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Doing mitzvot on Martin Luther King Day

By JAYNE JACOVA FELD Voice staff

The South Jersey Jewish community honored the memory of Martin Luther King by taking part in dozens of tikkun olam events and projects across South Jersey on MLK Day Jan. 15. The fifth annual Community Mitzvah Day kicked off with a moving prayer service at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill led by clergy from several of the synagogues. Adath Emanu-El Rabbi Ben David compared King to Moses in the D’var Torah, noting that King often referenced the Jewish leader in his speeches. “Their words ring in our ears still, whether it’s Moses’ famous ‘let my people go,’ or Dr. King’s willingness to dream of a day wh



Pictured were (from left), Cherry Hill Councilwoman Melinda Kane, Cherry Hill Council President David Fleisher, Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey CEO Jennifer Dubrow Weiss, Temple Emanuel Senior Rabbi Jerry David, TE Assistant Rabbi Gidon Isaacs, Adath Emanu- El Rabbi Ben David, TE Cantor Neil Schnitzer, Temple Har Zion Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum, Temple Beth Sholom Rabbi Micah Peltz, M’kor Shalom Rabbi Jennifer Frenkel and Robin Rubin, TE’s vice president of Social Action. Pictured were (from left), Cherry Hill Councilwoman Melinda Kane, Cherry Hill Council President David Fleisher, Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey CEO Jennifer Dubrow Weiss, Temple Emanuel Senior Rabbi Jerry David, TE Assistant Rabbi Gidon Isaacs, Adath Emanu- El Rabbi Ben David, TE Cantor Neil Schnitzer, Temple Har Zion Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum, Temple Beth Sholom Rabbi Micah Peltz, M’kor Shalom Rabbi Jennifer Frenkel and Robin Rubin, TE’s vice president of Social Action.

en all people would be judged not by race or creed or religion but by the content of their character,” said David. “Today is as much about the many activities and initiatives as it is about the very idea of coming together across ideologies, races and religions.”

Organzations involved in this community-wide effort included Adath Emanu-El, BBYO, Cong. Beth El, Cong Beth Tikvah, Cong. M’kor Shalom, Katz JCC, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, Kellman Brown Academy, Nafshenu, Politz Day School, Cong. Sons of Israel, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Emanuel, Temple Har Zion and Temple Sinai. It was partly funded by the Jewish Community Foundation.

[The Voice will feature more coverage of the day's events in the January 31 issue.]

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