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Jewish student center to honor 9/11 victims

Iowa City, IA — The Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Student and Community Center will commemorate victims of terror on Monday at The Pentacrest with a Good Deed Mitzvah Marathon Fair, in remembrance of the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

The fair will run from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is designed to present members of the campus community with opportunities to do a good deed in memory and in honor of the victims of 9/11.

Tables will be set up on The Pentacrest, at which participants will be able to choose from many opportunities to do a good deed such as to make sandwiches for the homeless, buy a letter in a Torah Scroll, say a prayer, don Tefillin, or give charity to benefit the rebuilding efforts in Israel’s Northern region and the victims of genocide in Darfur. Rain location is in the basement of IMU.

Participants will fill out a form to document their good deed and attach it to a picture of a victim of 9/11. At 12:45 p.m. a moment of silence will take place in memory of the 9/11 victims. Community members are invited to participate in the day’s events.

Rabbi Avremel Blesofsky, whose Chabad Jewish Student Center at the University of Iowa is sponsoring the event, says, “Although our world is experiencing great darkness and deliberate expressions of hate, love and kindness chase away much darkness. The twin towers of goodness and kindness will express an outpouring of giving, generosity, and care, which will help alleviate much pain and sadness. As age-old wisdom tells us, ‘A little light dispels much darkness.’ (Talmud)”

This event is being held simultaneously on more then 12 campuses including Harvard, Brandies, University of Pittsburgh, SUNY Binghamton, University of Illinois, University of Kansas, University of Florida, University of Arizona and Florida International University by Lubavitch-Chabad Chapters.

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