I.E. Millstone Campus plans Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration

Students from Confluence Academy-Old North fifth grade Choir and the Saul Mirowitz Reform Jewish Academy third/fourth grade choir sing “The Dream of Martin Luther King” at the 2010 Annual Jewish Community Martin Luther King Day Commem-oration coordinated by the JCRC. This year will mark the 22nd year of the annual event.

On Thursday, Jan. 13, James H. Buford, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, will open the program at the 22nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration sponsored by the I.E. Millstone Jewish Community Campus.  

Rabbi Mordecai Miller of Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel will be the closing speaker.  An additional highlight of the event will be performances by childrens’ choirs from both the African-American and the Jewish communities.

The commemoration, “A Celebration in Song,” will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex Arts and Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur.   The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is coordinating the program.

“This program will enable us, through words and music, to celebrate and commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King and to reflect on its enduring relevance,” said Batya Abramson-Goldstein, JCRC Executive Director.

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Participating choirs include the Confluence Academy-Old North Choir, the Saul Mirowitz Day School/Reform Jewish Academy Choir and the Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis Choir.  

For the first time this year, the three choirs will unite to sing one final celebratory song together.  In addition, the JCC auditorium will display original poetry and artwork inspired by the civil rights movement created by students at the H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy.  

“Our goal was to put together an inspiring event that engages both the African-American and the Jewish communities,” said Gail Wechsler, Director of Domestic Issues/Social Justice at JCRC. “We are thrilled with all aspects of the program this year.”  

In addition to the JCRC, co-sponsors of the event are the Central Agency for Jewish Education, Covenant/CHAI Apartments, Holocaust Museum and Learning Center (in Memory of Gloria Goldstein), Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Jewish Federation, the St. Louis Jewish Light and the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library.

The program is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  Those attending are asked to bring a can to donate to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.  For more information, call 314-442-3894 or email [email protected].