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Honoring MLK With Services and Volunteerism

January 20, 2014
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Members of Zion Baptist Church in Ardmore, Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley and Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood linked arms together in a show of unity on Jan. 20. Photo by Victor Barsky.

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 for many has become an opportunity 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. 

Synagogues Temple-Beth Am, Beth Am Israel and Main Line Reform Temple took part in unity services with partnering churches. Meanwhile Germantown Jewish Centre congregants volunteered at a local school and Har Zion Temple members cooked meals and packaged donated items for those in need.

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