Commemoration of September 11 at the New York Campus of HUC-JIR

Thursday, September 8, 2011

On Thursday, September 8, 2011, the New York campus of HUC-JIR commemorated the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 as a community with a short period of reflection and remembrance during the daily Shacharit service led by Jodie Gordon, R '14, and Leslie Niren, DFSSM '13.  Students, faculty, and staff reflected on the meaning of this anniversary while Rachel Grant Meyer, R ’12, and Dr. Aaron Panken, Assistant Professor of Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature, shared their personal reflections of that day.  Kaddish was recited by the entire community in honor of all of the lives lost that day.

Renni Altman, Associate Dean and Director of the Rabbinical School, explains, “Since our HUC-JIR community will not be together September 11, we encouraged students to include some remembrance during tefillah.  Surely, the day has been seared into their memories—especially those who lived in areas where the planes attacked—as one of the most significant events of their lives.  As student rabbis, cantors, and educators, our students will be called upon to address the anniversary in some way this weekend.  For those who were here 10 years ago, we hoped that this opportunity to come together as a community to reflect upon the tragic and horrific events of that day will serve as a source of comfort and uplift.  As a community that regularly worships together, it seemed fitting to be together in a worship setting as we remember September 11.”

Rabbinical student Jodie Gordon commented, "We wanted to provide a mindful space for our community to mark this anniversary.  Each year, on September 11, many of us are inclined to tell our story and remember our individual experience of that day. As a community, this feels like an important time for us to come together for a moment of collective reflection."


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