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Each year, the Reform Movement honors the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by commemorating the Shabbat nearest to MLK Day as Shabbat Tzedek. On this Shabbat, we remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and celebrate the hard-fought victories of the civil rights movement. It is also a time of reflection and recommitment as our movement renews its efforts in the struggle for racial justice in North America.
While we celebrate the great achievements of the civil rights era, we have no illusions about the progress yet to be achieved. Decades after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of an America that treated all her citizens equally, Black people in America still face substantial barriers to achieving full equality and justice.
As Shabbat Tzedek approaches, plan to incorporate these resources into your observance or conversations. All resources can be used both during Shabbat Tzedek and year-round, including programming, lesson plans, Jewish text studies, historical materials, and information about our Jewish commitment to the civil rights issues of today.
Racism persists in our country and in our communities, but Reform Jews have a legacy of fighting for racial justice. Shabbat Tzedek is an opportunity to honor and continue that legacy.
For more resources, visit the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism'sShabbat Tzedek page.