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Center For Jewish History To Mark 9/11 With `Days of Awe' Panel Discussion; Three Jewish Chaplains To Offer Personal Reflections.

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 20, 2002

The Center for Jewish History will mark the first anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon by convening a panel discussion entitled "Days of Awe: Personal Reflections from Ground Zero by the Jewish Chaplains," Wednesday, September 11, 2002, at 6:30 p.m.

The Center, located at 15 West 16 Street, between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas, is home to five distinguished institutions of Jewish history, culture and art: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, perhaps the most somber span of time on the Jewish calendar, is known as the "Days of Awe." With Rosh Hashanah observed this year on September 7th and 8th and Yom Kippur on September 16th, the first anniversary of 9/11 falls within this time of reflection and introspection widely observed by the Jewish community.

The "Days of Awe" panel will consist of Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, State Staff Chaplain of the New York Army National Guard; Rabbi Alvin Kass, New York City Police Chaplain; and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, President of the New York Board of Rabbis, each of whom spent significant time at Ground Zero following the attack. The discussion will be moderated by Joshua Plaut, newly appointed executive director of the Center for Jewish History (effective September 1, 2002), and will focus upon insights into the events of a year ago with religious, historical and philosophical perspectives.

In keeping with the Center's commemoration of September 11th, the Yeshiva University Museum galleries will remain open for the viewing of "Art Against Forgetting: Paintings by Leonard Meiselman," and of the 9/11 Commemorative Quilt, a project of the H. F. Epstein Hebrew Academy in Olivette, Missouri, created to provide comfort to those affected by the September 11th tragedy.

"Days of Awe: Personal Reflections from Ground Zero" is free of charge and open to the community. Reservations may be made by calling the Center Box Office at 917-606-8200.
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