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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

UF students and faculty looking to honor Sept. 11 victims can find that opportunity on Turlington Plaza today.

A Jewish student organization will commemorate the sixth anniversary of Sept. 11 with an event aimed at assuaging the negative image of the Twin Towers with good deeds.

Century Tower will also play a tribute to the victims of the attacks.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Turlington, the Lubavitch/Chabad Jewish Student Center and Lubavitch/Chabad Student Group will host their second annual Good Deed Mitzvah Marathon.

"We all think of the twin towers as being crushed," said Rabbi Berl Goldman, executive director of Lubavitch/Chabad Jewish Student Center.

"Let?s rebuild the image by connecting two towers with good deeds and love and kindness," he said.

The idea is that UF students and faculty should do a good deed in memory of Sept. 11 victims, he said.

The event can be found at two tables connected by a miniature wooden replica of the twin towers built by the students to represent "good deeds and love."

Students from the center and the group will offer suggestions for good deeds.

So far, ideas range from making sandwiches for the homeless to giving to charities that benefit the genocide victims in Darfur.

Participants will document their good deeds and attach them to a picture of a Sept. 11 victim. Goldman said the deeds could be done in a few seconds.

After the deeds are attached to the pictures, participants will receive a sticker.

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Goldman said he hopes to attract at least 1,000 people to the tables by the end of the marathon.

"I wouldn?t be surprised if we filled that and surpassed," Goldman said.

At 12:35 p.m., John Courter?s "In Memoriam - September 11, 2001" will play from Century Tower, according to Denise Krigbaum, spokeswoman for UF?s College of Fine Arts.

Students from the group and center will hold a moment of silence at 12:45 p.m.

"Evil and terrorism is only temporary," Goldman said. "What lasts forever are good deeds and acts of kindness."

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