Hasidic Jewish community members come together in shared grief

Hundreds of members of the Hasidic Jewish community came together in mourning on Wednesday, for the funeral of a nine-year-old boy who drowned at a New Jersey water park. 

Hersh Meilech Grossman, from Brooklyn in New York, died at Sahara Sam's water park after going into cardiac arrest in an outdoor pool just after 7.30pm on Tuesday.

As is custom within the religion, the young boy was buried within a day of his death - watched on by his distraught father Moshe Grossman, who stood graveside wiping away tears while embracing his seven-year-old son Sender.

Hundreds of residents lined the street sobbing openly, including the boy's mother Sheindy, who was embraced by an older daughter and her mother and cousins.  

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Hersh Meilech Grossman, from Brooklyn, died at Sahara Sam's water park after going into cardiac arrest in an outdoor pool just after 7.30pm on Tuesday. As is custom within the religion, the boy was buried within a day of his death - watched on by his distraught father Moshe Grossman, who stood graveside wiping away tears while embracing his son Sender

Hersh Meilech Grossman, from Brooklyn, died at Sahara Sam's water park after going into cardiac arrest in an outdoor pool just after 7.30pm on Tuesday. As is custom within the religion, the boy was buried within a day of his death - watched on by his distraught father Moshe Grossman, who stood graveside wiping away tears while embracing his son Sender

Hundreds of residents lined the street sobbing openly, including the boy's mother Sheindy, who was embraced by an older daughter and her mother and cousins

Hundreds of residents lined the street sobbing openly, including the boy's mother Sheindy, who was embraced by an older daughter and her mother and cousins

The small pine box was covered in a black velvet sheath with the name of the small beloved synagogue Belzer Talmud Torah on 18th Avenue in Borough Park

The small pine box was covered in a black velvet sheath with the name of the small beloved synagogue Belzer Talmud Torah on 18th Avenue in Borough Park

The coffin was placed on a pitted wooden bench surrounded by numerous men in black orthodox Jewish garb – it contained the body of a nine-year-old boy who drowned the day before on a vacation trip with about 800 of his classmates from the Orthodox Jewish school

The coffin was placed on a pitted wooden bench surrounded by numerous men in black orthodox Jewish garb – it contained the body of a nine-year-old boy who drowned the day before on a vacation trip with about 800 of his classmates from the Orthodox Jewish school

They sat on a bench across from the coffin as her father Rabbi Eckstein said prayers for the tragic young boy. 

The small pine box was covered in a black velvet sheath with the name of the small beloved synagogue Belzer Talmud Torah on 18th Avenue in Borough Park. 

The coffin was placed on a pitted wooden bench surrounded by dozens of men in black orthodox Jewish garb – it contained the body of the nine-year-old, who sadly drowned the day before on a vacation trip with about 800 of his classmates.

It was a day that was supposed to be a fun day in the cooling waters. It turned into a day of heartbreak for the Borough Park community as they said their final prayers for Tzvi (Hersh) Elimelech Yechiel Michel Grossman, who had spent days looking forward to the trip because of the sweltering New York weather.

Despite the best efforts of rescuers doing CPR in front of stunned children, they could not save the boy. 

The mother's first cousin Joseph Langsom said the family was 'taking it

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