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Frum Jackson Resident Missing in New Orleans; UPDATE: $10,000 Cash Reward Offered

A 33-year-old frum Jackson resident has been missing in New Orleans, Louisiana, since last Thursday, the day he was scheduled to return from a business trip to the city.

Michael Gelfand, a Jackson resident with children in Lakewood schools, was officially reported missing on January 11th, when New Orleans Police took up the case after family members were unable to contact him.

New York State Police, New Jersey State Police, NYPD, US Marshal’s Service and the New Orleans Police Department are participating in the search for missing man, and additional resources are expected to be employed in the search in the coming hours and days if he is not located before then.

Anyone with additional information about Gelfand’s whereabouts is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080.

Please be Mispallel for Mordechai ben Shira Golda.

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There are 38 Comments to "Frum Jackson Resident Missing in New Orleans; UPDATE: $10,000 Cash Reward Offered"

  • ED says:

    Can you pls post the name for Tehillim?

  • Jay says:

    I know Mordy for a long time. I know nothing about the story and haven’t kept up with him lately, but i want to clarify to all TLS readers that he is a healthy, warm, wonderful individual. No issues!

    I assume “do not approach” means nefarious play is suspect, and NOT that he is a danger to society, etc.

    May HaShem help bring him home soon!

  • JJ says:

    Tehillim name??

  • mm says:

    mordechai ben shira golda

  • Joe says:

    Mordechai Ben Shira Golda

  • Busy Mom b"h! says:

    Mordechai ben Shira Golda

  • izzy says:

    They don’t look like the same person. I know the guy on the right, totally normal person. I dont know the guy on the left

  • izzy says:

    I mean the guy on the left, not the guy on the right

    • jaxonite says:

      Agreed. Both of these pictures are not depicting him the way he looks in real life. They should probably get updated.

  • S says:

    Mordechai Ben Shira Golda

  • Friend says:

    Mordechai ben Shira Golda

  • Jay says:

    Name is in the post

  • Jay says:

    Mordechai Ben Shira Golda

  • Yosef says:

    Mordy is the absolute warmest, nicest, and most humble being on the planet. A true mentch and Ben Torah.
    New Orleans has a lot of opportunities for business, and there are good Yidden there all week, but too many areas of the city are simply beyond dangerous, and many of its inhabitants have no value for life.
    May we hear only besuros tovos ad may Hashem send a Yeshua for this Matzav.

    • jaxonite says:

      Mordy is the sales director for a company that sells clothing to the military. He was probably on a business trip to meet with a client at the DOD in NOLA. Besoros Tovos.

  • Guy says:

    Everything Jay said, plus he is the most amazing, loving father. Davening for him!

  • Yosef says:

    Mordy is the absolute warmest, nicest, and most humble being on the planet. A true mentch and Ben Torah.
    New Orleans has a lot of opportunities for business, and there are good Yidden there all week, but too many areas of the city are simply beyond dangerous, and many of its inhabitants have no value for life.
    May we hear only besuros tovos and may Hashem send a Yeshua for this Matzav.

  • uf says:

    his name is Mordechai ben shira golda

  • tehillim says:

    mordichai ben shira golda

  • A Yid says:

    מרדכי בן שירה גולדא

  • Rich says:

    Please daven for
    מרדכי בן שירה גאלדא

  • I know Mordy says:

    I know Mordy. Was a counselor in camp as a kid. I hope everything will be ok! Davening! Hashem yishmor!

  • calling Trenton? says:

    when there were other out of state disasters the government sent a group of experts and volunteers to that area to assist in rescue and recovery

  • Devorah says:

    Why is this story not evoking a more serious response? Why don’t we have all our resources down there searching like when a man drowned in Virginia? This is a very long time for a frum man not to be in touch with his family.

  • Jack says:

    Mordy always has the sweetest smile on him, always has a good joke or idea to share! Always wanting to help other people especially guys starting new businesses. Davening for him to be found healthy bez”h super fast!

    Is there anything we can do? I would go to New Orleans in a heartbeat to help out in any way possible. Maybe give out fliers in the area that he was last seen?

    If anyone knows anyway we can help out please post here. (Obviosuly we will continue davening!)

    • Be smart says:

      Please don’t go to New Orleans on your own to look for him unless you’re part of an organized effort. It’s a very dangerous city if one ventures by error on the wrong blocks Hashem Yerachem. May we hear Besoros Tovos very soon.

  • Goldy says:

    TLS is doing the right thing by publicizing this but people in Louisiana don’t generally read Lakewood posts. Maybe someone can contact the Rabbis at Chabad and Congregation Beth Israel (Orthodox) — both in Metarie LA, which is very close to New Orleans. Since it’s a matter of pikuach nefesh I’m sure they’ll take it seriously and help spread the word. If Mordy/Michael needs any help he might gravitate to the next nearest Jewish community. The more people who know of this case, the better.

    Btw I agree with “calling Trenton” & Devorah—why hasn’t there been a strong response from our state & the frum Lakewood area? I’ve been down South & didn’t have a great experience with the attitude toward Jews so I wouldn’t trust the authorities there to be exerting themselves on the case..

  • Pleading says:

    I am with Devorah and Jack. Can we please be Mekabel something? Can someone please post Tehillim link? Are people helping in a practical way? Is there anyone to contact? Please Hashem help us!

  • unknown says:

    why did they only report him missing on the 11th??!!? that is a week later since anyone heard from him. so strange

  • Mrs. S. says:

    Everyone wwho can should donate to Reb Meir Baal HaNess that he be found.
    Have all of the hospitals been checked?

  • Gabe says:

    @tls Any update?

  • Just a pashut yid says:

    Raboisai- this is a sad story. Let’s stop posting questions and personal feelings about this fluid situation. Teffilos is the only thing one can do unless otherwise instructed by family, law enforcement or gedoloi torah.

  • Rhonda goldstein says:

    I am willing to give out flyers I New York I would also go to New Orleans to give food and water to the people searching

  • 123 says:

    Any updates yet? May we hear only besuros tovos!

  • Menachem Siegal says:

    Any updates??? Davening !!!

  • Abraham says:

    Besorot Tovot. Any updates on him still missing?.