Jewish Community authors prayer
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, in cooperation with UJA Federation of New York, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, has authored a prayer to be read in synagogues across the country, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend, Saturday, January 19, 2013. The prayer, to be recited on the Jewish Sabbath, recognizes Dr. King's partnership with the American Jewish community in achieving equality for all Americans.
Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and author of Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King Jr. and the American Jewish Community, said "this prayer captures the essence of Dr. King and his relationship with the Jewish people. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as a tireless advocate both for the State of Israel and for the freedom of Soviet Jewry. Foremost, he was unequivocal in his denunciation of antisemitism."
The prayer is being distributed by UJA Federation of New York through national rabbinic organizations including the Central Conference on American Rabbis(CCAR), Rabbinical Assembly(RA), Rabbinical Council of America(RCA), and Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association(RRA) and to the national religious movements: Union of Reform Judaism, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Orthodox Union, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and locally to the New York Board of Rabbis(NYBR).