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Jews You Should Know

Sep 11, 2017


Ari Schonbrun was on the 78th floor of Tower 1 in the World Trade Center, heading towards his Cantor Fitzgerald office on the 101st floor, on the morning of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, when a blast shook the building and transformed his life. In this riveting discussion, Ari shares the story of his heroic efforts (my description!) on that morning, and what has changed for him in the years since. His book, Miracle and Fate on 78, published in 2011, outlines his story in great detail, and was the capstone of a years-long post-9/11 speaking odyssey. Having recently retired from Cantor, Ari now dedicates himself full-time to motivational speaking, writing and non-profit work.



Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.

The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (, a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at

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A special thank you to Jacob Rupp of the Lift Your Legacy podcast for his invaluable production assistance.