Each year, many Reform Movement congregations observe Martin Luther King Day by participating in Shabbat Tzedek: Celebrate Civil Rights and Social Justice. Shabbat Tzedek honors the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—and more broadly, honors the civil rights movement. As Jews working toward a more just society, we know that the vital work of the civil rights movement is not complete, and Shabbat Tzedek represents an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to this work.
In partnership with Gift of Life, the RAC is partnering synagogues with black churches or historically black colleges on MLK Weekend for civil rights programming, social action projects, and swab drives aimed at encouraging interfaith cooperation and diversifying the national bone marrow registry. Contact Gift of Life Coordinator Rachael Youra to get involved!
This video illuminates the Reform Movement's relationship with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and our involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. It is a proud chapter of our history, reminding us of the achievements of our past, reflecting the challenges of our present, and inspiring our hopes for the future.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of several major milestones for the Civil Rights Movement. Reform Jews played a vital role in the fight for racial equality, voting rights, and more. Check out the articles and resources below to commemorate this important anniversary:
The materials for MLK Weekend: Shabbat Tzedek were prepared by the Religious Action Center staff in consultation with Rabbis, Cantors, URJ Consultants, and social action lay leaders. We are deeply appreciative to all who have contributed to and supported this project.