The two women were supposed to head home from the capital but decided to extend their stay.
The Steinberg family of Scarsdale, New York and the Weiss family of Belleair, Florida were active in their local Jewish communities.
“Someone said these kids would change the world and they really would have.”
The Weiss family, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was Mitchell and Leslie Weiss, both doctors, and their children, Hannah, 19, and Ari, 16.
The Jewish community responded with shock and horror on Monday to news of the tragic death of two Jewish families in a plane crash in Costa Rica.
A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday, the Egyptian civil aviation authority said, and a security officer who arrived at the scene said most of the passengers appeared to have been killed.
Lewis Katz, a new co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, philanthropist and ‘real mensch,’ died in a plane crash in Massachusetts this weekend.
Memoirist Judy Mandel was conceived after her older sister died in a plane crash. She never escaped from being born in the shadow of tragedy.
Among the 50 people who died in Thursday’s plane crash outside of Buffalo was Cantor Susan Wehle of Temple Beth Am in Williamsville, N.Y. Wehle, who was ordained at Aleph — Alliance for Jewish Renewal, had been working at the synagogue since 2002. She had recently released a CD titled “Shirei Refuah v’Tikvah — Songs of Hope and Healing.”