A Young Couple Dies During Storm in Ditmas Park
Jessie Streich-Kest and Jacob Vogelman of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn died during Sandy as they walked their dog. A couple, they were both raised in Brooklyn and were both only 24-years-old. According to the Ditmas Park Stoop, they were pinned under a fallen tree and were not discovered until morning.
Jacob was raised on First Street in Park Slope. Renee Dinnerstein, a local educator, knew him. “Jacob grew up on First Street, right across from P.S. 321, the elementary school that he attended. He was a particularly sweet and friendly presence on our street.”
Jessie grew up in Ditmas Park. A graduate of Edward R. Murrow High School, she was a teacher at Bushwick High School for Social Justice. Her family released the following statement:
“Just 24 years old, Jessie Streich-Kest left a lasting impression on all who met her, and especially on her students at Bushwick HS for Social Justice, to whom she was deeply committed. Jessie loved life and was deeply devoted to social justice.”
Jacob attended Leon Goldstein High School in Brooklyn and SUNY Buffalo.