UPDATE 9/6 7:00am

A tearful and somber goodbye ceremony for slain South Florida journalist Steven Sotloff -- but the grieving process officially begins today for his family.

At sundown tonight, the Sotloff's will begin observing Shiva.

For 7 days, they will receive mourners at their home who care for & feed the grieving.

It comes 24 hours after touching ceremony at the Temple Beth Am honoring Steven's memory since his death by ISIS terrorists.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio attending Friday's service and says the family should be proud of Steven's accomplishments.

As many as 1,000 mourners attended the ceremony.


Friends, Family and the public will be gathering in Pinecrest this afternoon to remember the life of Steven Sotloff.

A public memorial will honor the life and legacy of Sotloff just days after a new video by ISIS terrorists depicted his beheading.

The Temple Beth Am, where Sotloff attended as a child, will be welcoming his family and friends to remember his life.

Temple Executive Director Robert Hirsch says this tragedy hit their community hard.

"When anything happens to one of the members of our family, we find that our family descends upon them and gives them whatever help and support they can," says Hirsch.

The memorial begins at 1pm.

The media will not be allowed inside during services.

The memory of Steven Sotloff will also be honored in other ways this weekend.

Governor Rick Scott is ordering flags at government buildings to be flown at half staff Friday.

And the Miami Dolphins will hold a moment of silence on Sunday before their game against the New England Patriots.

(Photo: Handout 2014 Etienne de Malglaive)