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congregational pledge ending with
the words, "Salaam, Shalom, Peace."
Rabbi Charles Popky of
Congregation Beth Ahm in West
Bloomfield joined church clergy in
readings of humanity, justice, free-
dom, comfort, healing and bonding.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael
Bouchard lit a candle honoring
police, fire and military service per-
sonnel. Rabbi Scott Bolton, of the
Jewish Academy of Metropolitan
Detroit in West Bloomfield, led the
responsive reading he composed
about America's great sorrow becom-
ing great resolve and remembering
victims of each 9-11 attack with a
blessing of hope and strength.
Messages were presented from
Michigan Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus,
Michigan Attorney General Jennifer
Granholm, U.S. Rep. Sander Levin,
D-Michigan, and a representative of
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's_office.

Words For Everyone

Leaders from various houses of wor-
ship led the interfaith service. Some
of the readings were created original-
ly for the January 2002 World
Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation
program at Christ Church
Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills.
World Sabbath founder, the Rev.
Rodney Reinhart, pastor of Grace
Episcopal Church in Detroit and
also a member of the Shaarey Zedek
program's planning committee,
shared passages read by clergy of var-
ious faiths. Aimed at humanity, not

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His research also sheds light on some
of the widely heralded changes that
came about since the terrorist attacks.
For a few months after 9-11, Dr.
Featherman said, the media reported
that Americans were volunteering at a
much higher rate.
"But studies show volunteerism
around the country is not up — except
for long-term volunteers, whose hours
are up about 38 percent."
One survey result remained fairly con-
stant each time the questioning was
repeated: "Even at first, Americans were
hesitant to give up their own or their
neighbors' liberties to fight terrorism,"
he said.

Leaving A Legacy

Among those attending the Josh
Rosenthal Lecture were many family

those of specific religious beliefs, the
liturgy included lines such as, "We
grieve that suicidal fundamentalists
could destroy so many lives and
blame their sin on God" and a
prayer to "bring the healing message
of forgiveness, reconciliation and
peace to all nations and faiths of the
Earth."
Event chairman Rabbi Joseph
Krakoff of Shaarey Zedek was
pleased with new relationships
formed during the evening. He said
many told him the evening "served
its purpose in bringing people
together and helping them feel
incredibly spiritual and uplifted."
Synagogue President James Safran
said: "At Shaarey Zedek, we are try-
ing to be out there — to be a place
people look to for inclusion. We
hope for this to be the first of many
programs."
The program ended, literally, on a
high note, with Shaarey Zedek Rabbi
Jonathan Berkun's sounding of the
shofar.
The crowd returned to the parking
lot, which Was illuminated by two
large spotlights — a tribute to the
lost twin towers of New York's World
Trade Center. Also outside, an island
area in front of the synagogue was
marked by 3,026 small American
flags planted in the ground, as a
memorial to the victims.
After hearing Rabbi Krakoff's clos-
ing prayer for solidarity, hope and
peace, those who attended the serv-
ice left with this visual reminder of
those lost on Sept. 11. ❑

friends who had begun the day with a
brunch in his honor.
"Every time I saw a face I knew, I felt
better," his mother said.
Two of those familiar faces belonged
to Mayer and Joan Zald of Ann Arbor.
A retired sociology professor at U-M,
Mayer Zald first met Marilynn
Rosenthal when both were undergradu-
ates at Wayne University (now Wayne
State) in Detroit.
"Josh would have loved this pro-
gram," he said. "It was very relevant to
his interests, and the idea that his legacy .
would be a part of the school of public
policy down through the years would
have made him very pleased."
Said family friend Alan Levy of Ann
Arbor, public affairs officer for U-M
housing: "Today was so in keeping with
Josh's values and orientation.
"Out of this horrible event, this gath-
ering is as good a turn as you can
make." ❑

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