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Commemorating September 11

Girl with CandleOn the anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, 2001 (23 Elul 5761), consider using these resources and materials to help prepare for this occasion and to assist all in walking gently through this significant moment.

May you find the solace and guidance you need among these. May the pain of your remembrance be softened by the presence of a compassionate community and tradition, and by the memories of lives lived in love and service. And may the approaching New Year renew in us life, hope and commitment to do our part to bring healing to our world.

We invite you to send us your prayers, blessings and/or personal blog posts to add to the resources below. Please send your submissions to (Please note that we cannot accept copyrighted material unless you own the copyright.)

Readings and Prayers
The prayers and readings on this website have been compiled by the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the URJ for use in congregational worship and interfaith assemblies. Please adapt them as appropriate, and let us know how you commemorate the day and used this material.
Congregational Security

Although many of these materials were compiled after the 9/11 attacks, the information remains current and consistent with what law enforcement officials recommend today.

We urge you to be in contact with your community's law enforcement agencies to review your security procedures and to update them if necessary. It is important that local law enforcement agencies be familiar with you, your congregational activities, facilities and their usage. More

Additional Resources
Talking to Children

Special 9/11 podcast:
Rabbi Edythe Mencher:
A Time to Weep

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Guidelines for Parents on the Anniversary of 9/11/01
Advice on talking to children, answering questions and clearing up misinformation.

Post-9/11 Guidelines for Educators and Parents
Created by the URJ in the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Services and Programs
Visit the Religious Action Center's September 11th resource page for ideas and programs for supporting America's wounded soldiers, interfaith dialogues, and more.

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