Archive for : Martin Luther King Day

MLK Day: A Call for Jews to Fight for Racial Justice Today

This article originally appeared on ReformJudaism.org on January 12, 2018.

By Erika Davis and Rebecca Katz

Every year come Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jewish organizations, synagogues, and schools look for ways to engage in Dr. King’s enduring call for a just and equitable society where the basic rights and dignity of all people are celebrated.

In trying to honor and understand the past, Jewish communal celebrations can often focus exclusively on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and an uncomplicated narrative of Jewish communal participation at that time. Rather than limit our gaze to the past, let us use the words and strategies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders to propel Jewish communal engagement in racial justice work today.

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Using MLK Day to Engage and Enlighten

This post was originally published in the Jewish Journal on January 10, 2018.

By Ryan Torok

When Rachel Fine and seven teenagers, ages 17-18, arrive in Los Angeles from Detroit this weekend, they plan to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day in various ways. They will plant urban gardens at churches. They will have conversations about race. They will compare issues facing Angelenos to those facing people in Detroit.

“It’s not just about MLK Jr. but racial justice and fighting for equality,” said Fine, who as the teen engagement manager at Repair the World, a Jewish social services organization, is using a grant dedicated to exposing Jewish youths to Jewish communities around the country. “I think it is a good time to create a campaign around something that means a lot.”

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Jewish Young Adults to ‘Act Now for Racial Justice’

This post originally appeared in the Ohio Jewish Chronicle on December 21, 2017.

New York, NY — The largest Jewish service organization, Repair the World, will call young adults to confront inequity for the fifth year running, organizing its 2018 campaign under the imperative to “Act Now For Racial Justice” (weRepair.org/mlk-day).

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Goch: Resolve to help make a difference in 2018

This post originally appeared in The Florida Sun-Sentinel and Jewish Journal on January 8, 2018.

By Alan Goch

Days into the new year, commitments we make to ourselves to shrug off extra holiday pounds through dieting and workout regiments are well intended but not always easy to keep. While trying to get yourself in shape, why not make 2018 the year to also help shape our world into one where different cultures and communities have a better understanding of each other?

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Repair the World Miami Representatives Discuss 2018 Goals and Resolutions

This post originally appeared in The Florida Sun-Sentinel and Jewish Journal on January 3, 2018.

By Sergio Carmona

The national organization Repair the World formed a partnership with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation last year. Through this partnership, Repair the World Miami launched in summer 2017.

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Why Service Makes Me Tick

This article originally appeared in the Jewish Exponent on December 14, 2017.

By Becca Lerman

Like many little girls, I looked up to my father. I loved watching him wake up every morning excited for work and I always hoped I could find a job that made me tick in the same way my dad did each day.

With this in mind, only a couple of weeks into the beginning of college, I committed to leadership positions in both Hillel and Greek life at Penn State. To me, being Jewish meant attending Hillel events and Shabbat every week. This made me tick. Social justice was a separate part of my life that I found in Greek life through service, philanthropy and the Penn State Dance Marathon. This made me tick, too.

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