For These We Cry

Al eileh ani bochiyah. As the plague of COVID-19 sweeps across the world, there are many in our community who have fallen in its path. As we join the families in their sorrow, and our tefillos go out for those who need a refuah, we cannot give proper tribute to these individuals.

Hamodia would like to present a list, to the best of our ability, of the niftarim, and ask that everyone take some time to daven and undertake improvements l’illui nishmasam. May Hashem accept our tefillos and bring a swift end to this epidemic. We hope to be able to present proper tributes at that time.

The list is not comprehensive, and Hamodia begs forgiveness for any inadvertent omission.


Boro Park

Reb Berl Kohn, z”l, 95 years old.

Reb Yeshaya Englard, z”l, 66 years old.

Reb Avraham Yaakov Katz, z”l (Boro Park-Linden), 71 years old

Reb Yisroel (Izzy) Fogel, z”l from Boro Park.

Reb Zvi Yehuda Schmidt, z”l, one of the owners of the Paskez Candy company.

Reb Yitzchok Banash, z”l. He was 50 years old.

Reb Mordechai Zev Halberstam, z”l, 42-years-old, from the Bobover Kehillah.

Reb Dovid Don Reiss z”l, 77-years-old, and a prominent Belzer Chosid.

Reb Aharon Hersh Kleinman, z”l.

Harav Mendel Margolies, z”l, Rosh Yeshivas Torah Temimah

Reb Yitzchak Warman, z”l, 91 years old. Comptroller of Women’s League.

Dr Mark Allan Respler, z”l upper 60s, lived in Boro Park near 17th avenue.

Rav Yosef Yitzchak Grossman, z”l, age 65, leaving behind his wife Leah and six children.

Reb Aryeh Roth, z”l an elder Sanzer chassid who recently moved to Boro Park from Bnei Brak.

Reb Yisroel Menachem Rosenberg, z”l, 70 years old. Shamash in Swan Lake shul.

Reb Avraham (Romi) Kohn, z”l, 92 years old

Reb Mordechai Zev Halberstadt, z”l

Reb Dovid Farkash, z”l

Reb Tzvi Elimelech Hoenig, z”l, 48 years old.

Mrs. Leah Weitzberg, a”h, age 100.

Reb Yosef  Tzvi Klein, z”l, age approximately 50

Reb Shabsi Reis, z”l, age 89, a talmid of Harav Michoel Ber Weissmandel, zt”l, in Nitra and Mount Kisco

Reb Binyamin Abramowitz, z”l, age 42

Reb Dovid Meyer Yakov, z”l

Reb Yosef Hirsh, z”l, age 92

Reb Shmiel Landau, z”l, age 90

Rabbi Yitzchok Isaac Steinberg, z”l, beloved Rebbi in Yeshiva Torah Temimah, age 60.

Reb Betzalel Reuven Bertram, z”l, owner of Bertram Foods

Reb Yosef Zundel Motzen, z”l

Reb Elya Gelbardt, z”l, one of the elder Gerrer chassidim, age 97

Rebbitzen Chaya Yenta Rubin, a”h, Kerestier Rebbitzen, almanah of Harav Beirush Rubin, Kerestier Rebbe, zy”a, and daughter of Sorvasher Rav, zt”l

Reb Yaakov Mordechai Weinberger, z”l, a noted mohel

Reb Meir Eckstein, z”l, who hosted the Toldos Avraham Yitzchak Rebbe, shlita and other Rabbanim in his home, age 62

Harav Shlomo Tzvi Koenig, z”l, Yoka Rav of Boro Park, age 73

Reb Avrum Friedman, z”l  age 77

Reb Avraham Aharon Rubashkin, z”l, (father of ybl”c Reb Shalom Mordechai,) age 92

Reb Chaim Ber Greenfield, z”l, former administrator of Bobov, age 85

Reb Bentzion Blum, z”, age 66

Mrs. Sarah Feuerwerker, a”halmanah of Reb Yonasan, z”l, of Kiryas Yoel and Boro Park

Hagaon Harav Dovid Olewsky, zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva of Gerrer Yeshivos in Boro Park, age 69.

Harav Meir Rokeach, z”l, Kozlover Rebbe, age 78

Reb Nucham Klein, z”l, longtime Menahel of Krane Mosdos, age low 70s

Reb Shalom Elazar Wulliger, z”l

Reb Schnier Zalman Aber, z”l, age 82

Harav Yosef Kalish, z”l, Amshinov Rebbe of Boro Park, age 63

Reb Yosef Hirsch Perl, z”l age 89

Reb Yosef Bokczyn, z”l, age 73

Reb Asher Anshil Isaac, z”l

Reb Yisrael Spitzer, z”l

Harav Yitzchak Kaplinsky, z”l, Magid Shiur in Mesivta Torah Vodaas, age mid 80s

Mrs. Chana Gordon, a”h, age 90

Reb Yoel Sandel, z”l, age 39

Reb Yisroel Moshe Baum, z”l

Reb Sam Tober, z”l, age 96

Reb Zanvil Ross, z”l

Reb Yaakov Mordechai Goldberg, z”l, renowned baal tzedakah, age 87

Rav Elish Bochner, z”l, Son-in-law of the previous Lelover Rebbe, HaRav Shimon Biederman, zy”a.

Mrs. Chaya Saya Gluck, a”h, age 92.

Reb Avrohom Klein, z”l, age 95.

Reb Eliezer Ostreicher, z”l, a distinguished elderly Belzer chassid, age 93

Reb Meshulam Issur Hershko, z”l, age 72

Reb Alter Avrohom Simcha Hakohen Friedman, z”l, age 64

Reb Duvid Aryeh Shor, z”l, age 66.

Rev Dovid Fisher, z”l, age 69

Reb Yaakov Yechiel Greenwald, z”l, age 66

Reb Gedalia Solomon, z”l, age 97

Rav Yitzchok Tuvia Rubin, z”l, son of the Tzishenover Rebbe, zt”l, age 62

Reb Aharon Rokeach, z”l, brother of the Kozlover Rebbe, z”l, who was niftar recently, age 75

Harav Yitzchak Tovya Rubin, z”l, age 63

Reb Chaim Meir Ganz, z”l, age 50s

Rabbi Nachum Dick, z”l, age 85

Reb Lazer Berger, z”l, age 65

Reb Moshe Ezra Adler, z”l, age 65

Mrs. Sara Klein, a”h

Reb Yeshaya Leitman, z”l, age 70

Reb Shimon Herman, z'”l, age approximately 90

Harav Aryeh Leib (Leible) Katz, z”l, age 77

Rabbi Yehuda Michoel Meisels, z”l, Menahel Sara Schenirer of Boro Park, age mid 80s

Reb Moshe Stamm, z”l, PA and Hatzolah member

Harav Shmuel Horowitz, z”lgabai of Bobover Rebbes, shlita

Reb Eliyahu Meir Balabon, z”l, age 70

Mrs. Gittel Friedman, a”h

Reb Zev Matisyahu Deutch, z”l, longtime gabbai at Kozlov Shul, age 92

Reb Elya Chaim Brach, z”l, age 72

Mrs. Genesha Salomon, a”h, age mid nineties

Reb Chaim Moshe Stauber, z”l, age 76, of the Satmar kehillah

Reb Yitzchak Rubin, z”l age 66

Reb Moshe Yosef Hakohen Koenigsberg, z”l age 70

Reb Shimshon Rosenberg, z”l, age 64

Reb Chaim Laufer, z”l, age 61

Harav Yosef Weinberg, zt”l, Rosh Yeshivas Slonim, at age 65


Williamsburg-Kiryas Yoel

Reb Boruch Hersh Feder z”l. 73 years old, a long-time melamed in Satmar of Williamsburg.

Dr. Yaakov Meltzer, z”l (Kew Gardens, Queens), 60 years old.

Mrs. Golda Brach, a”h. 94 years old.

Mrs. Breindel Hiller, a”h. 92 years old

Reb Avraham Yehoshua Freund, z”l

Reb Shlomo Zev Fried, z”l

Reb Yechiel Michel Rosenfeld, z”l

Reb Tzvi Elimelech Kahana, z”l

Reb Mordechai Mendel Gutman, z”l, 55 years old.

Mrs. Liba Ettel Zilberstein, a”h. 102 years old.

Reb Aharon Schwartz, z”l, age 60

Reb Yaakov Shmuel Freilich, z”l, age 66

Reb Aron Silberstein, z”l, age 62

Reb Yosef Hirsh, z”l, age 94

Reb Meyer Yisrael Israelowitz, z”l

Reb Betzalel Kahn, z”l, age 90

Reb Yisrael Silberstein, z”l, age 69

Reb Avraham Ezriel Meyer Rappaport, z”l, age 63

Reb Yisrael Rochlitz, z”l, age 73

Reb Avrum Yaakov Posen, z”l, age 72. Kiryas Yoel

Reb Hillel Porges, z”l, age 49. Kiryas Yoel

Reb Yeshaya Roth, z”l, age 90

Reb Moshe Mendel Mendelowitz, z”l, age 77

Reb Aharon Moshe Weiss, z”l, age 93

Mrs. Blima Schwartz, a”h, age 96

Reb Yitzchak Chaim Freund, z”l, age 67

Mrs Yenta Lavy, a”h, age 72

Reb Lipa Lefkowitz, z”l, age 50

Mrs. Leah Katz, a”h, age 82

Reb Moshe Leib Rosenberg, z”l, age 68

Reb Eliezer Neuhauser, z”l, age 71

Mrs. Nechamah Posner, a”h, age 89

Mrs. Rochel Rosenzweig, a”h, age 68

Mrs. Perel Weiss, a”h, age 57

HaRav Chaim Mertz, zt”l, Tola’as Yaakov Rebbe, age 73

Reb Alter Baruch Weiss, z”l

Reb Moshe Yehudah Wosner, z”l, age 77



Mr. Raymond Cohen, z”l

Reb Chaim Yechezkel Shraga Dahan, z”l

Mrs. Milicent Silbermintz, a”halmanah of Rabbi Yehoshua (Josh), z”l

Harav Mordechai Dovid Rubin, z”l, Sasregener Rebbe, age 90

Harav Meyer Scheinberg, z”lRav of Kehilas Orach Chaim

Reb Nachum Cooper, z”l (East 17th Street)

Harav Yisrael Horowitz, z”l, age 72

Reb Yisrael Dov (Barry) Weiss, z”l

Reb Eli Botknecht, z”l, age 60. (Owner of Linix, 13th Avenue)

Reb Rachamim (Rami) Soosi, z”l

Reb Mordechai Weiner, z”l, age 57

Reb Avrum Shmiel Abramowitz, z”l, age 100

Rebbitzen Malka Kalmanowitz, a”halmanas Hagaon Harav Shraga Moshe, zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva Mirrer Yeshiva, age 94

Reb Noach Dear, z”l, former NYC Councilman and NYS judge, age 66

Harav Mordechai Marcus, zt”l, Rav of Lakewood Minyan of Flatbush, age 76

Harav Dovid Jamal, zt”l, beloved Rav of Har Helebanon in Flatbush, age 66


Queens-Far Rockaway and 5 Towns

Harav Matis Blum, z”lRav of Congregation Torah Lodaas in Queens, Mechaber of Sifrei Torah Lodaas

Dr. Eli Landau, z”l

Mrs. Rimma Olshansky, a”h, long time secretary at Bnos Beis Yaakov

Reb Yitzchock Zylberminc, z”l, longtime member of Hatzolah in Far Rockaway

Reb David Herman, z”l, age 42

Reb Ephraim Majesky, z”l



Hagaon HaRav Shimon Susholtz, zt”l, Mora D’asra of Cong Keren Orah in Kensington.

Hagaon Harav Yaakov Yitzchak Speigel, zt”l, Ostrov-Kalishiner Rebbe

Hagaon Harav Yisroel Yechezkel Plutchok, zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Derech Chaim, upper 70s.

Reb Yehuda Leib Singer, z”l

Reb Moshe (ben Amram) Grunwald, z”l

Reb Yehudah Singer, z”l, age mid 50s

Reb Yitzchak Aranoff, z”l.



Reb Avraham Yitzchak Cohen, z”l



Mrs. Basha Silka Feffer, a”h. 88 years old.



Dr. Elliot Samet, devoted pediatrician of the Passaic community, age 60s

Rabbi Gimpel Mordechai Daniel (Motti) Katz, z”l, chaplain in NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC, age 61.


Deal, NJ

Mr. Shlomo (Stanley) Chera, a”h, (friend of President Trump)



Rabbi Avrohom Eliezer Gordon, z”l. Long time Rebbi in Yeshiva Bais Dovid of Monsey.

Rabbi Avraham Levi Bressler, z”l, Rosh Chaburah and mechaber of seforim.

Rabbi Chaim Weil, z”l, age 88

Mr. (Alexander) and Mrs. Pacifico, a”h, originally from Los Angeles.

Reb Yosef Tzvi Czapnik, z”l, age 60.

Reb Michael Zev Fettman, z”l, age 39.

Mrs. Miriam Homnick, a”h, age 82.

Rabbi Ze’ev Rothschild, z”l, a co-owner of NPGS in Lakewood (the co-op) and involved in many mitzvah projects

Reb Chaim Moshe Strulovics, z”l

R’ Yaakov Berliner, z”l

R’ Aharon Weichbrodt, z”l

Mrs. Nechama Hass, a”h

Harav Aharon Walkin, z”l, Rosh Yeshiva of Bais Nassan Meir in Queens and Rav of Bais Aharon in Lakewood, age 54

Harav Moshe Homnick, z”l, age 88

Reb Dovid Berg, z”l, age 50s

Dr. Norton Sokol, z”l

Reb Yossi Shapiro, z”l, age 71

Reb Zalman Hillel Fendel, z”l, age 61

Rebbetzin Miriam Miller, a”h, wife of ybl”c Harav Shmuel Miller, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah Beis Yisroel of Lakewood (formerly Flatbush), age 77

Reb Aharele (Avrohom Aharon) Brook, z”l, age 74

Reb Yochanan (Yoiki) Follman, z”l, age 84

Mrs. Sara Adest, a”h, age 89

Mrs. Feige (Fay) Dicker, a”h, age 88

Mrs. Shira Blackstein, a”h, age 59

Mrs. Hennie Mandelbaum, a”h, 67

Reb Yaakov (Jake) Bauman, z”l

Reb Yaakov Mendlowitz, z”l,

Harav Menachem Mendel Rabinowitz, z”l, Rosh Hamossad of Yeshiva Ketanah of Lakewood and Rosh Yeshiva of Keren HaTorah, age 70

Reb Yehudah Falik, z”l. mid 30s

Harav Yehudah Jacobs, zt”l, Mashgiach Ruchni of Bais Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, age approximately 80

Dr. Harvey Hirsch, z”l, of CHEMED Health Center, age 68

Reb Doniel Shore, z”l, approximately 70


Rockland and Sullivan Counties

Reb Lipa Friedrich, z”l, Monsey, 39 years old

Mrs. Breindel Shteif, a”h, Monsey.

Rabbi Gershon Sabel, z”l, Executive at Yedei Chesed for special needs community in Monsey.

Reb Yechiel Lebowitz, z”l, age 79

Reb Eliezer Helbrecht, z”l, age 33

Reb Leiby Pal, z”l, New Square

Reb Avrum Moshe Krauss, z”l, age 73

Harav Avraham Yaakov Littman, z”l, a longtime R”M at Yeshiva Ohel Torah in Monsey.

Reb Meir Greenberg, z”l, age 57

Mrs. Chava Rochel (Chavie) Pomerantz, a”h nee Zilberberg

Reb Shlomo Cabessa, z”l, age 50

Reb Yechezkel Klein, z”l, age 83

Harav Yosef Meir Kantor, z”lRav of Agudas Yisroel of Monsey and Magid Shiur for Dirshu Halachah

Reb Alter Boruch Weiss, z”l, longtime Melamed in Skver

Reb Yitzchok Lebowitz, z”l, age 47

Mrs Rivka Klein, a”h, age 81

Reb Shlomo Aryeh Label, z”l, age 55

Reb Lazer Pollak, z”l, longtime gabai in Stoliner shul in Boro Park, age 79

Mrs. Baila Rivka Merzbach, a”h, 44

Reb Pinchas Baruch Ungar, z”l age 23

Reb Chanoch Henach Rosenberg, z”l, age 87


Crown Heights

Rabbi Menachem Mordechai Nissim, z”l, age 69.

Rebbetzin Guta Shapiro, a”h, almanah of Rav Levi Yitzchak Shapiro, z”l, age 99.

Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Dovid Konikov, z”l, Rebbi for many years at Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim, eminent ba’al koreh, age 58.

Harav Mordechai Gurary, zt”l Rav of the Chevra Shas Shul, one of the most prominent Rabbanim in Crown Heights, age 84.

Mrs. Thelma Levy, a”h, wife of OK Kosher’s longtime director Rabbi Berel Levy, z”l, age 95.

Siman (90) and Mary (83) Bronshtyn, z”l, an elderly couple who lived in Crown Heights.

Reb Herschel Scheiner, z”l, 80 years old.

Reb Zelig Gottlieb, z”l, age 71

Harav Yisrael Friedman, z”l, Rosh Yeshivas Oholei Torah in Crown Heights

Reb Avraham Zakan, z”l, age 55

Reb Mikhael Saadia Cohen, z”l, founder and director of CCF New York

Rabbi Tzvi Abba Lerman, z”l, age 87

Harav Leibel Groner, z”l, Secretary of the Rebbe, zy”a, age 88 

Mrs. Esther Stern, a”h, age 75

Reb Shloimy Freundlich, z”l, age 46

Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, z”l, head of Organized Kashrut Laboratories (OK Labs), age 72

Harav Yaakov Aharon Svei, zt”lChaver Beis Din of Crown Heights


Los Angeles-Cleveland

Mr. Izzy Schuman, z”l, Los Angeles

Harav Nachman Morgan, z”l, Los Angeles

Harav Yisrael Grumer, zt”l, Rav of Congregation Shomer Shabbos, Cleveland Heights



Reb Avraham Yechiel Krauss, z”l, 67 years old.

Reb Baruch Ahron Silberman, z”l, age 62



Harav Uri Ashkenazi, Stanislover Rebbe, zy”a, London

Mr Stanley Esofsky, z”l, Secretary of Gateshead Yeshiva

Mr. Zev (Willy) Stern, z”l, London, 88 years old

Mrs. Freida Feldman, a”h, London. Age 97

Reb Avraham Merlin, z”l, London, age 61

Mrs. Rivka Susman, a”h, – London

Reb Avraham haKohein Silber, z”l

Harav Osher Yaakov Westheim, z”l, Dayan Igud Rabbanim of  Manchester  (Kashrus), Rav of Zeirei  Agudas Yisrael (ZAI), age 71

Reb Benzion Eliezer Hackner, z”lgabai in the Stamford Hill Shul, age 81

Rabbi Avraham Pinter, z”l, principal of Yesodey Hatorah School in Stamford Hill.

Reb Avraham Mordechai Berkowitz, z”l, upper 60s

Reb Yochanan Hochauser, z”l, age 42



Harav Masoud Chumu, zt”l. Age 72 (France)

Harav Masoud Tovol, zt”l. Age 60. (France)

Harav Saadiyah Ben Chiyun, zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva Chachamei Provence in Marseille, France.

Rabbi Binyomin Wolff, the shliach in Hanover, Germany, age 43

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