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Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. with Services and Volunteerism

Members of the Jewish community spread out to various Philadelphia neighborhoods to honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with services and volunteer projects. Observed on the third Monday of January each year, MLK Day has become an opportunity for people to volunteer as a tribute to the man who changed a nation and whose life was cut far too short. The Jewish community, long known for its close allegiance to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, has often taken an active role in organizing or participating in MLK Day of Service projects.

 

Some of the activities that will take place over the MLK weekend in the Jewish Community are below.

 

Repair the World--Philadelphia

‘Repair the World’ is an English translation of the Hebrew phrase, tikkun olam, which some say is the very foundation of Jewish tradition: the responsibility we have to transform and ‘repair the world’ around us. Repair the World aims to mobilize thousands of young Jewish adults who want to help improve lives and neighborhoods. To help to accomplish this, Repair The World—Philadelphia is partnering with various other local programs to mobilize participation on this important weekend. 

To see a full list of projects, go to http://werepair.org/mlk-day/volunteer/#philadelphia  

 

Friday January 13, 2017

Cook For A Friend

Partnering Sponsors:  Repair the World Philadelphia with KleinLife’s Cook for a Friend
Date and Time: Friday, January 13, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Kol Tzedek, 801 S 48th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Join Repair the World: Philadelphia and Cook For A Friend as we team up to cook meals for homebound seniors. Volunteers will be needed to prepare and package meals.  Cook For A Friend brings together volunteers from the community to cook nourishing kosher meals, and in conjunction with KleinLife, distributes them to individuals unable to prepare food for themselves due to illness or poverty. Contact: Bekkah Scharf, Rebekkah.scharf@WeRepair.org

 

The Inauguration and New Beginnings

Sponsor:Repair the World
Date and Time:  Friday January 13th at 6:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
Location: The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia 19147

Join us for a Friday night dinner and interactive discussion as we kick off our MLK Weekend of Service. We will be discussing the role of new beginnings, creation and change in the context of the following week's inauguration. We will reflect inward as we enter this new era, and come together as a community in preparation for the years ahead. Together, we’ll be sharing a delicious dinner and meaningful discussion with one another in an effort to “turn the tables” on conversations around racial justice. Contact: Bekkah Scharf, Rebekkah.scharf@WeRepair.org   

 

MLK Weekend Marom Kabbalat Shabbat and TurnTheTables Dinner

Partnering Sponsors: Beth Zion Beth Israel and Repair the World
Date and Time: Friday January 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Location: Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel, 300 South 18th Street, Philadelphia 19103

Together, we’ll be sharing a delicious dinner and meaningful discussion with one another in an effort to “turn the tables” on conversations surrounding racial justice. We will begin the evening by welcoming Shabbat with a spirited service full of song and percussion. (BYO – craft beer or your favorite Kosher bottle of wine).  All are encouraged to attend, regardless of faith or religious background.  Contact: Jessica Herrmann, jessica.herrmann@weRepair.org  

 

Sabbath of Interfaith Harmony

Partnering Sponsors: Beth Am Israel, Main Line Reform Temple and Zion Baptist Church
Date and Time: Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  
Place: Congregation Beth Am Israel,1301 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley, PA  19072

The Unity Choir is an interfaith ensemble that was formed over 20 years ago, and is made up of singers from Beth Am Israel, Main Line Reform Temple, and Zion Baptist Church of Ardmore. Each year in January the choir gathers to sing songs of faith and hope together, culminating in joyous unity services on MLK weekend.

 

Making a Joyous Sound in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Sponsor: Old York Road Temple – Beth Am
Date and Time: Friday, January 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Location: 971 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

Please Join Old York Road Temple – Beth Am for a unique musical Shabbat service including Jewish and Black religious and cultural music in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the First Baptist Church of Huntingdon Valley. The individual and combined choirs of the First Baptist Church and Old York Road Temple-Beth Am will sing.

 

 

Saturday January 14, 2017

Annual Ralph Granger Memorial Shabbat--Turn the

Sponsor: Germantown Jewish Centre (GJC) and Repair the World
Date and Time: Saturday, January 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119

This Shabbat service is dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of Ralph Granger, former custodian of GJC and role model to our community.  The congregation rededicates itself to advancing race relations.  This year the congregation and friends will gather around good food to “Turn the Tables” on racial injustice.  The program will take place as Kiddush winds down.  It is a highly participatory program which aims to deepen the understanding of racism in America and explore how we might respond.

 

MLK Service: Cultivating Courage

Sponsor: Mishkan Shalom
Date and Time: Shabbat Morning, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: 4101 Freeland Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19128

Cultivating Courage: Standing up for Justice from Selma to Standing Rock. Shabbat service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King with Lynne Iser and Rabbi Mordechai Liebling. Lynne and Mordechai will talk about their experiences at Standing Rock this past Yom Kippur and also share about being at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March in Selma.  From these perspectives they will raise up vision and courage to go help us go forward.

 

Community Havdalah Service

Partnering Sponsors: Congregation Or Shalom and First Baptist Church of Wayne
Date and Time: Saturday January 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Congregation Or Shalom, 835 Darby Paoli Road, Berwyn, PA 19312

Congregation Or Shalom is having a community Havdalah service in partnership with The First Baptist Church of Wayne. RSVPs requested to Or Shalom office 610-644-9086.

 

 

Sunday January 15, 2017

Clothing Sorting With Our Closet—Powered by JFCS

Partnering Sponsors: Repair the World, Rodeph Shalom and Our Closet-JFCS
Date and Time: Sunday, January 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Our Closet Warehouse, 400 S. State Road, Springfield, PA 19064

Join Repair the World: Philadelphia and Our Closet to sort and organize donated clothing for Philadelphians struggling to make ends meet. Volunteers will be needed in the Our Closet Warehouse to assist with sorting. Volunteers from Rodeph Shalom will be volunteering from 10am-12pm. On Monday, 1/16, volunteers from Kellman Brown Academy and Camp Galil will be volunteering from 9-11am.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mlk-weekend-of-service-tickets-19793319351   

 

Urban Farming with Jewish Farm School and Philly Farm Crew

Partnering Sponsors:  Repair the World Philadelphia with The Jewish Farm School
Date and Time: Sunday, January 15, 2017, 9:00 am-1:00 p.m.
Location: Hansberry Garden, 5150 Wayne Ave, Philadelphia 19144

Philly Farm Crew is a joint program of Jewish Farm School and Repair the World, bringing volunteers to work on a variety of urban farms/gardens throughout Philadelphia. Join Philly Farm Crew for a morning of outdoor landscaping and beautification at the Hansberry Garden and Nature Center.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mlk-weekend-of-service-tickets-19793319351  

 

Care Package Making

Sponsor: Mitzvah Circle Foundation
Date and Time: Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Monday, January 16 at 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1561 Gehman Road, Harleysville, PA  19438

Volunteers will help to sort and create care packages for individuals and families dealing with crisis, poverty, homelessness & serious illness. Contact: 267-649-7610, www.mitzvahcircle.org

 

JRA Mitzvah to End Hunger - MLK Day

Sponsor: Jewish Relief Agency
Date and Time: Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: JRA Warehouse, 10980 Dutton Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154

Special MLK Day volunteer opportunity at JRA. Volunteers are needed to DELIVER boxes of fresh produce and non-perishable pantry items to families in needed in the 5-county Philadelphia region. All packing will take place on Sunday, January 15. You must reserve your delivery route in advance. To RSVP: email jra@jewishrelief.org or call (610) 660-0190.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Partnering Sponsors:  Beth Am Israel
Date and Time: Sunday January 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Place: 1301 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley, PA  19072

Hands-on activities. Kids and Adults welcome! Free and Open to the Public!  Bagels and snacks will be provided.

  • Create book plates for donated books
  • Cook for a Friend
  • Record audiobooks
  • Construct dog and cat toys for the ASPCA
  • Sort clothes for those in need
  • Help our planet with a “green activity”
  • Safety pin stories: tell and listen

 

MLK Weekend @ Friendship Circle’ Art Show

Partnering Sponsors: Friendship Circle
Date and Time: Sunday January 2015, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Barrack Hebrew Academy, 272 S. Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA  19010

Help set up and run a photography show, created by the Friendship Circle. The Philly Friendship Circle connects teens and young adults to youth with special needs and their families through a full range of social offerings. Set-up from 10-1pm. Show from 1-4pm.

Volunteer Opportunities include: Setup Clean up, Photography, Videography, Sales table, Bar tending, Catering Assistant, General assistance/logistics. Times: 10-6 p.m. (shifts throughout) event is 2-4 p.m.  Register Through:    http://werepair.org/mlk-day/volunteer/#philadelphia   

 

Cemetery Clean-up

Partnering Sponsors: Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery, Repair the World, and Beth David Reform Congregation
Date and Time: Sunday January 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: 272 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA  19010

Several volunteer groups and dedicated individuals made significant progress in 2016 toward the goal of having all of the graves visible and accessible throughout every season of the year. Volunteers are needed to help continue this meaningful effort.  Even if you choose not to participate in the clean-up, all are welcome to visit this historic and sacred site first-hand.  The morning of the 16th we'll gather in the parking lot of Beth David Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughan Lane in Gladwyne, at 9:30 for the short walk to the cemetery.  Dress warmly and wear gloves and sturdy shoes. Some tools are available, but bring your own if you have them.

Register Through:       http://werepair.org/mlk-day/volunteer/#philadelphia  

 

Urban Farming with Jewish Farm School and Philly Farm Crew

Partnering Sponsors: Repair the World Philadelphia with The Jewish Farm School
Date and Time: Sunday, January 15, 2017, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: One Art Community Center, 1431-39 N 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Philly Farm Crew is a joint program of Jewish Farm School and Repair the World, bringing volunteers to work on a variety of urban farms/gardens throughout Philadelphia. Volunteers will be making bottle bricks using recycled materials. Come learn about green building in a hands-on, interactive way that gives back to the community!

Register: http://werepair.org/mlk-day/volunteer/#philadelphia  

 

Northeast NORC Days of Service

Sponsor: Northeast NORC
Dates and Times: Sunday, January 15th from 1:00 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Monday, January 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Northeast NORC is, as usual, recruiting volunteers to go to homes of older adults to assist with home maintenance tasks including but not limited to weatherizing doors and windows. Volunteer groups already committed to this project are Manor College, NFTY-PAR, Orleans Technical Institute, and Repair the World Philadelphia.   Additional Volunteer Groups and Individuals are welcome.  Contact Jason Jankovic jjankovic@jewishphilly.org or call 215.320.0351.

 

Solidarity Walk for Peace and Justice

Partnering Sponsors:  Congregation Beth Or, Bethlehem Baptist Church & North Penn Mosque and Wissahickon Faith Community Association
Date and Time: Sunday, January 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Wissahickon High School Parking Lot

Join the clergy from Beth Or, Bethlehem Baptist Church, North Penn Mosque and more as our congregants walk arm-in-arm to promote unity and peace. Meet in the parking lot of Wissahickon High School. We will start there, walk down Dager Road, and end at Bethlehem Baptist Church. A Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Remembrance to follow at Bethlehem Baptist Church at 4pm.

 

 

Monday January 16, 2017

MLK Day of Service 2017

Sponsor: Germantown Jewish Centre (GJC)
Date and Time: Monday, January 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join fellow GJC and community members for the annual MLK Day of Service project.  As in years past, GJC will be volunteering at a Philadelphia public school.  This year there will be 3 different options for how to spend the Day of Service with GJC.

  1. CW Henry School – one of the local public elementary schools, serving much of West Mt Airy.  Projects include: Building cleanup, sorting and assisting teachers with classroom beautification projects.
  2. Philadelphia READS @ MLK High School – the Book Bank has provided books to classrooms since 2006.  Projects include: organizing books, recording books on tape, and clean up tasks.
  3. POWER March for Justice

These hands-on projects and opportunities will be appropriate for all ages of children and adults, and the school sites (though not necessarily all sub-projects) will be handicapped accessible.

For more information about the two service projects, contact Rabbi Sklover at 215-844-1507.

 

MLK Day of Service with the Tikkun Olam Community

Sponsor: Adath Israel
Time: Monday January 16, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:250 N Highland Ave, Merion Station, PA 19066

Join AI for its annual day of service to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  1. 9:00 a.m.: Cooking for the Homeless and for the Veterans Multi-Service Center, Girsh Kitchen
  2. 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: American Red Cross Blood Drive, Girsh Auditorium
  3. School Supply Collection (now through Jan. 31, 2017): Drop off items in our school lobby to be donated to the Upper Darby School District.

Contact Shelby Simmons with questions or inquiries--shelbysimmons14@gmail.com or by phone: 610-649-2595.

 

Morning of Service and Learning

Sponsor: Center City Kehillah, Repair the World and Makom Community
Date and Time: Monday January 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St, Philadelphia 19103

During this all-ages event, participants will engage in projects and learning about various ways to help vulnerable populations in our communities. The parallel learning sessions for adults and for families with children will be led by Rabbi Seth Goren from Repair the World and Beverly Socher-Lerner from Makom Community. Our two featured projects will be working with Our Closet on a portable sorting where we will help to organize and prepare clothes for a future “pop up” shop, and making cards that will be given out to children and families at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Our Closet is a volunteer-driven organization that provides clothing to vulnerable Philadelphians and their families free of charge by operating “pop-up shops” throughout the city. Our Closet receives countless bags of donated clothing each month, and they need help sorting through these clothes before they can go to our store.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr, Family Day

Sponsor: National Museum of American Jewish History
Date and Time:Monday January 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2517

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day filled with family-friendly performances and arts and crafts activities, spotlight talks about social justice, and more. FREE Museum admission.  Contact: Alyssa Stuble, astuble@nmajh.org, 215-932-3811.

 

Make a Difference Day

Sponsor: Beth Sholom Congregation
Date and Time: Monday January 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: 8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

Kare4Kids & Beth Sholom MItzvot B’Yahad Social Action partner to make blankets for babies and children suffering trauma or illness in their lives. You don’t have to know how to sew. If you can use scissors, you can do this!  Bring 1.5 yds. of Blizzard Fleece fabric and a pair of large sharp scissors or donate $10/blanket to cover cost of fabric. In addition, please also bring donations of toiletries or new infant & children’s (unisex) pajamas. These items will be wrapped in gift bags that your youngest children can help decorate. Blankets and all collected toiletries will be donated to various local social service agencies including Libertae Family House, Trevor’s Place, Project Rainbow & Montgomery County Special Services.  For more information, please contact (215) 887-1342.

 

MLK Day of Service

Sponsor: Main Line Reform Temple
Date and Time: Monday, January 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Location: 410 Montgomery Ave., Wynnewood, PA 19096 * 610.649.7800

  1. Salad Making --Appropriate for adults and families with children 3rd grade and up. Food insecure families need healthy food options.  Join fellow congregants in preparing salads for the Narberth Community Food Bank and the Ardmore Food Pantry.   Please call the Temple Office at 610-649-7800 to sign up and get your salad-ingredient assignment.
  2. Snack Bag Packing--Decorate snack bags and write encouraging notes for the students who will receive these tasty packages. They will be distributed by Mitzvah Circle Foundation to children in low income areas who need extra nourishment..
  3. WePAC CASSIDY LIBRARY SUPPORT at MLRT--We have over 200 new and gently used children's books for the library at Lewis Cassidy School, a K-7 school in nearby West Philadelphia whose library is operated by WePAC (West Philadelphia Alliance for Children)--and we need YOUR HELP labeling and cataloging them so we can get them to the kids!

 

POWER March for Justice

Partnering Sponsors: MLK D.A.R.E. Coalition (of which Germantown Jewish Centre is part)
Date and Time: Monday, January 16, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Starting Location: 6th and Market
Ending Location and Rally: Mother Bethel Church, 6th and Lombard

Organizations across the region have joined together, as the MLK D.A.R.E. (Day of Action, Resistance, and Empowerment) coalition, to prepare for the “March for a Better America” march and rally. We continue the push for a progressive agenda for the United States in these trying times as we honor and move forward the unfinished business begun by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The “March for a Better America” will begin at the slave quarters on Independence Mall (6th and Market Streets) at 11:30 AM and conclude at historic Mother Bethel AME Church (419 S 6th St. Philadelphia, PA) for an outdoor rally. At the rally – we will unveil our 21st Century Declaration of Rights which calls on politicians, community leaders, and common citizens to support the basic human rights we cherish, such as affordable housing, health care, and quality public education for all.

 

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Partnering Sponsors: Har Zion Temple and the Anti-Defamation League
Date and Time: Monday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley, PA  19072

Various Service Projects offered:

  1. Donation Sorting--Help to organize and sort donated goods for distribution to local charities.
  2. Cook for a Friend--Help us prepare meals for those in need in our community.
  3. Crafting a Difference--Creating simple crafts for Seniors and cards for Veterans.
  4. Shul Stitchers--Building blankets to help warm souls.
  5. Never Too Young to Help--Writing letters to US and Israeli Soldiers and talking to Veterans.
  6. Francisvale--Learn about this no-kill shelter and meet ‘new friends’ for possible adoption!
  7. Fun-a-thon – $5 requested donation--Carnival for pre-schoolers with games and bounce house. Please bring non-perishables for the Narberth Community Food Bank.
  8. American Red Cross Blood Drive--1:30 - 6:30 PM • Gorson Auditorium. Reserve your slot today – call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

 

Knit or Crochet to Serve

Sponsor: Congregation Beth Israel
Date and Time: Monday, January 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: 542 S New Middletown Road, Media, PA  19063

In honor of MLK Day of Service, Congregation Beth Israel's Social Action Committee will knit or crochet warm hats to be donated to various groups in need.  Easy patterns & basic instruction will be available, snack & drinks too.  Donations of yarn will be appreciated.

 

Northeast NORC Days of Service

Sponsor: Northeast NORC
Dates and Times: Monday, January 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Northeast NORC is, as usual, recruiting volunteers to go to homes of older adults to assist with home maintenance tasks including but not limited to weatherizing doors and windows. Volunteer groups already committed to this project are Manor College, NFTY-PAR, Orleans Technical Institute, and Repair the World Philadelphia.   Additional Volunteer Groups and Individuals are welcome.  Contact Jason Jankovic jjankovic@jewishphilly.org or call 215.320.0351.

 

Annual Marin Luther King Jr Day Celebration

Sponsor: Macedonia Baptist Church and Shir Ami Bucks County
Date and Time: Monday January 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Location: God’s Love Lutheran Church, 791 Newtown Yardley Rd. Newtown, PA

Theme: Brotherhood Beyond Human Diversity.  Rabbi Simon of Shir Ami will be present at the event and Shir Ami congregants are invited to attend.