UPDATED: Philanthropist Mogul Moises Saba Z”L, Along With Son & Daughter-In-Law Killed in Chopper Crash Returning From Brooklyn Engagement Party

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UPDATE & VIDEO LINKS BELOW: (9:00AM EST) Major Jewish philanthropist Mogul Moises Saba Z”L was killed late Sunday afternoon in a helicopter crash in Mexico City along with three family members. Saba was 47-years-old. Also in the chopper at the time of the crash was his wife, their son Avraham (Albert) and his daughter-in-law. The pilot was also killed. There were no survivors on board.

It appears heavy fog conditions led to limited visibility, resulting in a chopper blade striking a building.

Highly-credible sources tell YWN that they had just returned from Flatbush, Brooklyn, where his sister had just made an engagement party at their home on Avenue S – in the Syrian Community. They had spend Shabbos in Flatbush, attended the party on Motzei Shabbos, and flew back to Mexico via airplane on Sunday. After landing, they transferred from a plane to chopper.

A private jet left NYC for Mexico at approximately 3:30AM on Sunday night/Monday morning for the Levaya, with family members, and at least one member of Flatbush Hatzolah – a highly recognized Askan in the Syrian community

R’ Moises was a major supporter of Torah institutions in Eretz Yisrael and around the world. He was especially close to Chacham Ovadia Yosef Shlita and his family. HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef, a son of the Rav and rosh yeshiva of Yechavei Daat is heading to New Mexico for the levaya. HaGaon HaRav David Yosef, another son, is expected to leave later today as well.

The niftar prided himself with hosting shiurim from his home, including a recent visit from Maran Rav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita, who delivered words of chizuk to the local community.

Two years ago he was in Eretz Yisrael for Lag B’Omer, renting six helicopters to fly his entourage to the Tzion, as well as rabbonim including Rishon L’Tzion HaRav Moshe Shlomo Amar Shlita.

Zaka, another organization that enjoyed strong support from the niftar is sending a special team to the scene. The details of the levaya to be announced. The matter of the levaya is being discussed with rabbonim in Eretz Yisrael as one of the questions entails waiting for another son, Chaim, who learns in Yeshivas Kol Torah in Eretz Yisrael.

According to a Kol Chai Radio report, Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Moshe Shlomo Amar has instructed them to wait with the levaya until the Zaka team arrives to ensure the kvura includes all the body parts as demanded by halacha.

VIDEO LINKS: Click HERE for video of the scene from Mexican TV, and click HERE to see Jamie Saba (son of Moises Z”L) arguing with cops to get into the accident scene. It appears that he was eventually let in [approx 20 seconds into clip]
Update on Levaya of Chopper Crash Victims 7:31PM IL:

According to Rav David Yosef Shlita, interviewed moments ago on Kol Chai Radio, the levaya of the members of the Saba family will “most likely get underway in about two hours although it is not yet final”.

The Rav explained he was associated with the niftar for over 20 years, praising his attributes. The Rav will not make it in time for the levaya but is heading to Mexico City later Monday night [Israel time].

He added that the son (Avraham/ Alberto) recently established a new shul and he, the Rav, was present for the ceremony. Avraham told his father that there was enough money and he wanted to return to the Beit Medrash. He too learned in Kol Torah in Yerushalayim. His wife z”l was not yet 20 and they left behind a 1-year-old infant.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


34 COMMENTS

  1. This is a terrible tragedy not for the Mexican community but for Mexico, New York, Florida, California, Israel & the whole world. His generosity and tzedaka was seen all over the world. May Hashem send Nechama to his family and friends. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

  2. Does anyone know the Hebrew name of Mr. Saba, and his father’s Hebrew name, as well as all the other members of his family who were so tragically killed?

  3. What a loss for the community. He was such A special man.A true talmid chachom and baal middos. You can’t imagine the amount of chessed and tzedaka this man and his family have done and given.

  4. חבל על דאבדין ולא משתכחין, יהודי חם, אוהב תורה ולומדיה, זכה לבנים בני תורה, ולעוד אלפי בני תורה שנהנו מתמיכותיו,מכל העדות והחוגים.

    אבידה קשה במישור האישי והכללי, יהי זכרו ברוך, ת.נ.צ.ב.ה

  5. Alberto was a sweet young man, a real Ben Torah, learned in Ateret Torah in Brooklyn and then in Kol Torah in Israel. How Ironic is it that they flew via helicopter back and forth to school for fear of kidnappers and to find their end bacause of one. Only God knows. Alberto we will miss you.

  6. I had the honor of staying in his hotel in Acapulco a few years ago and i was amazed at the at the fact that there was a full shul, mikva and all the amenities to serve a frum family, on Friday morning I was sitting down for breakfast with my wife and this family sat next to us and they started conversation it took a few minutes for me to realize that these were the famous Sabas yet they made no special mention of it, after breakfast they invited us to sit with them and spend the shabbos meal together we were amazed at how a family of such stature was so nice, friendly and down to earth, he spent shabbos giving shiurim and was the baal koreh as well. our friendship was short lived but the lessons we learned from them will be remembered for life, you were truly menchleche people in every way, your family should be mailitze yoisher for you and klal yisroel has a lot to be thank full for, with a tear in my eyes I can truly say……you will be missed

  7. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.
    He was a very humble man who amazingly didn’t let his extreme wealth change him in any way for the worse, only the better.
    May Hashem comfort his family and help them through this horrible ordeal.

  8. Baruch Dayan Haemet , Our heart goes out to his wondeful family.A terrible loss for all Jews.Moise was a major contributor to Brooklyn – Syrian Yeshivas – shuls & other worthy causes. Such a humble – pleasant young man . A terrific Hazan .
    We will forever remember him with utmost love & respect.

  9. The Mexican, American and Israeli jewish communities have lost extraordinary human beings…May G-d bestow his comfort on them and their families…Truly a sad and tragic day…No words…

  10. i cant believe this is real, baruch dayan haemet, these down to earth baal tzedakah that helped so many people, and many wich we dont know of;we dont understand hashems ratzon, all we can do is not let this be in vain; lets wake up people!!!!!lets hope mosy,adela alberto & judy pray for us, and bh sd us the gueula, but its up to us to become better

  11. They were truly wonderful people who helped so many others, So many people benefited from them that well never even know how many. They are leaving a huge void and there is not one person in mexico who has not been affected by this tragedy. They were our neighbors our relatives and our friends. It is truly a very sad day.

  12. Burech Dayen Huemes!

    The torah world has lost another legend, I am still coping with the loss of Harav Benzion Dunner Z”L Hashem “ad musei”?

  13. Baruch Dayan Emes. Their Neshamos should have aliyos.

    We need their Hebrew names and their father’s Hebrew name. The mother’s name is only in this world.

  14. BARUCH DAYAN EMET
    BEN ADAM
    I had the Z’chut to be together with him at this time, never knowing he paid for it.

    Two years ago he was in Eretz Yisrael for Lag B’Omer, renting six helicopters to fly his entourage to the Tzion, as well as rabbonim including Rishon L’Tzion HaRav Moshe Shlomo Amar Shlita

  15. Great People, we can not stop crying; All Our Community Is in Shock…….We Shuold All Wake Up!!! HEWBRE NAMES WITH FATHERS NAMES

    Moshe ben Alberto Abraham
    Adela Bat Haim
    ALBERTO Abraham Ben Moshe
    Judy Bat Isaac

  16. We had the great Zechus to spend ten days with this great family on a cruise in August they were so modest and friendly we had no idea of there financial status, Moshe was Bal Koreh and both he and his son Alberto attended the daily Daf Hayomi Shiur they were outstang Talmidai Chachomim and there Aydelkyt realy shone through for all to see.
    A tragic loss for the family and Klal Yisroel Hamokoim Yenachaim Eschem

  17. Adela Tuachi de Saba was a great woman. I went to school with her and her sisters.Her mother Sra. Estrella Tuachi raised an amazing family, a true Baalei Chassed family.With all the money they had they always did Chesed and set and example to what true Eshet chail should be. Hamakom Yenachaim Etchem. De Lory y la Señora Sara del Beit Yaakov de Mexico. Baruch Dayan Emet