Rev. Amos C. Brown of Third Baptist Church delivers his annual MLK weekend sermon at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo/David A.M. Wilensky)
Rev. Amos C. Brown of Third Baptist Church delivers his annual MLK weekend sermon at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo/David A.M. Wilensky)

Jewish and multifaith MLK Day events around the Bay Area

Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorates the life and work of the iconic civil rights leader. On MLK Day, which this year falls on Monday, Jan. 15, and in the days leading up to it, the Bay Area Jewish community will host a number of events to honor his legacy through faith, social justice and service.


Wednesday, Jan. 10

Antiracism for Young Children — Educator Britt Hawthorne discusses her book “Raising Antiracist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide” and teaches parents and educators how to understand a child’s development, respond to their big questions and raise caring, empathetic and justice-centered kids. Presented by JCCSF, Cow Hollow School and The Little School. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 6-7:30 p.m. $35.


Thursday, Jan. 11

“Selma” — Screening of Ava DuVernay’s 2014 historical drama based on the 1965 voting-rights marches organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 1-3:30 p.m. Free.


Friday, Jan. 12

“MLK Pulpit Exchange Shabbat Service” — Congregation Emanu-El and Third Baptist Church present 37th annual event. Sermon by Rev. Amos Brown, music by both congregations. With Shabbat meal/dessert. Second half of event Sunday morning at Third Baptist (see below). At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 5 p.m. dinner, 6 p.m. service. Free, with registration.


Sunday, Jan. 14

“MLK Pulpit Exchange Sunday Service” — Event continues. Sermon by Rabbi Beth Singer, music by both congregations. With lunch. At Third Baptist, 1399 McAllister St., S.F. 10 a.m. Free, with registration.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Mitzvah Day — Oshman Family JCC seeks volunteers for community projects for MLK National Day of Service, with a closing ceremony at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto. In partnership with 21 organizations, including JFCS, Repair the World and Palo Alto Humane Society. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. At several locations, including OFJCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Also 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 15.

MLK Weekend with Tiny Village Spirit — Repair the World, a Jewish service organization that connects young adults to volunteer opportunities with local non-profits, is seeking volunteers to help construct the new Richmond Tiny House Village Garden and Farm. With planting, painting and prayer. Location provided with registration. 2-5 p.m. Free.


Monday, Jan. 15

Multifaith MLK Jr. Day of Service — Peninsula Multifaith Coalition seeks volunteers for community projects for MLK National Day of Service. In partnership with 13 organizations, including Peninsula JCC and Congregation Beth Jacob. At several locations, including Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free, register by Jan. 9.

MLK Weekend with St. Anthony’s — Repair the World, a Jewish service organization that connects young adults to volunteer opportunities with local non-profits, is seeking volunteers to help in St. Anthony’s S.F. dining room and provide food to those in need. Location provided with registration. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free.

MLK Day with The Homeless Garden Project — Repair the World, a Jewish service organization that connects young adults to volunteer opportunities with local non-profits, is seeking volunteers to help at the Homeless Garden Project, a Santa Cruz nonprofit that provides job training, transitional employment and support services. Location provided with registration. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

MLK Parade and March — Join Congregation Emanu-El and others in 1.5 mile parade from the San Francisco Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens in honor of the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights marches and the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Parade ends with an interfaith commemoration and music festival. Meet at 4th  St. and Townsend, S.F. Arrive before 11 a.m. Free.

Lea Loeb
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Lea Loeb

Lea Loeb is engagement reporter at J. She previously served as editorial assistant.