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North Bay, Ontario, Canada - An intensive search is underway Tuesday for two Toronto-area men who went missing on Lake Nipissing. Heine Mondrowitz, 56, of Richmond Hill, Ont., and his son-in-law, Eli Horowitz, 30, of Toronto, who is also an active Hatzolah member, they were supposed to return from a boating trip Monday evening. Police say their 19-foot rental boat was found empty after it drifted ashore in North Bay. The men were staying at a lodge on the lake and had rented the boat to go fishing and swimming. Police and local volunteers are involved in a heavy ground, air and water search for the missing men. U/D: 08/26/06 21:57 All up dates on the two missing, will be posted in the comments section of this post. U/D: 09/01/06 Reward for still missing Eli Horowitz was offered by Hatzoloh of Toronto 

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 Nov 18, 2006 at 07:03 AM Anonymous Says:

I represent the group of Recovery/Rescue Divers from the Ohio Dive Team. We are having problems receiving funds to go back to Lake Nipissing to continue the search. We are dedicated to give closure to the family. 11-18-2006 thanks....


 Nov 12, 2006 at 04:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Is this blog currently unavailable? If so could you please let us know as we keep checking on it for any updates. Thanks in advance.


 Nov 05, 2006 at 07:04 PM Anonymous Says:

I am wondering if you have any new information regarding the search? It has been a while since I have seen any updaes? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


 Oct 25, 2006 at 12:15 PM Anonymous Says:

I heard there were divers up this week (Oct. 23rd).


 Oct 24, 2006 at 04:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Thank you for your continued information. We appreciate any updates you can provide. Family member


 Oct 20, 2006 at 04:18 PM Anonymous Says:

both blogs are still going its just that there hasnt been any breakthroughs to provide an update with.

Also the weathers changing and its making it harder to conduct large scale searches i.e. divers, boats, shorlines.


 Oct 18, 2006 at 07:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Is this blog still going? It has been awhile since I have seen any new updates?


 Oct 12, 2006 at 06:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Are the OPP doing anything right now for the search?


 Oct 11, 2006 at 07:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Thank you once again for keeping us updated on the search. Are the OPP still out doing a search or is it just Hatzoloh? Does Hatzoloh still have funds to continue this search? Please please keep us posted, it is wonderful for you to keep this going. A loving family member


 Oct 11, 2006 at 12:55 PM Ari Says:

The following information has been provided by a volunteer searcher who was part of another Hatzoloh organized search party for Monday October 9.

A total of 15 volunteers went up to North Bay from Toronto.

-Eight people were split up to two groups of four to perform shoreline searches covering the Western shoreline of Lake Nipissing.

-Three Seadoos searched the area surrounding Lonely Island and the Southern shoreline

-One helicopter performed a lake surface scan as well as a shoreline search

-No Divers or boats went out


 Oct 10, 2006 at 10:38 AM Anonymous Says:

Thank you for keeping this blog going, I am part of the family which lost our loved ones, and this keeps me notified without having to call people.
Thank you again.


 Oct 09, 2006 at 10:02 PM Ari Says:

Hatzoloh had volunteers go up today Oct 9 to do another major search. Updates of the search will be provided shortly.


 Oct 09, 2006 at 07:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Are there any updates with the divers?


 Oct 05, 2006 at 10:06 PM Anonymous Says:

From what I hear, there has been a dive team up in North Bay the last few days that has done a major search in and around Lonely Island. One of the main ideas for the divers was to do a Grid Search, where a few divers actually touch the bottom of the ocean floor and crawl along on a straight line. They would then move over as wide as they are (about the width of the 6 divers) and begin over. This way they cover every inch of the ocean surface that they are searching. Hatzolah has not given up at all. No one has given up and we will not give up until Eli is found!!


 Oct 04, 2006 at 09:06 PM Anonymous Says:

I was wondering if anyone had any further updates at this time? Are Hatzoloh still in North Bay? What about the OPP? Please let us know. Thanks always. Family


 Sep 29, 2006 at 11:14 AM Anonymous Says:

Thanks anonymous 10:21 - Sorry I didnt get around to posting your info on the blog last night. Its up now.


 Sep 29, 2006 at 10:21 AM Anonymous Says:

I was up there yesterday. There were about 15 of us. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and no boats were able to go out. 4 seadoos went out to search and also a helicopter. They are expecting better weather today (Friday) and a diving team should be there to continue searching. They will be concetrating in the area around Lonely Island.


 Sep 28, 2006 at 02:39 PM Anonymous Says:

As far as I know the OPP is searching key areas. Hatzoloh actually called up some volunteers to go up today for the day. The funding is still there. What people are doing now is raising money for Eli's wife and kids.


 Sep 27, 2006 at 06:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Again, thank you for your continued updates. Do you have any information if the OPP is till out in full force? What about Hatzoloh? Do they still have the funds to continue. Please let us know. Thanks again.


 Sep 24, 2006 at 09:18 PM Anonymous Says:

As far as I know they are out trying to properly search the area around lonely island since thats an area a woman claimed to have seen something. See the article above. They are taking her claim seriously and they are still checking that area.


 Sep 24, 2006 at 07:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Since the siting I heard that the OPP have "an area" in mind for the continued search. Is this correct? Is the OPP still out in full force? Please keep this blog going to keep us going here. Thank you


 Sep 22, 2006 at 01:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Based on information from a volunteer who has been up at North Bay for most of the week the following update is provided:

-Hatzoloh had selected volunteers come up and provide searches on seadoos scanning the surface of the water and shorelines on Sun, Mon, and Tue.

-Hired locals on boats also conducted water surface and shoreline searches as well from Sun-Thurs.

-Three K9 units, privately hired and OPP, were out alternating searches until Wednesday.

-The OPP had boats with side Sonars out on the lake doing surface scans as well as scanning the bottom of the lake.

-Two alternating OPP dive teams were out until Wed searching suspected areas.

-On Wednesday and Friday (today) the OPP conducted an extensive aerial search of the entire lake and shoreline.


 Sep 20, 2006 at 08:37 AM Anonymous Says:

Thank you again for your updates. We have also heard about a "possible siting". Please please keep us all updated. Thanks for all you have been doing. Family member


 Sep 18, 2006 at 03:11 PM Ari Says:

Sighting intensifies search efforts but no body recovered

Monday, September 18, 2006 - 08:00

Local News - A report by a local boater describing what appeared to be a partially submerged body off Lonely Island, Saturday, prompted an intensive Ontario Provincial Police helicopter and watercraft search. OPP, volunteers and associates of the North American Jewish community have been looking for Eli Horowitz, 30, since he went missing on Lake Nipissing, Aug. 21. But with winds picking up wave action Sunday, there were no additional sightings, an OPP spokesman said.


 Sep 17, 2006 at 09:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Once again thank you so much for your updates. I am constantly checking in with your website which is more up to date than any other news we, the family, are receiving from North Bay. Thanks again and look forward to your next update.


 Sep 17, 2006 at 12:39 AM Ari Says:

Another mass search is scheduled for Sunday. Anyone going please provide an update afterwards. thanks


 Sep 14, 2006 at 09:08 PM Anonymous Says:

I appreciate all the updates you continue to share with the family. Please please keep us posted. Thanks again and always. A loving family member.


 Sep 12, 2006 at 11:56 PM Ari Says:

Nugget Staff
Friday, September 08, 2006 - 08:00 Local News -

A cash reward for the recovery of the body of Eli Horowitz, 30, has increased to $10,000 from $3,000.

David Stein, a paramedic with the Hatzolah organization and close friend of Horowitz, said not finding the body has been frustrating.

"Our community is trying to do whatever we can to find his body," Stein said, adding as many as 20 members of Hatzolah, a volunteer-based emergency medical service, continue to search daily. The search for Horowitz of Toronto and his father-in-law, Heine Mondrowitz, 56, of Richmond Hill, started Aug. 21 after the boat they had rented to go fishing and swimming on Lake Nipissing was found drifting unattended near LaVase River two hours later.

Mondrowitz's body was found five days later along the shores of Lonely Island by OPP underwater search and recovery personnel. "We're concentrating of course where his father-in-law's body was found, but at this time we're also searching the entire lake," Stein said. Ontario Provincial Police continue their search, aided by volunteers who have conducted extensive water, air and ground searches.


 Sep 12, 2006 at 07:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Let me again thank you all - although our search continues what you have done is beyond believable. My family and I owe you so much gratitude and I hope you can keep us posted on anything you find out. Thank you a million times. A close family member


 Sep 12, 2006 at 12:31 AM Ari Says:

At this time, Hatzoloh will not be calling up any more volunteers. They have decided that since Eli's body has not surfaced yet they will focus their efforts to under water searches using sonar and divers.

Therefore, only boats will be going out at this time. They will have a few boats dedicated to scanning the surface of the lake with sonar and some more performing shoreline searches. When and if the sonar boats have detected something divers will then be sent in.

Hatzoloh and the family thank all the volunteers for all the help they provided over the last few difficult weeks.


 Sep 11, 2006 at 04:20 PM Ari Says:

Great update. Thanks. If you dont mind I'm going to post the info on my blog.


 Sep 11, 2006 at 03:46 PM Anonymous Says:

I was up at the search yesteday. They had about 60 volunteers. It was very well organized. We were divided up into teams and we walked the entire search area, from north of North Bay, through Calendar Bay and deep into South Bay. All the Manitou Islands were also walked. About 7 local boats also went out with volunteers and they covered all the shoreline as well, and all the islands in South Bay. Hatzoloh also rented an airboat (one of those boats that look like they come from the Florida Everglades- big fan in the back) which covered all the marshes around Calendar Bay and even went up the La Vase river.

I spoke to someone from hatzoloh afterward and he told me that their search and rescue people have said that because Eli has not come up yet, he will likely not come up by himself anymore. That's why Hatzoloh will be relying less on volunteers to walk the shorelines, rather they will focus on having professionals come in with sonar equipment and divers. A professional sonar and dive team was there yesterday.


 Sep 10, 2006 at 11:55 PM Ari Says:

So I didnt yet get final numbers on the search but it seems that they had around 30 people. I will provide an update as soon as I get information on the search.


 Sep 10, 2006 at 04:18 PM Anonymous Says:

I am wondering if you have any more information on the search for today. I was told it was going to be a massive search by Hatzolah. Almost 100 people? Please please keep us updated. Thanks for your kindness


 Sep 09, 2006 at 10:58 PM Ari Says:

to anonymous 7:32

I appreciate your comment thanks. I'm happy the blog is helping.


 Sep 09, 2006 at 10:41 PM Ari Says:

Hatzoloh is still arranging volunteers for tomorrow. call the Hatzoloh office for more information.

In the end there will not be a bus leaving from bathurst and lawrence rather they are arranging cars to go up.

This is preferred as they want people to drive to locations throughout the are to do the searches.

They will be doing primarily mass shoreline searches. Some boats will go out as well.


 Sep 08, 2006 at 07:32 PM Anonymous Says:

To ari, I had a look at your blog. Great job. It seems that you put alot of time into it. the satellite maps of the lake and the detailed description of the searches have been extremly helpful especially for thos of us not in toronto.


 Sep 08, 2006 at 06:36 PM Ari Says:

Hatzoloh currently has 20-25 volunteers for the large search scheduled for this Sunday. If anyone is interested contact Hatzoloh toronto. They would like to have around 50 volunteers.

The search will include shorelines but also inland and forest areas as well as many boats.


 Sep 08, 2006 at 03:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Is something wrong here? I havent seen any updates. Is this link down?


 Sep 08, 2006 at 12:50 PM Anonymous Says:

updates are not


 Sep 07, 2006 at 05:25 PM Anonymous Says:

I am wondering you set up this blog because I would like to you know how much I appreciate your work. I am a close family member and this information has kept me able to keep my family updated. I would love to find out your email, name, etc. so I can properly thank you and bless you for your amazing work. Please let me know if this is possible. Signed by Princess


 Sep 07, 2006 at 05:21 PM Anonymous Says:

To Ari and all the wonderful people who are keeping this site alive for us, the family, thank you. Words can not express how much I appreciate these updates and passing on the information to our family certainly keeps everyone going. God bless you all and please please keep us informed. Thank you again


 Sep 07, 2006 at 05:18 PM Anonymous Says:

I would like to thank Ari and the continued updates you are bringing to us. The knowledge that this search is going on still will certainly give my family the hope we all need to find Eli soon. Words can not express my thanks to you and all the wonderful people helping us. God bless


 Sep 07, 2006 at 04:11 PM Ari Says:

Ok, here's a quick update as I was up at North Bay for a couple days.

Tuesday - for various reasons we only had six people go up to North Bay. Two boats went out to do searches. Two people and a local went out on one boat covering areas to the west and south of the Inn and the other four went on another boat covering the areas to the east of the Waltonian Inn. Our boat searched the surronding islands around Lonely Island and the shallow waters in that area as well. We searched the shore lines of other islands to the south of Lonely Island and then performed an extensive three search of the entire southern shoreline. We returned around 2:30. In the meantime, locals on three seadoos went and searched areas throughout the lake in the morning and again in the afternoon. While the other group was searching the western marsh areas, A volunteer searcher from Monsey sent out a team of sniffing dogs and divers to Callander Bay. They returned without success after ann extensive 3hr dive search.

Wed. A group of 15 searchers came up from Toronto. Because the waters were choppy as a result of the previous night's storm no boats were sent out. The group was split up into 5 search groups consisting of three searchers. The groups were sent to the rocky shorlines to the east and west of the Inn. In the afternoon the groups were sent out once more to other areas to the east, west, and south west areas.

The schedule for today (Thurs) consisted of 14 volunteers going out on seven boats with locals. A large and significant area of the lake should be covered.


 Sep 07, 2006 at 03:51 PM Ari Says:

Hatzoloh Toronto's search for Eli Horowitz, one of the men who remains missing in North Bay, continues. They are trying to organize a large-scale ground search for this coming Sunday (September 11, 2006). Hatzoloh will arrange for a bus to transport volunteers to and from North Bay.

There will be minyan and a search briefing on the bus.

Volunteers should bring comfortable shoes, food, water, a change of clothing and should be in good health.

If you, or anyone you know, are available to volunteer, please call the Hatzoloh office as soon as possible.


 Sep 06, 2006 at 09:03 PM Anonymous Says:

To anonymous 8:47 I agree with you and Shevi and all of us deserve every bit of information and all the help we can get to continue this day by day painful waiting. If I can do anything to help please please let me know. A loving family member


 Sep 06, 2006 at 08:47 PM Anonymous Says:

please put this link back on the main site. it is very important to the family and to klala yisrael that this issue be resolved as soon as possible. remember, Shevi is an aguna.


 Sep 06, 2006 at 08:26 PM Anonymous Says:

I really hope this link is put back on as a family member the updates are so helpful to me. Please don't give up on this now!


 Sep 06, 2006 at 05:36 PM Anonymous Says:

because the link was removed from the main site.


 Sep 06, 2006 at 05:04 PM Anonymous Says:

I am wondering why no one has posted anything lately? I look forward to this site every day. Please let me know. Thank you


 Sep 04, 2006 at 11:37 PM Anonymous Says:

I am the search co-ordinator. Thank you so much to everyone- Hatzalah, OPP, volunteers, residents - for your continued efforts. To all residents who wish to help, please e-mail martin@paragonlinen.com or call 416-557-8974. thank you.
URGENT: to anon. of 4:21 a.m. Sunday morning, Aug. 27 ".. my parents live 2 doors down from the Waltonian inn.." please contact me with any info re: the lady you spoke to who witnessed the accident. This is very important!
Again, thank you to everyone, and may we soon see hatzlacha from all our combined efforts.


 Sep 04, 2006 at 10:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Thank you. At this present time we only have about six volunteers coming up to North Bay for Tuesday. The plan is that these searchers will probably ride in four boats lead by locals and do water surface searches and shoreline searches. So any other help from locals would be amazing. From what I understand, the locals taking these volunteers charge about $50 per hour. If there are locals available to volunteer and search that would be great. I think we will be concentrating on areas South West and East of the Waltonian Inn. The OPP will be continuing sonar scans of the bottom.


 Sep 04, 2006 at 08:33 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't know if the OPP will stop their participation in the recovery of Eli but please do ask for help on this forum. Being from North Bay I personally can assist you in any water search and I know that the residents in and around the area will help you until you are satisfied with the answers that have concluded this sad situation.


 Sep 04, 2006 at 09:24 AM Anonymous Says:

I hope OPP is still searching. We need their expertise and help badly. I hope they are not giving up; because we sure are not.


 Sep 03, 2006 at 11:41 PM Anonymous Says:

to anonymous 11:10
This is not the place to post rumors. Keep davening that we find Eli soon.


 Sep 03, 2006 at 11:10 PM Anonymous Says:

i hear there is rumors going around that they had problems with underworld people maybe they should investigate this rummor


 Sep 03, 2006 at 07:03 PM Anonymous Says:

As a family member I again would like to let everyone know how much we all appreciate your time and effort to help us with some closure. This is a horrific time for us and the knowledge that no matter what the OPP continue or not that Hatzolah will work until they find our Eli. Please this is no time to argue about money. Again we all appreciate your continued efforts and to the wonderful woman in North Bay please please keep us all posted. Thanks again. Close Relative to Heine and Eli.


 Sep 03, 2006 at 03:08 PM Anonymous Says:

-As someone from Toronto who is extremely close to the family, please don't say that with all the wealthy families in Toronto, we should have no problem raising the money. You have no idea how many people just gave their credit cards to Hatzalah and said "just use it as much as you need".
-One more point - of course the searches now are more organized than they were in the beginning - Hatzalah Toronto had never been involved in something like this before. Having spoken to the family - they are so grateful to Hatzalah for what they have done. To quote Shevy (eli's wife) "Hatzalah could not have done anything more than they did"
-Also -if you want to volunteer - please don't wait for the call to come out that they need volunteers - call Hatzalah Toronto - and they will let you know what is needed!


 Sep 03, 2006 at 11:08 AM Anonymous Says:

Who said they tried to raise funds and weren't matzliach. Read the blogs before you blog.


 Sep 03, 2006 at 09:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Amazing how the necessary funds cannot be raised just by canvassing the numerous wealthy family dynastiesin Toronto.

Very Sad


 Sep 03, 2006 at 08:53 AM Anonymous Says:

If Hatzoloh has enough volunteers for searching, what would money help here? if they don’t have enough volunteers, there are a lot of people who are willing to go down volunteer, just put out the call, and they will be there.


 Sep 03, 2006 at 02:25 AM Anonymous Says:





 Sep 03, 2006 at 02:19 AM Anonymous Says:

To New Yorker about the $3000.

I think Hatzalah or Toronto and the family's spend money on searching and other important stuff till now.

I would recommend that you make a fund raising for Hatzalah of Toronto and send them money they can raise the reward and just you other people on this blog should do the same it will be a big help. Of course if you can give yourself something send them a check.

If some comes to me and my friends who I know we will for sure send Money in fact I'm going to collect tomorrow for this - so all of us do the same.


 Sep 02, 2006 at 11:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Just called, they are ok for Sunday.


 Sep 02, 2006 at 10:29 PM Anonymous Says:

any news did they find him do they need volunteers we are ready to send people from montreal if needed


 Sep 02, 2006 at 10:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Gut Voch un a gezunte and mazeldike voch. Vos is nayes about Maylech. Anything?


 Sep 02, 2006 at 09:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Anything, ANYTHING new with the search? Was is conducted over Shabbos? Please, update, please.


 Sep 01, 2006 at 05:55 PM Anonymous Says:

lets all pray we should find him this shabath lets all have him in mind and pray tonight by davening


 Sep 01, 2006 at 05:46 PM Anonymous Says:

There should be dogs searching the whole area. Don't reinvent the wheel.


 Sep 01, 2006 at 04:39 PM Anonymous Says:

i am sure who ever will find is not even going to accept the reward money lets find him than we worry about the money


 Sep 01, 2006 at 03:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Trust me, I think the North Bay people are devoted, fine people who are more than glad to help, and reward is not what is pulling them to assist in this search. They are searching out of the goodness of their heart and would be pleased to do same for anyone lost. North Bay residents seem to be compassionate people with a love for life and peace. May the Almighty bless them all!


 Sep 01, 2006 at 02:57 PM Friend Says:

I am not jewish or part of the community. I am a friend.
I have been reading this blog since the beginning to keep in touch and up to date.
My heart goes out to Heine and Eli's family. I keep them in my thoughts and prayers and send strength and love.

To all involved with the search, volunteering , helping with the family, I may have missed saying some of the people, but know that I thank everyone. I have never seen a community pull together as I have here its very beautiful and moving.

I just felt I needed to say this.

thank you


A Friend


 Sep 01, 2006 at 02:08 PM Anonymous Says:

You know, I don't really believe that an increase in the reward would make a difference; or at least perhaps that's what I would like to believe. For me, the only reason that I'm posting the daily news is because I live here and I have access to it easily. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to be going through this sort of tragedy and not know on a regular basis what's happening.

My motive is simply one of compassion, plain and simple. I suspect that if the tables were turned, your people would behave in the same manner. We're all in this world together and need to help each other out where possible.

For what it's worth, I would never accept a reward for doing something that we simply should for each other.


 Sep 01, 2006 at 02:08 PM Anonymous Says:

New Yorker 1:46: Would you perhaps know of someone who could come up with that kind of an offer? Are you able to? Perhaps a wealthy and kind man? If you do, why not contact Hatzolah and let them know. For regular people out there on a normal income it is difficult to come up with such a grand sum. Also remember, the family paid for private helicopters, already. So, New Yorker, easier said than done, but if you can do it, then it will be a great mitzvah.

To the North Bay people, all the people in the cottages, all the concerned people, the volunteers, the experts, the search heads on boat and on foot, the OPP, anyone, everyone involved in any which way: May G-d Bless you all!


 Sep 01, 2006 at 01:46 PM new yorker Says:

The Hatzoloh organization in Toronto is offering a reward of $3,000 for the successful recovery of Eli Horowitz,"

why don"t you up it to $20,000.. advertise it to the locals...
and you"ll see how many will be out there looking.....
(of course the law of diminishing returns may set in)..


 Sep 01, 2006 at 01:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Reading about all the officials and volunteers, volunteering in any and every capacity, how local individuals in close proximity of the shoreline (and elsewhere) are actively contributing their time and efforts to this urgent mission- made me drop everything and write. Wow. How to even express this? The enormous kindness and dedication that all these wonderful people have shown is far beyond even the most axtraordinary expectations. You all are simply unbelievable! With G-d's help, may the One Above bless you with all that is good in this world and the world to come. And may we all receive better news soon.


 Sep 01, 2006 at 12:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Just want to say that the entire shoreline is inhabited by cottages. The locals living there have been extremely kind. Some have offered rides to searchers to get back to the Inn and others have even taken part in the search as well by going out in their canoes, kayaks, and boats.

One local couple we ran into yesterday who have retired and moved to the area just a year ago were sitting out scanning the water surfaces with their binoculars.

Many of them come out to talk with us and offer their prayers. I wanted to thank them for their help and support.



 Sep 01, 2006 at 12:15 PM Anonymous Says:

As a volunteer up at North Bay yesterday (Thurs Aug 31) I wanted to let people know how well it was organized. I was also up there last week and yesterday was handled extremely well compared to last week.

First, Hatzoloh Toronto has people around the clock answering phone calls, gathering volunteers, arranging rides and other things for the search efforts.

A Thank you goes out to Yitzchak Lazar for the food he provided on Mon/Tuesday and to Pearl's Meats for the food for Wed/Thurs.

Also a thank you to Dalya Levinson for making tons of great sandwiches for the searchers.

We arrived at 7am on Thurs morning for davening. Immediately after davening the Search Coordinator for the day told everyone to listen up and be quiet for twenty minutes while he explains what has been going on and what we will be doing.

This is the part that really impressed me. He stood there in the front of the room with a large map of the area behind him and explained everything to us. Here is a breakdown of the information we were told:

-The boat that Eli and Heine had been riding in had drifted to the eastern shore line of Lake Nipissing.

-What was in the boat before it was found and after is still unclear and irrelevant.

-Eli WAS wearing a life vest at the request of Shevy when he departed from the marina. Whether or not he removed the vest after he departed is unknown.

-The body of Heine was discovered on Lonely Isle which is to the South West of the Waltonian Inn where they were staying and from where they departed.

-It seems that the currents since that evening have shifted south west which is why Heine's body was discovered in opposite direction of where the boat was discovered.

-As a result all land searches since the body was discovered concentrate on the rocky, sandy and marshy shoreline to the south west and east of the Waltonian Inn.

-Boat searches will focus on those areas as well as surrounding Islands and water surface of the lake.

-Because a body can surface at anytime the land searches will cover the same areas twice a day if possible.

-If Eli has indeed drowned then because of his small build it will take longer than normal for the body to surface.

After the Search coordinator finished speaking he answered a few questions and then split the group up into boat searchers and land searchers. Anyone with boating experience was asked to come forward and anyone healthy and in good shape was requested to take part in the shorline searches.

The land searchers were split up into groups of four, given a group number, and a map and were told exactly where they were searching.
They either began their searches from the inn or were dropped off at their starting point.

The teams going in boats either rented a boat fromt the marina, went out with the O.P.P, or went out with locals who were very familiar with the lake.

Those with seadoos went out and searched the northern shorline and other areas not covered by boaters and land searches just in case.

When we reached our end point we called the search coordinator and were picked up and brought back to the Inn.

After a brief lunch and rest the groups went back out to continue their searches. Morning and afternoon searches took between 4-6 hours to complete totaling between 8-10 hours of searching per day.

Searches continued today with approx. 18 volunteers going out primarily in boats.


 Sep 01, 2006 at 12:03 PM Anonymous Says:

You are very welcome. I can only imagine how difficult this experience has been for the family and friends of these men. I wish you all the best and hope for a resolve soon.


 Sep 01, 2006 at 11:56 AM Anonymous Says:

We can not express enough how much we appreciate the help of the OPP and all the people of North Bay for all the time, energy and know-how they are extending to our family in this very tragic incident. We greatly appreciate their input on this website and want to tell them that in the merit of helping us with such warmth and understanding, may they never know of such tragedy in their families. Thank you, OPP, North Bay residents, Hatzolah, volunteers, divers, ets.; our hearts are full of appreciation and thanks for all that you are doing and continue to do. May G-d repay you for your kindness and understanding. From A Relative in New York


 Sep 01, 2006 at 11:23 AM mark levin Says:

Neshama 1143p,

Pass the kool aid please.


 Sep 01, 2006 at 10:59 AM Anonymous Says:

Thanks to the North Bay resident for posting the articles from the local paper. It's been traumatic for many of us who know the family, and we're anxious for any news.


 Sep 01, 2006 at 10:37 AM Anonymous Says:

I live in North Bay and have been providing these news articles as they appear daily in our local nespaper. This is the article in today's paper:

Reward offered for missing man's body

Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles
Local News - Friday, September 01, 2006 @ 08:00

A close friend of a suspected drowning victim is offering a cash reward for the recovery of Eli Horowitz's body.

David Stein, a fellow paramedic with the Hatzoloh organization, contacted The Nugget Thursday and released a statement.

"The Hatzoloh organization in Toronto is offering a reward of $3,000 for the successful recovery of Eli Horowitz," he said.

"Any person with information is asked to call 1-416-398-2300 or if you discover the body on Lake Nipissing call 911."

Stein said the Jewish organization is doing "anything" they can to find Horowitz's body.

The search for Horowitz and his father-in-law, Heine Mondrowitz, 56, of Richmond Hill, started Aug.
21 after the boat they had rented to go fishing and swimming on Lake Nipissing was found drifting unattended near LaVase River two hours later.

An extensive water, air and ground search was conducted by the Ontario Provincial Police with the assistance of more than 100 members of the Hatzoloh organization.

Mondrowitz's body was found Saturday along the shores of Lonely Island by OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit personnel.

Stein said Horowitz was a volunteer paramedic with Hatzoloh for eight years.

"He was a great and funny guy that was always smiling," he said.

"His wife called us (Hatzoloh) Monday night and six minutes after we heard on the (paramedic) radio of what had happened 40 people were at his home and two cars were heading down to Lake Nipissing to help with the search."

Stein said since the search started he's travelled from Toronto to the Waltonian Inn four times.

OPP have been working out of a command post set up near the inn since the men were reported missing. Both men and their families were vacationing at the Waltonian at the time of the incident.

"I've spent the last few days in the boat searching the water and last week I was on land," Stein said, adding that at the beginning volunteers had hope, but now it's presumed Horowitz drowned.

Stein said he believes the police search was extended a week because there was so much pressure from the Hatzoloh community.

He said even if the OPP does scale down or stop the search, Hatzoloh volunteers will continue looking until the body is recovered.

"We are doing this because if that was anyone of us we would want the same done," Stein said, adding that he'll be making the trip north today unless he hears that the body has been recovered.


 Sep 01, 2006 at 09:56 AM Anonymous Says:

In answer to "the cousins" - the lake is huge, and the wave action can be very strong. Anything that surfaces and drifts because of the waves and wind will end up in the dirction the wind is blowing at that moment. Heine was found where the waves were going last Shabbos morning. We have no way of knowing when anything will surface and exactly what the wind conditions are at that moment. That is why the search is concentrated on the windward shores and islands on an ongoing basis. The search is conducted in an area wider than that as well - just in case. Our deepest sympathies to the family, from a searcher.


 Sep 01, 2006 at 01:59 AM Anonymous Says:

It would be most logical that Mailechel (Eli) would be found in close proximity to where Heine was found, don't you think? I understand the lake is 84 KM by whatever size, but they were in a boat together why would anyone think one would be found in one spot and one 10, 20 or even five miles away? He must be within drifting distance - unless C"V there was foul play and maybe he was abducted? Who knows? If that's the case he may still be alive, BE"H. (we're his cousins).


 Sep 01, 2006 at 12:26 AM More Questions Says:

After reading through this blog, one can not walk away without wondering what really happened. On one hand I don't want to speculate, but I do wonder whether any foul play was involved. It is coincidental that another Richmond Hill man was found. Did he rent the boat the same day as Heine & Elly and get stuck in the same rough water? Is it common for multiple drownings in the lake within several days of each other?Does anyone know what Heine or Eli did for a living? Were any in employment that may have made them a target?


 Sep 01, 2006 at 12:11 AM Anonymous Says:

When being mafrish challah and before licht bentchen, if Eli has not been found yet, we women should use this ais ratzon to include a special tefillah that Hashem should be merachem on his wife and family and on Eli's neshama, and enable him to be brought to kevuras Yisroel.


 Aug 31, 2006 at 11:43 PM Neshama Says:

Forgive me, but I thought of a couple of suggestions.
Everything that happens to Yidden is not of a normal nature. There is always a message involved.

However, has anyone thought about when they were searching for Yosef when they were leaving Mitzrayim? They called out to Yosef, or another interpretation, they threw something into the water and his body came up.

Why not arrange for a minyan to daven 24 hours and at some point call out his name and ask him to come to the surface.

Also, what about a letter to The Rebbe (of Lubavitch) to be inserted into the Igros, asking for a location of the body. A fax can be sent, or an email, to the Ohel in Queens.

Nothing should be ruled out. Do not ONLY rely on logic. Hashem Yerachem!


 Aug 31, 2006 at 11:24 PM Anonymous Says:

we have to do all we again to find him and never give up even it will take months (i hope not) i want to thank again all the residents around the lake for helping the jewish community and rescuers you have no idea how big a good deed it is what you guys are doing


 Aug 31, 2006 at 10:43 PM Anonymous Says:

To the person who lives in North Bay. It is very kind of you and all the staff at the Lodge and OPP to show your concerns. I am a family member that also spent a few days up there and the kindness shown by everyone was overwhelming. We definately need to find our Eli and continue this painful process. Any information you can provide helps me each day to continue on. Thank you all for that


 Aug 31, 2006 at 09:57 PM Anonymous Says:

I live here in North Bay and am very familliar with Lake Nipissing, it is the 5th largest fresh water lake in North America outside of the Great Lakes. It can turn from peaceful to trecherous in a moments time. Having said that, it does not make sense that they have not found your Eli either, he should have resurfaced or someone should have come across him. The professionals here know the flow of the lake and can tell which way something should drift on or under the water by the wind and the water direction. It is sounding like something or someone had something bad to do in this situation. Of course in this crazy world we live in, it is much to easy to think the worst. We all here in North Bay are concerned and saddend to hear this go on so long for you and your people. Has anyone thought about or heard about the other drown man they discovered this past Monday? He too is from Richmond Hill. It is not every day we hear of that many drown people in our lake. There is a posting earlier on here with the news article on the man. Good luck to you and we all hope you get the closure you need in this horrible misfortune.


 Aug 31, 2006 at 09:44 PM Anonymous Says:

I can't agree more: Anonymus is so correct; we have to be in this Together! "Let this be an example of what Am Yisroel can do together". This is a tradgedy for the entire klall; every yid is precious; every neshoma is special; our job now is to be be'achdus. Finger pointing is pulling achdus apart.


 Aug 31, 2006 at 08:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Here is some info on the lake.

Max-length 65 km
Max-width 25 km
Surface area 873.3 km²
Average depth 4.5 m
Max-depth 52 m
Water volume 3.8 km³
Shore length1 795 km (+ 619 km islands

I was up there.It is one big lake, it is like looking for a needle in a haysack.


 Aug 31, 2006 at 05:52 PM Anonymous Says:

From someone who has spent some four very long days on that lake and in the surrounding bush and Islands. It is a tough one, I agree, but the answer has to be a combination of what we do in the way of hishtadlus and Ruchnius. There are messages here for us collectively and individually, but I know one message that is clear - WE MUST BE TOGETHER on this. We can't afford finger-pointing and name-calling out of frustration. As far as I am concerned, the more actively we are in the inclusion of more individuals in the search and tefillos, the better. Let this be a mini-example of what Klal Yisroel can do TOGETHER


 Aug 31, 2006 at 05:48 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't believe the message G-d is trying to send us from this absolutly horrible tragedy is that we should make nasty comments to each other - please stop.


 Aug 31, 2006 at 03:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Why would you say that the US search and rescue are "much more experienced than the Canadians" ? Do you have any idea how big Lake Nipissing is? We're not talking about a little pond here. The Lake is 540 square miles and no one knows this Lake better than the OPP that are on it everyday. Ya, there's a good idea, bring people in who have never been on the lake to look for a body in waters that they are completely unfamiliar with. Brilliant!


 Aug 31, 2006 at 03:28 PM Anonymous Says:

they should bring in a special search and rescue team from the usa they are much more expirience than the canadians


 Aug 31, 2006 at 03:26 PM Anonymous Says:

anon at 1:30- you know the expression that goes like this- Until you opened your mouth people only thought you were dumb, now that you did open your mouth we "know" your dumb. Keep your smart comments to yourself.


 Aug 31, 2006 at 03:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Of course it doesn't make sense that they haven't found anything - the whole thing doesn't make sense. What has happened is not logical - Hashem is sending us a message. Rabbi Feigenbaum spoke at the kinos last night and he said that why are we busy discussing every single detail and they should have done this and what about that etc. - that is not the point. We live in a very superficial society - we have so much Torah - but everything is done so fakely - maybe that's why Hashem caused this to happen to Eli - who for him -every breath is a struggle - so that we should learn that Yiddishkeit has to be passionate. Please everyone - don't take on something new in his zechus - whatever you do - do it right - be real and passionate and struggling to do the right thing.


 Aug 31, 2006 at 01:30 PM Anonymous Says:

did search the whole lake are they doing it profesianely?it doesnt make sense they didnt found anything after 2 weeks its olny a lake not a ocean


 Aug 31, 2006 at 12:39 PM Anonymous Says:

I live in the area and have just read today's newspaper which indicates:
"The search will continue today...at least until 4pm...OPP will re-evaluate the situation then." It goes on to say, "We will continue to cover the same area we have been and just hope the body will resurface." 20 police officers are currently involved in the search as well as 25 members of the Hatzolah community. When asked if the search, which started Aug. 21, normally lasts this long, an officer said, "We take every case independently and on an individual basis." "As long as we're satisfied that we still have something to go on and as long as there is not a priority elsewhere where helicopters are needed."

I will continue to watch the local newspaper and post news as it becomes available.


 Aug 31, 2006 at 11:05 AM Anonymous Says:

any updates today?


 Aug 30, 2006 at 07:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Hatzoloh toronto still needs volunteers for tomorrow. They will be at answering the phone until midnight.


 Aug 30, 2006 at 06:49 PM Anonymous Says:


Womens Tehillim is at 8:30 NOT 8:15 at 57 Glen Park Ave. for tonight Aug 30.

57 Glen park ave is West of Bathurtst between Lawrence and Glencairn.


 Aug 30, 2006 at 06:40 PM Anonymous Says:

I'm not sure... I know that he's from Russia...that's all i know.


 Aug 30, 2006 at 06:31 PM Anonymous Says:

is Alexandre KAPRAN jewish?


 Aug 30, 2006 at 06:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Perhaps Alexandre was one of the volunteers that went from Toronto to assist in the search? If it is the same person, I believe that Alexandre Kapran is a well-known glass-blowing artist.


 Aug 30, 2006 at 04:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Is it possible that the two accidents are related???

At about 12:00 pm, Tuesday, August 29, 2006, the OPP divers recovered the body of Alexandre KAPRAN, 51, of Richmond Hill, Ontario approximately 200 meters from the shore.

The search for KAPRAN was initiated on Monday, August 28 following the report of an abandoned boat in the Loon’s Landing – French River area.

Noelville detachment members, OPP marine units, the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) and the OPP helicopter assisted in the search KAPRAN.

A post mortem has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 30th, 2006. Investigation is continuing.


Officers from the Noëlville OPP Detachment responded to a report of an abandoned boat in the Loon’s Landing – French River area on August 28th, 2006.

The missing boater is 52-year-old Alexandre KAPRAN of Richmond Hill Ontario. The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit from Orillia are also responding to assist in the search.


 Aug 30, 2006 at 03:54 PM Anonymous Says:

There is tehillim for women at 57 Glen Park ave. at 8:15


 Aug 30, 2006 at 03:44 PM Anonymous Says:

There is a Leil Tefillah tonight at 15 Saranac - in Toronto at 8:45 R' Miller will be speaking.


 Aug 30, 2006 at 02:25 PM Anonymous Says:

any update today did they find him ?


 Aug 30, 2006 at 12:58 PM baalhabos Says:

> that dictum does not apply to water. Thee is an explicit mishnah regarding it.

I think there is a distinction between Mayim She Ain lahen Sofit and otherwise.

An ocean might have different status than a lake.


 Aug 30, 2006 at 12:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Is anyone saying anything about a cause/circumstances of death? I'm sure that besides the search that's going on, there must be an investigation at the sasme time.


 Aug 30, 2006 at 09:19 AM Anonymous Says:

Search continues for missing Toronto man

Dave Dale The Nugget
Local News - Tuesday, August 29, 2006 @ 08:00

The Ontario Provincial Police will continue searching today for the body of a Toronto resident who went missing on Lake Nipissing last week.

Eli Horowitz, 30, a paramedic with the Jewish emergency medical service Hatzoloh, disappeared while fishing and swimming with his father-in-law Heine Mondrowitz, 56, of Richmond Hill.

Mondrowitz's body was found Saturday morning along the shore of Lonely Island by OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit personnel.

Reports say the two men were guests at the Waltonian Inn when they rented a boat and motor last Monday for a late afternoon excursion.

They left at 3:30 p.
m. with plans to return less than four hours later, but the boat was found drifting unattended near LaVase River at 5:30 p.m.

An extensive water, ground and air search involving more than 30 OPP and hundreds of volunteers was launched.

Sgt. Rick Tass of the North Bay OPP Detachment said the clear weather Monday gave searchers hope they would be able to spot the body of Horowitz.

"It's a good day because we have a high ceiling and calm waters," Tass said near the OPP command post outside the Waltonian Inn.

Based on the comments of witnesses and wind direction, he said the men likely entered the water east of the tourist lodge, with waves pushing the empty boat northward to where it was found.

Since then and after a large-scale shoreline search, Tass said the wind direction changed and whatever was floating on the water would have been pushed southwest.

"We've had opposite direction winds for three days and by Saturday it was going pretty good," he said, explaining why the underwater personnel decided to resume searching near Lonely Island, west of the Waltonian Inn and closer to the mouth of the South River.

"Because of that fact," Tass said, "we're looking beyond Lonely Island and in the South Bay area in case the second individual also surfaced."

He said the OPP is also not ruling out the possibility Horowitz will remain submerged longer due to his slight build and could be found closer to where he originally went under.

Tass said the search is continuing longer than what might be deemed usual partly due to the "strong" involvement of the missing men's community, fair weather and the desire to find the bodies before the public does.

Five OPP divers, six marine unit members, three command post personnel, one helicopter pilot and an auxiliary unit volunteer spotter will be involved in the search today, he said.


 Aug 30, 2006 at 09:14 AM Anonymous Says:

to Anonymous @ 12:55

that dictum does not apply to water. Thee is an explicit mishnah regarding it.


 Aug 30, 2006 at 12:55 AM Anonymous Says:

According to most rabbis, reasonable circumstantial evidence is sufficient to prove the death of a husband, and no direct testimony is required. This is based, among other things, on the talmudic assertion: "The Rabbis taught: 'If he fell into a lion's den, there is no need to [bring witnesses to] testify [that he is dead]'" (Babylonian Talmud, Yevamot 121a). In other words, if it is known that the man fell into a lion's den and did not come out, it can be assumed that he is dead, and there is no need for further evidence.


 Aug 30, 2006 at 12:47 AM Anonymous Says:

an update: today the waters were very wild and there were many waves, but the sniff dogs went out and stayed in one place, possibly hinting that something is there. but, unfortunaltly, due to the bad water conditions the scuba divers were not able to enter the water. thanks again to hatzolah and chaverim toronto and for all the volunteers for doing such a wonderful job.


 Aug 29, 2006 at 11:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Once again, I was up in North Bay and without metioning names -who I am - relation to both men I have to say that you should all be proud of the Jewish Commmunity and all the help they have provided to date. Lets hope everyone finally finds our Eli and put him to rest. Again you are all wonderful. G-d bless


 Aug 29, 2006 at 11:16 PM Anonymous Says:

A woman whose status is “anchored” or “bound” to her husband who may refuse to give her a religious divorce, or who may be dead or missing


 Aug 29, 2006 at 10:29 PM Anonymous Says:

any news did they find him?


 Aug 29, 2006 at 09:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Agunah means,
a husband who is missing, his wife can not remarry unless there is proof the husband died,until then she gets the status of an agunah.
Let's daven they find him.


 Aug 29, 2006 at 09:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Can you please explain to me what "aguna" means? I am not sure and would like to understand. Thank you in advance.


 Aug 29, 2006 at 04:32 PM Anonymous Says:

My heart and prayers go out to both the families. No one should ever have to go through this.
Still praying for a remarkable outcome.
Thank you to all for keeping this blog updated.


 Aug 29, 2006 at 03:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

OPP continue the search for a second boater on Lake Nipissing who has been missing since last Monday.

Eli Horowitz 30-years-old of Toronto rented a boat with his father-in-law to go fishing and swimming but he and his father-in-law failed to return at the end of the day.

The search has been very high profile with friends and family providing volunteers and extra helicopters to aid in the search.


 Aug 29, 2006 at 02:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Yes - the OPP will continue searching - they have said at least till the end of the week - and then they'll be pushed further. They are very impressed with Hatzalah and all the volunteers - but everyone - keep davening.


 Aug 28, 2006 at 11:36 PM Anonymous Says:

I would like to say a big thank you to al of you. I was in North Bay with my family when this tragedy occurred. The amazing outpour of the OPP and all the Hatzoloh volunteers. I have never seen such caring people giving up their time and hearts and souls for us all. As a person going through this painful time it is wonderful to know the work you have all done to find and bring home my family. Love to you all


 Aug 28, 2006 at 06:31 PM Yungerman Says:

Dear Family Members,

There are no words that can be said to ease your pain and sorrow, only Hashem himself he can be Menachem you and your broken hearts.
I have myaself lost my father at a young age, he suffered a few years before he passed away, Maybe - if one may say so - think that hashem gave him to you healthy and active till the last minute that he had to live... I don't know if one may say so, but maybe that is a good way to think about it.
There is a vort from Tzadikim that a father in the socks (meaning after his p'tira) can be more for his family then a father in his shoes (when he is alive) may he me a true Melitz yosher for his broken hearted family and all of klal yisroel who take part in this terrible TZAAR and nourning, and may we only hear B'soires toives rom now on, by you, and by all of us, Omein.


 Aug 28, 2006 at 04:58 PM Anonymous Says:

is the opp still searching the lake whats the story up there i hope they didnt give up we should keep on searching even when it takes months dont forget there is a aguna involved here


 Aug 28, 2006 at 03:42 PM Anonymous Says:

I was actually up in north bay yesterday trying to give a hand and help out where I can, as far as I'm concerned the amount of volunteers is quieting down, I'm sure they need help


 Aug 28, 2006 at 03:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Shevy, I met you once briefly, when you were a Kallah, and I was so impressed with your aidelkiet, and mannerism. Shevy, everyone who hears this is davening for you. May Hamokon, who is Hakodosh Boruch Hu be menachem you and your Mother, May your father who loved Eli so much be a meilitz yosher for the entire family, and may we hear besuros tovos soon. Chazak, Chazak. Our tefilos to Hakodosh Boruch Hu are with you in mind 24/7.


 Aug 28, 2006 at 02:28 PM Anonymous Says:

All inquiried about whether they need volunteers still - call Hatzalah - 416-256-1000
keep davening!


 Aug 28, 2006 at 02:01 PM Anonymous Says:

any update how the search is going do they need volunteers ?


 Aug 28, 2006 at 11:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Shevy, all your friends and those who knew you only slightly are davening for you and thinking of you round the clock. I asked someone if they actually knew you and she said, well i always see her in the park with her kids and her huge smile, you cant miss it. shevy, I jnow that is how Eli wants you to keep on being. You have always been an amazingly strong and responsible, wife and mother, Bracha, Rina and Yoni need that from you still. We daven that the Ribono Shel Olom should give you all the strength you need to go on and keep enjoying the nachas of you beautiful children. Please let us help you and be there for you.


 Aug 28, 2006 at 08:58 AM Anonymous Says:

Aibishter, Habet mishomayim u're'ay. Tu a koof fun himel un zay, how the Yidden are ke'ish echad; where would you find another nation, that would work so hard like we do to find a lost person? Look at the Kiddush Hashem that has come about because of this terrible tradgedy. Look at how many Yidden have gone out of their way, in so many different ways, to assist in this search. It's Ellul!. Ellul!!. Have rachmonus Aibishter, and let them find Maylech. Very soon. Let these wonderful volunteers go back to Bais Medrosh to learn and be mekadesh shem shomayim by learning; (or whatever else they have to do because they need parnosa for their mishpachos). Oy, es reist di hartz! Ad musay? Dos geit dach nisht arois fun kop far kein aine minute! Es toot azoy vey! Fun Dayn tochter, a mame vos leit mit.


 Aug 28, 2006 at 08:50 AM family member Says:

the family would like to thank hatzoloh and all the people who came to help and search and who are still doing a great job and a big thanks to chabad for all they have done


 Aug 28, 2006 at 07:05 AM M.Hicks Says:

I met Heine years ago thru the internet. Such a beautiful person, always doing his best to make someone happy, to make them smile, laugh. He will be missed, by so many.

Heine Mondrowitz
Date of Funeral: Sunday, August 27, 2006
Time of Funeral: 4:00 PM
Location of Funeral: Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. W.
Location of Burial: Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Community IV
Shiva Location: 20 Ridgevale Drive, Toronto Please, no visitation between 12 and 1 p.m. and after 10 p.m.

Times of Services:
Morning: 7 a.m.
Evening: 7:45 p.m.


 Aug 28, 2006 at 12:09 AM Anonymous Says:

So many around the world, are in shock and mourning for this great person. Our hearts go to his family, and friends during this time. He was so loved, and so kind to every soul he met. We all carry a part of Heine in our hearts, and hopefully spreading that love and friendship he so gave to us all, to others…..


 Aug 27, 2006 at 10:23 PM Anonymous Says:

I am someone who is personally involved with the family and the whole situation, and yes - Hatzalah is still searching - how can they not - "afilo cherev chadah al munachas shel adam.... and don't forget his wife will be an agunah if they don't at least find the body.
Please keep davening!


 Aug 27, 2006 at 10:06 PM Anonymous Says:

is the search going on there is hatzola still there ?


 Aug 27, 2006 at 09:26 PM Observant Jew Says:

May HaShem bring comfort to the mourners, and may they find Eli, preferably alive and well, but at least if he is not may they find the body. Remember that his young wife is now an Aguna. It will be very hard for her to go on alone. I am hoping that this thought will add another dimension to all of our Tefilos. HaShem Yerachem.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 07:22 PM Anonymous Says:

be advised that the levaya for Mr Mondrowitz was scheduled for 4:00 PM. Rabbi Chaim Gluck & his son Tzvi have been working day & night for the past week together with a group of volunteers, they are tzadikim for what they do for klal yisroel.Hopefully we will hear good news regarding Mr Horowitz soon.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 07:19 PM Anonymous Says:

just letting all know he was found without his life vest and aprox 1and 1/2 miles away from were they orig. started out


 Aug 27, 2006 at 07:03 PM Anonymous Says:

To Anonymous 6:44
How is it that you know that he was found with a life jacket on? He wasn't.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 07:00 PM Anonymous Says:

any news with the son in law did they find him? are they still looking for him?


 Aug 27, 2006 at 06:53 PM Anonymous Says:

"Hamokom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Avelei Tzion V'yerushalyim", and the family shall no longer know of any pain


 Aug 27, 2006 at 06:44 PM Anonymous Says:

do we know for sure they werent killed? if the boat was still good and their life vest was on
maybe someone held them down in the water or did something to them?


 Aug 27, 2006 at 06:34 PM eli Says:

why is the levayeh @ chabad? did he daven there?


 Aug 27, 2006 at 06:11 PM Anonymous Says:

I can only say "Hamokom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Avelei Tzion V'yerushalyim", and the family shall no longer know of any pain.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 06:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Baruch dayan emes. My heart and tefillos are with the families at this time. I don't know either man but have heard and read so much about them, so many wonderful things. We're all davening for the son-in-law's safe and healthy return. Life is so tremendously difficult, there is no denying that. May Hashem comfort and help the aveilim at this time and may they always find nechama when remembering these very special men.
Hamakom yenachem eschem bsoch shaar avlei tziyon vyerushalayim.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 05:24 PM Close family friend Says:

You can leave a note to the Aveilim here, we will take it all over to them.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 05:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Levaya taking place at 4:00 Sunday afternoon for Mr. Mondrowitz. Boruch Dayan Hamemes


 Aug 27, 2006 at 04:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Funeral was scheduled for 4:00 PM today at Steeles Memorial - check the site for shiva times, etc.

To clear up some confusion, Heine was positively identified on site, Shabbos afternoon, permitting the transfer to Toronto without any desecration. Baruch Dayan Emes.

May the search be successful in returning Eli in health to his family.

Hatzolah and the OPP were most co-operative in the events as they unfolded in the past number of days, especially when it came to sensitive areas of Jewish law and Shabbos observance.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 04:56 PM Anonymous Says:

funeral is at 4 oclock run by chabad


 Aug 27, 2006 at 03:06 PM Anonymous Says:

I wanted to express my sincere condolences for the families tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." by Kahlil Gibran


 Aug 27, 2006 at 02:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Does anyone have any info on funeral/shiva arrangements?


 Aug 27, 2006 at 02:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Anonymous at 1:42pm, my comments were not directed at you, my apologies for the confusion. They were directed to the person who at some time earlier had made comments which were inappaproriate. It seemed like someone was playing a blame game at one point in this thread. I personally appreciate your insightfulness and thoughtfulness.
Be well.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 01:42 PM Anonymous Says:

I added some new information to your forum last night that I thought would help in understanding what caused the tragedy. I meant no disrespect and I apologize if I offended anyone.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:13 PM Anonymous Says:

I think that under the circumstances, Hatzoloh did an amazinbg job. They were there around the clock, through Shabbos. While there are certainly lessons to be learned, this is not the forum. One person (possibly a second) have died. Anyone with constructive criticism would be best off giving their thoughts to Hatzoloh. Publicly criticizing on this forum, just shows the ulterior motives of those posters.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 11:41 AM Anonymous Says:

I personally knew both men. This is a tragedy for everyone. To those who talk about boating safety, this is not the time. Have some respect. As a Jew, I'd like to thank the people of North Bay, the OPP, etc who came out to assist us in the rescue/recovery. Your efforts and actions are greatly appreciated. It is now time for our community to mourn.
Baruch Dayan Emeth. --> Blessed be The True Judge


 Aug 27, 2006 at 11:19 AM Aseh l'cha Rav Says:

it seems to me that they ought to start teaching camping orienteering boating and survival skills in the yeshivas. too many yidden with little or no experience are taking on risks in nature that are well above their limudim. sadly, the talmud, while suggesting a man teach his son to swim and to ride a horse, does not necessarily prepare a bochur to mitigate natural risks.

i mourn for the two men lost on lake nipissing baruch dayan ha'emes


 Aug 27, 2006 at 11:07 AM Anonymous Says:

I am saddened with the loss of Heine, a man whom I will never ever forget.

May he rest peacefully, he will remain in my heart for ever.

Condolences to his family and friends, and prayers for Elie.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 10:56 AM Anonymous Says:

Mr. Mondrowitz was found at about 10:30 am on Shabbos morning.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 10:54 AM Anonymous Says:

To 10:45

Shabbas afternoon on about 2:00 PM 5 Bocherim from the bobover camp (R' Benzion) went for a walk in the forrest and got lost. On motzei shabbas they started searching for them until they called from a public phone from a park not far from there letting know where they are. They wanted to bring down the command center from Boro Park Hatzoloh but was canceled as they were found.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 10:45 AM Anonymous Says:

Last night right after the zman Hatzaloh started a search somewhere in Pensilvania. it was later called off when the people were found.

Anyone has any more info on that?


 Aug 27, 2006 at 09:20 AM Anonymous Says:

Body Recovered At Mouth Of La Vase River
By Kate Adams
Sunday, August 27, 2006
OPP Media Release


The North Bay OPP with the assistance of the OPP helicopter and Underwater Search and Recovery Unit have recovered the body of 56 year old Heine MONDROWITZ. MONDROWITZ along with another Toronto man have been missing since the 21Aug. MONDROWITZ was located on the rocky shore of Lonely Island on the 26Aug06.

The OPP will continue their marine recovery efforts with the assistance of the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit and OPP helicopter on the 27Aug2006.

Anyone with any information regarding the remaining missing person are to call the North Bay OPP.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 09:10 AM appril Says:

Please say they are going to be ok?

oh dear god, please?


 Aug 27, 2006 at 09:09 AM Anonymous Says:

I just want them to be OK


 Aug 27, 2006 at 06:40 AM Anonymous Says:

You know, there are people who've been coming here to read this blog - as it's been updated more frequently than news sources - who actually knew these men.

I don't really care how or why or who if anyone is to blame. My friend and his son are dead. Have some respect.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 04:43 AM Anonymous Says:

thankyou everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for helping in whatever way you could...I will still continue to pray for Eli...I met Heine through the internet in 1998, but was fortunate enough to have been able to meet him face-to-face as well several times when our group of friends met in T.O....but regardless, in friendship the heart knows no difference between the two, and for the multitude of friends I know he has online, their hearts will shatter at the news...as is mine now...Godspeed Heine, you were a good friend and I forever will cherish our talks and your words...thankyou for lifting my spirit when it was low, thankyou for the smiles when I needed a break from sadness...God bless his family and friends and may many wonderful memories of him somehow comfort them in the difficult days ahead...xoxoxo...k2mh... 18


 Aug 27, 2006 at 04:21 AM Anonymous Says:

I believe I have information that may help unravel what caused this unfortunate tragedy. First a bit of background information. My parents live two doors down from the Waltonian Inn. I was vacationing there last week and witnessed the search effort. It was impressive to see the amount of support that poored into the area from Toronto's Jewish community. It must be comforting for members of this community to know that so many people are poised to assist them should they need their help. I spoke to a lady last week who witnessed the incident from a distance. She mentioned she saw one individual in a boat throwing an orange vest into the lake. She turned away for a moment and when she looked back the boat was empty. The boat matched the description of the boat involved in this incident and the time and location coincided with the police's timeline. She thought nothing of it at the time because from a distance it was impossible to detect the distress. She didn't realize what she had witnessed until the men were reported missing. There's a lot of speculation about what happened but a logical conclusion is that the youngest of the two men went into the water without a vest to swim and at some point lost control. I am familiar with the area and he may have hit his head on a rock when he entered the water. I believe the older gentleman went into the water with his vest to attempt to save him. He likely didn't have time to anchor the boat because he had to react quickly to the situation. The waves that afternoon were some of the biggest of the week. Even with a vest it must have been difficult especially since he was trying to keep someone else afloat. I've posted some speculation but based on the eyewitness accoount I feel this is a logical conclusion. This is obviously an enormous tragedy and my family's thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and their friends.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 03:47 AM from the heart of a friend Says:

My heart is broken, sitting here miles away in physical form but feeling so close to Shevy and her babies this night. Remembering Shabbos' spent with this very special family.... Elie, with the voice of an angel (as my friend Heine would so often tell me), saying Kiddush after Shevy finished the lighting of the candles and the Shabbat blessing. Heine, glowing with pride and love for them both. He truly loved the man that claimed his daughter. The laughter of friends and family who came together overnight, the children.. all of it. The love and acceptance I found in their home. These are the pictures that flood my thoughts tonight. Last night I made Shabbos outside and felt the tears flow when I too recited the blessing knowing full well, that at that very moment Shevy was too. My heart swelled deep in my chest and I found great comfort knowing that even though I stood alone outside in my yard, in spirit, we comforted each other. I want to add my thanks to all of you who assisted with search for Heine and Elie. I had prayed hard for a different outcome, battling even now, the truth of what is now being reported. The uselessness of the "Hows" and "Whys" that are running through my head, granting a brief reprieve from acknowledging the loss of these two men.... Heine and Elie. The bond that existed between them was so deep... Why should I wonder why they were taken together. Blessings on both of your houses.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 02:50 AM a friend Says:

My heart goes out to all of the family, friends and those of the Jewish Community which are hurting very much at this time.

I also take comfort in how everyone in the Jewish communities volunteered and worked together tirelessly to bring this to an end.

May Heine and Eli be at peace.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 02:41 AM Anonymous Says:

we all have to thank hatzolah toronto-director mr. friedman and his whole family for being there all week and arranging everything. we also need to thank chaverim toronto coordinater favie mund for arranging the helicopter and for the dispatcher izzy miller.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 02:19 AM Anonymous Says:

there are and were alot of things from the first few hours of this tragedy until now and there will be for the days months and years to come but none of them will ever say how much tzoras you can have in one life. knowing elimelech for the better part of his life and how much he suffers from his own machla (CF) i know that if loi aleinu and rachmana litzlun if this had a bad ending for him also that he took it bemiseras nefesh. STOP blaming or asking questions because no one caused this korban to happen everything is byadhashem and if this is what he had planned it is just a wake up call to all of klal yisroel that elul is here and that tshuva davening will and can hopefully be our only weay out of such tzoras may r' henoch be a mailitz yosher for his family and all of klal yisroel and we should all remember that theyomim noraim is coming and this year alot of people will becrying and saying with alot of kavana the words "mi bamayim" rachmana litzlun lets ll hope this is the end to all of our tzoras and that the family and klal yisroel should only hear ofsimchas. KESIVA VACHASIMA TOVA (from a friend of elimelech and a talmud of harav hagoam hatzadik r' yankel horowitz)


 Aug 27, 2006 at 02:13 AM Anonymous Says:

whats with the son in law


 Aug 27, 2006 at 01:58 AM Anonymous Says:

Boruch Dayim Emes. I only wish the news could have been different. Hamakom yenacheim eschem besoch shaarei Tzion v'Yerushalayim. May we all see the coming of Moshiach in our days.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 01:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Part of what haunts everyone about this devastating tragedy is that we will never know how these two people met their end.

Was it a sudden powerful wave that knocked the two off the boat, or was one swept into the water and the other tried heroically to save him...losing his own life in the process?

It wouldn't change anything but if we could somehow know that Hashem took them quickly, that they didn't suffer...

At such a bitter time, we remind ourselves of how precious and fleeting life is and how blessed we are to have our loved ones with us. Do we appreciate them as we should? How bleak and empty and lonely life would be without them.

No one knows when his number will be called. When it's over, it's over and ashrei hagever who has used his time here well.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 01:37 AM Concerned Says:

any updates on the son-in-law ?

There was a roomer that a few arabs, perhaps the owners of the boat were arrested on friday. does anyone have any info on this?


 Aug 27, 2006 at 01:35 AM Anonymous Says:

אל כל המשפחה
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים , כמאמר הנביא אנכי אנכי הוא מנחככם


 Aug 27, 2006 at 01:29 AM Anonymous Says:

To: many questions

1) Normally, life preservers are supposed to keep a person's head above water to prevent drowning, but there are a lot of variables to take into consideration...
-a good life jacket should be able to cause the body to roll face up, even if the wearer is unconscious
-was the jacket faulty?
-worn correctly?
-perhaps it was drowning that caused death, but hypothermia or heart attack or medical condition

2)knowing how to swim doesn't necessarily protect you from hypothermia, or heart attack or unexpected waves

3)perhaps neither fell out of the boat, it was reported that they were going swimming, they may both have been out of the boat, it may have drifted. if one was out of the boat and in trouble, the 2nd may have had to leave the boat to assist...
unexpected wind or waves could have pushed the boat out of reach...
there are a lot of conjectures that could be discussed...we'll probably never know

4) if they were out of the boat and it drifted, it may not of capsized

5)cell phone ranges are variable, they may have been in a no service area, or it may have gotten wet in the boat, or they may not have had one.

yes a lot of questions to be answered, but more importantly at this time, prayers and support for the family are more import than answers. answers won't change the outcome

offering prayers for the family of a man i knew only thru the internet, a man highly thought of and cared for by many, a man who always had kind words for everyone...my heart goes out to his family....


 Aug 27, 2006 at 01:19 AM Anonymous Says:

To many questions:

The boat was not capsized and it was found with the motor on but in neutral.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 01:14 AM Anonymous Says:



 Aug 27, 2006 at 01:04 AM Anonymous Says:

May Hashem, the rofei lesh'vurai laiv, grant the niftar's family nechoma and may He help the Horowitz family find closure as well on this terrible tragedy.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 01:00 AM Anonymous Says:

this critisism is for a tachlis.

why man.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:58 AM Many Questions Says:

Baruch Dayan Emes. Not that my questions will change anything but,,,

1)I thought that life jackets are supposed to make a person stay above water and prevent drowning?

2)Does anyone know if these 2 men knew how to swim?

3)Does it make sense that 2 responsible adults would fall out of a boat and drown? I would think that one person would row the boat over and save the other?

4) Was the boat capsized or not? From an earlier post it seemed it was not which makes question 3 even more puzzling.

5)If the boat was not capsized, I would think that one of the men would have brought a cell phone with them. In an emergency situation a call could have been placed.

I know all the facts have not come out yet, but from what I read on the above posts, there are many questions here that remain to be answered.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:48 AM bl@ze Says:

What ever name he uses he will always be my mate
and always will


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:48 AM Anonymous Says:

The life vest may have been defective.or he could have gotten cought up in a strong wave-which that lake occasionaly has.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:45 AM Anonymous Says:

bodies sink and come up a few days to a few weeks later. the variation in time depends on many factors including the fat content in a persons body.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:43 AM Toronto Hatzolo Member Says:

OK, so now let the bashing of hatzoloh and the askanim involved begin.

No one is perfect and everyone did the best they can. Criticizing in hindsight is nothing but Loshon Hora.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:36 AM modern orthodox Says:

let's continue the achdus and the kiddush hashem.

Is it normal for a body to sink?
Is it normal for a body to sink when a life vest is properly attached?

knowledgable answers only please, no conjecture.

Thank you


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:32 AM Anonymous Says:

Lets take it easy here.klal yisroel has enough tzoros.we don't need any more of it.Please no machlokos.it won't help the situation.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Sometimes its better not to respond to someone who obviously has an issue with our community. The post from the onset smelled of arrogance. I was gonna respond originally, but chose not to, as doing so would just have given him more power.

I'm glad though that the facts though are coming to light, and additional Kiddush Hashem's are being made.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:21 AM Anonymous Says:

To genious 11:48 by the way i also heard that he was found with his life jacket.All he was trying to say was that he might have gotten caught in a wave or something which might have drown him.Think befor you criticize people.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:18 AM Anonymous Says:

To resident of Toronto cont..:

10:51 and 11:04 were both from me.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:14 AM Anonymous Says:

To resident of Toronto:

My wife spoke to someone who is close friends with the family involved in identifying the body and she told me that the dental records confirmed it was him. I was also up on Wed doing the search. Our search included the area where the body washed up.


 Aug 27, 2006 at 12:04 AM Anonymous Says:

why is this effort infected with so much internal hatzolo politics?

why is so much effort being spent by MS MF SS ETC to make sure that no help comes from outside hatzolo toronto?

why are decisions that involve pikuach nefesh based on what the OPP says?

why did FM not send the rest of his search crew to the side across the boat landing?

why when Ben (BZZ)asks for vols does a hatzolo feel the need to post "If anyone is in Toronto and would like to volunteer please do not call “Ben” rather call the hotline at 416 256 1000 and they will inform you if additional volunteers are needed for the next search party and when you will need to be up there." Does BZZ not qualify as a asken? can he not help?

Why was MG blasted when he actually did more than 75% hatzolo members?

Lots more questions to come.


 Aug 26, 2006 at 11:48 PM Anonymous Says:

To the self righteous anonymous blogger who was ready to condem these poor victims with smater than thou critisism (not once, but TWICE!)before the facts were in with the following:

****"The passengers were just plain not wearing live vests. We even noticed that some of the volunteers who were out on the lake searching, were also not wearing life vests. Just so you know, life vests are to be worn and not used to make the boat seats softer. This should be a lesson to all of you."****

***"This is probably (and I hope not) just another case of careless boating. . . . . individuals who were not prepared for what transpired but who were not responsible when it comes to the most elementry precaution. The only ones who suffer now are their family and friends."****

Here is the latest my insensitive, cruel friend:

"" yes it was the father in law.he was found ,****WITH HIS LIFE VEST STILL INTACT.!!!!**** ""



 Aug 26, 2006 at 11:38 PM resident of toronto Says:

to anonymous at 10:51 pm, I'm sure you are not making it up, you probably heard from somebody else, but what does "it seems that it was confirmed" - was it or not? to 11:04 and 11:05 pm, how are you sure if the police and the m.e. aren't sure yet. the story is like this: rescue workers found a body this shabbos afternoon at approx. 4:00. Body was taken in for dental record testing ( by the way they wanted to take dna tests but were stopped by rabbi gluck) m.e. is awaiting for results which can take up to 24 hours. family was notified that a body was found but was not yet indentified. : I was involved in this search on wednesday and thursday and I will be going back in 1 hour to continue with the efforts. all I can say is that the kiddush hashem that is being made overhere is not to be imagined. many agencies from as far as new york are working together as a team, and its wonderfull to see no arguments at extremely stressfull time. mesiros tovos.


 Aug 26, 2006 at 11:35 PM Anonymous Says:



 Aug 26, 2006 at 11:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Mr. Mondrowitz was found. Confirmed.


 Aug 26, 2006 at 11:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Unfortunately, the fact is, it is the father-in-law!

Family has been notified already.


 Aug 26, 2006 at 11:04 PM Anonymous Says:

yes it was the father in law.he was found ,with his life vest still intact.


 Aug 26, 2006 at 11:04 PM Anonymous Says:

From what I have heard second source the dental records have confirmed its Heine.


 Aug 26, 2006 at 10:55 PM Anonymous Says:

It's not confirmed that it's him yet.
Get your facts straight.


 Aug 26, 2006 at 10:51 PM Anonymous Says:

It seems that its confirmed that the body discovered is Heine Mondrowitz the Father in-law of Eli.


 Aug 26, 2006 at 09:58 PM VOS IZ NEIAS Says:

Some report that residents of Premier Road have said that a body was recovered this evening at the mouth of the La Vase River and believed it to be one of the two Toronto area men missing since the 21st Aug 2006.

They say the OPP boats were searching the area and that they witnessed the recovery efforts.
OPP have not been available to comment on the situation as of yet.


 Aug 26, 2006 at 09:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Some are saying that a body has been found. Anyone have information?


 Aug 26, 2006 at 09:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Kidnapping, by definition, calls for ransom of some sort. Perhaps you meant to ask about abduction.


 Aug 26, 2006 at 09:41 PM Anonymous Says:

good voch, any updates durning shabos?


 Aug 26, 2006 at 08:27 PM The Truth Says:

Does the police have any leads? Is kidnapping a possibility ch'v?


 Aug 26, 2006 at 08:26 PM The Truth Says:

VOS IZ NEIAS said...

8:04 PM

Come on just don't let the comments on (that's what the Comment moderation is made for no?). I think it's really disgusting to turn such a post into a political issue.


 Aug 26, 2006 at 05:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Police scale back search for boaters; Toronto-area men missing on lake

Nugget Staff
Local News - Saturday, August 26, 2006 @ 08:00

Hopes faded Friday that two boaters missing for a fifth day on Lake Nipissing would be found alive.

Police have scaled back the intensive search for Heine Mondrowitz, 56, of Richmond Hill, and his son-in-law, Eli Horowitz, 30, of Toronto, presuming the men drowned after failing to return from a boating trip Monday evening.

They were staying at the Waltonian Inn on the lake's south shore and had rented a 19-foot boat to go fishing and swimming.

The rental boat was found empty at 5:30 p.m. after it drifted ashore near Premier Road in North Bay.

There's been no sign of the men, despite an intensive ground, water and air search involving dozens of volunteers and several boats and helicopters.

The search operation was scaled back Friday to involve only the Ontario Provincial Police marine units and underwater search and rescues divers, focusing on the area stretching from the Waltonian Inn to Premier Road, where the rental boat was found.

Police were aided earlier this week by area residents and many friends and family members of the men, both respected members of Toronto's Jewish community. Many of the volunteers were also members of Hatzoloh Toronto, a volunteer emergency medical service which Horowitz belonged to.

The attempt to locate the men has been exhaustive involving the OPP's emergency response team, helicopter, underwater search and recovery unit and the North Bay marine and SAVE units. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre out of Trenton deployed a helicopter and several south shore residents provided boats and knowledge of the lake. The family of the missing men also hired three helicopters and an airplane.


 Aug 25, 2006 at 09:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Are there any updates on them yet?


 Aug 25, 2006 at 08:03 PM Anonymous Says:

I would just like to say I have been observing your comments on this blog. I live on the road where the boat was found. My thoughts & prayers are with all the community in wishing for the safe return of these 2 men to their family & friends. I am also very impressed & moved by the way in which the Jewish community has mobilized to help with the search. God bless you all.


 Aug 25, 2006 at 06:05 PM Anonymous Says:


Type in "Lake Nippising"


 Aug 25, 2006 at 03:57 PM Anonymous Says:

link to sattelite view http://www.google.com/maphp?hl=en&tab=wl&q=


 Aug 25, 2006 at 03:38 PM Anonymous Says:

will there be search on shabes?


 Aug 25, 2006 at 03:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Are there satelite pictures of tthe area? I know that sites exist on the internet that you can even look down on a particular address.


 Aug 25, 2006 at 03:08 PM Anonymous Says:

latest rumour in Toronto is that they were found not alive, that rumour is completely false, there is no news as of 3pm Friday.

the other thing going around the city is foul play.


 Aug 25, 2006 at 02:11 PM Anonymous Says:

My family has a camp on Callander's south shore (across from the yacht club)and my son (also named Eli) and I were there until this morning. We observed many passes by helicopters. The area is full of islands and little bays so there are many places these men might be yet found. All Callander residents on the lake are looking as well. We would like to add our thoughts and prayers to yours.


 Aug 25, 2006 at 01:43 PM Anonymous Says:

As of Wednesday night, I was advised that they hadn't found the two missing life-jackets and one of the Helicopter pilots told me that she returned several odd lifejackets to the OPP, but none were THE ones missing.


 Aug 25, 2006 at 01:27 PM Anonymous Says:

I was part of one of the groups that walked along the beach and through the marshes and our OPP officer mentioned that a life vest had been found but as far as he knew, it was identified by the Waltonia staff as not belonging to them. Very confusing!!!


 Aug 25, 2006 at 01:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Hello, I just wanted to set a few things straight as I have read some of the posts on this blog.

The boat was found not overturned, the anchor was in the boat, the wallets were in the boat, and Heines glasses were in the boat. Two lifejackets were missing of which one was found on the Tuesday.

I know a situation like this will make people wonder and question and I hope this information will help a little with whats already be spoken about...

I'm not a member of the jewish community, I'm just someone who has a friend who is close to Heine and his family and is concerned.

continued hope...


 Aug 25, 2006 at 12:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Klal yisroel is united with u guys to mispalel to hahsem for good news!!!


 Aug 25, 2006 at 12:16 PM Anonymous Says:

As a follow up to my previous post and as a volunteer coordinator for search and rescue in North Bay, people who properly secure their flotation devices do not drown unless they panick and remove them or die from hypothermia. This is probably (and I hope not) just another case of careless boating. Most of the time these cases involve alchohol and the participants are just too incoherent as to know what a life vest is even if you bolted it to their body. In this case I trust these were two very responsible individuals who were not prepared for what transpired but who were not responsible when it comes to the most elementry precaution. The only ones who suffer now are their family and friends. All of us in this beautiful area of Northern Ontario hope they are found but this is not the first time this has happened and most of the time the outcomes are not what we want to see.

I noticed a reference to your community's volunteer organization. I take it this is similar to an EMT service. Time to start planning for next summer (unless you also are avid ice fishers) and start educating your community that those orange life vests come in all shapes, sizes, and styles and are the 'cool' thing to be wearing on the waterways. One mess up and all that is left are grieving parents and spouses or orphaned children. Not the kind of company anyone wants to be a part of.


 Aug 25, 2006 at 11:55 AM Anonymous Says:

Apparently, everything was intact on the boat. The only things missing were two of the four life-jackets. They were either wearing them or they were thrown overboard. As I understand it, these two jackets had not been recovered as of yet, which leads one to believe that they were being worn


 Aug 25, 2006 at 11:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Anyone up in Nipising who can comment on the search this morning - is it to go over Shabbos? Do we have a Psach from Rabbi Miller? Please post an update.

Someone asked about Islands - yes, there are hundreds of them and huge rocks as well - lots of marsch and shallow areas- it is a tough lake, shallow and intricate. All the areas have been checked several times by either land search, water approach on boats and jet skis as well as helicopters and planes with infrared camera devices. The water in the area of the first report of the missing boat has been checked with depth sonar. Tefilla and Achdus are ultimately the key to hatzolah.


 Aug 25, 2006 at 11:43 AM Anonymous Says:

I am from the area and noticed this blog. A few of us were wondering if the boat was found with its anchor down or was the anchor still in the boat. Additionally and more importantly, if they had a wallet with them, was their wallet found or was it missing which obviously indicates that this was not an accident. Chances are, and by far the most plausable scencario is, this is consistent with 99% of boating related deaths in Ontario. The passengers were just plain not wearing live vests. We even noticed that some of the volunteers who were out on the lake searching, were also not wearing life vests. Just so you know, life vests are to be worn and not used to make the boat seats softer. This should be a lesson to all of you.


 Aug 25, 2006 at 10:50 AM O.Gevald Says:

Indeed. May the zchus of Yiden coming together (Achdus) to help these 2 lost Yiden in andere ek velt zuhl zay bayshteyn.
Hagaon Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky zt"l was noted to have answered why we have so many "different" nuschaos of Tefilla if we all serve One Creator. He likened it to a Grand Symphony Orchestra where you have many various musical instruments all playing together to create beautiful music. Were you to stop them all and have only one instrument play for you, you would'nt be impressed with that players performance, but when all play together in a coordinated effort the results are totally amazing. So too, us Yiddelach, when we daven our own way, be it Sfard, Ashkenaz, Nusach Ari, etc. when the Tefillos come up to the Ribono d'Kulei Alma, it is a beautiful orchestra of "music" to Hashem's ears.
Put aside our differences. Join together in Tefilla and action where possible and we will accomplish miracles.
The Aibershter awaits to hear from you.


 Aug 25, 2006 at 10:37 AM Anonymous Says:

Many, many people around the world, of many races and religions, are praying for the safe return of both men.

I know the older gentleman only via the internet although I have seen photographs of the whole family, and I hold him in the highest regard.

I do not belong to the Jewish community myself but that has never been a barrier to my friendship with this gentleman.

The support within the community for the families and the search effort is wonderful.

Peace to all.



 Aug 25, 2006 at 10:30 AM Anonymous Says:



 Aug 25, 2006 at 10:27 AM Anonymous Says:



 Aug 25, 2006 at 09:56 AM Anonymous Says:

I Just want to put things straight in regard to the Lubav Issue. Farkert I think that this is the beauty of yiddishkiet that there are so many diff. sects that cater to so many other individuals. Each sect does what they feel is the right way to serve Hashem. Since there are so many diff. ways, disagreements are inevitable,But arguements are navoidable. Everyone stick to what you think is right. And don't worry about yenem.
All this is true except when there is desecration of Halacha.
When people daven at Kevarim Chas veshalom do tahy daven to the niftar and Lubav's don't daven to the rebbe. They are mispallel for a yeshua in his zchus. That was the problem with Chet Haegel the yidden wanted a middle-man between themselves and Hashem.
Bikitzur your job is to serve Hashem the best way for you. And to be mispallel to Hashem when others are in trouble.


 Aug 25, 2006 at 09:36 AM Anonymous Says:

Heard there are many islands in the area. Do people live on them? Are the islands large or small?


 Aug 25, 2006 at 08:08 AM Anonymous Says:

Hope police are checking: who else rented a boat that day,; privately owned boats and yachts in this area, if any. Hope this wasn't Yishmaelim, or kidnapping of some sort.


 Aug 25, 2006 at 01:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Also not a Jewish community member, but sincere hopes for a good outcome, including safe return to their loved ones. I live on the street where their boat drifted to. Were Mr. Horowitz and Mr. Mondrowitz good swimmers? Lake Nipissing is quite warm, so the good news is it would be possible to stay in the water for a long time, even to swim to an island. There are conflicting reports whether their boat was found overturned or it was upright. I don't recall the waves being huge on Monday (this happens frequently on Nipissing with the wind because it is so shallow), so what has happened here is very strange. Prayers for them to be found in good health soon!


 Aug 25, 2006 at 12:38 AM Anonymous Says:

Not being a member of the Jewish community but wishing to add my thoughts and prayers to those already said.

Please let these two much loved men be found safe and sound.



 Aug 25, 2006 at 12:00 AM Anonymous Says:

I found the OPP to be very co-operative. We went out without an officer, but kept in cell-phone communication at all times for further instructions, advice etc. I know of at least one other boat that was out for two days without an officer on board, but also working directly with Hatzolah and the OPP. In general, they were very impressed by the numbers and meferesh Nefesh of the Community. One top level officer told me that he had never seen anything like it in his 24 years of Police work. This is a Kiddush HaShem. Lets keep the achdus going


 Aug 24, 2006 at 11:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Hashem Yerachem; who knows if this wasn't cholila foul play by some arab choleryas. Toronto is full of them; yemach shemon vezichrom


 Aug 24, 2006 at 11:08 PM Anonymous Says:

To make donations to defray the costs, please call the Hatzoloh office at 416-398-2300.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 09:25 PM Anonymous Says:

The search has been partially called off. Only civiliians who are proffesional or very experienced in conducting ground, air, or sea rescue/recovery missions are being asked to stay. All other civillians are being sent home.

The owner of the inn was very helpful & instrumental in starting & organizing the original search by sea. He coordinated the initial sea search. Many locals come out with their boats at the crack of dawn to search the water.

There were a few boats up there & jet skis brought by the Toronto Jewish community members. However the majority of ppl who came up from toronto, didn't come with a boat, and unfortunately the OPP (ontario police) did not send out more than 4 officers at a time to conduct the ground search. Since the OPP didn't allow a group of searchers to go out with out an officer. This means there were only 4 groups working at any given time. There were many people on hand 24 hrs a day for the last few days waiting to help & assist in the ground search, but the opp refused to provide more officers. While on an individual level the OPP were pretty decent, at the top level everybody was unsatisfied that the opp wasn't providing more resources


 Aug 24, 2006 at 08:48 PM Anonymous Says:

to the people writing against chabad i am not chabad but i see the good they do and I don't think its fair to put down thousands for a few crazy people screaming in crown heights you have that in every community


 Aug 24, 2006 at 08:48 PM Anonymous Says:

just heard from a member who flew up there and was on search. they are heading back to ny as there is nothing more they can do there.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 08:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Yidden, don't give up hope!

If 3 Mexican fisherman can come back from a fishing trip after going missing for 9 MONTHS it is certainly plausable that these guys will turn up OK after a few days. All we need is a small miracle.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 08:04 PM VOS IZ NEIAS Says:



 Aug 24, 2006 at 08:01 PM Anonymous Says:



 Aug 24, 2006 at 08:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Can we please not turn this into a chabad issue. There are two chushiver yidden in a sakana, and we need achdus now.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 07:50 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't know what planet you are living on, but to say that Chabad is b'achdus is like saying that that Iraq is peacful.

How many court cases are on the Kings Couty docket involving every single aspect of Chabad? Someone I know counted it and says that there are 2 DOZEN! What about the mishchisten and anti-meshichisten? The Vaad, Crown Heights Beis Din, and Rubashkin?

Need I go on?

Chabad is in self-destruct mode. If things don't turn around soon there will be nothing left.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 06:23 PM Anonymous Says:

to Anonymous said... at 4:45pm

i dont mean that no other community is growing of course they are i meant like satmer belz bubov yes they are growing in numbers but look at the fights they have look whats going on in each place the problems they have
in chabad its very few, you just hear about it because every small thing like this boy in morristown ends up in the paper

but anyone that knows the inside of the other places know whats really going on

big deal in chabad there a few mishugoim who talk to the media thats about it

the general chabad is is bachdus and doing the rebbes whlichus to bring yidishkeit to every corner of the globe


 Aug 24, 2006 at 05:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Is this the same Melech Horowitz who worked at Monsey Glatt for awhile???


 Aug 24, 2006 at 05:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Toronto Hatzoloh -


 Aug 24, 2006 at 04:45 PM Anonymous Says:

to annonamus at 4:09 pm

lubav is the only group that's growning??????
you need to get out of crown heights (place or mentality).
try visting; williamsburg, boro-park, lakewood, or monsey. i should not leave out smaller but growing places like new square and baltimore as well as many more. and, let's not forget e. yisroel; they have more than a few (and growing) gerrer, belzer, breslover and many other.
nobody doubts that lubav is growing but to say that lubav is the only group growing is inaccurate.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 04:43 PM Anonymous Says:

If everyone in this blog is able to put $1, $5, $10, or $20 or more into the pushke tonight and verbally say that it should be a zechus for these 2 missing people it would be a tremendous help. Think about it, there are thousands of potential tzedaka dollars that can be given in their zechus.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 04:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Please DO NOT turn the discussion into a debate. we have to be mispalel that this whould end in a good way, it's never too late for a miracle!


 Aug 24, 2006 at 04:32 PM Anonymous Says:

anyone have toronto hatzolahs website ?


 Aug 24, 2006 at 04:19 PM Anonymous Says:

When you daven at a Tzadik you ask hashem in the zhecus of the nifter he should help you. or you ask the nifter should be mispallel for you


 Aug 24, 2006 at 04:09 PM Anonymous Says:

to the person who wrote: i'm not sure lubav needs anybody's help to look bad these days

im sorry to break it to you but lubavitch is the only jewish group that is growing in the world yes if you look at ch it might look bad just as every jewish community does, but if you look around the world chabad is the only jewish org grwing and doing strong

when everyone is busy killing each other chabad looks at the positive and does what it needs to

fly anywhere any place and look for yourself


 Aug 24, 2006 at 04:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Stop talking about this 'narishkeit'. We have to join together 'Agudah Achas'. Hashem wants us to get together and unfortunatley it takes a matziv like this for us to come together. If everyone would stop talking about Lubavitch (and other sects) the way they do, things like this wouldn't happen.
May Hashem see this as it is, a huge kiddush Hashem, and let us find them alive.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 03:36 PM Anonymous Says:

To annny who wrote: "You Apikoros what you are. You are an Oved Avoda Zorah. Are you Christian that you daven to a Saint?"

Why do people go to kevarim to daven? Isn't it to beg the niftar to help us out by davening to hashem? I am not lubavitch but I see nothing wrong in his comments. Satmar, Belz, Viznitz and many other chasidim all daven at their rebbe's kever. The bnei yisroel stopped at kever rochel too. Are they not davening to their rebbe for a yeshua? I think you may have been a bit harsh in your words.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 03:14 PM Anonymous Says:

i'm not sure lubav needs anybody's help to look bad these days


 Aug 24, 2006 at 03:00 PM Anonymous Says:

private helicopters are being used in the search at the cost of $1000.00 dollars an hour as govt helicopters are limited anyone willing to help defray part of the cost please call the hotline at 416 256 1000 ask for heshy k who is coordinating the search
tizku lemitzvos


 Aug 24, 2006 at 02:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Volunteers help search; Two men missing on lake since Monday

Gord Young
Local News - Thursday, August 24, 2006 @ 08:00

Search teams continued to comb the waters and beaches of Lake Nipissing Wednesday in an attempt to find two Toronto-area men missing since Monday.

The intensive search began shortly after Heine Mondrowitz, 56, of Richmond Hill, Ont., and his son-in-law, Eli Horowitz, 30, of Toronto, failed to return from a boating trip.

The men were staying at the Waltonian Inn on the lake's south shore and had rented a 19-foot boat to go fishing and swimming.

The rental boat was found empty about two hours later after it drifted ashore near Premier Road in North Bay.

And there's been no sign of the men, both respected members of Toronto's Jewish community, despite exhaustive efforts by police and an army of volunteers to scour the lake and its shores.

Ontario Provincial Police have been aided in the search by local residents.

Also helping are more than 150 friends and family members of the two men, including volunteers with Hatzoloh Toronto, a volunteer emergency medical service.

"We're a small community and we do as much as we can to take care of each other," said Moshe Sigler, among the Hatzoloh members to travel north to help search for one their own.

Sigler said Horowitz helped launch the Toronto chapter of the world-wide organization eight years ago.

And he said this is the first time the group has been involved in such an extensive search operation outside the Toronto area.

"We'd do this for anyone in our community," Sigler said, noting more than 150 members of the tight-knit community have made the trip to help with the search.

The Waltonian Inn served as a headquarters for the ground, air and water search operation Wednesday where friends and family members of the two missing men held on to hope they will be found alive.

The ground, air and water search has involved the OPP's emergency response team, helicopter, underwater search and recovery unit and the North Bay marine and SAVE units. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre out of Trenton has deployed a helicopter and several south shore residents have provided boats and their knowledge of the lake. The family of the two missing men have also hired three helicopters and airplane.

Police are asking lakeside residents and boaters along the south shore and Callander Bay to watch the shoreline and report anything unusual at 1-888-310-1122.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 02:47 PM Anonymous Says:

the posts from "Long Live Rebbi Moshiach said..." are written by a siko i know who he is and he has mental issues, he isnt even a mishichist, he is just crzay. he created some sick websites on the same theme posing as a a meshichist. he is a alter bochur from minnisota with nothing to do with his life, he jsut tries making lubavitch look bad.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 01:00 PM BSSP Says:

earch continues - two men missing on Lake Nipissing

OPP seek public assistance

(North Bay, ON) - The intensive ground, air and water search continues on and around Lake Nipissing for two men, 56-year-old Heine Mondrowitz of Richmond Hill and his 30-year-old son-in-law Eli Horowitz of Toronto.

Their empty boat drifted ashore near Premier Road, North Bay late Monday afternoon (August 21).

They were vacationing with family at a south shore resort when the pair failed to return from an afternoon outing on the lake.

THE OPP is asking lakeside residents and boaters along the south shore of Lake Nipissing and Callander Bay to watch the shoreline and report anything unusual to police at 1-888-310-1122.

An extensive ground, air and water search was conducted all day by the North Bay OPP, SAVE unit, OPP helicopter and the Underwater search and rescue unit with negative results.

RCC Trenton Search and Rescue searched all last night and today with night vision and infrared scanning equipment.

Also searching were three civilian helicopters and up to thirty volunteers.

JRCC (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre) out of Trenton, Ontario has deployed a helicopter to assist with the search operation.

Members of the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) is conducting shoreline and island searches.

The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) has joined the effort and is working with the North Bay OPP Marine Unit and SAVE Team.

Numerous people have generously volunteered and are assisting police with the search.

Anyone with any information regarding the missing persons are to call the North Bay OPP.

Police investigation will continue into the night and resume in full at daybreak.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 12:48 PM Anonymous Says:



 Aug 24, 2006 at 11:29 AM Anonymous Says:

chevraman is right. That is something we should all undertake to better oursevles in; and in this zchus Hashem will help. Yeshuas Hashem KeHeref Ayim. Azoi vee a blik fun an oyg.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 10:41 AM Anonymous Says:

lkwd was contacted late last night wedensday to send people to assist in search
but seems the terrain there specifically calls for professinals.
There are 40 montreal achynu there but r sitting around due to above problem
we must davan and hope
the canadian authorities continue the search
contact is being made reaching out to professional govt search and rescue to come and assist here


 Aug 24, 2006 at 10:40 AM Chevrahman Says:

Anonymous said...
Any news pleeeesea ...up date.

10:19 AM


The RBS"O is probably already 'impressed' (k'veyahcul) with how far heimeshe Yiddin will go to not let another Yid doesn't die c"v.

Perhaps what He is not as 'happy' (k'veyachul)about is how far some of us will go to not let another Yid LIVE!


 Aug 24, 2006 at 10:19 AM Anonymous Says:

Any news pleeeesea ...up date.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 02:50 AM Anonymous Says:

My heart goes out to the mishpacha and my tefilos are to HKB"H that we should hear a besura tova.

What I can't get over; and I say it constantly:

Me keamcha yisroel, so dedicated, so devoted, so caring; going out of their way to do anything to help. There isn't another nation out there like ours;
Hashem look down at how good your children are to each other, and have rachmonus.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 01:04 AM Anonymous Says:

7:18 p.m. update on search for two boaters on Lake Nipissing

By SooToday.com Staff
Wednesday, August 23,

Search continues - two men missing on Lake Nipissing

OPP seek public assistance

(North Bay, ON) - The intensive ground, air and water search continues on and around Lake Nipissing for two men, 56-year-old Heine Mondrowitz of Richmond Hill and his 30-year-old son-in-law Eli Horowitz of Toronto.

Their empty boat drifted ashore near Premier Road, North Bay late Monday afternoon (August 21).

They were vacationing with family at a south shore resort when the pair failed to return from an afternoon outing on the lake.

THE OPP is asking lakeside residents and boaters along the south shore of Lake Nipissing and Callander Bay to watch the shoreline and report anything unusual to police at 1-888-310-1122.

An extensive ground, air and water search was conducted all day by the North Bay OPP, SAVE unit, OPP helicopter and the Underwater search and rescue unit with negative results.

RCC Trenton Search and Rescue searched all last night and today with night vision and infrared scanning equipment.

Also searching were three civilian helicopters and up to thirty volunteers.

JRCC (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre) out of Trenton, Ontario has deployed a helicopter to assist with the search operation.

Members of the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) is conducting shoreline and island searches.

The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) has joined the effort and is working with the North Bay OPP Marine Unit and SAVE Team.

Numerous people have generously volunteered and are assisting police with the search.

Anyone with any information regarding the missing persons are to call the North Bay OPP.

Police investigation will continue into the night and resume in full at daybreak.


 Aug 24, 2006 at 12:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Eli is a dear friend. He would bend over backwards to help anyone. He lives his life as a volunteer for the Jewish community while making parnossoh for his family and learning torah. v'chol mi sheoskim b'ztorchey tzibbur b'emunah, HK"BH y'shaleim schorom, v'yosir mehem kol machalah, v'yirpoh l'chol gufam, v'yislach l'chol avonom, v'yishlach brochoh v'hatzlochoh b'chol ma'asai y'deihem im kol yisroel acheihem, v'noimar omein.


 Aug 23, 2006 at 09:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Kiryas Joel is assisting . Thats the satmar way to help with your maximum power a fellow jew when he is in need


 Aug 23, 2006 at 08:08 PM Anonymous Says:



 Aug 23, 2006 at 07:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Just to clarify all rumors and I heard So's...
Just spoke to someone who is there searching on one of the islands on the lake. people from toronto travelled with plans to stay for 2-3 days, and right now there are only about 40-50 volunteers. it might be a good idea for people who are local to the toronto area, to call hatzolah's hotline 416-256-1000 to offer your assistance, and don't assume that they are turning away help/


 Aug 23, 2006 at 07:20 PM Anonymous Says:



 Aug 23, 2006 at 07:15 PM Anonymous Says:



 Aug 23, 2006 at 07:06 PM Anonymous Says:

wey are you so suprised?, I'm sure that they offer to help, and they refused it. (BTW Kiryas Yoel Ems is the most popular for a org. ho respond the FASTEST posb.)


 Aug 23, 2006 at 06:24 PM Anonymous Says:

im surprised ky did not go


 Aug 23, 2006 at 06:04 PM Anonymous Says:



 Aug 23, 2006 at 04:38 PM Anonymous Says:

will there be any busses from montreal


 Aug 23, 2006 at 04:19 PM Anonymous Says:

to long live rebbe

You Apikoros what you are. You are an Oved Avoda Zorah. Are you Christian that you daven to a Saint?


 Aug 23, 2006 at 04:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Will there be a bus going from the NY area and if yeah who do I call to get on it?


 Aug 23, 2006 at 03:51 PM Anonymous Says:

how many kids do both of them have??


 Aug 23, 2006 at 03:51 PM Anonymous Says:

are divers looking as well??


 Aug 23, 2006 at 02:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Lake Nipissing (French: lac Nipissing) is a lake in the Canadian province of Ontario. It is 873.3 km² (337 square miles) in surface area, has a mean elevation of 196 m (643 feet) above sea level and is located between the Ottawa River and Georgian Bay. Excluding the Great Lakes, Lake Nipissing is the fifth-largest lake in Ontario. It is relatively shallow for a large lake, with an average depth of only 4.5 metres (15 feet). The shallowness of the lake makes for many sandbars along the lake's irregular coastline. The lake has many islands.


 Aug 23, 2006 at 02:43 PM Anonymous Says:

I pray that these 2 yiden are okay and hope that they are just waiting to be rescued. For those of us who are following this story, can anyone describe the area? How large is the lake area? Are there areas that they could pull over to the side if they had just wanted to get out of the boat for a few minutes?


 Aug 23, 2006 at 02:04 PM Abraham Says:

What I Can Tell You Is That We Have Been Here Searching For The Last 24 Hours We Have Hatzoloh Members Including Myself Have Been On Private Helicopters.
Yesterday The OPP Command Center Was Not Big Enough To Handle A Large Amount Of Searchers But Through The Night They Brought A Much Bigger One With A Bigger Team So We Are Coordinating With The Toronto Community Who Will Be Sending A Large Amount Of People 2 Search.
Boroch Hashem It Seems Like The Political Pressure Helped Out Bec. Now The Government Agencies Are Being Very Cooperative Thanks Again For All Ure Help And I Will Keep U Posted When I Can


 Aug 23, 2006 at 01:58 PM Anonymous Says:

משפחה מקנדה ביקשו שיתפללו ויעוררו רחמים עבור יקיריהם שנעלמו במימי אגם ביום שני השבוע,

חנוך בן רבקה לאה.

אברהם אלימלך בן דבורה

המקום ירחם עליהם ויצילם מכל צרה ומצוקה מכל נגע ומחלה ויחזרו במהרה לחיק משפחתם.

רבותי רייסט איין! דער אייבערשטער קען אלעס


 Aug 23, 2006 at 01:12 PM Anonymous Says:

"kol yisroel araivim ze loze",
we all have one father,
and he will ask us ,WHY WERN'T YOU MISPALEL TO ME WHEN YOUR BROTHER'S WERE IN DANGER R"L,what will we answer? actulley there is no answer on that, other then taking a thilim and be MISPALEL, remember we don't know for whos tefilus hashem is waiting.........


 Aug 23, 2006 at 01:04 PM Anonymous Says:

I would volunteer to go, but what purpose can I serve??


 Aug 23, 2006 at 12:45 PM Anonymous Says:



 Aug 23, 2006 at 12:40 PM Anonymous Says:

From today's North Bay Nugget online:

Police continue search for boaters missing on Lake Nipissing

Nugget Staff

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 08:00

Local News - CALLANDER - Ontario Provincial Police continued a search for two missing boaters on Lake Nipissing overnight Tuesday.

Police spent the day conducting ground, air and water searches for two southern Ontario men reported missing Monday.

Heine Mondrowitz, 56, of Richmond Hill and his son-in-law Eli Horowitz, 30, of Toronto, were staying at the Waltonian Inn in Callander with their families, OPP Sgt. Carlo Berardi said in a media release.

The two men had rented a 19-foot boat to go fishing and swimming at about 3:30 p.m. Monday. But the empty boat was found drifting near Premier Road two hours later and there was no sign of the men.

Officers were joined Tuesday by dozens of family members and friends of the men who travelled north to help with the search.

The OPP marine unit, SAVE team boats and emergency response team, as well as the forces helicopter, conducted searches of the water and shore.

Berardi said the family also hired three helicopters and an airplane to help.

The search continued overnight with a Griffin helicopter equipped with an infrared light, said OPP Sgt. Connie Young. Officers also continued the water search overnight.

More officers were expected to help this morning.

Susanne Rieser, who owns Rockview Camp on Lake Nipissings south shore, said she was keeping an eye on the water and shoreline.

Weve been watching the water all day long, she said Tuesday evening.

Rieser, president of the Lake Nipissing South Shore Association, said she wishes there had been more details provided to cottage owners about the missing men.

She said she would have passed the information on to the associations

27 members, who could have helped in the search.

Im certainly hoping that everyone out there (on the lake) will be vigilant, she said.


 Aug 23, 2006 at 12:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Article from this morning's National Post:

Strangers heed call to search for missing anglers
Overturned boat: Jewish community reaches out to help Toronto family

Natalie Alcoba
National Post

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

More than 100 members of Toronto's Jewish community travelled north to Lake Nipissing to help search for two men who set off fishing on Monday and never returned.

Eli Horowitz, 30, and his father-in-law, Heine Mondrowitz, 56, were staying in a south shore lodge and set out on a rented, 19-foot boat to go fishing and swimming around 3:30 p.m., police said.

Their overturned boat drifted back to the North Bay shore about two hours later, with no sign of either man.

Mr. Horowitz lives with his wife and three young children in the Bathurst Street and Lawrence Avenue area and word quickly spread that he was missing. His father-in-law lives in Richmond Hill.

"Calls were made, doors were knocked on at midnight last night," said David Stein, Mr. Horowitz's close friend who helped organize the contingent of searchers that boarded helicopters, rode on boats and hiked the edges of the expansive lake alongside Ontario Provincial Police officers.

The North Bay Marine Unit and SAVE Team boats were part of the intensive search.

"Half the people who are out here searching for him don't even know him," marvelled Mr. Stein, as he waded through a metre of water along Lake Nipissing shore yesterday evening and continued looking for his friend. The waters appeared calm, he noted.

"We keep on searching and hoping for the best," he said.

Mr. Horowitz's wife was part of the search, and his children were in the area. It is not clear whether he is an experienced fisherman.

Mr. Horowitz runs his own business and is active at his synagogue, friends said. He is a member of a volunteer paramedic group that operates along the Bathurst corridor and caters to the Jewish community.

"He is extremely active in helping other people," said Philip Mund, another friend who sent out an appeal for volunteer searchers that was posted on the UJA Federation Web site.

"He's a tough little guy, and he's always well-liked," Mr. Stein said.

"We just want to express our thanks to the literally hundreds of people who dropped everything and came to help," he added.


 Aug 23, 2006 at 11:24 AM Long Live Rebbi Moshiach Says:

daven daven rebbi will help


 Aug 23, 2006 at 11:22 AM Anonymous Says:

The North Bay Marine Unit and SAVE Team boats are on the water supportedby local volunteer searchers. The OPP helicopter is in the air and ERT membersare conducting a shoreline search


 Aug 23, 2006 at 11:20 AM Long Live Rebbi Moshiach Says:

daven to rebbi he hears and it will help


 Aug 23, 2006 at 10:34 AM UOJ Says:

I just spoke to Ben and asked him if they need people from brooklyn. He said not unless they have something special that they can offer, like fly a helicopter......... The boats and search teams are still working very hard, and he asked that we say "tehilim".


 Aug 23, 2006 at 10:21 AM Anonymous Says:

Hatzoloh Toronto has two command centers set up one in the city and one in North Bay. Right now we are coordinating with the OPP and are continuously sending up volunteers in relation to how many search parties the OPP are able to send out. We have had approximately 4 helicopters one plane and 15 boats partaking in the search from dawn until way after dark. We have also had an overwhelming response from the community as well as Hatz in NY and Montreal to assist. Right now we are receiving sufficient volunteers from within the city, but if that changes we are in contact with Hatz New York and Montreal and they will be informed of our needs. If anyone is in Toronto and would like to volunteer please do not call “Ben” rather call the hotline at 416 256 1000 and they will inform you if additional volunteers are needed for the next search party and when you will need to be up there.

Bisort Tovot


 Aug 23, 2006 at 10:05 AM Anonymous Says:

if there is a bus going out from boro park/ flatbush please let us know.


 Aug 23, 2006 at 09:03 AM Anonymous Says:

Search just started again, we need everyone that could come and give a hand for our brothers, call Benny at the above number please please.


 Aug 23, 2006 at 08:59 AM Anonymous Says:

they are looking for at least 100 people

if anyone from ny has the time please let us know


 Aug 23, 2006 at 12:41 AM Anonymous Says:

Is this a fact that they don't want people to show up? I thought Benny was looking for as many volunteers as possible? Please verify so that we can do the right thing!!!


 Aug 22, 2006 at 11:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Hatzoloh Toronto has advised all volounteers from NY to stay in NY. The OPP has strict guidlines and rules and do not want a huge number of people showing up at the scene.


 Aug 22, 2006 at 11:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Hashem this is a nightmare. if somebody knows something more please post ASAP I am staying up


 Aug 22, 2006 at 11:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Please do not spread rumors, submit only reports which have been verified by reliable sources.


 Aug 22, 2006 at 11:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Please avoid the rumors and lets stick to facts.

Can anyone advise if NY Hatzolah is sending a crew to assist in the search.


 Aug 22, 2006 at 11:15 PM Anonymous Says:

I heard that all thair clothing where found on the boat


 Aug 22, 2006 at 10:52 PM Anonymous Says:

someone with a private plane ought to offer to take as many yungerleight to toronto since theyre anyhow on bein hazmanim.


 Aug 22, 2006 at 10:37 PM Anonymous Says:

OPP Media Release


Two Toronto area men missing since yesterday at 3:30pm have still not been located. The two men, Heine MONDROWITZ and Eli HOROWITZ, along with their families were vacationing at the Waltonian Inn, Lake Nipissing when the two decided to go for a boat ride around 3:30pm 21Aug2006. Their empty boat was located drifting off of Premier Rd. North Bay around 5:30pm 21Aug2006

An extensive ground, air and water search was conducted all day by the North Bay OPP, SAVE unit, OPP helicopter and the Underwater search and rescue unit with negative results. Also searching were three civilian helicopters and up to twenty volunteers.

Police investigation will continue into the night and resume in full at daybreak, 23Aug2006.


An intensive ground, air and water search is underway for two Southern Ontario men after their empty boat drifted to shore near Premier Road, North Bay at 5:30 p.m. yesterday - Monday, August 21.

The missing men were staying at a lodge on the south shore of Lake Nipissing and had rented a 19’ boat to go fishing and swimming around 3:30 p.m. They were due back at 7:00 pm. and failed to return.

Missing are Heine Mondrowitz, age 56, Richmond Hill and his 30-year-old son-in-law Eli Horowitz, Toronto.

The North Bay Marine Unit and SAVE Team boats are on the water supported by local volunteer searchers. The OPP helicopter is in the air and ERT members are conducting a shoreline search


 Aug 22, 2006 at 10:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Hatzoloh Toronto is trying to arrange to have about 30 people arrive at the scene by daybreak (6am) Wednesday morning. That means that the car has got to leave Toronto by 2:45am/3:00am.

There are, right now, about 20 people who have committed to go.

If there is anyone else able to take the day off from work, please call Ben at 416-731-4000 to make arrangements. Thanks.


 Aug 22, 2006 at 09:55 PM Anonymous Says:

get off ur screen and whoever can should go and search


 Aug 22, 2006 at 08:38 PM a yid somewhere Says:

the Hearts of Klal yisroel worldwide is with them, please Hashem make this another "suri feldman" happy ending story, please!!!!
chevra, get off your screens for a momant and say a kapital tehilim!


 Aug 22, 2006 at 08:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Is ny hatzalah sending volunteers?


 Aug 22, 2006 at 08:09 PM Anonymous Says:

OPP just agreed to keep the helicopters in the air until 12:00 tonight.


 Aug 22, 2006 at 07:11 PM Anonymous Says:

yep it is very important to have this information .


 Aug 22, 2006 at 07:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Is called Maylech, by the family. Has wonderful wife and three little children. May Hashem have rachmonus & help us.


 Aug 22, 2006 at 05:36 PM ליפא שנילצער Says:

Avraham Elimelech ben Devora
Chanoch ben Rivka Leah


 Aug 22, 2006 at 05:23 PM dave Says:

any news? what they were doing there? where from? names? age? wife? SS#?

why do we need all the info if it was us we wouldnt want all the info to be given out as it is here

do ppl care? then u need the name to daven or are ppl here looking for something to talk about?


 Aug 22, 2006 at 05:22 PM Steve Says:

I know this guy well. Please keep my posted. He's (Eli Horowitz) originally from Monsey (Grove St) and he's also Flatbush 303.


 Aug 22, 2006 at 05:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Hashem yerachiem


 Aug 22, 2006 at 05:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Please be Mispallel for Avraham Elimelech ben Devorah!

Father is R' Yankel Horowitz from Monsey - Rebbi in Peekskill Yeshiva.


 Aug 22, 2006 at 04:59 PM Anonymous Says:

One more thing, they now have 25 boats searching in the water, 5 helicopters and about 50 people searching the land.


 Aug 22, 2006 at 04:58 PM Anonymous Says:

They found a life vest and are searching in the vicinity. They also think they might be on an island stranded. We need to daven. I think the son in laws name is Avraham Eliezer ben Devorah, I am not sure of the father in laws name.


 Aug 22, 2006 at 04:53 PM Tronto H Member Says:

at 10:55 PM the OPP marine unit informed the family that they stopped searching Hatzolah of Toronto called Rabbi Gluck which contacted the US state dept  who called the Canadian government  that they should resume the search  which was resumed at 11:30 PM they found the boat but the two people are still missing currently 10 boats and three helicopters are involved in the search


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