Michael Stanger, a rabbi at Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation, went to a large interfaith service in Roslyn carrying what he called one of the few known Jewish symbols forged from World Trade Center wreckage.
The blackened, rusted piece of steel, shaped like the Star of David, was smaller than the tray of cookies on the table behind him. But the rabbi hoped it would be a powerful reminder of unity during a program that included discussions by area Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders at Temple Sinai of Roslyn.
"There were a lot of crosses, but this is unique," Stanger said, noting that the steel was provided by a congregation member whose husband was a first responder working after the attack. "It shows that we can recreate."
Organizers of the interfaith remembrance created eight discussion groups for the wide range of religious leaders gathered and encouraged the several hundred attendees to go to a session from a faith that wasn't their own.
Maybe that's why, as the talks were set to begin, the room reserved for the Islamic Center of Long Island and Muslim Society of East Meadow had by far the largest crowd, to the point where people sat on tables and a piano as organizers scrambled to find more chairs.