A Decade After 9/11

JTS Announces Programming to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary


September 1, 2011, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), a world leader in interfaith dialogue, is hosting a variety of religious observances and community service opportunities to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11; honor the surviving families and first responders to the scenes of the attacks; remember those who were killed or injured in the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center; and engage with family, friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens who were affected by the tragic events.

Tefillot (prayer) services to remember 9/11 will be held in the Women’s League Seminary Synagogue at JTS, located at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early and have photo ID available.
  • Shabbat morning, September 10, 9:30 a.m.: Parshat Ki Tetzei—Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of JTS, will deliver the sermon on the topic ofRemembering 9/11.”
  • Monday morning, September 12, 7:10 a.m.: Shaharit (morning) prayer service commemorating 9/11.
  • Monday afternoon, September 12, 3:15 p.m.: Minhah (afternoon) service acknowledging 9/11, followed immediately by a brief interfaith service (from 3:30 to 3:50 p.m.) focused on the theme of reconciliation. Chancellor Eisen will share reflections about 9/11 at this event.

Gemilut Hasadim (acts of loving kindness)
On Sunday, September 11, at 1:00 p.m., join the JTS Va’ad Gemilut Hasadim: Susan and Jack Rudin Center for Community Outreach, along with the Departments of Student Life and Residence Life, as they prepare sandwiches to be delivered to the Broadway Community Inc. (BCI) soup kitchen. Participants will meet in the Goldsmith Hall Moadon (537 West 121st Street, at Broadway)to prepare the sandwiches, and then deliver them to the BCI soup kitchen (114th Street and Broadway). Please RSVP to rudecalo@jtsa.edu.

JTS Interreligious Resources Expanded

“Our Better Angels: Resources for the Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11,” which includes text, talk, and music, is available on the JTS website. The resources derive from Our Better Angels, the three late-spring evenings of interreligious discussion and music at historic St. Paul’s Chapel (adjacent to Ground Zero). The series was cosponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS, headed by Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, and Union Theological Seminary; the sessions explored Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions on tragedy, mourning, and healing. Every event concluded with a live musical performance.

JTS Invites You to Participate in a 9/11 National Day of Service on September 11

10:00 a.m.–noon: Join Chancellor Eisen and his wife, Dr. Adriane Leveen, and volunteer with Dorot—the intergenerational volunteer corps that provides food, friendship, housing, wellness, and cultural activities to homebound seniors—for Rosh Hashanah package delivery, sharing memories and hope with elderly recipients. Registration is required for this first-come, first-served volunteer opportunity and ends September 6. Volunteer online or by calling (212) 769-2850. All volunteers must bring photo ID in order to participate.

10:00 a.m–2:00 p.m.: Choose a volunteer project through the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street. Organized community service activities will take place in and outside of the JCC building in remembrance of the events of 9/11. Sign up for these special programs in advance and then choose your project on the morning of the event. Breakfast will be served. Contact Judy Gross for further information and to RSVP at (646) 505-4450.

Visit the 9/11 Tribute Movement site and type in your ZIP code to find opportunities in the New York City area and nationally.

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