Rabbi Tomer Ben-Shitrit, 39, dies of coronavirus over Rosh Hashanah holiday

Rabbi Tomer Ben-Shitrit, Assuta Ashdod Hospital's synagogue rabbi, dies of coronavirus at the age of 39.

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Rabbi Tomer Ben-Shitrit, who served as rabbi of the synagogue at Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital, died of coronavirus at the age of 39.

Rabbi Ben-Shitrit, who also served as chairman of the Teshuva Veyeshua organization, died over the course of the Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) holiday earlier this week.

Two weeks ago, Rabbi Ben-Shitrit returned from a family vacation in northern Israel, but it soon became clear that he had contracted coronavirus, and his condition began to deteriorate. Later, he was hospitalized in serious condition, and doctors began to fight for his life.

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Ben-Shitrit's condition turned critical and despite the doctors' best efforts and to his family's grief, he passed away.

Rabbi Ben-Shitrit became religious 18 years ago. As a secular Jew, he was a soccer player, and following his return to Judaism, he worked to bring others closer and support many of his acquaintances in their Judaism.

The funeral was held Wednesday night in Ashdod, and attended by many of those who knew him.

Rabbi Ben-Shitrit was well-known and beloved in Ashdod, and according to reports, his death shocked his many admirers, among them well-known figures who he brought closer to Judaism.

He is survived by his wife and seven children.

Earlier this week, an unvaccinated 30-year-old new mother died of coronavirus in Emek Medical Center in northern Israel, one week after giving birth to a healthy baby girl.