Yedidya Fogel, 22, of Jerusalem was killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (courtesy)

Yonatan Hebroni

Rabbi Yonatan Hebroni was a father-of-three from the city of Givat Shmuel.

Yonatan Hebroni, of Givat Shmuel was killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (courtesy)

Elhadad Brothers

Moshe Mordechai Elhadad, 12, and Yosef David Elhadad, 18, were residents of Jerusalem.

Brothers Moshe Mordechai Elhadad, right, and Yosef David Elhadad, were killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (courtesy)courtesy)

Englard Brothers

Moshe Natan Neta Englard, 14, and Yehoshua Englard, 9, were from Jerusalem.

Moshe Natan Neta Englard, 14, and Yehoshua Englard, 9, were from Jerusalem. (courtesy)

Haim Seler

Haim Seler, 24, of Jerusalem is survived by his wife and 2-week-old daughter.

Haim Seler, 24, of Jerusalem was killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (courtesy)

Yehuda Leib Rubin

Yehuda Leib Rubin, 27, was from Beit Shemesh.

Yehuda Leib Rubin, 27 of Beit Shemesh, was killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (Courtesy)

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, of Monsey, 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.

Daniel (Donny) Morris was killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021.(Courtesy)

Moshe Levy

Moshe Levy was 14-years-old, from Bnei Brak.

Yosef Yehuda Levy

Yosef Yehuda Levy was 17, of Rekhasim near Haifa

Nahman Kirshbaum

Nahman Kirshbaum, 15, was from Beit Shemesh.

Nahman Kirshbaum, 15, of Beit Shemesh was killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (courtesy)

Ariel Tzadik

Ariel Tzadik was 57-years-old, from Jerusalem.

Ariel Tzadik, 57 of Jerusalem, killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (Courtesy)

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.

Abraham Daniel Ambon, 21 of Argentina, killed during the stampede in Mt. Meron on April 30, 2021. (Courtesy)

Dubi Steinmetz

Dubi Steinmetz, 21, was from Canada.

Yishai Mualem

Yishai Mualem, 17, was from Rekhasim near Haifa

Yosef Mastorov

Yosef Mastorov, 18, was from Ramla.

Yosef Greenbaum

Yosef Greenbaum, 22, was from Haifa.

Yosef Greenbaum, 22, who was killed in the Meron stampede (courtesy)

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

Menachem Knoblowitz, 22, of Borough Park, Brooklyn. He was engaged to a young woman from Lakewood, New Jersey, according to social media.

Menachem Knoblowitz, 22, of Borough Park, Brooklyn was killed in the Meron disaster (Courtesy)

Elkana Shiloh

Elkana Shiloh, 28, was a resident of Jerusalem.

Elazar Gefner

Elazar Gefner, 52, a resident of Jerusalem.

Yossi Kohn

Yossi Kohn, 21, of Cleveland, Ohio, was a student at the Mir Yerushalayim yeshiva.

Shlomo Zalman Leibowitz

Shlomo Zalman Leibowitz, 19, a resident of Safed.

Shlomo Zalman Leibowitz, 19, of Safed was killed in the Meron stampede (Courtesy)

Moshe Tzarfati

Moshe Tzarfai, 65, was from Jerusalem. He is survived by four children, 25 grandchildren.

Moshe Tzarfati, 65, was killed in the Lag B’Omer Meron stampede (Courtesy)

Ariel Achdut

Ariel Achdut, 20, was from Jerusalem.

Doron Hen

Doron Hen, 41, was a resident of Holon.

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