By Toba Rainess
Baltimore Jewish Council
The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is just weeks away. How will you mark this tragic event? As we look back on the legacy of September 11, one thing stands out: the terrorist attacks, meant to destroy, actually brought us closer together. No matter your religion or ethnic background, on that day we were all Americans. For the Baltimore Jewish Council, building bridges with other faith and ethnic communities is central to fulfilling our mission. We believe that we must continue the struggle for civil rights, civil liberties and social justice and work against anti-Semitism, bigotry and prejudice of all kinds. Misunderstandings, ethnic hatred and religious prejudice can lead to tragedy. But working toward dialogue, mutual concern and respect can lead to a secure and stable society.
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, our community will gather at 7:00 p.m. at Chizuk Amuno Congregation to reflect, pray and honor those who died 10 years ago. Members of our extended community will join us, including Rabbi Ronald Shulman, Reverend Dr. Christopher Leighton, Imam Yahya Hendi, Governor Martin O’Malley, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (invited), U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, former Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Terrence Sheridan and WBAL-TV Lead Investigative Reporter Jayne Miller. Each will offer their personal reflection of 9/11. The program will also feature a video compilation, the HaZamir Choir and local cantors. We hope you will join us.
The marking of this sad anniversary reminds us of the importance of community relations. We need to be there for each other – in good times and bad. We need to understand that we all come from the same father – Abraham. We are all brothers and sisters, and on September 11, 2011, we will all remember that.
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