Greensboro: Former Triad student among many still missing after the deadly Florida building collapse – WXII12 Winston-Salem

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A former Piedmont Triad student is among the many people still missing after the deadly condominium building collapse in south Florida.Ilan Naibryf, a former American Hebrew Academy student and member of the Jewish community in Greensboro, remains unaccounted for after the seaside building collapsed into a smoldering heap of twisted metal and concrete early Thursday morning.With nearly 160 people unaccounted for and at least four dead, rescuers continue to use both heavy equipment and their own hands to comb through the wreckage in an increasingly desperate search for survivors.Naibryf, who is now a college student at the University of Chicago and president of the Chabad student board, was reportedly staying with his girlfriend at the building during the time of the collapse. “The situation is truly devastating and even numbing and it’s so hard to talk about the victims not knowing about what the situation is,” said Rabbi Plotkin, of the Chabad Jewish Center in Greensboro.Plotkin said Naibryf is well-known in the Triad’s Jewish community.“He was the nicest and friendliest person the academy has ever seen,” Plotkin said. “(He) spent a lot of his time right here at the Chabad of Greensboro helping with their friendship circle for children with special needs.”Every week, we would team up teenage volunteers that would befriend children with special needs. As soon as Ilan came to the academy, he right away signed up and wanted to be a volunteer.”Naibryf’s girlfriend is also unaccounted for after Thursday’s incident.“We are very hopeful,” Plotkin said. “We have a tremendous amount of faith and we are not going to give up until the very end. Hopefully, we will just see miracles, and we will see a lot of blessing coming out.” A GoFundMe account has been set up to benefit the Greensboro Jewish Federation, which is working with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s efforts to provide assistance to victims in the deadly building collapse.

A former Piedmont Triad student is among the many people still missing after the deadly condominium building collapse in south Florida.

Ilan Naibryf, a former American Hebrew Academy student and member of the Jewish community in Greensboro, remains unaccounted for after the seaside building collapsed into a smoldering heap of twisted metal and concrete early Thursday morning.

With nearly 160 people unaccounted for and at least four dead, rescuers continue to use both heavy equipment and their own hands to comb through the wreckage in an increasingly desperate search for survivors.

Naibryf, who is now a college student at the University of Chicago and president of the Chabad student board, was reportedly staying with his girlfriend at the building during the time of the collapse.

“The situation is truly devastating and even numbing and it’s so hard to talk about the victims not knowing about what the situation is,” said Rabbi Plotkin, of the Chabad Jewish Center in Greensboro.

Plotkin said Naibryf is well-known in the Triad’s Jewish community.

“He was the nicest and friendliest person the academy has ever seen,” Plotkin said. “(He) spent a lot of his time right here at the Chabad of Greensboro helping with their friendship circle for children with special needs.

“Every week, we would team up teenage volunteers that would befriend children with special needs. As soon as Ilan came to the academy, he right away signed up and wanted to be a volunteer.”

Naibryf’s girlfriend is also unaccounted for after Thursday’s incident.

“We are very hopeful,” Plotkin said. “We have a tremendous amount of faith and we are not going to give up until the very end. Hopefully, we will just see miracles, and we will see a lot of blessing coming out.”

A GoFundMe account has been set up to benefit the Greensboro Jewish Federation, which is working with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s efforts to provide assistance to victims in the deadly building collapse.

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