(JTA) — More than 100 members of the Orthodox National Synagogue in Washington DC traveled to Selma, Alabama, to visit the historic Reform Temple Mishkan Israel. The Reform temple in Selma only has seven remaining members, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of the Orthodox National Synagogue said the purpose of the group’s visit…
More than 150 Reform Jewish rabbis are marching with the NAACP from the Deep South to the U.S. capital to promote social justice.
On Bloody Sunday, Jewish activists joined 70,000 people as they marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. For many, it was both a historic and a holy moment.
Jewish mathematician David Sookne vividly recalls the dangerous weeks he spent registering black voters in Alabama in the summer of 1965.
The elimination of Abraham Joshua Heschel from the film ‘Selma’ erases one of the central accomplishments of the civil rights movement — its inclusiveness. The rabbi’s daughter explains why.
‘Selma’ portrays the civil rights movement as a black-led achievement, not one that Jews played a key role in. And that’s what history says too, Katie Rosenblatt writes.
‘Selma’ has already come under fire for its portrayal of Lyndon Johnson. The acclaimed film also leaves out Jewish contributions to the civil rights struggle, Leida Snow writes.
‘Selma’ depicts the time-honored heroism of the civil rights struggle. Why has the story of those Alabama Jews who were shunned for standing up for justice never been told?
With the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday approaching next spring, a new coalition is bringing together African Americans, Jews and others for progressive change.
With ‘Selma’ playing in theaters, some have asked if Jews really played as key a role in the civil rights movement. One veteran of the struggle remembers when — and offers some answers.