(updated for 2021)
January is a month for reflection and introspection. While Shabbat and Tu B’Shevat (the birthday of the trees) are the Jewish holidays this month, there is another holiday many Jews celebrate as it aligns with our values. MLK Day, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, is a great way to kick off a year of volunteerism and social action. Using his example, and those of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and other civil rights leaders, is a great way to make it relevant for your kids.
To learn about the life of Dr. King and his legacy, try one of these books:
Join an MLK-themed Holiday Story Time on Monday, January 18 at 3:00 PM. Sponsored by the JFamily Ambassadors program at the Edlavitch DCJCC; best appreciated by ages 1-6.
And to get involved with your family, consider one of these MLK Day of Service opportunities. All are on Monday, January 18 unless otherwise noted:
Synagogue services on Friday, September 15) that will honor Dr. King’s legacy:
MLK Day Inspiration and Volunteering
Looking to make MLK Day a “Day On” not a “Day Off”? Federation’s Jconnect has rounded up events, resources and tips!
Jewish Children’s Books to Read in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, PJ Library recommends these 4 Jewish children’s books directly relate to the values supported by Dr. King.