Funerals for 2 members of Orthodox community in Brooklyn who drowned off Miami

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

MIAMI, Florida (WABC) -- Funeral services were held Wednesday for two men from the Orthodox community in Williamsburg who drowned in a riptide in Florida.

Rabbi Yitzchak Rosenberg and Chaim Parnes died during a morning swim Tuesday morning in North Miami Beach.

A funeral was held in Williamsburg Wednesday morning for Rosenberg, and Parnes was laid to rest during the afternoon in Kiryas Joel.

Their bodies were brought home on a private jet overnight.

Both men were considered pillars of the Orthodox community in Williamsburg.

Rosenberg, a father of eight, was the owner of Certified Lumber. He built the company from scratch, along with his brother, Abraham.

Parnes was a diamond dealer in his hometown. He had survived a different brush with death when in North Miami he was beaten and robbed of $35,000 in diamonds just six months ago.