Jewish Volunteers Find Body of Missing Rabbi Crushed in Mexico Earthquake

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The Jerusalem Post reports: ZAKA volunteers in Mexico on Saturday found the body of Rabbi Haim Ashkenazi, the Israeli-based rescue and recovery organization confirmed. Volunteer search and rescue teams, including an Israeli delegation made up of IDF and civilian rescue workers, have been trying to locate victims and aid survivors since Tuesday, when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City.

Rabbi Haim Ashkenazi was killed when the office building he was in collapsed, trapping him underneath the rubble. He served as rabbi at the Kehillat Magen David synagogue and is related by marriage to Rabbi Shlomo Tawil, Mexico’s Chief Rabbi.

“Immediately after Shabbat went out in Mexico (early morning Israel time), we received an update from our team in Mexico that they had recovered the body of the missing Jewish man,” ZAKA International Rescue Unit Chief Officer Mati Goldstein stated. “The ZAKA team, which was on the scene at the time the earthquake struck, will remain until we receive an update that there are no more missing people.”

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