Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Service

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Service

Please plan to join us on Friday, January 15 at 6:00 PM.

Watch via Livestream

You may also watch via our YouTube channel on your SmartTV or in the YouTube app (simply search “Congregation Beth Israel Portland”). 

A particularly beautiful CBI tradition is our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Service, where leaders of the Civil Rights Movement (previous speakers include Congressman John Lewis,  activist and journalist Myrlie Evers-Williams and acclaimed public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson ) speak and our choir joins with the NW Gospel Choir to honor Dr. King’s memory, work, and enduring legacy. Our 2021 service will take place online. Experience moving moments from past Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Services and hear from current city and state leadership.

Highlights of the evening will include greetings from Governor Kate Brown, Senator Ron Wyden, music from prior years featuring the Northwest Freedom Singers and Congregation Beth Israel’s Kol Echad Choir, and celebratory Kabbalat Shabbat service lead by the clergy of Congregation Beth Israel with special guest leaders of Portland’s Black Community. Our Keynote address will be a viewing of the speech given by the late Representative John Lewis at our 2014 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat service.

We encourage donations to the Black Resilience Fund.


Soul to Soul

Monday, January 18 at 1:00 PM
Tickets are listed as being at 4:00 PM ET; the event will be at 1:00 PM PST. 

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African American and Jewish music meet in a celebration of two cultures with the live broadcast of the National Yiddish Theater’s “Soul to Soul, starring Lisa Fishman, Magda Fishman, Elmore James, Zalmen Mlotek, Tony Perry and Tatiana Wechsler with Brian Glassman on bass, Dmitri Slepovitch on clarinet and saxophone and Matt Temkin on percussion.

The Jewish and African American people arrived in America by different paths. But the parallels in their histories as oppressed minorities brought them together in the struggle for equal rights. This dynamic concert explores the musical record of their journey and expressions of hope for a better world.