We are honored to be part of the effort to dedicate a memorial to fallen Jewish chaplains at Arlington National Cemetery, and thrilled that we are close to the successful culmination of our work. On October 24, the monument honoring 14 Jewish chaplains who died in the service of the United States was formally dedicated. Before that ceremony, the memorial was on view at various locations on the East Coast.
Jewish Chaplains Memorial Formal Dedication – October 24, 2011
October 24, 2011
The Memorial Amphitheater
Speakers at the ceremony will include the following:
- Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Norton Schwartz
- Army Chief of Chaplains Major General Rutherford
- Navy Chief of Chaplains Rear Admiral Tidd
- Air Force Chief of Chaplains Major General Richardson
- Chaplain Keith Ethridge, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
- Congressman Jeff Miller
- Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
- Jewish War Veterans National Commander Allen E. Falk
- The American Legion
- The Jewish Federations of North America
- JWB Jewish Chaplains Council
- Allan Finkelstein, JCC Association
Rear Admiral Harold Robinson speaks at Jewish Chaplains Memorial Dedication
Jewish Chaplains Memorial Plaque Tour Calendar
Tour sponsored by Dignity Memorial
September 13 – Fort Jackson, South Carolina Chaplains School
September 16 – National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL
September 20 – Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, North Miami Beach, FL
September 21 – David Posnack Jewish Community Center, Broward County, FL
September 22 – Levis Jewish Community Center, Boca Rotan, FL
September 23 – Ross JCC, Boynton Beach, FL
September 28 – Boston State House, MA
September 28, 29 – Temple Israel of Boston, MA
September 30, October 1 – Cape Cod Synagogue, Hyannis, MA
October 2 – Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, Newton, MA
October 3 – City Hall, Providence, RI
October 3 – Providence College, RI – ceremony 6 pm
October 4 – Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge, CT
October 5 – Riverside Memorial Chapel, New York, NY
October 6 – 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
October 6, 7 – Center for Jewish History, New York, NY
October 9 – JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, NJ
October 10 – National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Washington D.C.
October 11 – US Capitol, Washington D.C.
October 12 – Annapolis Navy Chapel, Annapolis, MD
October 13, 14 – State House Rotunda, Harrisburg, PA
October 15 – Temple Beth Israel, York, PA
October 17, 18 – National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
October 19 – Siegel JCC, Wilmington, DE
October 24 – Dedication at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Story for the Four Chaplains
One of the transformational moments in American life was the heroic sacrifice of the four chaplains of the USS Dorchester, which was transporting 900 soldiers and civilian workers to the European front when it was sunk by German torpedoes off the coast of Greenland on February 3, 1943. Each of the four chaplains on board spontaneously gave his lifejacket to another soldier, and the chaplains perished together as they prayed and sang hymns to men in lifeboats and in the icy water.
The four Chaplains were Father John Washington (Catholic), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and Rev. George Fox (Methodist). Their story of heroism is one of the enduring legacies of World War II that has been recognized by Presidents and Congress.
The chaplains represented three faith traditions—two Protestants, a Catholic, and a Jew—and their death marked the first time the term “Protestant, Catholic and Jew” was used to describe America. Three of the four are memorialized on Chaplain’s Hill, but neither Rabbi Alexander Goode nor any of the other rabbis who died in other active service situations are so remembered–until now.