Hasid donated $$50K to yeshivot hours before drowning

May 18, 2016  

A prominent Satmar Hasid from New York donated $50,000 to charity just two hours before he died in a North Miami Beach drowning accident, it was revealed Wednesday. 

Rabbi Yitzhak Rosenberg donated the money to the Satmar Institutions of Jerusalem, BHadrei Haderim reports, following a phone call from its leader, Rabbi Zanvil Foigel. Rabbi Foigel is currently in the US.

Rosenberg and businessman Rabbi Haim Parnes drowned Tuesday after being pulled into a riptide along a North Miami Beach beachfront. Three others sustained serious injuries. 

Wednesday morning, a private plane transported their bodies to Orange County, where they will be buried; thousands of people are expected at the funeral, according to local news reports. 

Both Rosenberg and Parnes were well-known figures in the Satmar community, in Willamsburg, Brooklyn and Kiryas Joel, respectively. 

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