UPDATED ON MOTZEI SHAVUOS: TRAGEDY AT STOLIN: Bleachers Collapse At Stoliner Bais Medrash In Givat Ze’ev, Two Dead, Dozens Injured, Some Critical [VIDEOS]

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Two people were R”L killed, dozens were injured – some critically – when bleachers collapsed at the new Stoliner Bais Medrash in Givat Ze’ev.

It happened moments before Yom Tov, when hundreds of Chassidim had already gathered in the Bais Medrash, and were singing and dancing for a Chanukas Habayis, when suddenly, one of the bleachers collapsed, sending hundreds of bochurim falling to the ground.

Magen David Adom and United Hatzolah volunteers rushed to the scene to treat the many injured. United Hatzolah had around 200 volunteers on the scene treating the inquired.

Tragically, two people were R”L killed, Reb Mordechai Binyamin Rubinstein, z’l, 23, a resident of Beitar Illit, who left behind a wife and a baby, and Meir Gloiberman, z’l, 13, who just celebrated his bar mitzvah on the last day of Pesach. He was a talmid of the Karlin Talmud Torah in Beitar. The levayos of the two victims were held on Monday night, Motzei Yom Tov at 11 p.m., at the Karlin Beis Medrash in Givat Ze’ev.

Mordechai Binyamin Rubinstein, z’l, 23, with his three-month-old son. (Dov Eichler Twitter)
Meir Gloiberman, z’l.

About 184 people were evacuated to hospitals, including five in serious condition and ten in moderate condition. Many of those who were lightly injured were released from the hospital on Motzei Yom Tov on Monday night, and 75 people remained hospitalized.

Many of the wounded underwent orthopedic surgery over Shavous, including five children.

A 16-year-old teenager underwent a life-saving neurosurgical procedure and is now sedated and ventilated in the intensive care unit at Hadassah Hospital.

The list of cholim to daven for are:

Shmuel Meir ben Zelda
Dov Tzvi ben Liba
Yaakov ben Gittel
Yehoshua ben Devorah
Shlomo ben Alta Chana
Meshulam ben Chana
Yom-Tov Simcha ben Chaya Yehudis
Tzvi Akiva ben Riza Gittel
Eliyahu ben Miriam

(YWN’s Jerusalem desk is keeping you updated on Motzei Yom Tov in Israel.)


27 COMMENTS

  1. I feel horrible saying this but I told many friends after the moron tragedy that I am afraid we are waiting for a tragedy to napped with the pleachers. I am in the structural engineering related field and I know for a fact that these bleachers are not designed for people dancing and jumping on it and it was not double checked by licensed structural engineers. We need to start following safety measures thay are out there every commercial building and space is highly regulated by the ibc and fire codes that regulate the min with os stairwells,hallways and amount of exits to ensure our safety in the case of an emergency. The max amount of occupants is also regulated and we never take these things seriously.

  2. Why do you keep using cheap arab labor?? Throw the bum arabs out of Eretz Yisroel. Rav Meir Kahane was 100% correct.

  3. HaShem is giving us all a clear message… Can you hear HIM? He said… “My people do not listen to Me.” I think it is time we start listening to HaShem and not men. He speaks of the False Shepherds which He will destroy who have lead His Sheep astray. We have better start listening to HaShem and His Torah… the Real Torah… not the man made up versions. Shalom

  4. Hashem Yerachem!
    may the injured (physically and / or emotionally) have a refuah shleima, the families of the niftorim have a nechomo shelima, and may Hashem spare all Yidden any further ztoros!

  5. WOW! AFTER SUCH A TRADGEDY– PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE POSTING LASHON HARA COMMENTS- WE SHOULD ALL BE THINKING HOW WE SHOULD CHANGE OURSELVES FOR THE GOOD! MAY WE ONLY HEAR AND SHARE GOOD NEWS. MAY WE HEAR OF NO MORE SORROW!

  6. המקום ירחם עלינו!!והושיענו!
    Life.
    Safeguarding our Limbs and Lives.
    How has Safety been cast aside?
    How has reckless, Dangerous events been encouraged?
    This Building was Under Construction, had not been certified as safe by Fire or Building codes.
    Where were the clear fire and emergency Aisles and Exits?
    These bleachers were not certified safe for the weight and Dancing of all these people.
    A stadium style could and should have been built with Concrete bleachers and several
    Aisles and exits (as well as enough sanitary bathrooms for hundreds of people)
    I have noticed for many years that safety and כבוד הבריאות and Derech Eretz is being ignored. I have seen Chasidish Tish where the Rav THROWS things and Chasidim Lunge and Grab for them. When I was young, NEVER EVER did I see Rebbeim
    Throw things like that. Also, Rebbeim used to obey Local Safety Standards.
    Perhaps Several locations need to be built, perhaps stadiums need to be rented.

    AND Perhaps RABBIS and Men need to look AT THEMSELVES deeper than blaming women’s Lace wigs and see why we are not wanted in Shuls, that until we fix our MIDDOS, our BEHAVIOR TOWARD EACH OTHER, DERECH ERETZ, Caring about our and others Safety and Well-being, We are not wanted in Shul.

    Refuah Shelaimah!!!

  7. Not to take away from the seriousness of what happened but I would rather focus on the 500 people who were on those bleachers, fell about 20 or so feet and bentched Gomel in unison on the first day of yom tov.

  8. Isreallakewood, have u seen bleachers at frum events, I dont know what happened here , but bleachers are used at frum events 1000,s of times a year yes 1000,s in 40 years no one can remember a horrific bleacher story like this , yes here and there someone fell … yet u are quick to accuse the frum community for being lax. What’s ironic is that of all kehilos stolin is the most careful rebbe and kehilos when it comes to safety. Your need to make sense of misery pushes you to point a finger ….hashem yishmerainu

  9. It’s not about how it happened and not about the crowd or the way the bleachers were built!!!!!!
    ITS ABOUT ONE THING, WE YIDDEN MUST CHANGE TO BECOME BETTER

  10. I don’t know why YWN is not publishing information, which was available immediately after the event, demonstrating that the collapsed bleachers were improvised and held together with nothing more than plastic zipties, hastily cobbled together by the chassidim in order to be ready for the grand opening. Videos of this are circulating on Israeli TV and social media, and are widely available. Even though fortunately many less people were killed compared with Meron, the criminal negligence here was much worse. No way that bleachers held up by zip ties can support that kind of weight, especially if those standing on them are singing and swaying to the music. What a disgrace.

  11. Flatbush Tzadik
    IT WAS NOT FILLED TO CAPACITY. THERE WERE ONLY 600 PEOPLE IN A PLACE THAT FITS WELL OVER 2000. MAYBE THINK ABOUT TSHUVA INSTEAD!

  12. Kalila you sound like a christen missionary. You quote the verse that they quote and you claim they are following a man made torah please clarify what part of what they were doing do you think is part of that man made torah.

  13. @Kelilah you sound like a christen missionary. You quote the verse that they quote and you claim they are following a man made torah please clarify what part of what they were doing do you think is part of that man made torah.

  14. Rava, actually Kelila is not quoting missionaries. This idea is found in books of classic kabbalah and chassidus. It sais the leaders of the generation will be gilgulim of the erev eov who have no rachmanus on the Jewish people.

    It is very sad how people rely on miracle rabbis and worship “gedolim” who outright have canceled the most basic holochos and the foundation of our culture of Yiras Shamaim, morality, and love towards fellow jews, and care for all of Hashems creation.

  15. after the videos and the first photo, all the photosw were taken after nightfall, i presume by journalists.
    I imagine (and hope) that these are non-jewish ones hired by the AP who snappped these pics predominantly for the non-jewsih world.
    [It might be obvious but my first thought was that they were taken by secular jews (chilonim) or by goyim on behalf of a jewsih firm – both of which would be problematic.]