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Shabbat Tzedek - January 17-18, 2014
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 20, 2014

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.

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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.

In partnership with Gift of Life, the RAC is partnering synagogues with black churches or historically black colleges for a weekend of 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 Veronica Grant for more information.

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.

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Is your congregation engaged in activities and actions aimed at developing links and common ground between African Americans and Jews? Apply today for a Kovler Microgrant!


For more information or with suggestions for further materials that we can provide, please contact Daphne Price at dprice@rac.org or 202-387-2800.

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