Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel were both visionary thinkers and community leaders. Together they marched and, as Rabbi Heschel famously put it, "Prayed with their feet," through towns across America, marching for the rights of both Jewish and Black Americans. This lesson plan explores the relationship between these two great men through worksheets, quotes, documents, and more.

The resource also includes an in-depth text study in honor of MLK and Rabbi Heschel. The text study involves topics such as B'tzelem Elo-him, our responsibility to others, and Tikkun Olam.

The lesson plan includes the following resources and activities that can be adapted for grade 3 and above:

  • Articles and documents
  • Venn diagram
  • Worksheet with quotes and questions for written answers
  • Written assessment and personal reflection opportunity
  • Text study with Torah excerpts contextualizing the work of MLK, Heschel, and the Civil Rights Movement

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Area of Work

  • CL - Congregational Learning
  • DS&Y - Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • T - Teens

Resource Type

  • Lesson

Resource Topic

  • Civic Education
  • Racial Justice


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