Repair the World launches racial justice campaign for King commemoration

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Repair the World has launched a national campaign to “Act for Racial Justice on MLK Weekend.”

The nonprofit organization, which engages young Jewish adults as volunteers, will provide volunteer opportunities throughout the weekend remembering the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to address racial injustice. The campaign will also offer the opportunity for volunteers to host a “Turn the Tables Shabbat Dinner,” to discuss the difficult issues of the day, on Jan. 15.

The federal holiday for the late civil rights leader is Jan. 18.

“Around the country, thousands of young Jewish adults will mobilize on MLK Weekend to address the serious gaps that still exist in this country because of race,” David Eisner, CEO of Repair the World, said in a statement. “Jewish teachings and values drive many to engage and help others. Repair is committed to offering paths to meaningful social action based on these rich traditions.”

Repair the World also is facilitating a series of online conversations in which Jewish leaders will interview civil rights activists of today.

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