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Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Friends,

In January each year, many of us are called to find meaningful ways to honor the incredible legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the national civil rights leader who spoke truth to power and inspired his listeners to work for racial justice and social change.

We believe deeply in service, and also urge you to consider the ways our service connects to the systemic issues that create the need for such service. As is our custom, we will provide ample opportunities for you to volunteer, learn, advocate, and break bread together over the course of the national holiday weekend. We are incredibly grateful to our friends at Repair the World NYC/Repair the World Harlem for their deep partnership in extending the many opportunities below to the Harlem community.

It is our hope that you will join us in honoring Dr. King's legacy not only through service, but also through thoughtful learning and advocacy; and not only one day a year, but every day.


 In community,
Meg Sullivan

Director, JCC Harlem

MLK Weekend Opportunities

Family Shabbat Dinner in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kick off the weekend of service in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special MLK-themed Shabbat dinner. In collaboration with Repair the World Harlem.

5–6:30 pm, $40 per family, $18 per adult, $10 per child

For more info and to register, click here

Immigration in NYC—Shabbat Dinner + Conversation

Join Repair the World Harlem and JCC Harlem to consider how individuals might mitigate the immigration crisis in the Harlem community. Marking the start of a weekend of service and justice in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the evening will honor MLK’s legacy and how his teachings continue to inspire us to care for our neighbors. 

7:15–10 pm, $18 per adult
For more info and to register, click here

Open Shabbat

Looking for a special way to celebrate Shabbat and be in community on Saturday afternoons? Join us each month for Open Shabbat, a free afternoon of programs for children and adults, including workshops in art, yoga, meditation, food, music, lectures, and more.Programs and activities are inspired by the teachings of Dr. King

2-4 pm, Free
For more info and to register, click here

Assemble Care Kits

Volunteers are needed to package items to be donated to the Met Council on Jewish Poverty, America’s largest kosher food pantry system. These items will stock their warehouses with goods not typically available for clients, including cleaning supplies, baking kits, and winter care items. Following package assembly, volunteers will learn more about the recipient organization.

Multiple shifts, Free

For more info and to register for 9:30–11 am, SOLD OUT

For more info and to register for noon–1:30 pm, SOLD OUT

For more info and to register for 2:30–4 pm, SOLD OUT 

Become Trained to Accompany People Facing Deportation

Join Repair the World and The New Sanctuary Coalition to become trained to accompany people facing deportation to their immigration hearings and ICE check-ins. This provides moral support to the person facing deportation and demonstrates to immigration judges, ICE officers, and government attorneys that there is a community mobilized against their deportation.

3–5 pm, Free
For more info and to register, click here

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