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Organized under the auspices of a volunteer organization called “Imahot L’Maan Imahot” (“Mothers Supporting Mothers”), the gathering took place at the Dan Family Aish World Center near the Western Wall in the Old City, almost exactly one month after the tragedy at Mount Meron.

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Israel was shaken to the core at the end of April when an overcrowded exit ramp at a Lag b’Omer celebration on Mount Meron in the country’s north became a death trap, after people lost their footing, tumbling on top of one another, resulting in the deaths of 45 people, including Yossi Kohn, a yeshiva student from a Cleveland suburb. It was the worst civilian disaster in Israel’s history.