The Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s generated many iconic photographs. They vividly portray an oppressed minority proudly and valiantly protesting for their rights.. One of the most famous of those photos is from the 1965 voter rights march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is seen marching hand in hand with other civil rights leaders, wearing a determined look. A man with a great shock of white hair and a large white beard appears in the front row. Standing second to the left of Dr. King was none other than the renowned Jewish philosopher and theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Boise State Honors College invite the campus community to register for a special livestream screening and discussion of Martin Doblmeier’s documentary, “Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story” from 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Registration closes at the end of the business day on Jan. 17 and participants will receive email invitations with the link to join the presentation.
(RNS) — Abraham Joshua Heschel is arguably the most important American Jewish rabbi of the 20th century. But he is also one of the most complicated. A Polish-born Jew from a long line of Hasidic rabbis, he immigrated to America in 1940 and quickly rose to become a leading public intellectual — a civil rights crusader, a champion of interfaith dialogue and an opponent of the Vietnam War.
Tom's next guests are featured in a new documentary about an extraordinary Jewish theologian and activist. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was a mentor, friend and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and one of the most influential religious scholars and public intellectuals of the 20th century. The new film, by filmmaker Martin Doblmeier, will air on PBS May 5. Tomorrow afternoon, the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies here in Baltimore will host a virtual symposium to talk about Heschel’s influence and legacy.
Dartmouth’s Prof. Susannah Heschel Discusses Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel & the Civil Rights Movement
This week on “The Learning Curve,” Gerard and Cara talk with Dr. Susannah Heschel, the Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, and the daughter of noted 20th-century Jewish theologian and Civil Rights-era leader, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. They discuss what teachers and students today should know about Rabbi Heschel’s life and legacy. Born in Warsaw, Poland, the descendant of preeminent European rabbis, Rabbi Heschel was arrested by the Gestapo, and later escaped to London. Prof. Heschel describes how losing many family members in the Holocaust shaped her father’s writings, and brought moral urgency to his American Civil Rights efforts. Prof. Heschel describes her father’s landmark study, The Prophets, for which she wrote an introduction, his profound view of the prophets as models, and his search for enduring “truth and righteousness in everyday life.” They discuss Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who evoked Old Testament imagery in many of his most memorable speeches, and who was accompanied by Rabbi Heschel on the Voting Rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Professor Heschel offers thoughts on what educators can learn from her family’s historic experiences facing adversity, and how citizens, teachers, and students alike can use personal stories, biblical wisdom, and ancient sources to inspire their civic action in our often divided country. She concludes with a reading from a favorite passage from one of her father’s books.