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Two Montrealers among those who died in religious festival stampede in Israel

Two Montrealers among those who died in religious festival stampede in Israel

In any case two Montrealers are among the 45 killed in a stampede at a religious festival on Israel’s Mount Meron Friday.

Participants of the native Jewish neighborhood confirmed that the 2 victims were singer Shraga Gestetner and 21-year-extinct Dovi Steinmetz.

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“Shraga Gestetner changed into a colossal family man, a colossal neighborhood man, a extremely proficient singer,” mentioned Mayer Feig, from Montreal’s Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. Feig mentioned his neighborhood has lost a proficient and dedicated man in Gestetner.

Shraga Gestetner

Montrealer Shraga Gestetner changed into among the victims in the stampede in Israel. (Picture: ArutzShevaTV)

Gestetner serene a lot of albums sooner than stopping on the height of his profession to abet the inclined in the Orthodox neighborhood, Feig added.

“He opened his condominium to rather a lot of parents that were having private considerations in life, and he turned into love their father,” mentioned Feig. “So any individual that had a skill and direction in life, chose to appropriate swap gears and be there for the most inclined our neighborhood that appropriate says, tells us what kind of individual he changed into.”

The ‘Israel in Montreal’ Facebook internet page posted that Gestetner died in the crush of other folks as tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jewish other folks tried to procure by a slim tunnel-love passage round 1 a.m. after distinguished of the celebrations.

Montreal opposition councillor Lionel Perez posted his condolences for Gestetner, from Outremont, in addition to for Steinmetz from NDG-CDN on his Twitter internet page. Perez knew Steinmetz in my belief and spoke concerning the young man who grew up in Cote-des-Neiges.

“He changed into 21 years extinct, Dovi Steinmetz, identical age as my son,” Perez told CTV Information. “They grew up collectively. [He was] any individual who changed into so social, outgoing, loving, friendly with each person, undoubtedly marketing consultant of the family of his other folks, Shloimie and Faigy, and his many siblings. It’s undoubtedly a tragedy that hits now not handiest the family, the neighbourhood, nonetheless all of the neighborhood.”

Dovi Steinmetz

Steinmetz changed into studying on the Mir Yeshiva in Israel, Perez mentioned.

“Delight in many of us at 21 years extinct, they were working on enjoying their reviews and moving ahead,” Perez mentioned. “He changed into any individual that changed into undoubtedly cherished by all. He changed into mates by all. All his mates and even other folks in the neighbourhood in the occasion that they attended diversified faculties stumbled on him friendly. It’s undoubtedly indicative of his siblings and his other folks, and the whole family.” 

My family and I are devastated by the passing of Dovi Steinmetz z’l. Our hearts trek out to Shloimie & Faigy for this agony. Dovi changed into outgoing, beloved by all and a fair correct friend of our son Amram. We are going to probably be there to enhance you. Baruch Dayan HaEmet #Meron #MountMeron #polmtl

— Lionel Perez (@lionelperez) April 30, 2021

Mayor Valerie Plante also posted her condolences on Twitter.

“We’re saddened to be taught of the loss of life of two Montrealers at Mont Meron, Israel,” wrote Mayor Valerie Plante. “We’re wholeheartedly with the Jewish neighborhood of Montreal. Our tips are with the families and beloved ones of the victims.” 

Nous apprenons avec tristesse le décès de deux Montréalais au mont Méron, en Israël.

Nous sommes de tout cœur avec la communauté juive de Montréal. Nos pensées accompagnement les familles et les proches des victimes. Nos sincères sympathies à @DavidLevyIL. #polmtl

— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) April 30, 2021

David Levy, consul ordinary of Israel in Montreal for Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces, mentioned the consulate will step in to abet families of the victims if obligatory.

“The neighborhood here is extremely close, I direct that the families are being supported. Pointless to state if any contributors of the family would want any help to hasten to Israel, then the consulate would be providing them with the obligatory permits,” he mentioned, calling it a “very, very unhappy moment for the history” of Israel.

“I lift out now not know them, nonetheless I I’m planning to search recommendation from them near future, to make certain that if there is any kind of help that the consulate would be ready to beget were there for them.”

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau also voiced his condolences Friday. 

“On behalf of all Canadians, I love to affirm my deepest sympathies to the other folks of Israel and Jewish neighborhood in Canada,” he mentioned in a public observation. “I lengthen my sincere condolences to the families who lost beloved ones and need those who were injured a snappy recovery.”

He added that Canadian citizens in Isreal can procure emergency consular help by calling the Canadian embassy at 972 3 636 3300, World Affairs Canada’s Emergency Look for and Response Centre at 1 613 996 8885, or by emailing sos@international.gc.ca.


The stampede came about during the Scramble BaOmer celebrations at Mount Meron, and is the first fair mass-religious gathering in Israel since the authorities lifted restrictions set apart apart in scheme during the COVID-19 health disaster.

Media estimates about 100,000 other folks, principally ultra-Orthodox Jews, attended this year’s festival.

“Scramble BaOmer is a occasion to commemorate a colossal Talmudic Rabbi known as Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai,” mentioned Perez.

The festival is held on the anniversary of the rabbi’s loss of life and is held at his gravesite, Perez explained.

“For thousands of years other folks had been doing this,” he mentioned. “Moreover it is a time that is an discontinue of a mourning duration from Passover into Scramble BaOmer, which is ready a small greater than a month 33 days.”

“It is a pilgrimage that has certainly one of many most well-known attendances in the Orthodox neighborhood worldwide,” mentioned Feig, whose son is studying in Israel and changed into on the festival.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish males dance next to a bonfire in Jerusalem, Thursday, April 29, 2021. During the Scramble Ba’Omer vacation, marking the tip of a virulent disease mentioned to gain decimated Jews during Roman times. (AP Picture/Sebastian Scheiner)

Feig did now not hear from his son for 45 minutes after learning that the festival had grew to develop into tragic.

“I changed into sitting and dialling my son’s cell phone amount, every minute,” mentioned Feig. “We’re a extremely believing neighborhood, believing in God, and I changed into appropriate telling myself you realize what, whatever came about came about. Whatever did happen changed into the desire of God, then we will deserve to accept that what came about. After I reached my son, I changed into trying to think concerning the diversified families which might per chance presumably presumably be going by this now and I appropriate grew to develop into unwell for my belly, serene am, I indicate, or now not it is appropriate the unpleasant unpleasant narrate.”  

The Israeli health ministry mentioned that four other folks remain in well-known condition and that 150 were also injured as a outcomes of the stampede.

Two Montrealers among those who died in religious festival stampede in Israel