Sudden Petira Of Dr. Yehoshua (Jeffrey) Ben-Zvi Z”L

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bYWN regrets to inform you of the sudden Petira of Dr.Yehoshua Ben-Tzvi, he was 54 years old.

Dr. Ben Tzvi was a well-known Gastroenterologist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt and Beth Israel Medical Centers, and lived in Flatbush. He was a Mispallel at Rabbi Yisroel Reisman’s Shul.

He was one of the first doctors that Hatzolah of Flatbush had (known as “F-75”), before many others became Paramedics. He saved countless lives, and would never hesitate to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Dr. Ben-Zvi had a sterling personality, and unbelievable self-sacrifice to patients around the world suffering from gastrointestinal diseases. An IBD sufferer himself, he accepted someone else’s pain and suffering as his own.

The JCCSG Organization told YWN that he was recently very instrumental in research and medicine, and was being ever so hopeful to revolutionize a permanent cure for Crohn’s and colitis. Sadly, he didn’t live to the day to see his dream materialize.

On Sunday afternoon, Dr. Ben Tzvi suffered a allergic reaction to something he ate, and was rushed to the hospital. He was R”L Niftar a short while later.

The Levaya was held today (Monday) at Kehilla Chapels in Brooklyn.

Boruch Dayan Emmes…




5 COMMENTS

  1. We, at the JCCSG extend our sincerest condolences to the sudden passing of Dr. (Yehoshua) Jeffrey S. Ben-Zvi. MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF., OBM.

    The pain is still raw, and the loss so profound. Dr. Ben-Zvi has played an integral role as an a Attending Gastroenterologist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt and Beth Israel Medical Centers, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, and Former Director, GI and Liver Clinic – at Lenox Hill hospital. And a Member of the Medical Advisory Board, of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), NY Region.

    Dr. Ben-Zvi was a strong advocate for our noteworthy organization JCCSG being a sounding board of advice, guidance, and affection. We had the honor to have him as a speaker at our first JCCSG Education and Support Event, nearly 2 years ago at the ParCare Health & Medical Center -where he served as the Medical Director-, his speech was very informative and gave a better understanding for the 200 attended Patients and their Family.

    Dr. Ben-Zvi had a sterling personality, and unbelievable self-sacrifice, to patients around the world suffering from gastrointestinal diseases. An IBD sufferer himself, he accepted someone else’s pain and suffering as his own. being orthodox Jewish, it was of paramount importance to keep to Yiddishkeit (Jewishness) fully, keeping away from desecrating the Shabbos, or transgressing on Mitzvos (commandments), although it meant jeopardizing his career. He was recently very instrumental in research and medicine, and was being ever so hopeful to revolutionize a permanent cure for Crohn’s and colitis. Sadly, he didn’t live to the day to see his dream materialize. It is with a heavy heart that we mourn a loss of this magnitude.

    HaMokom Yenachem Eschem B’Soch Shaar Aveilei Tzion V’Yerushalayim.

  2. Aidel, Kind and genuine to everyone he met.

    Wonderful wife, lovely children all with sterling midos. May the family be comforted…

  3. Baruch Dayan Ha-emes.

    SOOO Shocking. He was an amazing person.

    May he be a Meilitz Yosher for his family and Klal Yisroel.

    Ye-hi Zichro Baruch!!!!

  4. Chaval al d’avdin.

    Jeff was the quintessential role model to many of us old time Hatzoloh members. We will never forget his tenacity. He was scared of nothing and no one and saved many a life.

    He is already missed by so many who respected and relied on him!

    May he be a meilitz yosher for us and all of klal yisroel, amein.

  5. We were neighbors. Jeff always had an intelligent opinion, an easygoing jovial manner, and lucid medical (or torah!) explanations. I moved away a few years ago, but I miss him all the same.