Goodwill donors support Surfside Jewish community after building collapse

SURFSIDE, Florida – Donors arrived with trucks full of donations Thursday at the Shul Jewish Community Center after a nearby building partially collapsed in the town of Surfside, Miami-Dade County.

A group gathered there to pray as the search and rescue operation continued, where part of the L-shaped Chaplain South Towers collapsed at 8777 Collins Ave.

Shlomi Ezra, the owner of Soho Asian Bar and Grill in Aventura, said he wanted to bring food to friends and families who waited for updates in anguish.

“We realized there was so much food there, so we got the community together to help with other things,” Ezra said. “People have lost everything.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said there were 99 residents of Chaplain Towers missing and 102 survivors. Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar said some of the 99 people regularly attend the Shul.

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“There are very few words that could comfort anyone because you are facing a horrific and unimaginable tragedy,” Lipskar said.

The list of members of The Shul who remain missing includes Nancy Kress Levin, Jay Kleinman, Frankie Kleinman, Arie Leib, Yisroel Tzvi Yosef and Tzvi Doniel.

Thursday night, the center located at 9540 Collins Ave. no longer had space to store all emergency supplies. The Shul has set up an online financial giving fund and an emergency hotline at 305-868-1411.

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