MLK, Jr. Shabbat Celebration:
Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 13
6:00 PM Temple

2017 MLK speakers

Please join us as we celebrate the work of Dr. King and welcome our keynote speakers, Dr. Geneva Craig and Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe.

The lives of Dr. Geneva Craig and Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe were joined as teenagers in Selma, Alabama. Geneva was attacked on Bloody Sunday as she marched on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Mary lost her mother, Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered by the KKK at the end of the Selma to Montgomery March. Together Geneva and Mary use their personal stories to inspire us today to fight for justice.

Our service will include music from the NW Gospel Choir and CBI’s Kol Echad Choir to celebrate Dr. King’s enduring legacy.


Martin Luther King, Jr. DAY OF SERVICE

Monday, January 16

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and spirit, the Social Action Committee is connecting our congregants with a myriad of opportunities to make a difference on this national day of service.

Donations to Shelters

Given the recent extreme weather and what promises to be a continuing cold winter, we are asking you to consider donating items to the following organizations that help the homeless in our community 365 days a year, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Of particular need right now are blankets, jackets, socks, gloves and hand-warmers. See below for more specific needs of each organization.

Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES) — Accepts donations of new or gently used items: feminine hygiene products, deodorant, razors, laundry detergent, towels, washcloths and bedding (twin sheets, comforters/blankets).

Portland Rescue Mission — Accepting donations of women’s and children’s clothing items. Linens in new or near new condition (twin sheets/comforters/pillow cases), full size body wash, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste. New make-up items, jewelry, accessories, etc. Food items also accepted. No car seats, furniture or appliances (large or small).

Transition Projects — Accepting donations of non-perishable food, unused personal hygiene products, new or gently used linens, blankets, towels, pillows, winter clothing, coats, shoes, underwear, socks, books and toiletries.

Human Solutions — Provides a location to accept donations of food, personal hygiene products, household cleaning products, diapers, formula, baby powder and wipes, underwear, bras, socks, sleepwear and cold weather gear.

Union Gospel Mission — Accepting donations of paper plates, bowls and cups, produce, non-perishable food, coffee, sleeping bags, blankets, men’s pants, coats, sweatpants, socks, and hygiene items.

Raphael House — Accepts donations of personal hygiene products (especially shampoo), baby hygiene products, diapers (especially sizes 4-6), pull-ups (sizes 2T-4T), new pillows, twin sheets and blankets, kitchenware, household cleaning products, and new clothing, socks, and undergarments (for adults and children).


Human Rights Campaign Day of Service

MLK Day of Service is on January 16, 2017. We hope you all will join us once again in transforming this national holiday into a “day on, not a day off” meant to turn Dr. King’s teachings into a day of action across the country, and to deepen our commitment and connection to those in our community who are too often at its margins. One such challenge is homelessness among LGBTQ youth. HRC and Portland Metro Youth Service Providers invite you to partner with us on a service project benefiting homeless LGBTQ youth. How can you make a difference? By donating items and volunteering your time.


United Way

For ten years we’ve been building Dr. King’s ‘Beloved Community’ right here in our own backyard. This January 13 – 16 volunteer and join us in celebrating 10 years of service on MLK Day.

  • Sort donated children’s books: Help kids prepare for kindergarten by cleaning and organizing gently used books delivered to their home.
  • Stock food banks: Help families meet their basic needs by packaging boxes of food and essential items.
  • Transform community spaces in need of TLC: Help kids have vibrant, safe places to play and discover by painting, cleaning and sprucing up neighborhood spaces.
  • And so much more!

On January 16, 2017 millions will come together to volunteer and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, who never stopped asking the question, "What are you doing for others?" The MLK Day of Service is a moment to work together to fulfill King’s vision for a better America - it's a day "on" instead of a day off. There are countless ways to get involved this MLK Day. Find the one that's right for you.