Families, rescuers hold vigil near collapsed building


SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Family members and rescue workers held a vigil Wednesday night near the site of a collapsed Florida condo building shortly after officials announced that they had given up hope of finding any survivors. The gathering began shortly after 7 p.m. with a rabbi reciting a Jewish prayer, followed by a Christian … Read more

A devastated Jewish community in Surfside, Florida, begins burying its dead


(RNS) — As the search for missing people trapped in the rubble of a Surfside, Florida, condo building continued, the town’s large Jewish community buried its first victims Monday (June 28) and Tuesday. Leon Oliwkowicz, 81, and his wife, Christina Beatriz Elvira Oliwkowicz, 74, were among the first apartment dwellers identified after the 13-story Champlain … Read more

Friends, family describe missing in Florida condo collapse


SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Families around the world remained stuck between waning hopes and widening fears Saturday, two days after the stunning collapse of a 12-story condominium near Miami. At least five people were killed and more than 150 people remained unaccounted for as rescuers continued to dig through the rubble of the Champlain Towers … Read more

Why Israel got to Surfside so fast


(RNS) — A little more than 10 years ago, I was traveling on an airplane, sitting next to a man who was wearing a uniform. We got to talking, and he told me he had just gotten back from Haiti, where he had been part of an American medical team that had been delivering aid … Read more

Jewish community prays for miracles after condo collapse


SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Numerous members of an Orthodox synagogue are among those missing after the collapse of a seaside condominium tower in Surfside, Florida. The town is home to a large Jewish community, where the families often crowd the sidewalks before sunset as they walk to services for the Sabbath. Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar, … Read more

We are Surfside, Florida


(RNS) — Do you believe in angels? Because if you do, congratulations. According to an AP poll from two years ago, you are quite in sync with contemporary society. That poll reveals that, overall, about 80% of Americans believe in the existence of angels. The belief in angels is strongest among the following groups: Protestants, … Read more