CONSOLE THE SOUL: PRAYERS FOR SURFSIDE. To mark and honor the catastrophic events engendered by the collapse of the Champlain Towers and the tragedy and heartbreak experienced by so many individuals, last night on Miami Beach a service was held to remember those who died, those still missing and those forever hurting. Introduced by Mayor Danielle Levine Cava, at an inter-faith musical gathering at Temple Emanu-el, prayers, sacred readings and words of comfort and compassion, were led by rabbis, reverends and priests from the local community. Uplifting and inspirational classical symphonies, hymns and contemporary music including the powerful "You Raise Me Up" and "I am Not Alone" reached deep into the soul and affirmed the strength and endrance of the human spirit. A guided meditation united the congregation in a time of reflection and healing.
Ellen Frazer-Jameson is a journalist, author, actress. theater producer and drama coach. She co hosted the largest live late night radio show in Europe for the BBC and has appeared on national TV shows and taken leading roles on stage. She lives in Miami and London and loves to dance Argentine tango.