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Friday, September 25, 2015

Westport Rabbi at Papal Event: ‘A Day I Will Never Forget’ Image
Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn and Bishop James Massa, auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

A Westport rabbi who attended today’s New York 9/11 Memorial Museum gathering with Pope Francis said it was “a day in my life that I will never forget.”

Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn, in a note to members of The Conservative Synagogue, said he was among clergy and representatives of all religions at the event.

“It was truly a day in my life that I will never forget,” he said. “In a room filled with clergy and representatives of all religions, the positive energy was palpable and contagious.”

Wiederhorn, who began serving as the spiritual leader of The Conservative Synagogue in July 2008, said he sat next to “an amazing woman from the Sikh community, and we were surrounded by fellow Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jewish clergy.”

He added: “The symbolism of sitting together at Ground Zero—where so many lives were lost due to baseless hatred and terror—and instead joining hands in the spirit of peace, was nothing short of awe-inspiring.

“The humble presence of the Pope and his simple yet powerful plea for unity and reconciliation among all people left our hearts filled with spirit and with hope.”


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