On a recent Friday evening, a special Zoom Shabbat service was held by Temple Judea to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to celebrate his life and teachings.
The congregants were joined virtually by Pastor LaTanya Jimerson, of the Springs of Living Water Church, along with her family and members of their congregation.
Rabbi Todd Chizner and Cantor Deborah Jacobson presented a moving and eloquent program to honor Dr. King’s memory.
To start the services, Cantor Jacobson led the congregants in a song that is traditionally sung during the evening Shabbat service, “Hinay mah tov”. The translation of the entire song, which is Psalm 133, is: “Behold how good and how pleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity.” This was especially fitting to include this song as this was Dr. King’s lifelong dream.
When Pastor Jimerson spoke to the group, she also quoted from Psalm 133 which alluded to the relevance “for brethren to dwell together in unity!” The words of this Psalm have particular resonance in today’s world. The congregants of both groups were again reminded of their tradition of respect and appreciation of all peoples. It was no coincidence that Pastor Jimerson and Cantor Jacobson both brought the same psalm to the occasion of the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.
Excerpts from Dr. King’s eloquent speeches were read at this occasion.
The virtual celebration continued on Sunday morning, this time with the Springs of Living Water Church as hosts to Temple Judea. Pastor Jimerson along with Rabbi Chizner and Cantor Jacobson again recalled Psalm 133 which echoed King’s message of hope for solidarity of “brethren living together in unity.”
The choir of the church provided heartfelt songs, and one of the congregants read excerpts from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which is often called the most important influence on U.S. law on civil rights since Reconstruction. Songs performed by members of the church’s Praise and Worship choir lent a beautiful and soulful spirit to the service.
The weekend provided a moving tribute to Dr. King. Everyone felt the solemnity and sense of hope of the occasion. It was truly a privilege to be participants in this meaningful experience.
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