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Rabbi Israel S. Dresner, once dubbed the “most arrested rabbi in America,” will speak about his close relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the explosive early days of the civil rights movement, at Temple Emanuel.

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In conversation with Lawrence Bush
Sunday, May 10, 2015 7:00PM
TEMPLE EMANUEL 243 ALBANY AVENUE KINGSTON, NY

Rabbi Dresner was the first rabbi arrested at the beginning of the movement in 1961 on an interfaith freedom ride. Imprisoned on four other occasions in the South, along with Dr. King, one of Dresner’s cases reached the Supreme Court.

The event will also feature a selection of songs from the movement, lead by Cantor Bob Cohen whose folk group also went to the South in ’63 and ’64. Cantor Cohen will be accompanied by a choir drawn from the area’s churches.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

 

Rabbi Israel S. Dresner on how he first got involved with the Freedom Rides (from the American Experience documentary, Freedom Riders)