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MLK 2016 Commemorations and Volunteer Opportunities

January 13, 2016
Posted by: JCRC Staff

Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Millions will come together across the country on January 18 to volunteer and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The MLK Day of Service is a moment to work together to fulfill King's vision for a better America. Here is a list of just some of the activities being organized by or with direct assistance from the Bay Area Jewish community in the coming days.

Shabbat Service with Mizmor Band and film screening of Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent

Friday, January 15 with 7:30pm service and film in the Sanctuary followed by Oneg.

Temple Isiah, 945 Risa Rd, Lafayette

Temple Isiah will host a film screening of Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, with discussion led by Cantor Korn. R Squared Productions Presents: A documentary film about a rabbi who would not be silenced, from synagogues in 1930's Berlin to the March on Washington in 1963 featuring Andre Braugher reading excerpts of Prinz's writings. Expelled from Germany in 1937, Rabbi Joachim Prinz arrived in the United States determined to fight for justice. As rabbi of Temple B'nai Abraham in Newark, NJ, and later as President of the American Jewish Congress, Prinz became a leader of the civil rights movement. At the 1963 March on Washington, he declared: “Bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem. The most urgent...the most shameful problem is silence.” Moments later, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. For more information visit


Annual Third Baptist Church/Congregation Emanu-El  Interfaith Services In Honor Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, January 15, 6:00pm and Sunday, January 17, 10:00am

Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister Street (at Pierce), San Francisco

Congregation Emanu-El will continue its historical relationship with Third Baptist Church. On Friday, January 15 at 6:00pm, the congregations will celebrate Shabbat together. The Third Baptist Church choir will join both cantors and their ensemble and Reverend Dr. Amos Brown will deliver the sermon.

Immediately following the 6:00pm service, there will be a special Shabbat dinner for congregants and members of Third Baptist to come together in honor of Dr. King. Please RSVP.

On Sunday morning, January 17, at 10:00am, Congregation Emanu-El members will visit the Third Baptist Church at 1399 McAllister Street (at Pierce), to take part in the annual MLK Sunday morning service. Rabbi Beth Singer will deliver the morning sermon and Cantor Arik Luck will sing.


Berkeley’s 5th Annual Breakfast Celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 18, 8:00am

HS Lordships, Berkeley Marina

This interfaith event brings the community together in a joyful, thoughtful and meaningful way to promote peace, non-violence, justice and a beloved and healthy community. Sponsors include Congregation Beth El and Congregation Netivot Shalom among many others. Ticket purchase required.


2016 Community-Wide Mitzvah Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 18, 8:00am

Various Peninsula locations

On Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, volunteers will honor his legacy and the Jewish commandments to serve the needy and heal the planet. The Oshman Family JCC’s Community Mitzvah Day has organized a variety of hands-on projects for children and adults on and off campus, including tutoring kids, feeding the homeless, visiting seniors and restoring the natural habitat. Registration required, phone (650) 223-8700 or visit


18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Monday, January 18, 9:00am

From St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 101 Donahue St, Sausalito

Congregation Kol Shofar will join the gathering at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church at 9:00am. The gathering will be followed by the Call to Action march at 10:00am. Program starts at the Manzanita Recreation Center. The event will include keynote speaker Gus Newport, spoken word, youth entertainment, music, and the annual MLK Day Awards followed by a Free Community BBQ. For more information, contact Jordan Hopstone at


Book Sorting at Congregation Beth Jacob

Monday, January 18, 9:45am

Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City

Congregants at Beth Jacob will be sorting books – next to new, new and slightly used. These books will be distributed to students at three schools on the Peninsula where a variety of projects will be taking place. Come help sort or bring more book contributions.


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Interfaith Activities

Monday, January 18, 11:00am

From Caltrain Depot at 4th and Townsend, San Francisco

The San Francisco Interfaith Council invites faith leaders and their congregants to join in the 2016 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebrations to be held on Monday, January 18 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater (700 Howard Street at 3rd Street in San Francisco). The 2016 March/Parade will begin promptly at 11:00am (arrive early) from the Caltrain Depot at 4th and Townsend. Once the March/Parade arrives at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, the 6th Annual Interfaith Commemoration Ceremony will commence.

A host of other activities and programs that will take place to mark the occasion may be found on the San Francisco Interfaith Council partner organization's website:


Interfaith Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream Of Nonviolence And Peace

Monday, January 18th, 4:00pm

San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church, 902 Danville Blvd., Danville

Beth Chaim Congregation is co-sponsoring this Martin Luther King, Jr. service featuring Father Tom Bonacci, Director of the Interfaith Peace Project of Antioch, speaking on the topic of "The Justice That Makes Peace - Let It Begin With Me."Service is followed by a candlelight walk through downtown Danville to celebrate the unity of faiths.


More Resources

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Bay Area (SF Gate)

Martin Luther King Day Events around the Bay Area (Bay Area Parent)

Dream Big: MLK Day Activities for Families (Red Tricycle)

The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County - Calendar

If you have an event you feel should be added to this list, please contact JCRC Outreach and Engagement Coordinator Michael Benesch.