Congregation Mishkan Israel’s annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service will be on Friday evening, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.
The guest speaker is Dr. Howard Rashba. Dr. Rashba, the son of Norman & Harriet Rashba of Hamden, is a Pediatrician in Bedford MA , who grew up at CMI with a deep appreciation of music during the 60’s era. An accomplished folk musician, Dr. Rashba is proud to return to CMI to perform a musical presentation of Freedom Songs in the Civil Rights Movement which will highlight the staggering obstacles of change and the emergence of a national Civil Rights Movement.
For the fourth year, the service will be interfaith. Joining Rabbi Brockman will be faith leaders from the Interfaith Cooperative Ministries (ICM) including Christian, Muslim, Bahai and Unitarian Universalists.
Beginning in the 1970’s, the Congregation began to pay tribute for Dr. King’s life in order to celebrate his legacy. On October 20, 1961, Dr. King had come to CMI and preached from its pulpit helping to dedicate their new sanctuary. This was a an historic moment the Congregation wanted to preserve following Dr. King’s assassination. Each year, therefore, the members of CMI gather to remember him.
The event is free and open to the community. For further information, call the synagogue at (203) 288-3877.