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.
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.)