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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Friday, January 16, 6:00 PM Temple

Speaker: Myrlie Evers-Williams Join us for another uplifting celebration of the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at our annual MLK Shabbat Evening Service. Myrlie Evers-Williams will be our keynote speaker. She is a civil rights activist and journalist who worked to seek justice for the murder of her husband, Medgar Evers, in 1963. She has served as Chairperson of the NAACP, has received many honors for her work, and delivered the invocation at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Once again, the Members of the NW Community Gospel Choir and CBI’s Kol Echad choir will share their voices to help make the music of the era come alive.

Knowing the Heart of the Stranger by Ida Rae Cahana Senior Cantor Last November and December, our high school students met on two separate Sundays with students from the Muslim Educational Trust, a private Islamic day school. Amid ice-breaking events involving catching a beach ball, sharing lunch together, and presenting what Judaism/Islam is from their perspectives, two very different groups of teens began to talk to each other. A small step, but such an important one. How we continue to build understanding depends on gatherings like these which have to be intentionally planned and which we are committed to continuing for our kids and for ourselves. Each Jewish teen told a story of how they experience being Jewish in America, and each Muslim teen answered with their own story of living as the “other.” The very real and deep pain of prejudice and marginalization that other minorities experience is not really understood until we hear an individual tell her story just to us.

Bulletin January 2015

Established 1858

Tevet-Shevat 5775 Vol. 64, No. 4

This month of January is a reunion for us and a different minority community, the African-American community of Portland, with whom we also have little connection unless we make it happen. What began as an opportunity to mark the civil holiday honoring the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has grown over the years. With the immense knowledge and guidance shared by Ron Silver, we now look forward each year to hearing from nationally prominent leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, figures who have shaped the history of our country with their words and deeds. The American Civil Rights Movement is inextricably tied to the church which gave African-Americans a base for hope and shelter. The full expression of pain and longing for equality is found in the music of the spiritual. Congregation Beth Israel’s instrumentalists and the singers in our congregational choir, Kol Echad, look forward every year to collaborating with the emotionally charged singers of the Northwest Community Gospel Choir. Through the beautiful music of our service woven together with gospel music, our disparate communities come together, if just for one night. This year, we are privileged to host Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers and former head of the NAACP. Do not miss the opportunity to hear this remarkable woman and to sing together with the assembled communities of our own congregation and neighboring churches. continued on p. 3

January 2015 Bulletin - Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Oregon  

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