In January, we celebrated Martin Luther King Day, the nationwide remembrance of Dr. King’s work and legacy. As a rabbi working for racial justice in a moment of rising anti-Semitism, I wonder how Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might confront the many strains of hatred growing today.
With 13 violent attacks on Jewish communities over the eight days of Chanukah, this is the scariest time in recent memory to be Jewish in America. In response, thousands of people rightly marched against hatred and anti-Semitism. I am grateful that our community and our allies are ready to stand up. And yet, as a white Jew, I am aware that my community is receiving concern and concrete support that targeted communities of color are not getting.