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Jews & Negroes: Unity from Collision

by Coretta Scott King Originally published in the January, 1969 issue of Jewish Currents This address was delivered by Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr., at the Presidential Inaugural Spiritual Service at Brandeis University, October 4, 1968. THE QUESTION, “CAN THERE BE ONE AMERICA?” is one which requires careful thought and analysis. This is essentially a […]

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A Secular View of Bar Mitzva

by Hershl Harris Originally published in the June, 1964 issue of Jewish Currents ONE OF THE MANY ASPECTS of Jewish education on which secularists tend to disagree is the question of bar mitzva. To some, the very idea of a bar mitzva ceremony as part of secular Jewish education is a fatal compromise with religious […]

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Emma Lazarus & Jewish Secularism

For the 75th Anniversary of the Death of Emma Lazarus, November 19, 1887 by June Gordon Originally published in the November, 1962 issue of Jewish Currents Dear Editors: Thank you for inviting me to comment on M.L.G.’s letter (September, 1962), in which he asked, “Henrietta Szold epitomizes Hadassah; how does Emma Lazarus reflect secular Judaism?…” His […]

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A Blighted Passover

A Reminisence by Sam Liptzin, translated from the Yiddish by Max Rosenfeld Originally published in the April, 1961 issue of Jewish Currents IT WAS THE DAY BEFORE Passover, 1910 or 1911. I was working on Mangin Street on the lower East Side in New York, in a shop that belonged to two partners, Goldstein and […]

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Women Unite for Desegregation

Washington Conference of National Organizations Plans Action for Equality by Billie Portnow Originally published in the May, 1960 issue of Jewish Currents The sit-down demonstrations by Negro students against discriminatory lunch counters which began Feb. 1st in Greensboro, N.C., were spreading rapidly throughout the South when a historic conference dealing with the same basic issue […]

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Parents' Corner: Rosh Hashona and Yom Kippur

Originally published in the September, 1958 of Jewish Currents A READER, RUTH SIMON, WRITES: Rosh Hashona and Yom Kippur have always posed a difficult problem to Jews with a progressive, secular approach to Jewish living. These holidays have been essentially religious in ritual, centered in the synagogue and unrelated to any major historic event in […]

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Pilgrimage to Atlanta

Negro & White Women, United, Travel to Petition Governor Talmadge to Free Mrs. Rosa Lee Ingram, Victim of Oppression Originally published in the February, 1954 issue of Jewish Life   IT WAS A COLD DECEMBER MORNING when 23 of us, white and Negro women, marched onto the train at New York’s Penn Station with our banner, […]

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