'Ground Zero Synagogue' Rabbi Is Laid To Rest

By Monica Miller, WBGO News
New York City. October 10, 2012

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FDNY Engine 6 Company next door to Wall Street Synogogue

A rabbi who answered the call of duty on 9/11 is being remembered as a mensch by the FDNY and congregants.

There are good neighbors and then there’s Rabbi Meyer Hager who turned the Wall Street Synagogue into a refuge that fateful day, especially to members of Engine Six Company next door which lost four firefighters. 

“He made this a welcoming place where people could come. Everybody was looking for something.”

Congregant Ronald Stein says he knew Rabbi Hager for almost 35 years and says most of the members who work on Wall Street got a moment to reflect on spiritual and worldly matters during their very busy days.

“He would give a talk each morning on Jewish matters from the Torah. It’s something that became very special. The rest of us have to continue this and make sure it survives the same way.”

Rabbi Hager died last Sunday at New York University Medical Center.


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