Congregation Solel celebrated its ninth annual Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative Shabbat on January 12.
Ashley Plotnick, Solel’s Director of Congregational Learning, opened the service by recalling Solel’s historic and ongoing commitment to advancing social justice and recalling Dr. King’s appearance on Solel’s pulpit on June 30, 1966.
Six area high school students, representing Highland Park, Deerfield and Lake Forest High Schools, read selections from Reverend King’s writings which focused on peace, justice, sacrifice and courage as our nation faces challenges in achieving freedom and equality for its multi-cultural population.
Among the participants in the worship service were College Bound Opportunity (CBO) scholars: Cassie
Ibarra, Samantha Alducin, and Berith Han, along with Lev Solel students: Lucy Rubinstein, Molly Seligman, and Sophie Seligman.
CBO provides one-on-one mentoring from sophomore year of high school through college to academically talented, financially disadvantaged students. Several Solel congregants are involved with CBO as mentors and board members.
Cantor Jay O’Brien and music director Russell Stern provided especially meaningful musical selections, including a rousing freedom medley adapted to the Mi Chamocha.
Rabbi Evan Moffic, in concluding the annual commemorative service, spoke of the significance of preserving our historic link to the ideals embodied in the life of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. as Congregation Solel commemorates its sixtieth anniversary.
The tenth annual Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative Shabbat is scheduled for January 18, 2019.