Many members of Philadelphia’s Jewish community hit the city streets Monday to participate in a march for social justice and other activities related to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Many members of Philadelphia’s Jewish community hit the city streets Monday to partake in a number of activities related to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Synagogues across the region hosted or participated in special projects, from cooking for the disadvantaged to donating and sorting winter clothes for those in need.
Some joined an afternoon march of thousands through Center City Philadelphia as part of a Day of Action, Resistance and Empowerment (D.A.R.E.) arranged by Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild (POWER), a nonprofit dedicated to fighting for racial, income and faith equality.
Several Jewish groups were among about 70 organizations that participated in the march, including Congregation Rodeph Shalom, a Reform synagogue in Center City; Penn Hillel; Mishkan Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Manayunk; and Repair the World. Marchers made their way south on Broad Street toward City Hall before cutting east along Market Street.
Among the march’s “demands," POWER listed fully funded, democratically controlled schools; a $15 per hour minimum wage and the right to form unions; and a fully empowered, independent police review board and an end to “Stop and Frisk."
Also on MLK Day, Yaron Sideman, consul general of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, joined Sen. Bob Casey, Mayor Michael Nutter and other local leaders in volunteering at Girard College in North Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood. Sideman spoke with volunteers and helped to paint a mural in commemoration of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
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