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January 22, 2003

At this time last year, people of all faiths were united in prayer for the safe return of our son, Daniel Pearl. A few weeks later, on February 21, the world learned of his murder and mourned collectively. This year we will observe the one-year anniversary of his death in synagogues in ways that remember and honor Daniel Pearl as a Jew, a citizen of the world, and a dialogue-maker.

We invite you, our larger family of friends and people of goodwill the world over, to engage your own local congregations and communities to include a somewhat unique memorial service in remembrance of Daniel, by inviting people of all faiths, including members of neighborhood churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples to participate in a united prayer for a sane and humane world.

We are convinced that we will all be strengthened when people of courage stand together in solidarity against terrorism, racism, and the anti-Semitism that took our son's life. We hope that by bringing together people of different beliefs, building trust, and uniting them in a common stand for sanity and humanity, our son's life ­ and his untimely death ­ will make a difference.

With appreciation for all your support,
Judea and Ruth Pearl

For background information on Danny's life and work, visit these pages:

Selected stories
Media coverage

For more information on memorial events, visit these pages:

Hillel's Center for Jewish Engagement
Museum of Tolerance Memorial Service
Museum of Tolerance Candle Lighting
Jerusalem Memorial
New York City Memorial
American Islamic Congress—Cambridge, MA (PDF)
London School of Economics Memorial
Internet dialogue/memorial
Partial List of Events
Press Under Fire Panel Discussions

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