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Jewish teacher, college student killed by Sandy in Brooklyn

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Two young Jews were killed in Brooklyn by a falling tree during superstorm Sandy.

The pair were out walking a dog on Oct. 29 in the storm’s high winds.

Jacob Vogelman and Jessie Streich-Kest, killed Oct. 29 by a tree felled by Hurricane Sandy, shown in 2007   photo/jta-facebook
Jacob Vogelman and Jessie Streich-Kest, killed Oct. 29 by a tree felled by Hurricane Sandy, shown in 2007 photo/jta-facebook
The dead were identified by the New York Observer as Jessie Streich-Kest, 24, who worked as a high school teacher in the city, and Jacob Vogelman, a student at Brooklyn College. The two had been friends since middle school, according to the Observer.

They were discovered dead that night, crushed by the fallen tree. The dog was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic.

At least 45 people in the United States and 68 outside of the U.S. have been killed in the one-of-a-kind storm, and more than 7 million people in 13 states were without power during the first days after Sandy hit land.

Meanwhile, Jewish institutions on the East Coast began to open up again on Oct. 31 after being closed for two days.

John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark International Airport in New Jersey also reopened Oct. 31 with limited service, though New York’s LaGuardia Airport remained closed as of press time.

Thousands of Israeli airline passengers and Americans in Israel trying to return home had their flights to the U.S. canceled on Oct. 29 and 30. Israelis trying to get home also remained stranded in New York, New Jersey and the D.C. area. In all, more than 14,000 flights reportedly were canceled due to Sandy. — jta


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