Two Maryland sisters died early Wednesday in a fire at their family’s rented vacation home in Southampton, New York.
Two Maryland sisters died in a fire at their family’s rented vacation home in Southampton, New York.
Jillian Wiener, 21, and Lindsay Wiener, 19, of Potomac were sleeping when a fire broke out at the Hampton home early Wednesday.
The sisters were an alumnus of Bethesda’s Holton-Arms School for Girls, with Jillian graduating in 2019 and Lindsay in 2021.
In a statement, the school said the sisters “were warm and engaged members of the Holton community who have had a positive impact on both their classrooms and the community at large.”
Jillian played soccer and ice hockey, was an artist, and was passionate about yoga and community service. Her senior project was to teach yoga classes to younger students.
Lindsay was the president of the school’s Community Service Club and she found “creative ways to encourage student engagement in service” during the pandemic, the school said. She was also president of the Jewish Culture Club, where she worked to teach the community about Jewish religious traditions.
Jillian Wiener was heading into her senior year at the University of Michigan, while Lindsay Wiener was going to be a sophomore at Tulane University.
The sisters and their family were members of the Washington Hebrew Congregation in DC
“The world lost two beautiful lights today, and the Jewish congregational community in Washington is heartbroken. Through their leadership and service, acts of kindness and friendship, the Wiener family – Lewis, Alisa, Zach, Jillian and Lindsay – touched so many lives in Washington Hebrew,” the temple said in a statement. .
Their father, Lewis Wiener, was recently installed as President of the Hebrew Congregation of Washington.
Lewis Wiener, his wife Alisa and son Zach were also in the house when the fire broke out but managed to escape. They were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to a press partner NBC Washington reported.
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