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Reflections on September 11, 2001

Posted by allhoff on September 7, 2011

Ten years ago this month, Al Qaeda executed the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil. For young adults in their 20s and 30s today, this occurred at a very formative time in our lives. I was 15, and will never forget hearing the news over my high school’s public address system. Completely unable to do my homework that evening, I instead wrote the following poem:

A Plea for Understanding

Planes crashing into buildings.
Mushroom clouds of ash chasing
Fleeing citizens through narrow streets.
It’s as if I am living in a nightmare.
There is no other way such a
Thing could possibly happen.
I am ready to wake up now.

I feel like I’m watching a
Hollywood movie, like Independence Day,
Where they often have scenes with
Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather relaying the news.
Except the director has fallen asleep
And the camera isn’t moving away from the news broadcast,
Making it seem real.
Things like this don’t happen anywhere
Except the movies.
Major landmarks don’t disappear.
They just don’t.
I want to press the stop button,
But I can’t.

Or perhaps this is just an elaborate
Hoax, like when The Capital Times had a picture of
Lake Mendota drained from construction of the
Monona Terrace Center.
That’s it.
This is somebody’s idea of a big

Sometimes I wonder if humans really are the
Smartest species on this planet.
How could people be so stupid and rash?
How could people be so evil?
Would an ape knock down his neighbor’s tree?
Would a beaver destroy another’s dam?
The thought of what has happened makes me

Yet isn’t it amazing how it takes such
Evil to bring out the best in us?
Lines of blood donors blocks long,
Strangers hugging and holding hands.
It is a beauty within an evil within a beauty.

Only after hours of thought did I come to
Understand that I could not understand.
I don’t know that I will ever understand.
Part of one of the most famous skylines in the world is
Forever gone.
Thousands of people, each an individual with
Thoughts, feelings, emotions, and beliefs, are
Forever gone.
A plane has crashed into a building.

These are the kinds of things that happen in
Movies and nightmares.
But things like this just don’t happen in the
Real world.

Do they?

For many of us, the events of that day leave a lasting mark, and partially define who we are as individuals. When anniversaries–and especially significant anniversaries–roll around, it is important to reflect and emote with peers and loved ones. Jews’ Next Dor is proud to be hosting a screening of United 93 on the night of September 11. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, registration for this event has already closed. If you didn’t make the cut, however, we highly encourage you to watch this incredible movie–with company–in the near future.

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Update on Our Facebook Relationship

Posted by allhoff on July 31, 2011

Dear Fellow Jews’ Next Dor Member,

Thank you so much for being a valued participant in our community. It is because of you that we have grown over the years to become one of the most active and vibrant Jewish young adult groups in the Bay Area.

Over the years, as we have grown, we have come to rely more and more heavily on Facebook as a means of communicating with you. As you may know, Facebook recently redesigned how Groups work on its site. The new Group format requires new members to be approved before they can join, sends members notifications multiple times per day, and makes it difficult, for some users, to view a full listing of the Group’s events. Many of you complained about this after we underwent this transition, and some of you even left in protest. Facebook encouraged us to switch to using a Page, which was supposed to be more appropriate for large groups like us. Yet we have discovered that Pages, too, have certain drawbacks; notably, we can’t invite all of our “fans” to an event we post on the Page. Many of you may not have noticed our most recent event postings unless you thought to check the Page recently.

In the end, we have decided to resolve this dilemma by maintaining both a Group and a Page on Facebook, and creating separate events in both of these locations. We leave it up to you to choose whether you wish to remain subscribed at to our Group, at to our Page, or both. Being a member of our Group will ensure that you are informed when we plan a new event, but will also likely spam you about things you don’t care about (and are beyond our control). Being a fan of our Page will offer a quieter existence, but will require you to be more proactive in checking for new opportunities to interact with us. We will, of course, do our best to post important communications, such as this one, in both locations, and to make these distinctions and trade-offs clear to new people looking to get involved.  If you do remain subscribed to both, you will have access to two copies of each event we plan.  As always, we ask you to help our volunteers in their planning by RSVPing to at least one of these copies.  We by no means expect you to RSVP to both, though if you do accidentally from time to time, we won’t hold it against you.  And if you choose to intentionally RSVP to both every time, so that everybody knows where you’ll be, feel free.

Remember, also, that there are several ways for you to connect with us completely independent of Facebook. We post all of our events to a Google Calendar, Jews’ Next Dor, to which you can subscribe, as well as to our blog at . We also post other communications and other groups’ events we hear about there. We publish a regular newsletter to our Google Group mailing list, to which you can subscribe at . We maintain another public Google calendar, Jewish Bay Area, to which we add every Jewish young adult happening in the Bay Area we can find, and are even collaborating with other local groups on new communication ventures, such as a brand new Meetup group at . There are, in fact, even more ways for you to receive our information, but we’ll save the full list for another message.  If we could be doing a better job of communicating with you or someone you know, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Once again, thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate this updated Facebook terrain. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope you understand that much of this is out of our hands. No matter how you connect with us electronically in the future, we look forward to seeing you in person at many events, and continuing to build this community together. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at .

On behalf of the Jews’ Next Dor Steering Committee,

David H.

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