TRAGEDY IN FLORIDA: Frum Men from NY Drown Off Miami Coast

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Two frum men from New York were swept into the ocean on the coast of Miami, Florida, today and passed away.

The incident occurred today at about 11:30 a.m., when a strong rip tide drew in the men.

A jet ski picked up three of the victims and two were able to swim to the shoreline. CPR was performed on both victims, who were taken to Aventura Medical Center. One of the survivors was treated at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.

The two niftarim, pictured below, are R’ Yitzchok Rosenberg z”l and R’ Chaim Parnes z”l.

R’ Yitzchok was 68 years old. A real estate developer and the owner of Certified Lumber in Williamsburg, BP Lumber, the Rose Castle Hall and other businesses, and served as the rosh hakahal in the Satmar kehillah of Rav Aharon Teitelbaum in Williamsburg.

R’ Chaim, a diamond dealer by profession and a resident of Kiryas Yoel, NY, was 65 years old. His levayah will be held this evening at the Stropkover Bais Medrash in Kiryas Yoel, where he served as rov.

Both R’ Yitzchok and R’ Chaim were known as baalei chesed and baalei tzedakah who assisted many people and mosdos.

R’ Yitzchok and R’ Chaim were part of a group of men from Kiyras Yoel, NY, who were at the Haulover Beach off of Collins Avenue in North Miami Beach. The others are R’ Anshel Hershkowitz, R’ Yitzchok Englander and R’ Aharon Wurtzberger. Reb Yitzchok Englander was treated at the hospital and released, while Reb Aharon Wurtzberger remains hospitalized.

Update, 5:20 p.m. EST: The bodies are in the process of being released by the medical examiner in Miami and will now be flown to New York for kevurah. A private jet is waiting to fly the niftarim to New York.

Update, 6:50 p.m. EST: We have been told that, unfortunately, the bodies will likely not be released tonight; it will have to wait for the morning.

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  1. Wasn’t the fellow in the 2nd picture, featured recently on your website, regarding a mugging of his jewelry in North Miami Beach?
    Haulover Beach is known to have very strong currents. Because of the strong winds, they always fly the kites on the other side of Collins Avenue (at that location).
    We should only hear besuros tovos.

  2. BDE

    What a tragedy

    TIME FOR TESHUVA, the choice is OURS when the tzaros will end

    I was zoche to know one of them

    may their neshamos have an aliya


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