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People in Our Community Take to Action for MLK Day

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a time to recall mutual relations between Jewish and Black Americans, as well as the support that Dr. King offered the Jewish people.

Kevin Shapiro and Josh Pertnoy of Shapiro Pertnoy Companies hosted their fifth annual Day of Service at the Loxahatchee home of Linda, an elderly woman who lives alone facing Leukemia.

WPBF-ABC was on hand to cover the team in action.

“We’re making her life a little easier, so that she doesn’t feel like a captive in her own home,” says Kevin Shapiro. “The things that she can’t get around to, doesn’t have the mobility for, we’re going to come in here with all these hearts and hands and take care of that for her.”

They installed ramps for her wheelchair, beautified her outdoor garden and Koi pond, and perhaps most importantly to Linda, set up an outdoor screened-in art studio for her to enjoy.

Though Linda was stuck in surgery (and we wish her a speedy recovery), Shapiro Pertnoy’s team of employees, volunteers and their families worked all day to make her life that much easier.

Also making a difference on MLK day: our own Jewish Teen Initiative.

Teens from the JTI gathered at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Delray Beach to learn about the work the organization does and lend a helping hand.

The teens saw firsthand how the donations collected at the ReStore eventually led to benefiting the less fortunate. They got their hands dirty—literally—collecting trash around the building and decorating the inside. Others sorted donations and organized the store to make its efforts all the more efficient.

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Check out more photos of the work teens did on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Last White Knight

A diverse group of people packed the theater at Cobb Downtown 16 in Palm Beach Gardens to hear a unique story about intolerance and our upbringing.

In 1965, director Paul Saltzman was attacked by a Ku Klux Klansman.  In The Last White Knight (2012), Saltzman interviews his attacker about the event that changed his life. 

The gripping film filled the theater, and Saltzman even answered questions from the crowd about his experiences and making the documentary.

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Director Paul Saltzman (center) with Rev. Kevin Jones (left) and Barbara Shore (right), co-chairs of the African-American/Jewish Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County's Jewish Community Relations Council

To learn more about The Last White Knight, click here.

The History of Jews on MLK Day

The third Monday in January is intended not only to honor the memory and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. but also to be a Day of Service in which our citizens can volunteer to better the world around them.

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Dr. King rejected anti-Semitism within the ranks of the Black Nationalist movement and gave his support to Zionism and the State of Israel at a time of great crisis, stating that “Israel’s right to exist as a state [with] security is incontestable.”

Rabbis Abraham Joshua Heschel and Joachim Prinz joined the ranks of Jewish supporters of the Civil Rights Movement, who were said to comprise one-half to one-third of King’s white following.

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