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9TH ANNUAL INTERFAITH “FREEDOM SHABBAT”
January 18: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Congregation B’nai Israel invites people of all faith traditions to join them for a meaningful, peaceful, and spiritually enlightening “Freedom Shabbat” service honoring the lives and messages of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel on Friday, January 18th from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. Rabbi Debra Orenstein will lead the service with the participation of other local leaders from different faiths. Negro Spirituals and other music will be incorporated into the traditional Friday night Sabbath service.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. drew from the Hebrew Bible in many of his most famous addresses, including the often-quoted the verse from Amos, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Dr. King deliberately included “Jew and Gentile, Protestant and Catholic” not only in the rhetoric of his “I Have a Dream” speech, but in his personal practice. He was completely ecumenical, and other like-minded clergy, including Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, joined and marched with him. These two clergymen, giants both within and beyond their communities of origin, were great friends. The goal of the Freedom Shabbat service will be celebrate their brotherhood – and increase our own. As with all Friday night services, this service is open to the public. Please RSVP to the temple office at 201-265-2272 by January 16th to be sure your name is on our guest list and to accommodate all attendees. A collation with coffee, desserts, and informal conversation will follow the service.