Jerusalem’s Pamela Weisfeld dies after brief battle with cancer


(JTA) — Pamela Weisfeld, an Israeli immigrant from New Jersey who became the subject of a social media campaign after discovering last month that she had cancer, has died.

A mother of two young children, Weisfeld, 40, was diagnosed with brain, liver, breast and bone cancer in mid-July after going to see doctors to alleviate back pain she was experiencing while nursing her baby. A Facebook page and website set up to help support the family, pay for Weisfeld’s treatments and urge readers to pray for her health quickly garnered thousands of followers.

Originally from Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Weisfeld moved about six years ago to Jerusalem, where she worked in social media and Internet marketing. Her husband, Shmuel, an immigrant to Israel from England, hosts a radio show and builds websites, according to a Haaretz item written in July by a friend of the family, Rabbi Yehoshua Looks.

Weisfeld died Monday; her funeral was scheduled for Tuesday evening in Jerusalem.

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