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Additional Meron tragedy victims named

The names of some of the 45 people who were killed Thursday night in a stamped at the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron have been published.

Initially, just two of the victims’ names were released: Menachem Zakbach, 24, of Modi’in Illit, and hasidic singer Shraga Gestetner, age 35. Zakbach is survived by his pregnant wife; his funeral will be held at 4:00p.m. and he will be laid to rest in Petah Tikva. Gestetner’s funeral will take place at 3:00p.m. and he will be laid to rest in Jerusalem.

Soon afterwards, additional victims were named: David Kraus (33), a father to nine and a resident of Beit Shemesh; Yosef Amram Tauber from the USA; Rabbi Eliezer Mordechai Goldberg, a 37-year-old father of four from Beitar Illit.

Others were named as Eliezer Tzvi Youzef, a 26-year-old married father of four from the USA; Eliyahu Cohen, 16 years old and a resident of Beitar Illit; Simcha Bunim Diskind, 23, of Beit Shemesh; and Shimon Matalon, 37, of Beitar Illit.

Two minor siblings, 14-year-old Moshe Engelrad and 9-year-old Yehoshua Engelrad, were also among the dead. Another sibling set included Moshe Mordechai Elchadad, 12, and Yosef David Elchadad, 18, from Jerusalem.

Chaim Seller of Jerusalem, a married 24-year-old father of a two-week-old baby girl, was also among the victims, as was 52-year-old Rabbi Chanoch Slod, a Gur hasid from Ashdod.

Yedidya Fogel, 22, was named as a victim as well. A resident of Jerusalem, he studied in the Ramat Gan Yeshiva. Moshe Ben-Shalom, a 20-year-old yeshiva student from Bnei Brak, studied in the Ponevezh Yeshiva.

The Givat Shmuel study hall announced that one of its students, Yonatan Chevroni, was also among the dead. Chevroni was the father of three daughters.

Rabbi Yehuda Leib Rubin, 27 and a father of three, was a resident of Beit Shemesh. He is the youngest son of the mythological scribe Rabbi Yom Tov Rubin, who is the chief editor of Hamevaser.

Eliezer Yitzchak Koltai, a 13-year-old from Jerusalem, and Eliyahu Cohen, a 16-year-old Breslov hasid from Beitar Illit, were also among the dead, as were 14-year-old Moshe Levi. and Nachman Kirshenbaum, 15 years old and a resident of Beit Shemesh.

The victims also included Ariel Tzadik, 54; and Rabbi Shmuel Tzvi Klugsbald, 43, who is survived by his wife and eight children.

Yaakov Elchanan Strakovski, 20 years old and from Elad, Israel, studied in the Be’er Yisrael yeshiva. Avraham Daniel Ambon, 21, was an Argentinian citizen who studied in a Jerusalem yeshiva. Daniel Morris, 19 years old and from New Jersey, was studying in Sha’alavim. Dovi Steinmetz, 21, lived in Montreal, Canada.

Among the other young victims were Yosef Yehuda Levi,17, of Rekhasim; Menachem Knoblowitz, 22, from the USA; Yosef Mastorov, 18, of Ramle; Yedidya Chayut, 13, of Bnei Brak; Yosef Greenbaum, 22, of Haifa; Yishai Mualam, 17, of Rekhasim; and Chaim Rak, 18, of Beit Shemesh.

Elazar Gefner, 52, of Jerusalem; Elkana Shiloh, 28, of Jerusalem; and Yisrael Ankawa, 24, of Beit Shemesh, also died in the disaster.

Source: Arutz Sheva