Chabad mourns jet crash victim

A London Chabad Rabbi said his community was “in grief and shock” over news that an active member of the French Chabad community was among the 228 passengers feared dead following the Air France flight that crashed en route from Rio to Paris on Sunday night. Another French Jew was also feared dead.

An American strictly Orthodox website, VIN News, has carried a report saying that Serge (Shlomo) Anidjar, 40, a resident of Boulogne-Billancourt , in France , was on his way back home after spending three days in Brazil on a business trip.

Rabbi Leivi Sudak of Edgware Chabad, said: “We’re deeply saddened by the loss of someone who appears to have lost their life in tragic circumstances.”

The report said Mr. Anidjar was an active member of the Chabad Jewish community and has a wife and three children, the oldest of whom is 12, who attend local Jewish schools.

Rabbi Michael Sojcher told the website that “the family is devastated. Shlomo was a good man and I know him very well. This is a very hard time for us.”

Mr. Anidjar was director of finance and administration of Keyrus, a French global software company.

The website said a second French Jewish man was said to have been on the flight and has been reported missing and that the Paris Jewish community was tracking his relatives.

    Last updated: 12:01pm, October 20 2010