TEHILLIM: Multiple Casualties Feared after Building Collapse in Jewish Neighborhood in Florida; Lakewood Residents Reportedly Among Nearly 100 Unaccounted For [PHOTOS]

At least one person has been killed and ten injured after the partial collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers building in Surfside, Florida, in the heart of a neighborhood with a large number of Jewish families. 

The collapse occurred at around 2 AM Thursday morning, and rescue efforts are still ongoing, with reports of people alive beneath the rubble. Emergency crews are unable to search through the rubble yet because the situation remains unstable.

Hatzolah and the Miami-Dade Fire Department are on scene and conducting rescue operations.

A hotline has been set up for family members looking for information: 847-322-1422.

Hatzalah of South Florida has established a command center on the scene and is working closely with Miami-Dade Fire and other law enforcement agencies. As further information becomes available, they will update the public.

Tehillim is needed for multiple people unaccounted for, including:

Moshe ben Toba, Moshe ben Shoshana, Ariel Leib ben Ita, Ilan ben Kalman, Leib ben Shoshana, Chaim ben Sarah, Malka bas Sarah Rochel, Yisroel Tzvi Yosef ben Toba, Ita bas Miriam, Tzvi Daniel ben Yehudis, Sara bas Ida, Nancy bas Sofia, Franky ben Nancy, Jay ben Nancy, Devorah bas Chaya, Yehuda Aryeh ben Freida, Rus bas Sarah, Nicole bas Andrea, Michoel ben Hans, Gavriela bas Sarah.

A Lakewood couple, from Coventry Square, is among the missing.

UPDATE 11:14 AM: HORRIFIC: We’re now getting reports of over 30 Frum people unaccounted for in the collapse.

UPDATE 11:42 AM: Over 50 are reportedly unaccounted for.


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  1. Time for serious teshuva and achdus ASAP together as a nation and to wake up from living in denial and FACE REALITY and admit that nothing is coincidence and to not need any more tragic wake up calls from Hashem by waking up now and not waiting any longer for serious teshuva and achdus ASAP together as a nation

    • You mentioned the word “Achdus”.
      That reminds me of a Midrash that says that when the King Achav went into battle, he won every single battle. No one from his army even got hurt.
      The Midrash explains that he won due to the fact that the nation was at total peace one person with the next. There was no bad-mouthing. People were getting along. No fighting within inside the nation. No stabbing people behind their backs.

  2. We need to return to our father before it’s too late?

    Is the collapse of a building some form of punishment for our sins?

  3. Of course it’s a punishment of our sins. Everything that happens is because of us. But we need bitachon. No judging, just unity in am yisrael. I will work on ahavas yisrael because each one shd point to themselves. Thank you Hashem for this life and making me a jew. I love your ppl. Please have mercy on us.

  4. Of course it’s Bore’ Olams rahtzon that this building should collapse. ? That particular building was at least 40 years old. My ?: was it regularly inspected for any structural integrity? Bore’ Olam should have rachmanut on us all at ALL TIMES!!!

  5. בסד
    להפסיק עם חוסר הצניעות ללכת לים לפריצות !
    מגיעים שלושת השבועות של פורענות וכולם רצים לפלורידה לחופשה זה לא הזמן תמוז
    זמני תשובה ממשמשים ובאים
    תשובה תשובה עם ישראל תשובה !!!!!!!!

  6. We must understand that we absolutely do not know why this happened. We all consider it like a “punishment” for us…what about the victims? Did they “deserve” it? as far as we are concerned…OFCOURSE NOT!

    The victims are considered kedoshim. We must be careful not to jump to the politically safe issues of tznius, gashmius…these are vital issues and are already on our radar. But it’s almost like a “I’m yotzei” attitude once we take a hiddur on learning or tznius for a while.

    The most compelling shiur I have heard on national tragedies relates to the rampant rechilus amongst the klal. This must be addressed aggressively.

  7. They have only 10-12 firemen working there at a time. They need more volunteers. People should go down there and make sure they’re doing their job to find survivors. They’re working at a slow pace while we watch from the comfort of our homes. They don’t value life as much as we do. We should do more to help out the rescue operation.

    • You are 100% right. Look how they form a human chain after the earthquake in countries like India and sort through rubble manually brick by brick until they get to survivors. They have 10-15 firemen here not even attempting to clear the debris and all the news outlets reporting about brave first responders risking their lives non-stop.

      • Do they want amateur volunteers? My understanding is that they are scared that any movement can affect other parts of the rubble, and they don’t want to cause any harm.

        If one of the askanim can contact the local search and rescue if they need assistance, it would be helpful.

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