2021 Collection: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish Experience

Curated Series
The Jewish Education Project
MLK Memorial in Washington DC

A collection of resources to explore the relationship between the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the Jewish community, and social responsibility.

Be sure to also explore our Racial Justice Resource Collection - Responding to the Moment and Beyond and our Racial Justice Playlist created by Kendell Pinkney.


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Teaching Children about Tikkun Olam on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Honor Dr. King and his legacy with some of these "do, read, discuss" service ideas and activities.

MLK and Rabbi Heschel marching together with a Sefer Torah

MLK and the Jewish Community: Shared Dreams

A lesson plan examining the question: What does Martin Luther King, Jr's struggle have to do with Jews today?

MLK waving to crowd

Behrman House Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Lesson plans and worksheets that prompt discussion and lead students to a better understanding of MLK Day.

MLK Memorial

Remembering Dr. King, Our Modern-Day Moses

A blog post by Evan Traylor connecting Dr. King and the biblical figure Moses.

MLK and Rabbi Heschel marching together

Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr.

Explore the friendship and activism connecting the lives of MLK and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

MLK speaking

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Exodus

Sefaria places excerpts from Exodus side-by-side with MLK's speech "I've Been to the Mountaintop."

Honi and MLK holding up hands

Legacy: Dr. King, Honi, and Me

Students will study MLK and Honi Ha-Magel to gain new insights into the holidays of MLK Day and Tu B’Shevat.

MLK speaking

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights: Relevancy for Today

Grade-specific lessons and opportunities to examine civil rights in the United States past and present.

National Federation of Temple Youth at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Use images, artifacts, and audio clips to develop a more nuanced understanding of the 1963 March on Washington.

MLK giving speech

The Talmud of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK's speeches and ideas in Talmudic form, with relevant Torah excerpts contextualizing his ideas.

Diverse hands surrounding a Hamsa

Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Jewish Community

Explore the diversity of the Jewish people through stories of several different shades of Judaism.

Let's talk about race by Julius Lester book cover

Reading with Be’chol Lashon: Let’s Talk About Race

Spark a classroom discussion about race through the lens of a Black Jewish convert's story.

#BlackJewishUnity Week

Black-Jewish Unity Week

Three powerful webinars organized by the AJC + National Urban League.


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