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Remembering Dr. King
Jan 12th, 2018 - Jan 14th, 2018 6 PM | 9 AM

Fifth Avenue Sanctuary | 132 West 138th Street
All are welcome to attend.
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To commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Temple Emanu-El hosts a special worship service on the Sabbath of Dr. King’s birthday. Our guests are the Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts III and the Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir. A festive Oneg Shabbat will follow Friday’s service.

View the service program »

Then on Sunday, January 14 at 9 AM, temple members are encouraged to attend morning services at Abyssinian (132 West 138th Street). Rabbi Joshua Davidson will deliver the greetings of the synagogue. Family and friends are welcome, too. A courtesy shuttle bus, departing at 8:15 AM from 10 East 66th Street, will be provided for members who wish to attend. 
If you plan to take the shutlle bus, please send an email to [email protected] or call (212) 507-9552.

Watch video clips of previous services,
including the Emanu-El and Abyssinian Church choirs
singing “We Shall Overcome” »

In addition to being Abyssinian’s pastor, Rev. Butts is a distinguished community leader and activist. Throughout his tenure at Abyssinian, Rev. Butts has spearheaded numerous boycotts against institutions that practice racist policies and employment discrimination. He has led campaigns to eliminate negative billboard advertising in Central Harlem and other New York City communities, and to expose rap music that includes violent and negative lyrics targeted at women. He has spoken out against racial profiling and police brutality, built coalitions to foster economic development and job growth, and mobilized support for the plight of Christian minorities persecuted abroad. Abyssinian’s choir has been an integral part of the church’s life since its founding in 1808.


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