Grantee in the News | Jan 2024

Jewish and multifaith MLK Day events around the Bay Area

Originally published in The Jewish News of Northern California

Rev. Amos C. Brown of Third Baptist Church delivers his annual MLK weekend sermon at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo/David A.M. Wilensky)


Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorates the life and work of the iconic civil rights leader. On MLK Day, which this year falls on Monday, Jan. 15, and in the days leading up to it, the Bay Area Jewish community will host a number of events to honor his legacy through faith, social justice and service.

Friday, Jan. 12

“MLK Pulpit Exchange Shabbat Service” — Congregation Emanu-El and Third Baptist Church present 37th annual event. Sermon by Rev. Amos Brown, music by both congregations. With Shabbat meal/dessert. Second half of event Sunday morning at Third Baptist. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 5 p.m. dinner, 6 p.m. service. Free, with registration.

Sunday, Jan. 14

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Mitzvah Day — Oshman Family JCC seeks volunteers for community projects for MLK National Day of Service, with a closing ceremony at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto. In partnership with 21 organizations, including JFCS, Repair the World and Palo Alto Humane Society. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. At several locations, including OFJCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Also 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 15.

Monday, Jan. 15

MLK Weekend with St. Anthony’s — Repair the World, a Jewish service organization that connects young adults to volunteer opportunities with local non-profits, is seeking volunteers to help in St. Anthony’s S.F. dining room and provide food to those in need. Location provided with registration. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free.

MLK Parade and March — Join Congregation Emanu-El and others in 1.5 mile parade from the San Francisco Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens in honor of the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights marches and the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Parade ends with an interfaith commemoration and music festival. Meet at 4th  St. and Townsend, S.F. Arrive before 11 a.m. Free.

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