October 2, 2023 -
For these reasons, I knew I wanted to visit Hattiesburg and other cities like it. Primarily, though, I will say that Hattiesburg came on to my radar the way it did for so many of you here at Fairmount Temple. Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld, our synagogue’s spiritual leader for nearly three decades, traveled down to Hattiesburg during the Freedom Summer of 1964 to facilitate voter registration for ALL citizens of the state. As has been well recorded, Rabbi Lelyveld was struck with a tire iron by segregationists, and was rightfully heralded for his bravery and courage in the face of great danger during those times.
This coming Monday I will begin my four-part series on Jews in the Promised Land of America. I have divided the series into what I like to call, A Tale of Four Cities. Each week, I will focus on a different city I visited that will serve as a model to represent the Jewish presence in that particular region. Join me this Monday for a glance at Hattiesburg, and then join us on that week’s Shabbat for a 100th birthday celebration of Rabbi Lelyveld’s life. Social justice champion Rabbi David Saperstein will be speaking at the Friday Shabbat Evening Service and former Congressman Louis Stokes will be sharing a few reflections as well. Then on Saturday, join us for a Torah Study (led by all our clergy) at 9:15 a.m., a lay-led Minyan at 10:30, and a special luncheon at 12:15 p.m. (RSVP by Monday for luncheon, see below).
I hope you will be able to join us as we remember our beloved spiritual leader – Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld.
Monday Night Learning
Mondays, Oct. 7, 14, 28, Nov. 4, 7:15 p.m. – A Tale of Four Cities with Rabbi Caruso RSVPs requested to Cathy Lipton, email or 216-447-9539.