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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dayby David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Reference Services Research Coordinator, Center for Jewish History Jews have had a long history of supporting the civil rights movement. From heavily Jewish leadership during the establishment of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909, to Jews participating in the March on Washington in 1963, to efforts of…

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Reflecting on the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—50 years ago todayby David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Reference Services Research Coordinator, Center for Jewish History Rabbi Uri Miller, president of the Synagogue Council of America, recited a prayer during the March on Washington in 1963. It included: Thou [G-d] hast endowed all men equally with the rights to live, to liberty and to the…

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American Culture in Haggadahs from the Collectionsby David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Reference Services Research Coordinator, Center for Jewish History Last year I reflected on the vast variety and volume of Haggadahs in my blog post “Dayenu: A few Passover Haggadot would have been enough…really?” This year I took a closer look at a handful of Haggadahs in the library of the American Jewish Historical…

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Mining the Archives: Jews and the Civil Rights Movement

by David P. Rosenberg, Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History Remembering Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. on the occasion of his 83rd birthday At a fundraising event in a northern synagogue, a rabbi asked Dr. King what his sources of strength were. Dr. King responded: “You and I draw living waters from the same spring…from the belief in a God of…

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yumuseum: MLK “A true brotherhood of man … in our nation” In June 1964 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. answered a letter from Paula Pappenheim drawing similarities between the struggle for freedom and equality for African Americans and Jews.  King entreated Pappenheim to join the struggle to inspire a spirit of connection and humanity among all Americans, if not throughout the world. Letter from…

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