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Our Civil Rights Journey: Shabbat Dinner and Presentation

  • Friday, January 17
  • 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Fee: $25

Commemorating the Legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us during Shabbat service where we’ll commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ll continue with Shabbat dinner and a presentation of our Civil Rights Journey: “An Inheritance of Injustice: Insidious Institutionalized Racism.”

The deep partnership and friendship of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is captured in the famous photo of their arm-in-arm 1965 March on Selma. It is testimony to the shared values espoused by King and a cornerstone of Judaism: justice, equality, human dignity, and b’tzelem elohim (“in the image of God”). This past November, 79 congregants traveled to Georgia and Alabama on a Civil Rights Journey that illuminated the unspeakable travesty of slavery, racism, Jim Crow, and its current manifestation of mass incarceration. This year, the TBE community celebrates our continuing commitment to understand and take action about the pervasive racism that is manifested today–sometimes deliberately, sometimes unknowingly—in longstanding policies, attitudes and beliefs that foster injustice in our society. In collaboration with clergy, educators, and congregant committees, we will commemorate the legacy of MLK. Please join us!

Cost: $25 per person for dinner. Contact Susan Karon, [email protected] to join us.

From 5:00-6:00 pm before Shabbat service, we will be selling three books that RJI will read and/or discussed this spring. This book sale marks the launch of the RJI Economic Justice Initiative as we forge a new relationship with Frugal Bookstore of Roxbury.

  1. Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy (January 26 film)…$17.00
  2. Eli Saslow’s Rising Out of Hatred (March 25 Adult Ed/RJI Book Read)…$16.00
  3. Ijeoma Iluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race (May 6 Community Read)…$17.00

Please come prepared with a check payable to FRUGAL BOOKSTORE or bring cash if you plan to purchase books!

About RJI:
TBE’s Racial Justice Initiative seeks to increase our understanding and activism to address ongoing discrimination and inequality.