SURFSIDE, Florida – Many members of an Orthodox synagogue are among those missing after a beachfront condominium tower collapsed last week in Surfside, Florida. they walk to Sabbath services.
Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar, founder of the Bal Harbor Shul, said his community prays for miracles as rescue teams continue to search for survivors among the rubble of the 12-story South Champlain Towers.
“Miracles are absolutely necessary… because the circumstances are very, very dark,” said Rabbi Lipskar, who is a Chabad-Lubavitcher envoy to the region.
Rabbi Lipskar could not say exactly how many members of his congregation were missing. But he said many members of the Surfside Jewish community were missing.
As of Wednesday, the death toll rose to 18, with nearly 150 people still missing.
The Shul is located approximately 1 mile north of the building that collapsed in the early morning hours of June 24.
Rabbi Lipskar said the Jewish Sabbath would provide his congregation with a “time of respite” to take a “deep breath” and regain strength as bodies are collected and identified.