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October 30, 2012 7:22 pm

Hurricane Sandy Uproots Tree that Kills Two Brooklyn Jews

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A tree knocked down amid Hurricane Sandy killed two Jews in Brooklyn on Monday night while they were walking a dog, the New York Observer reported.

Jacob Vogelman, 23, and Jessie Streich-Kest, 24, growing up were part of synagogues in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn—Vogelman attending Congregation Beth Elohim (Reform), and Streich-Kest attending Kolot Chayeinu (progressive)—reported the Forward, which identified Vogelman and Streich-Kest as a couple.

Vogelman and Streich-Kest were found dead in Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park neighborhood. Streich-Kest was a teacher at Bushwick High School for Social Justice, and Vogelman was studying at Brooklyn College.

“Jessie loved life and was deeply devoted to social justice,” Kest family spokesman Jonathan Westin said in an email statement, according to the Observer.

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