HUC's Rescue of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Lauded in U.S. Congressional Record

Monday, June 25, 2012

On May 24, 2012, United States Senator Brown, of Ohio, lauded Hebrew Union College’s rescue of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The Congressional Record reads, “Such values are also extremely evident in the work of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Born in Poland in 1907 and deported by the Nazi’s in 1938, he was rescued and brought to the United States by Cincinnati’s Hebrew Union College. Both an activist and religious leader, Rabbi Heschel played a powerful role in forging the bonds of faith, social action, and civil rights. In 1965, Rabbi Heschel marched arm-in-arm with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Selma in support of the civil rights movement. Following this experience, he spoke the iconic words: ‘I felt my feet were praying.’”

Read the entire Congressional Record here.


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