A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking with Rabbi Everett Gendler and Ambassador Andrew Young. They first met in Albany, Georgia, in August 1962, when Rabbi Gendler participated in an interracial prayer vigil. In the interview, they discuss a variety of topics, including the relationship between the Black and Jewish communities during the civil rights movement. You can view the interview here:
A Conversation with Rabbi Gendler and Ambassador Andrew J Young
I hope you enjoy it.
– Emily Loeb
I worked with Rabbi Gendler at Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley. When Rabbi Gendler ‘retired’, I got the two biggest Challah loaves I could get in all the world – they were big loaves! He asked me what I thought loving kindness is. I have thought about this question for a long time. I also was a teacher at the very first day of desegregation in the Boston Public Schools, worked for 38 years in the schools, helped to start the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. I always look at Rabbi Gendler and remember all the High Holidays he kept us in his prayers and sermons about living and creating a new world in so many ways. I also remember a white cloth he received from the Dalai Lama. What a place to learn in this Temple withe solar light above us. Pamela Hilton
Hi Pamela. Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories. I have forwarded them to Rabbi Gendler. -Emily