Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Monday, January 21, 2019

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we honor the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. On this day, we can celebrate the strides our country has made in the ongoing struggle for civil rights; we can pause and remember all of those who sacrificed their lives for the sacred cause of equality; we can pray for a world to come that is truly “free at last.” Genesis teaches us that we are all created b’tzelem Elohim, “in the Image of God.” Dr. King’s faith was, too, guided by this principle. While the Christianity of Dr. King and the Judaism of the Reform Jewish Movement may speak through different words, they share a common vision, grounded in the Godliness of each and every human life and committed to the pursuit of a more just society. Inextricably, we are partners in this struggle.

This MLK weekend, we invite you to participate in Shabbat Tzedek: Celebrate Civil Rights and Social Justice by taking action on a social justice issue in your community.

Religious Action Center Civil Rights Issue PageConsult this page for information on the Reform Jewish Movement and Civil Rights

Living the LegacyDesigned for teens, Living the Legacy offers the opportunity for young people to explore their own identities and social justice commitments and to draw connections between a history of American Jewish activism and their own lives.

The March on Washington

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – NAACP

The King CenterThe official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America's greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace.

Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Interested in continuing your civil rights and social justice work after Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Consider Mitzvah Corps this summer! Expand your comfort zone and make a difference. Volunteer and immerse yourself in a new community in Central America, Israel and throughout North America as you learn about the people and culture of these communities. Be a change-maker through Mitzvah Corps’ unique hands-on experiences.

NEW program for summer 2016: Civil Rights Journey!