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The Words That Move Us: The Message Of MLK Today

Monday, January 18, 2021 5 Shevat 5781

5:00 PM - 6:00 PMZoom

Join synagogue partners from across the nation:

  • Kol Emeth, Palo Alto, CA
  • Beth Hillel B'nai Emunah, Chicago, IL
  • Beth Ami, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Beth Am, Los Angeles, CA
  • Temple of Aaron, St. Paul, MN
  • Kol Rinah, St. Louis, MO
  • Beth Tzedek, Buffalo, NY

for a joyous celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life. We'll reflect on the ideas and religious texts that inspired his leadership, and learn with some of today's spiritual and political leaders, who continue to be motivated by his words and work. for a joyous celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life. We'll reflect on the ideas and religious texts that inspired his leadership, and learn with some of today's spiritual and political leaders, who continue to be motivated by his words and work.

Our speakers will include:

 

Rabbi Debra A. Bowen of Congregation Temple Beth'El (Philadelphia, PA)

Rabbi Debra Bowen is a native of Philadelphia and is the spiritual Leader of Congregation Temple Beth’El, located in the West Oak Lane section of the city. It is an eclectic synagogue whose membership is majority African American. She is the daughter of the late Rabbi Louise Elizabeth Dailey, z”l, who was a brilliant teacher of Torah and the spiritual leader of CTB for 50 years.

As spiritual leader, Debra finds herself counselor, teacher, motivator, innovator, and fundraiser, among many other things. She follows in her mother’s footsteps, always seeking to simplify complex halachic matters that evolve as her constituents embark on their spiritual journey. Rabbi Bowen has a degree in Accounting from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. She had more than 35 years of business experience prior to becoming rabbi of CTB, working in both government and private industry which has allowed her to maintain and develop the financial solvency of the synagogue. Rabbi Bowen is married to Dr. Earl Bowen, Jr., a university administrator, and they are the proud parents of a blended family of five sons. They live quietly in the sprawling hills of Central Bucks County, PA.

 

 

Dr. John H. Eaves, educator, activist, and former Congressional candidate (Atlanta, GA)

John Eaves career is a demonstration of leadership in action. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, John Eaves came to Georgia as a Freshman at Morehouse College as a walk-on to the football team and rose to be a 4-year letterman and team captain by his Senior Year.

While at Morehouse, John received local and national recognition for his volunteerism in Atlanta Public Schools. At Morehouse, John got his first experience in politics while volunteering with his Uncle Reginald Eaves campaign for Mayor of Atlanta.

Following his graduation, John served as National Director of the NCAA Volunteer for Youth Program and the Southeast Regional Director of the Peace Corps. At the Peace Corps he helped bring educational and healthcare assistance to the people of South Africa, Sierra Leone, Paraguay, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. As Chairman of Fulton County, Georgia’s most populous county for 11 years, John established a reputation as staunch advocate on Transportation, Housing and Healthcare – key areas of investment and innovation for bolstering metro Atlanta’s bright future.

John Eaves holds a Master’s Degree in Religion from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina.

John currently serves as Executive Director of the Global Youth Ambassadors program and Senior Instructor at Spelman College. John is a devoted father to his two children, Isaac and Keturah and resides in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.

 

 

Rev. Kaloma A. Smith, Pastor of University AME Zion Church (Palo Alto, CA)

Smith is a committed pastor driven to see the church transform the community. Born in Jamaica and reared in Mt. Vernon, New York, Pastor Smith developed a genuine heart for people while serving in several ministerial positions. At Greater Centennial Church in Mt. Vernon, he led the young adult, family life, men, and communications ministries. He also served as Westchester District Chairperson for Young Adults in Christian Ministry, was instrumental in church growth at Foster AME Zion Church, and built vital facilities for Dixon AME Zion Church. He has been the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards including the United State Small Business Administration - Rhode Island Small Business Advocate of the Year Award, American Sail Training Association.

 

We hope that you'll participate in a morning service event for Mitzvah Day, and join us in the evening for music, reading and sharing as we commemorate Dr. King. 

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