BY LEAH LEVY / AJT //

Students at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy remembered the tragedy of 9/11 earlier this month, during a special memorial service and assembly at the school.

Students gather around the flagpoles on the GHA campus during a special 9/11 ceremony earlier this month. PHOTO / GHA

Students gather around the flagpoles on the GHA campus during a special 9/11 ceremony earlier this month. PHOTO / GHA

“What do you think a memorial is,” GHA Judaics teacher Debbie Bornstein asked the students. “What should a memorial be?”

The students, who began the program by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the national anthem, offered many responses to their teacher’s query.

“It’s a group of people coming together to remember,” said Isabelle Jacobs.

“It could be a plaque, but a memorial is an action taken by the people who are closest, something they do,” offered Noah Chen.

Leah Bader added, “It’s something dedicated to memory.”

Bornstein, who once lived in New York, then shared her feelings.

“When I drove past Ground Zero, seeing that empty space hurt,” she said. “All I could think of was what was lost. But more recently, as I drove by and saw the new building going up, I felt a glimmer of hope rising inside me, too.”

The Middle School then watched a short film called “Rebuilding Ground Zero” and recited “El maleh rachamim,” the traditional memorial prayer for the dead.