Community stands- as one at
irate with service hosted
at Temple Israe
t was a time to remember the more than 3,000 victims of the worst
terrorist attack in America's 226-year history. And remember we as
a community did, 1,200 strong, Jews, Christians and Muslims —
On Sept. 11, Temple Israel hosted a prayer service of memory and hope,
remembering the previous year's Sept. 11, in conjunction with. the West
Bloomfield Clergy Association and Community Forum..
"Felling a bit depressed and out of sorts, I find comfort in coming home
to this spiritual place with members of my own community," said Rabbi
Joshua Bennett of Temple Israel. "It is good to be with new friends and
neighbors. It is good to meet new people in this sacred place."
Clergy who participated in the program included Rabbis Joshua Bennett,
Harold Loss and Marla Hornsten, Temple Israel; Rabbi Michael Moskowitz,
Temple Shir Shalom; Rev. Bruce Quatman, Holy Spirit Lutheran Church;
Rev. Patrick Thompson, Church of Our Saviour; Victor Begg, Muslim Unity
Center; Rabbi Norman Roman, Temple Kol Ami; Father Arnold Kosco,
Prince of Peace Catholic Church; and Father William Murphy, Our Lady of
A highlight was "A Resolution for a Peaceful Community" signed by mem-
bers of the clergy and the public.
"We know there is no possibility of re-establishing the broken order of our
world unless justice, peace and forgiveness embrace in love," the resolution
reads in part. "In response to globalized violence, let us forge a worldwide
mobilization of consciences among us."
It goes on to say: "May we teach reconciliation at every opportunity, that
we will transcend our frail human nature and enjoy God's vision of harmony
and unity. May we serve our community in genuine prayer for peace and
healing, opening our hearts to others." ❑
— Robert A. Sklar, editor
Clockwise from top:
Taylor Onderko, 6 Wendy Ratner and Mike Brunhild all of West Bloomfield, sing the
program's closing song, "God Bless America."
Father William Murphy reads 'A Resolution for a Peaceful Communi t y. "
Rabbi Joshua Bennett gives the invocation: "We gather to remember, to pray and to build
a _Pure fire from violence and terror that threatens God's peacefid creation."
Rabbis Norman Roman and Harold Loss with the Rev. Brent Webster ofWest Bloomfield
United Methodist Church.
West Bloomfield elementaly school students sing the "Children's Anthem," which West
Bloomfield resident David Mayer wrote - in response to 9-11. He directed the children as
they sang, in part: "TA with me, walk with me, we can build a better day, 'cause i fyou
believe in understanding, we can find a way"