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Bethel, NY - Head Counselor At Pupa Camp Dies In Upstate Collision

Published on: June 20, 2018 09:02 PM
Last updated on: June 20, 2018 10:48 PM
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Bethel, NY - A beloved Borough Park educator died today after being injured in a head on collision in the Catskills.

Sources said that 42 year old Reuven Chaim Biller, the long time head counselor of the Pupa’s Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov camp in Swan Lake, was critically injured when a vehicle driven by a 17 year old crossed into the lane of oncoming traffic and struck his car at approximately 2:40 this afternoon.

Trooper Steven Nevel of the New York State Police said that the accident took place on Harris Bushville Road in the Town of Bethel.

State troopers and multiple rescue crews, including Hatzolah, the Swan Lake and Liberty fire departments and Mobile Medic responded to the scene on the curving roadway where it took nearly an hour to extricate Biller from his badly mangled Toyota Sienna. 

Biller was transported to Catskill Regional Medical Center in critical condition and was about to be airlifted to Westchester Medical Center several hours later when he underwent cardiac arrest and passed away.


The New York State Police is continuing its investigation and are looking into distracted driving by the teen driver as the possible cause of the accident.

Biller was the father of 8 and the son of Dovid Biller, one of the founding members of Borough Park Hatzolah.  Details for his funeral are still being finalized but it is expected to take place tomorrow in Borough Park, followed by burial in Monsey.

Biller was a talented individual who always had a good word for everyone, said Rabbi Hersh Friedman, a rebbe at Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov in Borough Park who noted that his passing leaves a tremendous void for the camp, which has yet to open for the summer.

 Reuven Chaim Biller (left) is seen in camp in this 2016 photo Reuven Chaim Biller (left) is seen in camp in this 2016 photo
Misaskim Volunteers at the sceneMisaskim Volunteers at the scene

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 Jun 20, 2018 at 10:46 PM Yidhakodesh Says:

Misfortune on top of misfortune, his two chushava brothers arrived camp directors as well, 1 is in csmp krasna in Monticello and one is in Tzelem Hurleville, meaning that all these camps will convene without head counselors, since they will nebech be sitting Shiva, Hashem help us all....


 Jun 21, 2018 at 12:12 AM Anonymous Says:

Reuven Chaim, dear friend. You would light up every room you walked in with your good cheer.

Ripped away from us in prime of your life, you still had so much to offer...

I miss you so dearly..


 Jun 21, 2018 at 12:15 PM Ribono shel Oilum. We ask you...... A'ad Musay! We are speechless! Says:

Our Minds are frozen ......... we don't have the Words.... just tears and tears and tears.. flowing .....


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