Letter: Remember Sept. 11 at interfaith service

Remember Sept. 11 at interfaith service

To the editor:

Do you remember where you were when the towers fell?

I don't ask this question lightly. Even after 15 years, the events of September 11, 2001, seem too close for comfort. It's all too easy for me to recall my confusion, pain and mounting anger as that terrible day wore on. These memories are very important to me; every year, I've made it a sacred task to mark the anniversary of 9/11.

As the date draws closer this year, I recognize a new truth: The events of September 11 are no longer considered current. My students are being raised in a world which generally sees this attack as a matter for history, rather than personal experience. So, this year, I ask a new question. How might we remember 9/11 in a way that acknowledges the past while looking to the future?

The legacy of 9/11 contains lessons that are of immediate relevance and great value. While the day itself was a horror, we also witnessed acts of bravery and compassion. I saw strangers comforting each other on street corners; I witnessed neighborhoods and communities caring for one another in profound ways.

With all of this in mind, I reached out to my friends and fellow clergy, Pastor Sheila Sholes-Ross and Father Michael Bernier. We talked together, remembered together and prayed together. Together, we invite you to a unique event of remembrance, blessing and unity.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, we will hold an interfaith service of remembrance, blessing and unity at Sacred Heart Church (191 Elm St., Pittsfield). Joined by choir-members from First Baptist Church, Temple Anshe Amunim and Sacred Heart Church, we'll sing, share stories and draw together as a community. All are welcome – please join us.

No matter how you choose to commemorate 9/11, I hope that you and your loved ones can pause and find meaning on this important date.

May all those who mourn find comfort; may all those who remember find blessing.

Rabbi Josh Breindel Pittsfield Rabbi Breindel is the spiritual leader of Temple Anshe Amunim. He is serving his second term as president of the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations (PACC).


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