Skip To Content
Get Our Newsletter
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

Sarah Mayer, Faigy’s Older Sister, Hangs Herself Months After Roof Plunge

The older sister of a former Hasidic woman who killed herself four months ago by jumping off of a rooftop bar in Manhattan died after hanging herself.

Sarah Mayer, 31, was found dead on Sunday afternoon in her parents’ home in Borough Park, the New York Daily News reported.

Her death comes four months after Faigy Mayer, 30, committed suicide, six years after leaving the Hasidic world in which she had grown up.

Unnamed family and friends told the Daily News that Sara Mayer was mentally ill and had been hospitalized on several occasions. An unnamed law-enforcement official told the newspaper that she had been scheduled to move into a group home this week.

The New York Post reported that Sara Mayer was released last week from a psychiatric hospital where she had been an inpatient for two years. The newspaper also quoted an unnamed family member as saying she left a note to her parents telling them she loved them and was sorry.

In an essay written shortly before her death, Faigy Mayer rejected the Belz Hasidic sect of her childhood saying that “Hasidic Judaism shouldn’t exist at all,” and lamenting on all that her three nephews were missing out on by being raised in the same community.

“If people were allowed to think they would not be religious,” she also wrote.

Engage

  • SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

  • UPCOMING EVENT

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free under an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives Creative Commons license as long as you follow our republishing guidelines, which require that you credit Foward and retain our pixel. See our full guidelines for more information.

To republish, copy the HTML, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline, and credit to Foward. Have questions? Please email us at help@forward.com.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.