TRAGEDY IN THE CATSKILLS: Longtime Hatzolah Member, His Wife, And Future Son-In-Law Killed In Route 17 Crash – Others Critical


d3A horrific crash on Route 17 in Sullivan County has left a couple and their future son-in-law R”L dead, and other family members in stable condition.

Sources tell YWN that Hatzolah was dispatched to the scene of the crash around 4:30PM Monday afternoon, which was near Exit 112 in the Eastbound direction of the highway.

Multiple ambulances from Hatzolah were dispatched, as well as ambulances from the local EMS and Mobilemebdics and fire departments. Two choppers were initially requested as well.

The couple has been identified as Morris and Beth (Pitem) Faitelewicz Z”L from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Their future son in law was Yehuda Bayme Z”L of Riverdale, NY. He was engaged to Shani Faitelewicz who was a passenger in the vehicle.

Shani and her two brothers Avi and Yaakov are in stable condition.

Morris was a long-time Hatzolah member (ES-17), as well as a member of NYC Community Board 3. He was also the citywide coordinator and Deputy Inspector of the NYPD Auxiliary Emergency Services Rescue Unit.

In a sad twist, Morris was miraculously saved on 9/11 as he worked with hundreds of other Hatzolah members to save lives. Unfortunately, he was taken from this world of the same date that 9/11 happened – כג אלול.

He received a New York City Council proclamation in September 2002 honoring the unit for its volunteer work at Ground Zero on and after 9/11, as well as at other major incidents, and the Port Authority’s Exceptional Service Award in June of 2002 for his work at Ground Zero.

Beth Faitelewicz was a nurse at Beth israel Hospital in Manhattan.

Misaskim and Chesed Shel Emmes are on the scene working with local officials to ensure proper Kavod Haniftar is given.

The state police is on the scene, and a lengthy investigation is underway.

Levaya details will be published when they are available.

Boruch Dayan HaEmmes

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(YWN Sullivan County Newsroom)


  1. good good pple!!! as described by a close friend. You can see the way he and his wife were always serving others with what they did. very very tragic!!!

  2. The levaya for Yehuda Bayme will be held today, Tuesday, September 8th, at 1:00pm at Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – The Bayit, 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx, NY 10463. 

    A speaker and seats will be set outside on the terrace from where Kohanim can see and hear the service.

    Burial will follow at Cedar Park Beth El Cemetery, 735 Forest Avenue in Paramus, NJ 07652.