Rabbis & Rabble-Rousers: Mishkaners in Print, Online & On the Air

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Rabbi Shawn Zevit and member rabbis Arthur Waskow and Nancy Fuchs Kreimer called out for liberation from narrow straits during the recent Passover Week. Rabbi Arthur was interviewed by NPR, re-visiting his seminal Freedom Seder; Rabbi Nancy adds her voice to the outcry against anti-Islamic ads now on SEPTA buses in the Huffington Post. Read the Philadelphia Inquirer's story on the MLK D.A.R.E. Coalition March; hear Rabbi Arthur's interview; see footage from the original Freedom Seder; read Rabby Nancy's call to overcome darkness with light.

Photo: The Rev. Mark Tyler, pastor of Mother Bethel AME Church, holds the megaphone for Rabbi Shawn Zevit of Mishkan Shalom while he addresses the crowd Saturday, April 4, 2015. (CHRIS FASCENELLI/Staff Photographer)

Marchers mark death of MLK with demands to end poverty, raise minimum wage. Philadelphia Inquirer, April 4, 2015.

In Freedom Seder, Jews and African Americans Built a Tradition Together NPR, April 4, 2015

NPR interviewed Rabbi Arthur and Topper Carew, a civil-rights activist, about the original Freedom Seder. Broadcast on April 4, it honored the 47th yahrzeit of Martin Luther King and the 46th anniversary of the Freedom Seder, which Reb Arhtur wrote and co-lead in 1969.

The Freedom Seder wove together the story of the ancient Israelites’ liberation from slavery to Pharaoh and the liberation struggle of Black Americans. Click the link above to listen to the interview and see a video of that first Freedom Seder:

"There is a line that says every generation — every generation — every human being must look upon himself, herself, as if we go forth from slavery to freedom," he says. "And that night, that line became utterly real."

Rabbi Arthur Waskow is the Founder and Director of The Shalom Center, and a leading national voice in environmental activism. Rabbi Arthur is a long-time member of Mishkan Shalom and weaves Torah Study once each month on Shabbat mornings, before services.

A Time for Free Speech... And More of It, Huff Post, Religion: The Blog, April 10, 2015

"In Philadelphia this week, we need to counter the harsh words with words of love, the mean spirited messages with words of welcome."

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer is the Director of the Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and a regular contributor to the Huff Post Religion blog. A long-time Mishkaner, Rabbi Nancy will be one of our One Book Mishkan panelists on Sunday, April 19.

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