Thursday, September 13, 2001

Different faiths, all drawn to pray

Temples and churches here open their doors

By Ben L. Kaufman and Mike Pulfer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An invitation to hug, pray or shed a tear drew neighbors, students, workmen and passersby to the Hillel Jewish Student Center on Clifton Avenue Wednesday.

        Across the Tristate, people took comfort in chapels, cathedrals, synagogues and other places of worship in the aftermath of the Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

[photo] Alan Foder of Eastgate attends Mass at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Wednesday.
(Craig Ruttle photo)
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        Rabbi Abie Ingber's sign at the Hillel center across from the University of Cincinnati quoted Isaiah 56:7: My house shall be called a house of prayer for all people. Then it added, “Your Hillel will be open all week. Please come in for a hug, a prayer in our chapel, or to shed a tear. God Bless America.”

        Jewish students, joined by Tri-Delt sorority members from next door, lighted memorial candles. Rabbi Ingber said, “I will tell you, we were crying. We were hugging. Even some of the men doing construction here joined us.”

        Rabbi Ingber said that with the attacks, “terrorism ceased to be a language of somewhere else and became a universal language with parochial and personal implications.”

        If anything, he said, the violence will be a “galvanizing event” for long-planned Oct. 25 interfaith prayers for peace at UC.

        Rabbi Ingber predicted that initial shock will yield to a loss of innocence as Americans identify with thousands of victims of the terrorists and accept that “There are people we have not yet convinced that life is precious.”

        At Rockdale Temple in Amberley Village, Rabbi Mark N. Goldman said scores of congregants gathered for an impromptu service Tuesday night, sharing a need to be together as families and Jews.

        If there is fallout from the violence, Rabbi Goldman said, he would expect Americans — Jewish and others — to be more cohesive, more cautious, more vulnerable and “more forceful in hope.”

        A Wednesday noon memorial service drew 100 people to downtown's Christ Church Cathedral.

        In her sermon, the Rev. Canon Nan A. Peete said, “We believe in a God who tells us to love our enemy — to turn the other cheek.”

        And in Kenwood at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, congregants have been visiting the church in silence, alone and in pairs, according to Rev. Jess Abbott.

        Meanwhile, the Franciscan Friars at St. Francis Church, Over-the-Rhine, are urging people to sign up for peace-oriented work at

        The Web site is part of the 1,000 Years of Peace project, an effort launched in 2000 by St. Anthony Messenger Press, the Friars' media ministry.

        "We believe that peacemaking is not just for world leaders,” said Father Jeremy Harrington, publisher.


At a glance
Attacks are topic No. 1 in classrooms
Body recovery part of work of NYC crews
Constituents' emotions unmitigated
- Different faiths, all drawn to pray
Family clings to details of missing woman's fate
Jews seek normalcy
Local firefighters on task force joining rescue efforts
Muslims urged to give aid
No date, time for nation's air travel to resume
Outpouring of donations keeps blood supply steady
Relatives wait for word, pray
Stranded travelers find help in Florence
Tightened air security will be norm
Travelers wait, pray in deserted airport
Work resumes, but life is different
Wright-Patterson medical personnel join effort
PULFER: Cell phones
RADEL: Tristate sprouts flying flags
Reports bring sweep of river
Court upholds stay for Byrd
Luken suggests raises for cadets
Luken unused to second place
Primary results
Council halts bid for road-extension vote
Superintendent's contract extended
Tristate A.M. Report
Woman shot outside school as it lets out