As names and pictures of the victims from the Mount Meron tragedy emerged on Friday, and some families prepared to rush to bury their dead before the start of the Sabbath, other families were still frantically trying to establish whether their loved ones were among the victims.
By early afternoon, at least 35 of the 45 confirmed victims of the tragedy had been identified and their families informed. But the identification process was ongoing, and the task of naming all the victims and informing all the families was expected to be protracted.
Among the victims were people whose families live overseas, further complicating the process.
24-year-old Menahem Zeckbach of Modiin Illit was buried on Friday afternoon in his hometown of Bnei Brak. He is survived by his pregnant wife and their 1-year-old child.
23-year-old Simcha Diskind of Beit Shemesh was buried on Friday in Haifa. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
Shraga Gestetner of Montreal came to Israel specifically for the Lag B’Omer celebrations. He was to be buried in Jerusalem on Friday afternoon but with no immediate family present in Israel to attend the funeral.
38-year-old Shimon Matalon of Beitar Illit is survived by his eleven children.
33-year-old David Krauss from the city of Beit Shemesh is survived by nine children.
Haim Rock, 19, was from the central city of Beit Shemesh.
24-year-old Yisrael Anakvah from Beit Shemesh is survived by his two children.
Eliyahu Cohen, 16, was from Beiter Illit.
Hanoch Slod, 52, was from Ashdod.
Elazar Mordechai Goldberg
Elazar Mordechai Goldberg, 37, of Beitar Illit is survived by his four children.
Moshe Ben Shalom
20-year-old Moshe Ben Shalom was from Bnei Brak.
Yedidya Fogel from Jerusalem studied in a yeshiva in the central city of Ramat Gan.
Yonatan Hebroni was a father-of-three from the city of Givat Shmuel.