On Friday June 20 at 7:30 PM Al Vorspan and Rabbi Everett Gendler will speak at Shabbat services about their participation in the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and their commitment to "Tikkun Olam" (healing the world).

Al Vorspan founded the Religious Action Center in Washington DC was the director of the Commission on Social Action at the Union for Reform Judaism for 40 years. Both The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were drafted in the conference room of Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. "In the end . . .the great Civil Rights laws of the United States of America were drafted on the conference table of the newly established RAC of UAHC. It was black lawyers and Jewish lawyers who drafted those bills on that table," said Vorspan.

Rabbi Everett Gendler, rabbi emeritus of Temple Emanuel of Lowell MA, marched with Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama in 1965.


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He was one of the first rabbis to become actively involved in the struggle for civil rights in America. Civil Rights of all peoples and a commitment to conservation are Rabbi Gendler's passions. In 2008, he was awarded a "lifetime Achievement award for his contributions to Jewish environmentalism from the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT.

Clergy of many different denominations consider Everett Gendler and Al Vorspan inspiriational men who have devoted their lives to healing the world. The public is invited to attend this service to hear these two giants of our time speak about their lives and work.

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire is located at 270 State Road, Great Barrington, MA. For further information, call 413-528-6378.