Friday, January 15, 2021

Jewish Historical Society Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day



The Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey is commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by featuring its extensive collections of photographs and correspondence between Dr. King and Rabbi Joachim Prinz that document Dr. King’s visit to Temple B’nai Abraham, then located in Newark, where he spoke about “Challenges of the Mid-Century to Religion.”

The date was January 17, 1963.

Please click here to listen to Dr. King's moving and uplifting speech and to view photos and news articles between Dr King and Rabbi Prinz of B'nai Abraham as well as Rabbi Dresner of Temple Sha'arey Shalom.

 The following day, Dr. King visited Temple Sha'arey Shalom, located in Springfield, where he met with civil rights activist, Rabbi Israel “Sy” Dresner and synagogue president, Howard Kiesel. Photographs of Dr. King and Rabbi Dresner’s meeting are in the JHS’ Howard Kiesel Collection. 

To read more about King's visit to Temple Sha'arey Shalom, click here

Rabbi Joachim Prinz and Dr. Martin Luther King, 1963

Temple B'nai Abraham - Newark, NJ



Howie Kiesel, Dr. King, Natalie Waldt and Rabbi Israel Dresner, 1963

Howie Kiesel, Dr. King, Natalie Waldt and Rabbi Israel Dresner, 1963

Jewish News Announcement, January 18, 1963

Phillip Ames, Dr. King and Rabbi Israel Dresner, 1963

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