No other name was going to work for the title of this post.
Every year, in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and his mission, our temple hosts an entire weekend dedicated to honoring the shared vision of Dr. King and our synagogue community. We bring in a scholar or special guest for the weekend who spends time on Shabbat with our community, Sunday with our local interfaith community, and Monday (national MLK day) back with us for a day of activities and acts of chesed and mitzvot to honor the legacy of Dr. King and Civil Rights leaders like him (Abraham Joshua Heschel and Arthur Lelyveld).
This year, we invited Jewish gospel singer Joshua Nelson. Mr. Nelson is black and Jewish, and was raised Orthodox until his shul merged with the only other shul in town: a Reform synagogue (!). He taught Hebrew school for 15 years, and has clearly maintained his Jewish faith. We were uplifted by his presence Friday evening, and again tonight for Havdalah and an incredible concert. I’d try to describe it, but words cannot do this justice. Just watch the videos (clips from other places he’s been; our temple doesn’t video tefillot – although I’d have loved to capture over 500 members of our community totally giving themselves over to this, stomping, clapping, singing and celebrating our liturgy and the Sabbath like it was the last Shabbat on earth.)
HINEI MAH TOV
LONGER VIDEO ABOUT JOSHUA NELSON