- location Central Reform Temple to Boston Common
- cost Free
- organizer Embrace Boston, Central Reform Temple
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On Friday January 13th, 2023, the Boston Jewish community will ally itself with the gathering of African American Civil Rights leaders, State and City officials, and a representative from the White House at the Embrace Boston Installation in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta Scott King. At a ceremony, to be held on Boston Common, Rabbi Dr Michael Shire of Hebrew College and Central Reform Temple, along with his congregation and other sponsoring Jewish communities including Congregation Mishkan Tefila of Brookline, will process with the Torah Scroll from Central Reform Temple at 15 Newbury Street to the Embrace Boston Installation.
The Embrace Boston memorial, dedicated to Dr. and Mrs. King, will be a major feature of Boston’s future commitment to racial justice and equality. Noting the partnership of Dr. King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in the fight for Civil Rights in the 1960s,
Rabbi Shire commented, “We aim to rekindle the Jewish Community’s solidarity with the African American Civil Rights Movement and our joint commitment to work for equality and justice together. As Rabbi Heschel marched in step with Dr. King and all those seeking justice, so we march with our sacred Torah to bring tikkun – repair – to our streets, our City, and our neighbors in an act of restoration of our historic alliance for justice”.
Jewish communities across the city and their rabbis (Rabbi Marcia Plumb, Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Brookline, Rabbi Or Rose, Director the Miller Centre for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College, will join with Rabbi Shire to process to the Embrace Boston Installation. Also participating will be Central Reform Temple’s Covenanted partner, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, and its rector, The Very Rev. Pam Werntz
Noon: Gather at Central Reform Temple, 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
12:30: Program at Boston Common begins
- Embrace Boston
- Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr Martin L. King Jr.
- Central Reform Temple
- Hebrew College