Philadelphia Middle School Students Honor Local First Responders on 20th Anniversary of 9/11


The Penn Wynne Overbrook Fire Company 1

The Penn Wynne Overbrook Fire Company


PHILADELPHIA, September 14, 2021 — On Sunday, September 12, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, over a dozen seventh-grade students from Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, PA, visited multiple fire stations and police departments in Lower Merion Township and Haverford Township to thank first responders for their ongoing service to their communities.


Union Fire Company

Union Fire Company


The children and their families shared remarks of gratitude for the officers and firefighters and presented the local heroes with plaques gifted by Jewish National Fund-USA (JNF-USA) featuring a prominent photo of JNF-USA and KKL-JNF’s 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem — the only commemorative site of its type outside of the U.S. that lists all the names of those who perished on 9/11.


Narberth Fire Company

Narberth Fire Company


The text on the JNF-USA plaques said: “The KKL-JNF 9/11 Memorial, in the foothills of Jerusalem, expresses the deep connection and shared values between the people of Israel and the United States. It is the only memorial outside of the United States that honors each victim. The memorial is an American flag waving and transforming into a flame. A piece of melted metal from the ruins of the Twin Towers forms the base of the monument. This memorial serves as the site of an official ceremony held with the United States every year, as Israel honors the memory of the heroes who fell and recognizes the heroes who walk among us. Thank you for your commitment and sacrifice.”


Lower Merion Police Department 1

Lower Merion Police Department


The event was organized by JNF-USA donor Lisa Richman, Religious School Director, Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El.



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About Jewish National Fund-USA

JNF-USA is the leading philanthropic organization for Israel that supports critical environmental and nation building activities in Israel’s north and south. Through its One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade, JNF-USA is developing new communities in the Galilee and Negev, connecting the next generation to Israel, and creating infrastructure and programs that support ecology, individuals with special needs, and heritage site preservation.