Jacob Vogelman, 24, Killed During Hurricane

​Jacob Vogelman, 24, a Birthright Israel alumnus, died while helping best friend Jessie Streich-Kest walk her dog, Max, on Monday evening along the tree-lined streets of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, during Hurricane Sandy. Streich-Kest was also killed.

Three-hundred people gathered at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, New York, to remember the young man. “He was kind. He was gentle. And he left the world a richer and better place,” Vogelman’s uncle, Rabbi Dan Sikowitz, said as family and friends wept.

Vogelman traveled to Israel with Birthright Israel in the Summer of 2007 as a college freshman at the University of Buffalo, where he later graduated with honors. He was working toward a master’s degree at Brooklyn College.

He worked as a lighting and stage designer, and was working on a production slated for next week.

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