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MLK Shabbat

Led by Rabbi Lustig, Rabbi Skloot, Cantor Manevich, and Cantor Bortnick.

Join us as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Shabbat service at Temple.

Protesters and Award-Winning Filmmaker in Conversation with Rabbi Lustig

In the summer of 1960, two worlds collided on a picket line at segregated Glen Echo Amusement Park — idealistic black college students from Howard University and liberal white residents from the D.C. area. Learn about this important piece of history when Rabbi Lustig is joined on the bimah by three of the original Glen Echo Amusement Park protesters – Dion  Diamond, Esther Delaplaine, and WHC member Lois Goodman Ontell (who was a Woodrow Wilson High School student at the time) – and Ilana Trachtman, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who is working on a feature-length documentary about that summer and the years of activism that followed. Their Congregational Conversation about that summer will be the keynote of our service that brings nearly 25 clergy to our bimah and will also honor the memories of Reverend Lewis Anthony and Reverend Morris Shearin Sr., two clergymen who died in recent months. Rev. Anthony, of St. Lucille A.M.E. Zion Church, and Rev. Morris, of Israel Baptist Church, were influential social activists and longtime partners at our annual MLK Shabbat.

Congregational Shabbat Dinner Before the Service

Our dinner has reached capacity. We invite you to join us at 7:00 pm for our interfaith Shabbat service.

The evening begins at 5:30 pm with a special dinner that welcomes our guests, the members and clergy from WHC's community partner churches and mosques. The cost to attend the dinner is $20 per person. As is our tradition, WHC hosts our interfaith community at this Shabbat dinner. Sponsorship is $200 per table.

The Glen Echo Protest: Radical Black Students, Leftist White Suburbanites, and a Carousel

Three years before the March on Washington, before anyone had heard the phrase “Freedom Rides,” a group of students from Howard’s newly-formed student organization, the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG), sat down on Glen Echo Amusement Park’s historic, whites-only carousel. They were joined by a largely Jewish community of civil servants, labor organizers, and young families. Their 10-week demonstration at Glen Echo sought to end the park’s policy of segregation. This unprecedented coalition — which produced eight of the 1961 Freedom Riders — took on the park’s owners, Jim Crow, the American Nazi Party, and the Supreme Court. In 1964, the Supreme Court overturned the 24 arrests made at Glen Echo that summer, permanently disallowing State enforcement of Jim Crow public accommodation segregation.

This service will be streamed.

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