With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day coming up on January 19, we wondered if you know about the connection between King and the Jews. Many Jewish people were strongly involved in the civil rights movement, but Martin Luther King was also a terrific support to the Jewish community. You can read the full story in the book Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Jewish Community” by Rabbi Marc Schneier. Find it at amazon.com at:

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According to material quoted on amazon.com, “Shared Dreams brings to life the impressive, surprising, and long-neglected history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts in support of the Jewish community. ”

For a messianic Jewish perspective on the link between Jewish people and Martin Luther King, see Susan Perlman’s essay, also entitled “A Dream Shared”. Susan tells how Martin Luther King, civil rights, and social activism played a part in her spiritual search:

On a related theme, from the perspective of a non-Jewish Christian, read “Jews, Blacks and Jesus” by Brenda Ross, at:

Both articles are taken from ISSUES, our publication for Jewish people who are spiritually seeking.