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We carry memories of racial solidarity past even as we turn a blind eye to racial injustice today. We love to celebrate our legacy as leaders in the civil rights movement, forgetting, by the way, how many Jews 50 years ago thought we should keep our heads down and stay out of it. We pat ourselves on the back with pictures of Rabbi Heschel marching with Rev. Dr. King, even as we let that legacy lapse. As one of my colleagues put it: “Are we just running on the fumes of Heschel?” When did prophetic zeal turn to privileged complacence? How did solidarity turn to silence and separation?

Rabbi David Segal
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Updated 1/26/19: On Friday, January 25, 

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This year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Aaron Torop

This post is adapted from Rabbi Juliana Karol's sermon at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on January 4, 2019. 

Rabbi Juliana Karol
RAC Rabbinic Moral Leadership Gathering

This post was originally published on Facebook as a message to Greenwich Reform Synagogue in Connecticut after Rabbi Jordie Gerson attended the inaugural

Rabbi Jordie Gerson
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Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism