Thursday, May 12 2022

As rescue teams continued their search on Sunday for survivors of the Thursday morning collapse of the 12-story oceanfront building in Surfside, Fla., The Shul of Bal Harbor held a special prayer service, said. the Chabad website. The Sunday afternoon service, which took place just north of Miami Beach, took place as authorities confirmed the ninth victim found in the rubble of the crushed condominium. Authorities and relatives have expressed fears that the death toll will continue to rise, as more than 150 people are still missing. It also coincided with the commemoration of the Jewish fasting day of 17 Tammuz. Prayers from the Book of Psalms were said for the healing of individuals and families affected by Thursday’s tragedy and for the protection of relief teams, including the Israel National Rescue Unit which arrived on Sunday morning to assist the search and rescue teams. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” read an announcement from the event, posted on Chabad.org.
“May Hashem comfort and console them at this sad time.” Over the past three days, the synagogue, which is the Miami-area Chabad-Lubavitch center opened by Rabbi Sholom and Chanie Lipskar in 1981 and has since been the epicenter of the community’s Jewish life, has since doubled in as a comfort headquarters for now. homeless survivors and families who still hope for a miracle, according to Chabad. It currently serves as a base for grief counselors, Hatzalah first responders, and has hosted over 350 people for Shabbat meals. The Shul said their supply of emergency supplies became so plentiful that the Red Cross used their stored items.


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