Tragedy in Meron

What Can We Do?

The world Jewish community is reeling from the tragedy that occurred on Thursday night, April 29, the eve of Lag B’omer in Meron, Israel. 

Many have asked, what can we do to honor the memory of the 45 precious lives that were so tragically lost. 

In addition to financially supporting the families that have been directly affected, at The Peltz Center for Jewish Life, we are launching an initiative to honor the memory of each of the 45 precious lives that were cut short. We have listed the names of each of the victims that lost their lives in Meron on Lag b'Omer along with their pictures.

We also provided some suggestions of Mitzvahs that you can do in their memory.

To make this personal, please select a Mitzvah that you will do, (at least for the 30 day mourning period- shloshim) and please look at the list and do a Mitzvah for one of the 45 fathers, husbands, brothers and sons that lost their lives.

Working with Chabad in Israel, we have set up a page where you can do a Mitzvah. Here is the link.

► Light Shabbos candles.     ► Put on Tefillin.     ► Say the Shema.

► Attend a Torah class.     ► Give charity.     ► Make Kiddush Friday Night.

►  Put up a Mezuzah    ► Reach out to a person in need    ► Other

על אלה אני בוכיה (איכה א, טז)

“For these I weep” (Lamentations 1:16)

45 precious souls torn away during
one of the most joyous celebrations of the year.

We are one people. One family.

Ariel Ahdut, 21, student of the Yesodot HaTorah yeshiva in Tel Aviv.

Rabbi Yisrael Alnakvah, 24, from Beit Shemesh, was the father of two. 

Avrohom Daniel Ambon, 21, was from Argentina and a student of Heichal Yitzchak Yeshiva.

Rabbi Moshe Bergman, 24, from the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Yonoson Chevroni was a student at Givat Shmuel and the father of three.

Yedidyia Hayut, 13, from Bnei Brak. 

Eliyahu Cohen, 16, was a Breslov Chassid from Betar Illit and a student of the Heichal Avraham Yeshiva.

Simcha Bunim Diskind, 23, was a well-known Gur Chassid living in Beit Shemesh. 

Chen Doron, 41, from Cholon. 

Moshe Mordechai Elchad-Sharf, 12, and his brother Yosef Dovid, 18, from Jerusalem. 

Yehoshua Englander, 9, and Moshe Natan Englander, 14. Two brothers from a family of Bobov Chassidim from Jerusalem:  

Mordchai Yoel Fekete, 23.

Yedida Asher Fogel, 22, a student of the Hesder Yeshiva in Ramat Gan, originally from Kiryat Moshe in Jerusalem.

Elazar Gefner, 52, a very wellknown and respected Chassid of Dzikov Vizhnitz, from Jerusalem.

Rabbi Shragi Gestetner, a Skverer Chassidic rabbi and musician, arrived in Israel from his hometown of Montreal to participate in the Lag Ba'omer celebrations. He was the father of six.

Rabbi Eliezar Mordechai Goldberg, 37, was a Szydlowiec Chassid from Betar Illit, and a Talmud Torah teacher and the father of four. 

Rabbi Yosef Greenbaum, 22, from Haifa. 

Rabbi Eliezer Tzvi Joseph, 26, was a Satmar Chassid from the US and the father of four. 

Nachman Kirshbaum, 15, from Beit Shemesh.

Rabbi Shmuel Zvi Klagsbald, 34, from Beitar Illit, was a Torah scholar at Maor Einayim.

Menachem Knoblowitz, A US citizen from New York, who had been engaged only two weeks ago to the daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Chaim Rosemarin, also from New York. 

Yossi Kohn, 21, from Cleveland, Ohio, was a student of Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Elazar Yitzchok Koltai, 13, formerly from Passaic, New Jersey, lived in Jerusalem.

Rabbi David Krause, 33, father of nine, resident of Beit Shemesh.

Shlomo Zalman Leibowitz, 19, student at Knesset Yehezkel Yeshiva in Elad and lived in Safed.

Yosef Yehuda Levi, 17, from Rekhasim.

Moshe Levy, 14, from Bnei Brak, was a Talmud Torah student. 

Yosef Mastorov, 26, was a student of Yeshiva Rinah Shel Torah, from Carmiel.

Rabbi Shimon Matlon, 37, a Chabad Talmud Torah teacher in Beitar.
“There’s a little boy here, save him! It’s more important.”  These were the chilling last words uttered by 37-year-old Shimon moments before he was crushed to death in the Meron disaster.

Yishai Me’ulam, 17, from Rechasim. He had come together with his friend from Rechasim, Yosef Yehuda Levi, listed above. 

Daniel (Donny) Morris, 19, from New Jersey. He was a student at Shaalvim in Israel.

Chaim Rock was a yeshiva student from Beit Shemesh who was studying in the Mir Yeshiva in Modi'in Illit. 

Rabbi Yehuda Leib Rubin, 27, from Beit Shemesh, was the father of three.

Rabbi Chaim Ozer Seller, 24, was the father of one and a resident of the Neve Ya'akov neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Moshe Ben Shalom, 21, was a student at the Ponovitz Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. 

Elkana Shila, 29, of Jerusalem.

Rabbi Chanoch Solod, 52, was also a Gur Chassid, from Ashdod, where his funeral took place before Shabbat. 

Dov Steinmetz, from Montreal, Canada, was a student of Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Yaakov Elchanan Strakovsky, 20, was a student of Be'er Yisrael Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. 

Yosef Amram Tauber was a resident of Monsey, New York, who came to the Brisk Yeshiva in Jerusalem to study. 

Rabbi Ariel Tzadik, 56, Chabad Chassid from Jerusalem. He leaves behind five children. He was one of the pillars of the Chabad community in the Beit Vagan neighborhood.

Rabbi Moshe Tzarfati, 65, student of the Gaon Rabbi Shalom Arush.

Rabbi  Menachem Asher Zeckbach, 24, was a yeshiva student living in Modi’in Illit. He left behind his pregnant wife.