To watch an exclusive personal screening of the award-winning documentary Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance go to AJC.org/BlackJewishUnityFilm The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating, urgent call to action. Once you fill out the form, you will receive a link and password that will allow you to view this film through Saturday, September 12. You will also receive a follow-up notice when a Shared Legacies-related program is scheduled in your area.
Rabbi Noam E. Marans, AJC Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations
God, Creator of all, we pray that our people, Blacks and Jews, come together once again in unity.
Our struggles to be free, from the Exodus to the Civil Rights Movement, inspire us.
We are heirs of proud traditions that know oppression and labor for liberation. We will not desist until all are redeemed.
At a time when hate is rising, we commit to modelling love.
When racism and antisemitism rear their ugly heads, we will show the better way, how light overcomes darkness and justice defeats evil.
There are those, even among our own, who would divide us, but we will not allow them to prevail.
We are marching together again, led by the spirit of Dr. King and Rabbi Heschel, tied in a single garment of destiny, praying with our legs.
Our religious traditions call upon us to emulate our God as healer, love our neighbor, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, strive together towards good works, and judge others by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
We cherish religious, racial, and ethnic diversity and defend pluralism as a bedrock foundation for America’s future.
We reject denigration and exclusion and embrace elevation and inclusion.
We pray that You, God, will be with us, as we join with our Jewish and Black brothers and sisters to work together in fixing the broken and fulfilling the promise of a healed world.
Turn us toward you, God, and we will return to You; renew our days as of old. Amen.