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.
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”h, almanah 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”l, gabai 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
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”h, almanah of Rabbi Yehoshua (Josh), z”l
Harav Mordechai Dovid Rubin, z”l, Sasregener Rebbe, age 90
Harav Meyer Scheinberg, z”l, Rav 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”h, almanas 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”l, Rav 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.
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”l, Rav 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
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”l, Chaver Beis Din of Crown Heights
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”l, gabai 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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