An Unbroken Bond: 9/11 Activist to Speak at Women’s Awareness Day

On September 11, 2001, 658 men and women at Cantor Fitzgerald found themselves trapped together in One World Trade Center and none would make it out alive. Among them was Edie Lutnick's brother, Gary, whom she had raised when their parents died at an early age.

Lutnick, co-founder and executive director of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and author of An Unbroken Bond, will be the guest speaker at Women’s Awareness Day (WAD) on Thursday, April 10, on the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Rt. 10, Whippany.

Sponsored by Women’s Philanthropy, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a kosher breakfast buffet followed by the program and book-signing with Ludnick at noon. Shari Bernstein of Boonton and Deborah Brody of Summit are WAD chairs; General Plumbing Supply, Friedman LLP Accountants and Advisors and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel are corporate sponsors.

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“For thousands of years, the Jewish people have overcome adversity and have come to the aid of victims of all faiths. On September 11, 2001, the United States experienced a horrific act of terrorism. Edie Lutnick, who lost her brother that day, has devoted herself to helping the families of the victims and to honoring the memory of those lost. Out of adversity are born special people that help bind us to the generations before us and set the example for those that follow,” said Bernstein.

“At this special event, Women’s Awareness Day, our generous and caring women will be meeting with Edie Lutnik. Once you meet and listen to Edie, you will find that she is the personification of what we as Jewish women look to as one of our role models. She has now extended her charity to aid hundreds of needy families throughout the world. This is so similar to what we in Women’s Philanthropy do to assist the needy, here as well as abroad,” said Brody.

Post 9/11, Lutnick, who previously practiced law full time, has emerged as a strong advocate and family leader not only on behalf of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund families, but of all 9/11 victims' families representing their positions on issues of import. She is a respected voice on a multitude of 9/11 advisory groups including the September 11th National Memorial and Museum and the Port Authority. Her book, An Unbroken Bond, is the powerful, sometimes infuriating, and ultimately heartrending story of the mission to fulfill an important legacy, and give meaning to the lives of the victims of 9/11.

Women’s Philanthropy’s vision is to engage Jewish women through dynamic programs that enrich their lives and others in the local community, Israel, and overseas. Women’s Philanthropy is guided by the Jewish principles of tzedakah (righteousness), Klal Yisrael (Jewish Peoplehood), and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

The registration fee is $36; a minimum gift of $180 to the 2014 UJA Campaign enables attendance at the event. RSVP deadline is Tuesday, April 1. Reservations can be made online by visiting or by calling Shay Rodney at (973) 929-3174.

Women’s Awareness Day is partially underwritten by a grant from the Maxine Fischer Memorial Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.



Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Federation) stands at the center of a network of 27 partner agencies dedicated to providing comprehensive social services and meeting the educational, vocational, recreational, and social needs of Jews locally, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. Federation also creates ways/spaces for people to connect to a multitude of Jewish experiences in personally meaningful ways. Responding to emergency and disaster situations around the world is another important part of the Federation mission.

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