JEWISH NEWS STAFF and SPECIAL WRITERS
ith heavy hearts and still-fresh memories, the
Detroit Jewish community marked the first anniver-
sary of the Sept. 11 tragedies with many of the same
observances followed on that fateful day.
We commemorated 9-11 in our prayers, by witnessing televised
coverage of the devastating destruction again and again, and by
calling to touch base with our loved ones.
On America's first Patriot Day, Detroit Jewry also came together,
both with other Jews and in interfaith memorial services, held at
synagogues, schools and other community settings.
Those attending local events heard religious invocations and
American patriotic songs and recitations. Program participants
included Jewish war veterans, school choir members and repre-
sentatives of law enforcement agencies and fire departments.
Attendees included groups of students, like those from the
Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit, New Americans feel-
ing sorrow in their new homeland and those who stopped on
their way to work, seeking camaraderie or a place to pray.
At some events, commemorative candles were lit and a
moment of silence observed at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first
plane struck the first World Trade Center building last 9-11.
Groups gathered around TV screens, watching New York City's
televised observance. Tribute was paid to those whose lives were
lost. Heroes were honored.
At Temple Israel, a peace-signing ceremony took place. At the
Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield, an interactive