Martin Luther King Day
&
Freedom Shabbat

On January 18, 2013, Rabbi Debra's community, Congregation B'nai Israel, hosted a service sponsored by the interfaith Westwood Area Clergy Council entitled "Freedom Shabbat" and dedicated to exploring and transmitting the powerful legacies of two great friends and colleagues, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel.

The yahrzeit (anniversary of the death) of Rabbi Heschel falls each year around the time of Rev. King’s birthday and also roughly coincides with the time of their first meeting at a conference on religion at race held in Chicago for the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.

This page offers a chance to learn about and be inspired by these men. Below is a video edited from the "Freedom Shabbat" service along with prayers readings, and teachings taken from and inspired by King & Heschel and put together by Rabbi Debra.