INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Events to mark fifth anniversary of 9/11
The campus community will mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a variety of activities.
Some people plan to volunteer for the United Way’s Day of Caring; others may participate in the annual Mitzvah Marathon on campus. Memorial ceremonies are scheduled in the morning and at noon.
The morning memorial will begin at 8:40 a.m. in front of the Couper Administration Building and continue around 9 a.m. at the monument in the Memorial Courtyard, Fine Arts Building.
The Chabad House Jewish Student Center, in conjunction with Hillel at Binghamton, the Jewish Heritage Program and the University’s Division of Student Affairs, will hold the Mitzvah Marathon from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11.
Mitzvah is the Hebrew word for “good deed,” and the day is designed to present the campus community with opportunities to do a good deed in memory of Sept. 11 victims.
A pavilion will be set up between the University Union and the Library Tower at which participants will be able to choose from many mitzvah opportunities. Many local agencies will be on hand this year, offering volunteer opportunities within the wider community.
Also available will be opportunities for participants to give money, make sandwiches for the homeless, donate food to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, design New Year greeting cards for soldiers, buy a letter in a Torah Scroll, say a prayer and more.
A Red Cross blood drive will also take place from noon-5 p.m. in the UU- Mandela Room.
This year special emphasis will be placed on collecting money for local flood relief, rebuilding efforts in Israel’s north and the victims of genocide in Darfur.
Participants will fill out a form documenting their good deed that will be attached to a picture of a Sept. 11 victim and strung along a memory wall erected on the walkway near the fountain.
A memorial ceremony will be held at noon in the Memorial Courtyard. Col. Jacob Goldstein, the first chaplain deployed to Ground Zero, will speak.
Fifteen Binghamton alumni died at the World Trade Center, and other members of the University community lost relatives and friends.