In memory of those who were lost in the attacks at the World Trade Center site and in honor of the first responders, the Museum invites the public to come reflect and remember on Tuesday, September 11, from 7 PM to 10 PM, following the conclusion of Rosh Hashanah. Admission is free for all.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage offers a contemplative space with its proximity to the site of the tragedy, identity as a downtown cultural institution, and mission of remembrance. A memorial candle will be lit in the main lobby where visitors may pause to reflect. Visitors are also welcome to visit the Garden of Stones by Andy Goldsworthy for a moment of contemplation. Planted by the artist, Holocaust survivors, and their families, this living memorial of trees growing from stones the Garden calls on us to remember and to carry our remembrance into the future.
Since opening on September 11, 1997, the Museum of Jewish Heritage has borne witness to New York City history and shared in its most difficult moments. In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Museum family mourned along with the rest of New York City and the Museum closed its doors for a week.
The Museum is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget the Holocaust. It stands as a model of what we can achieve when we mobilize our memory in our commitments to ourselves, our communities, and each other. Anchoring the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Museum completes the cultural and educational landscape it shares with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Museum’s Core Exhibition provides an opportunity to explore Jewish life before and during the Holocaust, and the renewal that followed.