Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR, will participate in the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, together over 100 Reform rabbis, joined by their congregants, representing the Reform Movement’s abiding alliance with the African-American community for civil rights.
They will join the NAACP on America’s Journey for Justice—an historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is organizing their participation in partnership with the NAACP for the Journey, which will mobilize activists and advance a focused advocacy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education.
The Journey for Justice partnership between the Reform Movement and the NAACP reflects the long history of collaboration between our communities. The Reform Movement, through the work of the Religious Action Center and the Rabbis Organizing Rabbis initiative, will be vocal leaders: more than 100 rabbis will coordinate walking the distance of the journey. Congregations will come together not just to walk, but to educate and mobilize participants in the many rally days to be held in multiple cities along the way. These marching rabbis will carry the sacred scroll of our Torah, carrying thus the Jewish values that compel us to stand with our neighbors and to fight for racial justice and equality.