Tragedy In Surfside

June 25, 2021

June 24, 2021
To: Young Israel Branch Membership
From: Rabbi David Warshaw, President, NCYI
RE: Tragedy In Surfside
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The tragic events of the collapse of the Champlain Towers Condominium building in Surfside, Florida have us responding as we have done throughout the ages with the reciting of heartfelt Tehillim.

The National Council of Young Israel has been in communication with our local branch, the Young Israel of Bal Harbour. The Young Israel leadership in Surfside are doing whatever they can at this time. Rabbi Gideon Moskovitz, incoming Rabbi, is traveling from Houston to be on the scene. Mr. Meno Ratzker, YI Bal Harbour President, is working with the community.

Please continue to daven for the many injured and those that emergency services are trying to reach. It has been reported that one life has been lost. Let us hope and pray that there are no other casualties.

A Miami Tragedy Central Emergency Fund has been set up, the information can be found at the bottom of this communication.

We will do our best to keep you informed in a timely manner.

Bsorot Tovot,

Rabbi David Warshaw
President, NCYI


In response to the terrible tragedy which struck the Miami community. The Shul of Bal Harbour has created a central fund to be dispersed as needed directly to the victims and families. Please donate generously to this emergency campaign.


Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said more than 80 units responded to the collapse at the condominium building near 88th Street and Collins Avenue just north of Miami Beach around 1:30AM.

Hatzalah of South Florida was dispatched to the scene, and has been working closely with Miami Dade Fire Rescue Command.


Chesed Shel Emes along with Police Chaplain Rabbi Mark Rosenberg are also on the scene working with authorities trying to track down missing victims.




Chaim ben Sara
Malka bas Sara Rochel
Yisroel Tzvi Yosef ben Toiba
Tzvi Doniel ben Yehudis
Ita bas Miriam
Esther bas Linda
Moshe ben Toba
Moshe ben Shoshana
Arie Leib ben Ita
Lein ben ilana
Leible ben Feiga Rivka
Ruth bas Sarah
Chaim ben Sara