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Where Were You on 9/11?


Twenty-four Angelenos perished on 9/11; the youngest was only three years old. In asking “Where Were You On 9/11?”, we also wanted to know how some processed the horrific events in New York through the timeline and possible trauma of their own lives.


Jewish Journal

September 10, 2021

Photo: Andrey Bayda / Shutterstock.com


It’s difficult to fathom that the worst attacks on American soil occurred twenty years ago this week. Twenty-four Angelenos perished on 9/11; the youngest was only three years old. In asking “Where Were You On 9/11?”, we also wanted to know how some processed the horrific events in New York through the timeline and possible trauma of their own lives. May the memories of the 2,996 who perished be for a blessing.


“The night before 9/11, I spoke in Encino for a new group at the time, called ‘StandWithUs.’ My remarks were about the tragedy of Palestinian leaders promoting genocidal hatred, suicide bombing and other forms of terrorism to their young children. The following morning, we all awoke to the unfathomable horror and painful images of suicide terrorists having murdered thousands of Americans in New York. As we watched in disbelief as the towers fell, I thought about kids who would be taught to celebrate this evil act, as some Palestinians did on 9/11. Since then, Islamist extremism has only brought more destruction to Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, and others worldwide. As ISIS, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas, the Taliban, and the Iranian regime constantly remind us, this fight is tragically far from over.”


— Roz Rothstein, CEO and Co-Founder, StandWithUs


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