With the blockbuster film “Selma” currently in theaters, this is a good opportunity to learn about Selma’s Jewish community and what it was like to live there during the Civil Right’s crisis.
As president of the American Jewish Congress, Rabbi Joachim Prinz represented the Jewish community at the 1963 March on Washington. He was an organizer of the march, and he gave his speech immediately prior to Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
February is Black History Month, and this is a great opportunity to teach our students about the role of Jews in the movement for Civil Rights. Few know about the early involvement of Jews in organizations such as the NAACP, nor about the role of Jewish leaders in the struggle for rights in the 1950s. […]
The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia offers online access to George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, RI, as well as the congregation’s reply from Moses Seixas. See the pop-up commentary from Prof. Jonathan Sarna, the Museum’s Chief Historian, that illuminate key phrases in the letters.