TRAGEDY IN UKRAINE: American Father Of 10 From Beit Shemesh R”L Killed In Crash As Bus left Uman


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Tragedy struck in Ukraine on Motzei Rosh Hashanah, as a Yungerman lost his life in a serious crash while travelling to the airport in Kiev after spending Rosh Hashanah in Uman.

Sources tell YWN that a minibus was travelling from Uman to the Kiev Airport, when it was involved in a serious crash. Around 11 victims were injured.

One victim in the crash was R”L Niftar at the scene.

He was identified as Reb Avrohom Lavy Z’L, 44, a Sanzer chassid and resident of Beit Shemesh, the son of Reb Hershey of Boro Park. He is a son-in-law of Reb Yechezkel Silverman of Williamsburg. Tragically, he leaves behind a wife and ten children. Ichud Hatzalah and ZAKA were both on the scene and working with local authorities to ensure proper Kavod Hames.

The other victims appear to all be in stable condition. Four lightly injured passengers received first aid treatment at the scene of the accidents and were evacuated to local hospitals.

Extensive efforts are being made by ZAKA, the Chabad shaliach in Kiev, the members of the Kiev Chevra Kadisha and Israeli diplomats in Kiev to bring the niftar to Israel for kevurah before Shabbos as well as to bring in his parents and relatives from the US for the levaya.

Reb Lavy, z’l, moved to Beit Shemesh after his marriage, and grew close to Breslev through HaRav Avraham Tzvi Kluger, a Breslover mashpia.

A heartbreaking video shows Hatzalah volunteers and other Yidden reciting Kaddisha at the scene.

Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)