Sunday, September 14, 2008

Perm, Russia - Russian jet crash kills all 88 on board, including Jewish family of 4

Perm, Russia: A Boeing 737 jet flying out of Moscow, crashed over the Ural Mountains, killing all 88 passengers and crew aboard. On board the plane, tragically, was a Jewish family who was part of the Ohr Avner Chabad community; parents and two children. The family was returning from a family simcha, to their home in Perm.

Rabbi Zalman Deitsch, Chabada shliach to Perm said, "The community is clearly shaken. The father was a beloved member of our community, the boy just attended our camp, and both children were students of Ohr Avner- Chabad here. We are not planning a memorial gathering at this time, since many of the passengers are still listed as missing. It is a horrific tragedy, and we are all shaken by it".

At 2:00 P.M. a special contingent will be leaving Moscow for the scene of the accident, with a Chevra Kaddisha representative, headed by Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar, and family members. Family members of other Jewish passengers will be joining them.

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